The Kensington Review

14 February 2005

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US Drones Fly Over Iran -- Over the week-end, the Washington Post reported that the US is flying intelligence drones over suspected nuclear sites in Iran. The response from the government was, so say the least, confused. Three rather senior military officers denied it, and two other officials confirmed it, according to CNN. Since there is no way for both sets to be right, one might conclude that no overflights have happened on a vote of 3-2. If that appears confusing, that is nothing compared to the legal and political implications of such flights.

Iraqis Favor Shi’ite List in Election -- The White House has tried to make the Iraqi elections held on January 30 a triumph for Mr. Bush. And for those who believe that elections are the end rather than the means, they did come off better than most expected. With the first official results out yesterday, it is clear that the Shi’ites and Kurds turned up to vote and won seats largely based on demography. The Sunni, who largely stayed at home, now have no sizeable representation in the body that will choose a new government and draft a constitution. The problem hasn’t gone away, at all.

Martin Wolf’s Why Globalization Works Almost Succeeds Completely -- Martin Wolf is a very bright fellow, formerly at the World Bank and now an economics maven for the Financial Times. His book, “Why Globalization Works takes on two different groups from an empirical approach, the anti-globalists and the anti-government capitalists. In refuting both and in defending globalization, Mr. Wolf almost succeeds completely in putting to rout the critics of globalization. Where he falls short, though, is where most economists fail, in their reading of politics.

Christo’s “The Gates” Opens in Central Park -- Most art worthy of the name is an experiment. It is an attempt to create something out of very little. Most often, these experiments fail because creation isn’t easy. In modern times, the camera, the computer and machine tools have made it easier to mass produce what previously a single artist would take months and years to create. In response, some artists have taken to efforts that previously weren’t considered art at all. Such is the latest from Christo. “The Gates” is 7,500 gates standing 15-feet tall, draped in orange fabric runing the length of all the footpaths in New York’s Central Park. The response by many was “my kid could do that.”

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