The Kensington Review

14 March 2005

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A Dozen Americans Die in Non-Terrorist Killings -- Friday and Saturday last week, it was safer to be a member of the American armed forces in Iraq than it was to be a resident of Atlanta or a church-goer in Brookfield, Wisconsin. In two separate incidents, pointless and spontaneous violence took twelve lives. There will be no changes in laws, just in courtroom procedure in Georgia. There will certainly be no curtailment of liberties. So, why is there worry when the murderers claim a political motive?

Israel Readies Plan for a Strike against Iranian Nukes -- The American media have yet to pick up this story, but The Sunday Times yesterday announced that the Israelis are ready to hit Iran's nuclear sites if diplomacy doesn't work in halting Tehran's atomic dreams. Moreover, the newspaper reports that the American administration is aware of the plans and has said it "would not stand in Israel's way if all international efforts to halt Iranian nuclear projects failed." Fear appears to be outstripping reason on all sides.

India to Introduce Special Economic Zones -- Highly structured labor markets with rigid rules ensure that workers aren't exploited, while open markets for labor allow businesses to grow and profit. Getting the balance right is difficult, but it is even harder in developing economies with a post-colonial mindset. China introduced Special Economic Zones that allowed the capitalists to exploit the workers in the communist state because central planning wasn't working. Now, India's 29 states may be allowed to do the same.

"Robots" is Fun and Subversive -- With the arrival of computer animation, the cartoon has entered a golden age that is, in some respects, superior to the heyday the form knew in the 1930s. "A Toy Story" not only had a good plot and a few fine actors providing voices, but it also had animation more detailed and liquid than anything before it. In "Robots," the animation is less gob-smacking because audiences have grown used to almost-life-like cartoons, but it has a rather formidable cast. What is truly interesting is its pro-capitalist, anti-corporate theme.

Copyright 2005 by The Kensington Review, J. Myhre, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.

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