The Kensington Review

25 April 2005

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National Guard Actions at Ground Zero Won't Count Toward Retirement -- The Al Qaeda murders that took place on September 11, 2001 were the worst attack on America since the British burned the White House during the War of 1812. More people died in lower Manhattan than at Pearl Harbor a half century before. In the aftermath of the attacks, hundreds of US Army National Guard members helped dig for corpses, kept civilians out of the way, and kept watch on the rest of a city that wasn't as brash and as sure of itself as its reputation would have one believe. And in a huge miscarriage of justice, not a single day of that service will count toward their retirement from the military.

LibDems, Tories Attack Labour over Iraq War -- The opposition parties in the UK have finally rounded on the Labour government for the war in Iraq, which most Britons opposed and still oppose. With a week and a half before polling day, Conservative leader Michael Howard said that Mr. Blair lied about the reasons for going to war -- but the result was OK by him. More credibly, Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said that Mr. Blair had taken the UK into an illegal war, calling on the nation to deliver "justice by the ballot box."

Singapore Shortlists 14 Casino Operators -- Singapore has something of a stuffy image. It is best known in America as the place that caned that kid several years ago for painting graffiti on a wall. And as a place where one cannot buy chewing gum. The city-state is trying to change that by bringing in casino gambling. It shortlisted 14 of 16 operators that had bid for permission to work the island. The reason for the sudden burst of adult fun is simple -- as a developed nation, it can't compete with its neighbors in more traditional areas of the economy.

Rupert Murdoch Warns of End of Newspapers -- A late friend of the Kensington Review was often heard to say, "No self-respecting fish would allow itself to be wrapped in a Rupert Murdoch newspaper." The man who wrecked The Times and continues to produce the New York Post, sanity notwithstanding, does have much for which to answer. However, in a speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he did get something right. Technology is changing newspapers, but he was wrong in predicting their end.

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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