The Kensington Review

9 May 2005

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Bush Tries Diplomacy on V-E Day Tour of Europe -- At the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, the Russian leadership was still in shock over the collapse of the Soviet empire. On the 60th anniversary of V-E Day, the Russians are feeling a bit more lively. Hosting 50 world leaders for a major shindig, President Putin's Russia is not the Soviet Union of Josef Stalin. But is isn't Pericles' Athens either. Mr. Bush went visited as guest of honor, and engaged in some praise as well as some tough talk. This is called diplomacy, and it bodes well for the second administration of Bush the Lesser that he has tried it. With practice, he might even come to realize its effectiveness.

UK Elections Show Discontent with Ulster Peace Process -- As bad a day as Tony Blair had on election day last week, things were even worse in Northern Ireland for those committed to the fragile peace in the province. Not only did they lost seats at Westminster, but in the local councils, their vote was down, and they were losing seats as the count continued over the week-end. The defeats for the moderates suggest that the Good Friday Agreement, while not dead, is on life-support.

US Considers Suing Realtors over Pending Bylaw -- America is in the midst of a housing boom, if not an outright speculative bubble. This, of course, is good news for people who help people buy and sell homes -- the real estate brokers. In a gold rush, the one guaranteed of making money is the man who sells picks and shovels. In a real estate boom, that position is taken by the brokers. But good times aren't ever good enough to suit business leaders. The 1.2 million member National Association of Realtors want to limit commission discounts and Internet listings. So, Uncle Sam is thinking about suing.

Colonel David Hackworth 1930-2005 -- It is rare for a man to be a hero more than once in his life. Colonel David Hackworth, who died last week from cancer, was a hero far more frequently than that. As a military officer, he was the kind the troops loved because he tried to make sure they all came out of an engagement in one piece. He didn't have time for the blood and guts types who fight their wars in Brooks Brothers pinstripes instead of government-issued threads. And that made him very unpopular with the Pentagon.

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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