The Kensington Review

10 August 2005

Latest Commentary: Volume IV, Number 95
Jeanine Pirro to Run for Mrs. Clinton’s Senate Seat -- Later today, the district attorney for New York state’s Westchester County, Jeanine Pirro, will announce her candidacy for the US Senate seat currently held by Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton. She could have had the nomination for the governorship or for state attorney general as she is something of a star in the state GOP, but she has opted to be David to Senator Clinton’s Goliath. She faces a primary battle with Edward Cox, son-in-law of Richard Nixon, before she can take on the ex-president’s wife. It promises to be the ugliest campaign of 2006.

Yakovlev and Sevan Just Tip of Oil-for-Food Iceberg -- Alexander Yakovlev, a procurement officer at the UN in its oil-for-food program, has entered a plea of “guilty” in the Southern District of New York on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a desperate attempt to stanch the flow of credibility from this PR wound, waived Mr. Yakovlev’s diplomatic immunity and let US authorities prosecute. Worse, the Volcker Commission investigating the oil-for-food mess has determined that Benon Sevan, the former head of the UN’s oil-for-food program in Iraq, “corruptly benefited” from abuse of his position. Time for bigger heads to roll.

US Banks Provide Mortgages to Illegal Aliens -- A recent story in Money magazine and on CNN/Money’s website by Shaheen Pasha says that some US banks are offering mortgages to illegal aliens. Not only are these banks engaged in such practices, but they are proud of their activities and are happy to talk to the press about them. Fifth Third Mortgage Co., a unit of Fifth Third Bancorp. and Banco Popular were cited by name. Perhaps, the immigration authorities could visit these firms and ask them why they are aiding and abetting criminal activity?

Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival Ready to Set Records -- In August, the cultural capital of the world moves to Edinburgh, Scotland. Such a statement is bound to annoy New Yorkers and the odd Parisian (actually rather a lot of them are odd), but it remains true nonetheless. Some 16,000 performers will put on nearly 27,000 performances in 300 venues before month’s end at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It makes Shakespeare in Central Park look a bit feeble.

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