The Kensington Review

1 March 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 26
Coast Guard Noted “Intelligence Gaps” in Reviewing DPW Port Deal -- Just when the Bush administration thought it might have the port sale fire under control, the US Coast Guard revealed that it had raised national security concerns about the sale back in December. A classified briefing to assuage senatorial worries about the Dubai Port World purchase failed. Indeed, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the briefing left her, “more convinced than ever that the process [by which the sale was reviewed] was truly flawed.”

Taiwan’s Chinese Reunification Council “Ceases to Function” -- Taiwan’s president, Chen Shui-bian, abolished a council charged with reunifying Taiwan and the People’s Republic on Monday. The Communist regime in Beijing raged all day Tuesday about the dire consequences. All of this is a lot of fuss over a body that hasn’t met since April 1999 and had its budget slashed to the local equivalent of US$31.

Indian Budget Aims at 10% Growth -- Yesterday, India’s Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram delivered his “common man's budget” to parliament. He is ambitious in trying to get the local economy to grow at 10%. He intends to increase education spending by almost a third and health care spending by 22%. At the same time, he plans on reducing the budget deficit. He needs to pull this off.

Da Vinci Code Lawsuit Baffles Readers of Graves’ King Jesus -- Dan Brown’s best-seller, The Da Vinci Code, is a poorly told, virtually illiterate, tale of what would like to be intrigue. The tale hinges on a secret kept hidden by the Catholic Church, that Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene had a child, and she escaped Judea after the crucifixion. Mr. Brown’s publisher, Random House, is on the receiving end of a lawsuit in London charging that Mr. Brown took many ideas from the 1982 non-fiction work The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Could it be the claimants are chasing a printing press and not an ambulance?

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