The Kensington Review

14 April 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 45
September 11 Claims Another Victim -- No one who lives in New York looks at the police or firemen of the city quite the same way today as they did before September 11, 2001. They were the heroes who ran into the burning, doomed towers while everyone else was trying desperately to get out. Earlier this week, James Zadroga, who retired from Manhattan South?s Homicide task force in 2004, joined the list of those who died because of the attack. Unlike the 2,752 who perished earlier, Detective Zadroga was killed not by Al Qaeda but by the Environmental Protection Agency, which told New Yorkers the air around Ground Zero was "safe to breathe."

High Court Says UK Anti-Terror Laws "Incompatible" with Human Rights -- A British High Court has ruled that control orders brought in as part of last year's anti-terror rules are "incompatible" with human rights. The court held that a control order denies the person affected by it the right to a fair hearing as required by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Hooray for Europe and for an independent judiciary.

NASDAQ Takes 15% Stake in London Stock Exchange -- Just two weeks ago, NASDAQ withdrew a 950p per share indicative bid for the London Stock Exchange. So it raised more than one eyebrow when NASDAQ announced that it had purchased a 14.99% stake in the LSE earlier this week. The American market explained that it was "an important strategic purchase." This is "through-the-looking-glass" reasoning, and NASDAQ shareholders need to act before they get burned.

The Union Flag Turns 400 -- The Union Flag, or Union Jack as it is often mislabeled, turned 400 years old earlier this week. A recent poll by the UK version of Reader's Digest had it as the most popular symbol of Britain at 16% support, followed by the Queen at 15% and fish and chips at 13%. Oddly, it started out as a compromise for shipping under James VI of Scotland who had just landed the gig in London as James I of England.

? Copyright 2006 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.


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