The Kensington Review

16 June 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 71
Congress Debates False Options in Iraq -- Three years too late, the US Congress started a debate yesterday on the war in Iraq. Worse than being too late, the elected elite framed the question for electoral advantage rather than in terms of the national interest. Meanwhile, the US death toll in Iraq topped 2,500. At this rate, the only honorable vote in November will be against the incumbent regardless of party.

Muslim Bombing Campaign Hits Southern Thailand -- If it wasn’t a front in the war on terror before, Thailand become such yesterday. As many as 40 explosions rattled the south of the country, where the Muslim community dwells. Mercifully, the bombing campaign appears to have been a mere show of force; only two people died. That, however, only means the bombers chose not to kill in great numbers and wanted to demonstrate that the could rack up a high body count if they were so inclined.

China Tries to Slow Economic Growth -- The booming Chinese economy is the envy of most other countries. The annual growth rate of 10.3% for the first three months, if sustained, would double the size of the economy in fewer than 7 years. Such growth, however, isn’t healthy, and the Communist regime is trying to rein it in. That’s the trouble with relying on market forces; a dictatorship tends to lose control.

Royal Academy Prefers Plinth to Sculpture -- “One Day Closer to Paradise” is what David Hensel named a piece he submitted to the Royal Academy for a place in its Summer Exhibition. Sam Jones of the Guardian wrote, “The piece, a dark face frozen in laughter and balancing precariously on a slab of slate, is amusing and sinister.” Except that the judges decided that the plinth upon which it rested was worth displaying, while the head was not.

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