The Kensington Review

19 June 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 72
Bush Creates Huge Marine Preserve in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands -- George W. Bush may have the reputation as the least green of all the 43 presidents. Late last week, however, he did something that this journal is delighted to see. With the stroke of a pen, he created a protected marine area bigger than any other preserve in the world, just beating out Australiaís Great Barrier Reef. One hopes this wisdom spreads to other policies in his administration.

Whaling Vote Goes in Favor of Hunting Nations -- The International Whaling Commission approved a resolution over the week-end that supported an end to the ban on commercial whaling, 33-32 with one abstention. While overturning the ban requires a 75% majority, this was a key test of membersí sentiments. Or perhaps, it merely reflected the effects of Japanese money being spread around to poor nations who voted Japanís way.

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, isnít healthy, and the Communist regime is trying to rein it in. Thatís the trouble with relying on market forces; a dictatorship tends to lose control.

Gates Announces 2008 Departure from Microsoft --Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and one of the leaders of the computer revolution, announced late last week that he was going to end his day-to-day involvement in the company by July 2008. The effect this will have on the firm is less than one would normally expect because Mr. Gates is not really as involved now as he used to be. Indeed, he gave up the CEO post six years ago. If anything, his departure could mean a burst of vibrancy at Microsoft.

© 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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