The Kensington Review

21 June 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 73
Safavian Guilty in Abramoff Scandal -- A jury found David Safavian, former chief of staff at the General Services Administration, guilty on four counts of lying and obstructing justice. On October 12, the judge will pass sentence, which could be up to 20 years. This is the first, but most likely not the last, trial held in connection with Jack Abramoff’s influence peddling activities in Washington.

Iraqi Government’s Timetable Has Yanks Out by 2008 -- While the US Congress was blathering on about not setting “arbitrary” deadlines for getting out of Iraq, the government of Iraq has come up with a non-arbitrary deadline that looks like what the American Democratic Party wants. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s new Minister for National Security, says the US troops in his country should be fewer than 100,000 by year-end, and at roughly zero by the end of 2007. Has anyone told Mr. Bush?

BoJ Governor Tied to Murakami Fund Scandal, Keeps Job -- Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui has apologized to the nation for having invested in a fund managed by Yoshiaki Murakami. Mr. Murakami was arrested June 5 on suspicion of insider trading. Mr. Fukui has done nothing illegal. He has done something very wrong. He should resign.

Norway Builds Arctic Seed Vault “Just in Case” -- Svalbard is one of those places that kids win the National Geography Bee by knowing. A Norwegian territory, it’s in the Arctic Ocean, about 600 miles south of the north pole and 300 miles north of Norway proper. It isn’t the sort of place one thinks would make good farmland. However, the Norwegian government is building a seed vault up there, just in case things farther south go awry.

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