The Kensington Review

30 June 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 77
Supreme Court Rejects Guantánamo Tribunals -- The Busheviks assertion that the military tribunals set up for trying the men held at Guantánamo, Cuba, are OK suffered a death blow when the Supreme Court of the US said that the “executive is bound to comply with the rule of law that prevails in this jurisdiction.” The ruling doesn’t dispute the government’s right to detain these men, but it will require a new legal policy for prosecuting them. Might one suggest a trial in the federal courts?

Supremes OK Most of Texas Redistricting -- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Tom DeLay-led redistricting of Texas was constitutional in principle, but one district had been racial gerrymandered and must be redrawn. The redrafting isn’t much of a problem, but the Supremes deciding that state legislatures can redistrict whenever they feel like it is a big deal.

High Court Throws Out Blair’s Control Orders -- Mr. Justice Sullivan in the High Court threw out one of the pillars of Prime Minister Blair’s anti-terror laws. He held that the Home Secretary has no power or authority to issue control orders, which is just short of house arrest. The Appeal Court could rule as soon as Monday, and one can only hope the Sullivan decision is upheld. Britons still have rights.

World Bank Reports Oil Exporters Spending Wisely -- All across Texas in the 1990s were pickup trucks with bumper stickers that read “Dear Lord, Give me just one more oil boom. I promise not to piss it away this time.” The sentiments, in Arabic, were felt throughout the Middle East. Well, they’ve got another oil boom, and while the news from Texas is unclear, it looks like the nations of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) aren’t wasting it.

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