The Kensington Review

18 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 98
Court Holds Warrantless Wiretaps Unconstitutional -- A federal court has thrown out the Bush administration’s creative reading of the US Constitution when it comes to warrantless wiretaps. US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, in Detroit, Michigan, handed down a 44-page decision that effectively guts the badly named Terrorist Surveillance Program of the National Security Agency. Of course, there will be an appeal, but for now, the power-mad White House has been stopped.

Zimbabwean Businessman Arrested for Insulting Mugabe -- Tichaona Muchabaiwa is not a name the western media have picked up. He is a director at a fuel supply business in Zimbabwe called Comoil. Based on that job description, it’s fair to say that he’s not a dangerous radical dedicated to the destruction of the nation. However, in Robert Mugabe’s fascist Zimbabwe, it’s against the law to “undermine the authority of or insult the president,” and apparently Mr. Muchabaiwa said something the man at the top didn’t like.

London Metal Exchange Bails out Nickel Traders -- The unfettered capitalism of the commodities markets proved to be so much nonsense this week. Like other businessmen, the traders in nickel at the London Metal Exchange are socialists at heart, at least when it comes to their own wallets. If they really believed their own propaganda, they would have turned down the LME’s intervention that saved the shorts from themselves. Instead of letting them go broke, the LME opted for “orderly trade.”

Hardline Buddhists Monks Punch Moderates at Peace Rally -- Sri Lanka has had more than its share of communal violence between the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups. A two-decade civil war sort of ended when a truce was declared in 2002. However, the island formerly known as Ceylon has recently been suffering from the worst violence in four years. So a peace rally was held. Unfortunately, hardline Buddhist monks and their more moderate brethren started fighting, breaking up the rally. Om mani padme humbug.

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