The Kensington Review

21 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 99
Hurricanes and Flood Insurance Decision Weigh on GOP -- The war in Iraq, the price of gas and lack of affordable health care are on the list of things politicians and pundits talk about most in the run up to November’s elections. What hasn’t been on the list is the 2006 hurricane season and flood insurance. These could be decisive issues in the Republican heartland of the Deep South, and the GOP seems to be on the wrong side of the issue.

Iran Signals Rejection of Nuke Offer -- Despite promises that the official reply is coming tomorrow, Iran has made sure that its rejection of the West’s offer on its nuclear program surprises no one. The Iranian military is holding war games covering half the country, it has launched short-range missiles in a “test,” and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has made its decision and, in the issue of nuclear energy, will continue its path powerfully.” If tomorrow, the Iranians accept the deal, it will be the greatest mis-direction in recent diplomatic history.

Ryanair Gives Blair Government Security Ultimatum -- Irish airline Ryanair is nothing if not a living kick in the shins to The Establishment. The average fare is under £30, but it carries 100,000 on 737s every day. And the airline is profitable, with the bottom line rising 80% in the most recent reporting period. So, when Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, told the British government it had 7 days to get its security situation sorted out, no one was surprised. Chutzpah isn’t a Gaelic word, but it may as well be.

Rosenthal’s Iwo Jima Photo is More than a Legacy -- Joe Rosenthal was a photographer who passed away this week-end at the age of 94. He took one of the most famous photos ever – the US Marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. It served as a model for the Marine Corps War Memorial, and it was listed on a New York University survey of the best journalism of the century, ranking 68 out of 100. Joe Rosenthal may or may not have been a great photographer. He did take one almost perfect picture.

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