The Kensington Review

25 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 101
Connecticutís Shays Calls for Iraq Withdrawal Timetable -- Connecticutís Republican Congressman Christopher Shays is chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on national security, emerging threats and international relations. He has been a very strong supporter of US actions in Iraq. He has just called for a timeline for US withdrawal from Iraq. The GOP is starting to split over Iraq, just as mid-term elections approach.

Most Israelis Want Olmert Out -- The Bush White House and the Israeli Cabinet have claimed victory in South Lebanon over Hezbollah. At the same time, Hezbollah claims to have won, and its claim is backed up by Syria, Iran and others. The latest opinion polls in Israel suggest Hezbollah came out on top because the Israelis want Prime Minister Olmert to quit.

US Signs Trade Deal with ASEAN States -- The Bush administration continues with its neo-con foreign policy except in economics, where it is clearly neo-liberal. Free trade is a sacred mantra with this crowd, so it is not surprising that the White House has worked out a new free trade arrangement with the 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations [ASEAN]. Apparently, the Busheviks arenít content to see the US trade deficit at record levels; they believe that records are meant to be broken.

Pluto is Not a Planet -- Despite a recommendation to the contrary by the planet definition committee, the International Astronomical Union has decided that Pluto isnít a planet after all. The amused and confused news anchors, some of whom always thought of Disney when Pluto got mentioned, tried to explain it to a public that canít name the planets in order. The whole thing was written off as a silly thing scientists get up to. In fact, the story is a lesson in political manipulation.

© 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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