The Kensington Review

13 November 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 134
Pelosi Backs Murtha over Hoyer for Majority Leader -- She hasnít been officially elected to the job yet, but the next Speaker of the House will be Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). As her first decision, she has endorsed John Murtha (D-OH) as House Majority Leader, Tom DeLayís old job. Mr. Murtha is running against Marylandís Steny Hoyer, Ms. Pelosiís current deputy. It was a silly move motivated by personal considerations rather than by smart politics.

Rumsfeld Faces War Crimes Trial in Germany -- Former Secretary of Defense Field Marshal Donald von Rumsfeld is going to face war crimes charges in Germany. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) and others, all represented by Berlin Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck, will file papers tomorrow on behalf of 12 people who claim to have been tortured at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. This is related to a similar case that was dismissed in 2004 because German courts believed the American system could deal with it. That no longer seems to be the case.

Deutsche Telekom Gets New Boss -- Boardroom meetings are almost always dull affairs. A fly on the wall at the recent Deutsche Telekom board meeting might have seen quite a bit of excitement, though. US private equity group Blackstone lead a successful coup against CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke, who resigned yesterday. His replacement, Rene Obermann, used to run DTís very successful cell phone unit T-Mobile. The stock opened up this morning in Frankfurt, rising 3% to Ä13.54 a share.

Mystery of Disintegrating Euro Notes Solved -- In recent weeks, the press across Europe has been following the strange case of disintegrating euro notes. German banking officials say that some 1,500 notes have crumbled after coming out of automatic teller machines. Scientists have discovered the cause. Sulfates used in the production of crystal methamphetamine are at the root of the problem.

© 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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