The Kensington Review

18 December 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 149
Bush Signs US-India Nuclear Bill -- He may not want Iran to have a “nukyoo-lur” power plant, nor is he happy about North Korea’s A-Bomb test a while back. Yet, George “LBJ” Bush is thrilled to pieces about a nuclear pact with India. He got to sign enabling legislation and as the ink dries, the US is preparing to ship fissionable material to India. At least, his inconsistency here is in pursuit of an achievable policy end.

Opposition Gains in Iran Local Elections -- The old joke from the 1980s had it that a moderate Iranian was one who was simply reloading. If that holds true, it would seem the reloaders have struck back at the automatic-firing crowd of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Moderate candidates have taken the lead in the early returns for the election held on Friday. Out of the 15 seats on the Tehran City Council, four of the first five appear to have gone against the president, who was once mayor of the capital. Moreover, his rival Ali Akbar Hasehmi Rafsanjani was elected to the Assembly of Experts with about twice the votes the president’s mentor Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesba Yazdi garnered.

Norway’s Statoil and Norsk Hydro to Merge -- Norway’s energy firms Statoil and Norsk Hydro are to merge. The resulting entity will be the world’s largest offshore oil operator. Its daily production will be 1.9 million barrels daily, and it will have proven reserves of 6.3 billion barrels. The reason, as the press statement put it, is simple, “The industry faces an increasingly challenging international landscape. To merge now makes perfect sense.”

Knicks-Nuggets Brawl Caps Thomas? Coaching Career -- Isiah Thomas was one of the NBA?s greatest players. He is also one of its worst front office execs, and he?s a lousy coach to boot. The brawl at Madison Square Garden Saturday would have been an embarrassment to any other team in the NBA, but under Coach Thomas, it is no longer possible to embarrass the New York Knicks organization.

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