The Kensington Review

1 January 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 1
Saddam Hussein Hanged for Crimes against Humanity -- Saturday in Baghdad, Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikrit, the former dictator of Iraq, was hanged for crimes against humanity. While there is no reason to shed a tear, and indeed opening a bottle of Veuve Clicquot is more appropriate, the way the new government in Iraq played out his execution illustrated the general pointlessness of trying him. A summary execution would have served the same purposes with less nonsense.

Bush to Double Africa Aid to $9 Billion -- No one can be wrong about everything, and the Bush administrationís latest moves with regard to African humanitarian and development aid prove it. According to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the US gave $1.4 billion to Africa in 2001. The aid has risen to over $4 billion, and Mr. Bush wants to increase that to $9 billion by 2010. Three cheers are in order for his proposed doubling of the tripling he has already done.

Apple Faked Documents to Back Date Options for Steve Jobs -- Steve Jobs is one of the creators of the personal computer, and his iPod has changed how one gets and listens to music and video forever. The Financial Times reports that, back in 2001, he was awarded 7.5 million stock options without the required OK from the board of directors. Worse, there are apparently forged documents purporting to show that a board meeting was held. Someone needs to go to jail.

Predictions for 2007 -- As 2007 begins, it is customary here to make a few predictions about the year ahead. One has no patience for weasel-worded quatrains or readily misinterpreted warnings of doom. A prediction must be useful and clear or itís nonsense. So, empirically verifiable in 364 days, here is what 2007 will bring.

© Copyright 2007 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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