The Kensington Review

16 July 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 85
Prime Minister al-Maliki Says US Can Leave “Any Time” -- The Sunday talk shows were agog at a statement from Iraq-Namese Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He said, “We say with full confidence we are able, God willing, to shoulder the complete responsibility in administering the security portfolio if the international forces withdrew, at any time they wish.” The PM has since backpedaled from this, but it is clear that the Green Zone government is as frustrated with their allies as the Americans are annoyed with that government’s inability to settle the political situation. Now, the PM claims that in another six months his boys can do the job. Unfortunately, he said that a year ago, too.

IAEA Verifies Shut Down of North Korean Nuke Plant -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that the North Korean nuclear plant at Yongbyon is not running anymore. “Our inspectors are there. They verified the shutting down of the reactor yesterday,” said Mohamed El Baradei, chief of IAEA. Kim Myong Gil, minister at the North Korean mission to the United Nations, said, “Immediately after the arrival of the first heavy fuel oil, the facilities were shut down.” Now, the six-party talks must build on this momentum.

Conrad Black Found Guilty of Fraud and Obstruction of Justice -- Following four months of testimony and two weeks of deliberations, a jury in Chicago found Conrad Black, newspaper tycoon and Member of the British House of Lords, guilty of mail fraud and obstruction of justice. He faces decades in jail. This is what happens, though, to businessmen who treat the shareholders’ funds as their own personal piggy bank. Naturally, he will appeal, but unlike Scooter Libby, no commutation is going to save him if it should fail.

Phillies Lose 10,000th Game in Team History -- WC Fields said, “I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday.” It is certainly a tough city for a sports fan to love. The hometown of the cracked Liberty Bell and the over-rated cheese steak hasn’t had a sports championship in almost a quarter of a century. The baseball part of the equation has one World Series title in its 124-year history, in 1980. It looks like they won’t have a second this year either, but the real news is the Phillies baseball team has chalked up its 10,000th loss.

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