The Kensington Review

17 August 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 99
NYPD Report Warns of Domestic Jihadis -- The New York Police Department has just issued a report called Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat that suggests individuals in America represent as much a terrorist threat as Al Qaeda. The report studied a few attempted terror plots and concluded that Al Qaeda and its ideology are merely inspirational in those cases rather than operational. Thus “unremarkable” individuals become terrorists. This would be news except one remembers Timothy McVeigh.

Chavez Proposes End to Term Limits -- Venezuela’s march to dictatorship appears to be picking up pace. President Hugo “Fidelito” Chavez addressed the National Assembly on Wednesday and asked that they extend the presidential term of office from six to seven years and abolish limits on the number of presidential terms a person can serve. He said, “If someone says this is a project to entrench oneself in power. No, it’s only a possibility, a possibility that depends on many variables.” With all due respect, the president is full of it.

European Commission to Investigate Credit Rating Agencies -- The European Commission has decided to investigate the actions of the major credit rating agencies and their behavior in the sub-prime mortgage markets. The instability in the sub-prime market for mortgage-backed securities has been the driver of much of the financial market turmoil in recent weeks. The Financial Times quotes one Commission official as saying, “The securitised subprime mortgage market would not have grown to the extent that it did without the favourable ratings given by some agencies.” While that is true, it doesn’t follow that the rating agencies have done anything wrong.

Kenyan Malaria Deaths Almost Halved Thanks to Mosquito Nets -- Kenya’s Health Minister Charity Ngilu issued a statement yesterday that stated the 13.4 million insecticidal nets [INTs] passed out free of charge in her country over the last five years have worked wonders in halting the spread of malaria. “Childhood deaths have been reduced by 44 percent in high-risk districts, in-patient malaria cases and deaths are falling [and] there are reduced cases at the community level. For every 1,000 treated nets used, seven children who might have died of malaria are saved.” WHO chief Margaret Chan said Kenya’s success “serves as a model that should be replicated throughout malarious countries in Africa.” This journal isn’t sure about the adjective “malarious,” but why quibble when the battle against the bug is going the right way?

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