The Kensington Review

24 October 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 128
California Fires Offer Bush Another Disaster to Fight -- Hundreds of houses have burned to the ground, and half a million Californians have evacuated their homes. Firefighters have come from hundreds of miles away to try to save something in the seven counties that are now federal disaster areas. Californian officials say simply that there arenít enough resources to fight the fires. By tomorrow, the weather pattern will have shifted, and the Santa Ana winds that fan the fires every year will be gone. Then, the clean up will begin, and the Bush administration may once again prove that it canít walk and chew gum at the same time.

Turks, Green Zone Government Work Together against PKK -- The Kurdish Workersí Party [PKK by its Turkish Acronym] is either a terrorist organization or a noble band of freedom fighters depending on where one stands on the issue of an independent Kurdistan. The US and the government of Turkey take the former view. The Green Zone government of Iraq-Nam largely agrees. After an attack by the PKK on Turkey that left 12 Turkish troops dead, Ankara has been massing troops on the border with Iraq-Nam, threatening to go in and get the PKK militants. Cooler heads have prevailed, and Ankara, Baghdad and Washington have agreed to try something other than brute force for now.

NASA Quashes Air Safety Report to Protect Airline Profits -- NASA used $8.5 million voted by Congress to do a safety survey of the US air traffic system. After interviewing 24,000 airline pilots, the agency found that near misses and runway interference are much more common than anyone had previously thought. NASA, having uncovered facts that affect the safety of every air traveler, then did the unthinkable. It shredded the report to protect the profitability of Americaís airlines.

Russian Museums to Open Diplomatic Offensive in UK -- The relations between the UK and the Russian Federation have been better. The murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London a few months ago started a rapid decline in the diplomatic temperature between the two. However, there is always an avenue for improvement if one is willing to look for it. On Monday, the art world learned that a major loan to the Royal Academy from Russian Museums will open at the end of January. It is a place to start, along with a real trial for Mr. Litvinenkoís killers.

© 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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