The Kensington Review

23 November 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 140
Clinton’s Dig at Obama’s Credentials is Misguided -- Hillary Clinton remains the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, or so the American media keep saying. The fact is no one has cast a vote yet, so it’s hard to argue that she’s even ahead of Dennis Kucinich. However, she’s trying to put some space between her and Senator Barrack Obama on the grounds that she has greater experience, and especially in foreign policy. The fact is that she doesn’t have more experience at all; hers is of a different, and one might argue, inferior variety.

Lebanese Political Deadlock Continues -- The political situation in Lebanon got even more cloudy this week. The current term of pro-Syrian Emile Lahoud expired at midnight. The parliament has been unable to select a successor. With a vacant presidency, the Prime Minister, pro-Western Fouad Siniora, takes on the powers of Mr. Lahoud’s office, such functions as signing decrees and making hiring decisions within the government. However, the opposition, led by Hezbollah, has declared Mr. Sinior’s government illegitimate. Civil war hasn’t arrived just yet, but it is hardly receding either.

Sarkozy Wins a Round with French Unions -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy may be on the way to achieving some of the reforms he promised the French electorate in the recent campaign. After nine days, the French train drivers went back to work and to start negotiating with the government. As one official said, “The very fact that the unions have come to the table is a breakthrough.”

Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” is Brilliant -- For about 9 months out of the year, Hollywood produces movies for 14-year-old boys, focusing mostly on explosions, car chases, girls in bikinis and jokes about bodily functions. Mercifully, the calendar is in the other 3 months. Proof arrived with Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” The cast is powerful and in top form, the script is tight, and the story hops around in time just enough to create a sense of dread and suspense.

© 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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