The Kensington Review

18 January 2008


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Clinton Camp Crushed in Casino Caucus Court Case -- The Clinton campaign is proving once again that their approach to politics is as it has been since the 1980s: power trumps principle. In Nevada, the Democratic party set up 9 caucus sites on the Las Vegas Strip for shift workers who couldn’t attend their regular caucuses. This was established 10 months ago by the state party and ratified by the Democratic National Committee in August. Only when the Culinary Workers Union, most of whose 60,000 members work on the Strip, backed Senator Obama did it fuss the Clintonites. A judge has decided it’s a little late to change the rules.

Kenyan Police Kill Protesters -- On December 27, 2007, President Mwai Kibaki either won re-election by a narrow margin, or he stole the election. The opposition leader Raila Odinga has refused to accept the result of that election, and his followers have protested. The government has responded by banning all street demonstrations. For the last three days, Mr. Odinga’s supporters in the Orange Democratic Movement [ODM] have ignored that ban. No fewer than 10 have been shot dead by the police since Wednesday, bringing the total to 50 killed by police.

US Economy Looking Grimmer -- This journal stands by its view that there will not be a recession in the US during 2008. That is, there will not be two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. However, what lies ahead doesn’t look like a party. Housing starts have just shown their biggest drop in 27 years; inflation has hit a 17-year high; unemployment hit a 2-year high in December; and the latest Beige Book shows the tail end of 2007 was marked by slowing growth.

Spain’s National Anthem Lyrics Rejected -- The “Marcha Real” is Spain’s national anthem, dating back to at least 1761. Since 1978 and the end of the fascist Franco regime, there have been no official words. The constitutional monarchy abandoned the Francoist lyrics but offered no replacements. So for thirty years, Spaniards who have won Olympic gold medals have stood on a podium and sang “La, La, La” or hummed along. A new set of words had been selected in advance of the Beijing Olympics, but they have just been withdrawn.

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