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26 March 2008


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US Death Toll Hits 4,000 in Iraq-Nam -- As President George “LBJ” Bush’s war in Iraq-Nam entered its sixth year, the 4,000th uniformed American has died there. Four soldiers were killed late Sunday when a bomb took out their vehicle. The president expressed his sadness, a sadness this journal shares with him. It shares very little else with him on the Mess in Mesopotamia.

New PM for Pakistan Frees Judges -- Yusuf Raza Gillani took the oath of office as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister earlier this week. He heads a coalition that opposes the president, Mr. Pervez Musharraf. He proved it with his first act as PM, releasing the judges Mr. Musharraf had detained during his November coup. Soon, analysts expect the judges to be reinstated, and then, Mr. Musharraf might just have to defend the dubious legality of his election in the first place.

XM-Sirius Merger Moves Closer -- The two companies in the satellite radio business in the US, Sirius and XM, finally got permission for their proposed merger from the Justice Department earlier this week. One would think that creating a monopoly would be contrary to the interests of consumers. But this is Mr. Bush’s America. Not only does the DOJ say this will be good for the market, but also the FCC, which still hasn’t made a formal decision, may be getting onboard. This thing has been going on for over a year now.

“Afghan Star” Names Rafi Naabzada the Winner -- When “Pop Idol” debuted on ITV just a few weeks after the Al Qaeda murders in New York and Washington, it was most unlikely to spawn an Afghan version of the singing contest. In those days in Afghanistan, the Taliban reactionaries were in charge, and like most fundamentalists of any stripe, they couldn’t bear the idea of people having fun. Music and dancing were banned to say nothing of kite-flying. Earlier this week, “Afghan Star” picked a 19-year-old ethnic Tajik named Rafi Naabzada as its winner. The Taliban, should it ever return to power, will have a hard time undoing what the show had done for Afghanistan.

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