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19 May 2008


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Bush Returns from Mid-East Empty-Handed -- Lame duck presidents like to travel abroad. While they are irrelevant in the US, they still get the red carpet treatment in foreign capitals. So, it was no surprise that Mr. Bush spent the last 5 days in the Middle East. Nor was it a surprise that he achieved nothing while he was there. Everyone knows that real progress will have to wait for his successor.

Anti-Immigrant Violence Kills 22 in South Africa -- In the last week, 22 people have been killed in South Africa in anti-immigrant violence. Hundreds have taken refuge in police stations in some of the townships, and thousands have nowhere to go. This problem won’t go away anytime soon, though, because the wealth and relative prosperity of South Africa attract immigrants from places like Zimbabwe and Mozambique where things are much worse.

British Airways Profits Climb 45% -- British Airways has just announced profits of £883 million in the year to March 31. Boss fellow Willie Walsh called it an “outstanding” result. Still, he isn’t taking a bonus because of the problems encountered at the opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 5. He has warned that earnings this year will be adversely affected by the troubles, and he feels it’s the best thing to do.

Wii Fit Makes Gaming Aerobic --Nintendo’s Wii console was the sleeper success of the last couple years in the video gaming market. Today is the American launch of a new game called “Wii Fit,” which has gone like gangbusters in Japan. Retailing for $90, it comes with a “balance board” that can do body mass index calculations and other useful exercise things. There are about 40 different activities, from push ups to yoga. It’s more than just a game; it’s the makings of an at-home gym.

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