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2 June 2008


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Democratic Rules Committee Seats Illegal Delegates -- On Friday, this journal argued that the Florida and Michigan primaries were illegal under Democratic Party rules, and therefore, the delegates thereby chosen should not be seated at the convention. This is, of course, the only right solution from a moral standpoint. The two states broke the rules, they were given multiple chances to correct their errors, and chose not to do so. Still, politics is less about morality and more about power. Thus, the Rules and By-Laws Committee decided to seat the delegations at half a vote per delegate. Even then, the Clinton campaign cried, “foul.”

Islamic Seminary Issues Fatwa Against Terrorism -- The Darool-Uloom Deoband, a 150 year-old India-based institution of ultra-conservative Islamic scholarship, has issued a fatwa against terrorism. This is a significant development in the battle for the hearts and minds of the Islamic world because the body includes the Taliban who misruled Afghanistan. It is thought to be an inspiration for numerous madrassas in Pakistan and elsewhere that provide Al Qaeda wth recruits. Its members aren’t quite friends of the west yet, but this fatwa may have far-reaching effects over the next generation.

Wachovia Sacks CEO on Write-downs -- Wachovia is America’s fourth largest bank, and as a result, it was up to its neck in mortgages and related securities that went sour. The company posted its first quarterly loss since 2001 in the last quarter, and the bank has lost half its market value in the last year. As a result, the board of directors has fired CEO Kennedy Thompson and named Chairman Lanty Smith as interim CEO. A few more heads need to roll, though.

Adequate “Sex and the City” Tops Box Office -- The HBO series “Sex and the City” is an iconic program, especially so for women of the 1990s and after. The adventures of Carrie Bradshaw and her three friends every week ensured that the guys could get 45 minutes to do what they wanted while wives and girlfriends watched TV. The program ended in 2004, and the commercial potential for a movie was there from the beginning. This week-end it topped the box office at $55.7 million, but as a film in its own right, the movie was only adequate.

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