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25 June 2008


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Appellate Court Revokes “Enemy” Status -- The US Court of Appeals in Washington has ruled that the US government has improperly held Huzaifa Parhat as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay. This comes just 11 days after the US Supreme Court restored the basic human right of habeas corpus to the American legal system. In so ruling, the court said he could “seek release immediately.” Nothing would be a better July 4 present than to see the end of the American gulag.

South African Chinese Reclassified “Black” -- The South African High Court has ruled that ethnic Chinese citizens of that republic are to be reclassified as black people. One would have thought that 14 years after apartheid’s collapse such classifications would be unnecessary. However, in trying to equalize access to the country’s wealth and resources, the Broad-Based Economic Empowerment and the Employment Equity Acts have established a system of benefits based on race. The ethnic Chinese now have a leg up, since before they were considered “coloured” under apartheid and “white” today.

Oil Companies Fail to Exploit US Leases -- John McCain, George W. Bush and others have suggested that one part of the solution to America’s (and hence the world’s) energy problem is to allow more drilling off-shore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That would provide 2 million extra barrels of oil a day according to petroleum experts, bringing the national total to 10 million barrels a day. The nation consumes 21 million barrels daily. However before opening up new areas for drilling, the oil companies should be required to exploit the 70 million unused acres currently leased, mostly in the Gulf of Mexico.

German Town Removes Traffic Signs in Safety Bid -- The town of Bohmte (population 13,500), near Hanover in Germany, has just received a couple of million euros from the European Union to make its roads safer. What makes this interesting is that the town wanted to remove the traffic lights and road signs and completed this four weeks ago. Since then, there hasn’t been a single accident. Before the removal, the town had one serious bang-up every week and several other fender benders.

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