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17 November 2008

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Iraq-Namese Cabinet OKs US Forces Deal -- The Green Zone government in Baghdad unanimously approved a deal over the week-end that allows US forces to remain in the country until 2011. This will replace the UN mandate that expires on December 31 of this year. The entire parliament will vote next week on the agreement, but it appears to be a foregone conclusion after the cabinet's approval. The light at the end of the tunnel isn't an oncoming train but the end of the war.

G20 Summit Reinforces Neoliberal Ideology -- Over the week-end, President Bush hosted a summit of the Group of 20 nations to discuss the financial mess in which the world finds itself. The final communique, which was written before the meeting by staffers, reiterated the neoliberal ideology that brought the world to this pass. Free markets appear to be the solution to problems caused by free markets. Does anyone sense a problem with this?

German Greens Pick Ethnic Turk to Lead -- One of the greatest racial issues in Europe is the position of Turkish immigrants in Germany, Because of citizenship laws, it is quite possible for a child born in Germany of parents born in Germany to be denied German citizenship. People of Turkish descent make up 3% of the German population but may not be considered Germans. Yet, the Green Party's new leader is Cem Ozdemir, 42, born in southern Germany of parents who had come from Turkey to work as "Gastarbeiter," guest workers. It's not quite an Obama moment, but it is a step on the same road.

Harvard Prof Challenges Song Sharing Law -- The Recording Industry Association of America has a new enemy in its effort to shut down music sharing. Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson has come to the defense of a Boston University graduate student targeted in one of the music industry's lawsuits. His argument is interesting in that it challenges the RIAA's legal position. If he wins, it may be a revolution in copyright law.

Copyright 2008 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.

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