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19 December 2008


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Clinton Foundation Releases Donor List -- Former President Bill Clinton's charity, the Clinton Foundation, has raised $500 million in donations since its founding in 1997. Foreign governments and state-sponsored agencies have accounted for $75 million to $165 million depending on how one defines such entities. Under normal circumstances, this would not matter in the least. However, President-Elect Obama wants Senator Hillary Clinton for his Secretary of State. The prospect of foreign governments buying influence with contributions to the Clinton Foundation, therefore, is a real concern. The Clinton Foundation has done the right thing in releasing its donor list in full and sets a good precedent for similar situations in the future.

Major Rwandan Genocidaires Convicted -- In 1994, the small African country of Rwanda was the site of one of the most horrific genocides since the Holocaust. In about 100 days, extremist Hutus murdered 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus, 10% of the nation's population. It has taken 14 years, but at last, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, has sentenced some of those responsible at the highest level to life in prison. The death penalty is not permitted under the court's charter, but this is one of those cases where it is more than justified.

Chrysler, Ford to Idle Car Plants, Get Loans -- Today is the last day of work for Chrysler's assembly line workers for the next month. Normally, the plants are only closed from December 24 to January 5. Ford has also announced that 10 of its plants will shut down for an extra week for the holidays, closing for 3 weeks rather than 2. Chrysler says the move is necessary to conserve cash because of the “continued lack of consumer credit for the American car buyer.” The lame duck Congress is giving Nero a run for his denarii, fiddling while Detroit sinks. Mr. Bush, on the other hand, has just announced sufficient loans to kick the can down the road until March 31

Iowans Clear Streets with Garlic Salt -- Iowa lies in the center of the United States. It is known for its political caucuses, its ability to grow corn, and its fine public educational system. It is not known for its pizza, which is more a Chicago and New York thing. Yet, as one drives across the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, one might detect the aroma of Italian cuisine. This week, the road crews spread garlic salt on the streets to improve driving conditions. © 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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