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31 December 2008


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Blagojevich Appoints Burris to Obama's Seat -- The media received a belated Christmas present yesterday when beleaguered Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the US Senate seat vacated by President-Elect Barack Obama. The move has thrown Illinois politics into a state of general chaos. Although the governor is legally able to do this and although Mr. Burris is a well-respected and capable man, this appointment will not go through.

Israelis Pound Gaza in Repeat of 2006 Attack in Lebanon -- A little over a week ago, a truce between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip ended when Hamas announced “game on.” For several days, its “fighters” launched rockets into southern Israel. Israel then responded with its customary excessive force. American-made F-16 aircraft and other parts of the Israeli air force bombed the bejesus out of Gaza. Welcome back to 2006.

Ruble Slump Challenges Medvedev-Putin Regime -- What a difference a major financial collapse makes. Back when oil was trading the far side of $140 a barrel and other commodities were through the roof, Russia was a swaggering bear. It was more dangerous than the old Soviet Union in that its power came not from guns that couldn't be used but from natural gas supplies that could. With the world slipping deeper into recession, Russia finds itself losing the influence it used so casually a few months ago.

Predictions for 2008 Were Middling -- This year's crystal ball was a bit cloudy. Out of the 11 predictions made a year ago, only 4 were correct. One might have gone the right way had the prediction avoided extra specificity, namely the price of gasoline. And onther involving soccer was painfully right. Still, one must own up to the errors as well as taking credit for the right predictions.

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