Kensington Review

19 September 2018

 

Cogito Ergo Non Serviam

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Koreas' Warming Ties May Leave Washington Behind -- The leaders of North and South Korea have had a successful summit in Pyongyang, agreeing to various ways of improving their mutual relations. The North went so far as to offer destroying both the Tongchang-ri missile engine test site and the Yongbyon nuclear site. These events would happen if the US were to take "reciprocal" measures. Precisely what those are is uncertain. What is certain is that the growing friendliness between Seoul and Pyongyang may leave Washington out in the cold, to the detriment of US interests.[September 19]

Kavanaugh, Accuser to Testify under Oath on Monday -- The accusation of attempted rape leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has delayed the vote to have been held Thursday to report his nomination out of committee. Instead, he and his accuser, Professor Christine Blasey Ford, will testify before the Senate Judicial Committee under oath about the alleged incident. It is largely a he-said, she-said situation, and in a criminal case, the presumption of innocence might be enough for Judge Kavanaugh to prevail. This is not a criminal case (solely), but rather a situation in which a man is being appointed for life to he highest court in the land with a charge of attempted rape hanging around him. The politics of it may be unfair, but sufficient doubt exists to disqualify him. He is not pure as Caesar's wife. [September 18]

Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination Hits Trouble -- Hard-right conservative jurist Brett Kavanaugh appeared to be set for a partisan vote confirming his appointment to the Supreme Court. The GOP was ignoring most norms in holding hearings quickly, scheduling a vote shortly after the hearings and preparing to ram the nomination through the Senate, even if Vice President Mike Pence was needed to break a tie vote. And then, accusations that he had committed sexual assault while in high school emerged. His accuser is a university professor whose therapist has notes about the incident dating from 2012. The Democrats want to slow down the confirmation vote, but the Republicans seem determined to go ahead. [September 17]

Tories Release 28 Documents on No-Deal Brexit Future -- The Conservative minority government has, in the last couple of hours, released 28 documents detailing the impact of a no-deal Brexit on various parts of British life. This is something that should have been done before the referendum, or at very least, in preparation for the first meeting with the EU on Britain's withdrawal. The government should have started with what the risks are if nothing gets done. Instead, many of these disasters will come to pass by default. If there is any way to halt Article 50, this would be a good time to start. [September 13]

Russia Suspected in Mystery Attacks on US Diplomats -- US diplomats in Cuba and China experienced injuries from unexplained attacks initially resembling sonic assaults starting late in 2016. The victims said they heard strange sounds before they suffered "brain injuries, hearing loss and problems with cognition, balance, vision and hearing problems." Whatever technology was used, it appears from signal intelligence that Russia is the likely suspect behind the whole affair. [September 12]

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