Friday, March 21, 2008


OBAMA and Jeremiah Wright - "A recent poll suggests the affair could end up costing Mr Obama votes: 56% of all voters and 44% of Democratic voters said that Mr Wright's comments made them less likely to vote for Mr Obama (though 11% of voters said they made them more likely to vote for him).

"But pundits will have to wait for the Pennsylvania primary, on April 22nd, to see whether this is a blip or a longer-term problem. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Mrs Clinton increasing her lead among white voters." - The trouble with uncles

Russian computer expert Sergei Malinka - "It is believed to be the third time a vehicle has mysteriously been set alight close to his house in the middle of the night, one of which was a van belonging to Mr Malinka. Both the previous apparent arson attacks were before Madeleine's disappearance." - Friend of Murat quizzed over Madeleine wakes up to find car torched

US HISPANICS - "Half of all Hispanic children in America were born out of wedlock. The Latino family is not in such a dire state as the black family, where 71% of children are born to single mothers. Yet the gap appears to be closing." - Bad news from California

TURKEY - "No Islamic party has been as moderate and pro-Western as the Justice and Development (AK) party, which catapulted into government in 2002...

"The country's secular elite is still fighting to oust the AK government, on thinly supported charges that it wants to wreck Ataturk's secular republic...

"A new and pious class of Anatolian entrepreneurs, who have thrived under AK, is challenging the elite...

Turkey's first Islamist-led government was ejected in 1997 after it began investigating links between the army and organised crime." - Turkey's secular constitution See you in court

"British farmland prices rose by 25% last year." - Apocalypse now?

"Malaysia's prime minister, Abdullah Badawi, shuffled his cabinet on March 18th, hoping to stave off calls for his resignation from within his party... Mr Badawi's embittered predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad, called on him to resign... The shuffle has not, overall, dispelled speculation that he may have to stand down, perhaps in favour of his deputy, Najib Razak. Mr Najib, however, has challenges of his own: his political adviser and two officers from a police unit that reports to him are on trial for the murder of a Mongolian fashion model." - Shuffling deckchairs


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