The group blog of The New Republic
February 19, 2007
According to The New York Times, Iraqi officials have submitted a draft of a new petroleum law to the Cabinet for its approval. The New York Times focuses entirely on the provisions that would divide the oil among the different provinces, but equally important to Iraqis and to American oil companies are the provisions granting foreign companies an entree into Iraqi oil.
February 18, 2007
February 17, 2007
February 16, 2007
Ralph Nader says he might run again if Hillary gets the nomination. On the other hand, Nader is trying to flog a new memoir, so take that with a grain of salt.
Ian Buruma has a typically excellent essay on Thailand in the most recent New York Review of Books. Reviewing Paul Handley's new book about Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Buruma manages to explain both the country's successes under a monarchy and the fundamental problem with a lack of democratic governance. He also gets in a good shot against those who applauded or igrnored the country's recent coup that overthrew the prime minister:
There's an interesting paternity debate going on in Maryland right now that has nothing to do with a playmate's child-heir to an oil tycoon's billions. Vicki Trembow had a son, Ivan, with a man to whom she was not married. The father moved away and became a successful lawyer. Vicki Trembow never sought child support and raised Ivan alone. But when Ivan was diagnosed with a debilitating bone disease, years of medical bills caught up with her.