Monday, October 15, 2007

Vacancies in US executive at worrying high; US House to debate Armenian genocide; China's Communist party congress opens...

15 October :: Unfilled vacancies in top-level executive-branch positions in US gov't startlingly common, leaving multi-billion-dollar agencies without leadership; interim appointees can serve for up to 210 days with full authority, while approval of nominees runs through Senate, 462 days remain in Bush term as of today; IHT quotes Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), ranking Republican on the judiciary committee, as saying "In the long history of the country, I don't think the Justice Department has been in such disarray", citing unconfirmed openings throughout the top ranks; observers speculate raft of vacancies reflects belief next admin. will be led by Democrat, meaning less 'job security' for able Republicans if named now; 3 Cabinet posts remain unfilled... Pelosi has announced she will bring the resolution on the 1915 Armenian genocide, at the hands of Ottoman Turks, to the full House for debate and passage; Turkey's top general has warned passage would permanently damage the strategic alliance with the US... China's Communist party congress opened today in Beijing; NYT reports Pres. Hu "promised to address social fissures, a degraded environment and rampant corruption during his second term as China’s top leader, but he all but ruled out more than cosmetic political reform"... Sir Menzies 'Ming' Campbell has resigned as leader of UK Liberal Democrat party, the nation's 3rd largest, after mounting criticism in party, press, that his leadership was not strong enough to represent a serious opposition... US, EU talk of barring all new investment in Burma, in effort to completely isolate junta, a move that goes far beyond the current sanctions regime...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Muslims Against Sharia commend House Democrats and Speaker Pelosi for pressing ahead with an Armenian genocide bill. Republican opposition to the bill is pure manifestation of moral relativism.
Muslims Against Sharia condemn Turkish government for refusing to acknowledge Armenian genocide and recalling its US ambassador in response to the bill.

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