July 24, 2006


'New dawn' breaking for assembly (BBC, 7/24/06)

Legislation that will give the Welsh assembly more powers is facing its final hurdle.

Later on Monday, the House of Lords will debate the Government of Wales Bill, which will allow politicians in Cardiff Bay to make their own laws.

Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has called it a new dawn for devolution, but he also said the bill was on a knife-edge.

If peers do not accept the bill, it will run out of time and will have to be reintroduced in October.

The new legislation would be the biggest transfer of power since the assembly began sitting seven years ago.

It would give the assembly greater ability to pass laws without having to go through Parliament.

With even the most developed and stable countries devolving into their constituent nations, folks think they can hold together the utterly artificial states of the Third World?

Sectarian break-up of Iraq is now inevitable, admit officials (Patrick Cockburn, 24 July 2006, Independent uk)

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, meets Tony Blair in London today as violence in Iraq reaches a new crescendo and senior Iraqi officials say the break up of the country is inevitable.

A car bomb in a market in the Shia stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad yesterday killed 34 people and wounded a further 60 and was followed by a second bomb in the same area two hours later that left a further eight dead. Another car bomb outside a court house in Kirkuk killed a further 20 and injured 70 people.

"Iraq as a political project is finished," a senior government official was quoted as saying, adding: "The parties have moved to plan B." He said that the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish parties were now looking at ways to divide Iraq between them and to decide the future of Baghdad, where there is a mixed population. "There is serious talk of Baghdad being divided into [Shia] east and [Sunni] west," he said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 24, 2006 9:23 AM

Edward I is spinning in his grave

Posted by: Bryan at July 24, 2006 11:12 AM

So, when does Canada split up?

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at July 24, 2006 11:53 AM

I trust we all understand that balkanization is made possible by the beneficient umbrella of the world government.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 24, 2006 1:40 PM

IsnĀ“t the EU actively encouraging regionalism as a way to bypass national governments? How is that a natural thing?

Posted by: wf at July 24, 2006 4:37 PM

Nationalism won't benefit the EU.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2006 10:29 PM