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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Morning News and Views

Monday Argentina is marking the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War by honoring its military. This is creating emotive contradictions in a country was also preyed upon by that same military. A government backed by a military dictatorship took over the British Commonwealth territory of Falklands, located off the shores of Argentina. This led then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declaring war and a bloody conflict in which Great Britain, at great loss, came out victorious. Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR has a story on a military hero who was one of the first to die for Argentina, and how it has been revealed he was a treacherous henchman of the regime, responsible for an unknown number of Argentinian civilian deaths.

Another international conference on the Syria crisis will be held in Istanbul today, with envoys from dozens of Western and Muslim nations attending. In addition to renewing their call for a halt to Syria's bloody crackdown on dissent, the conferees are also expected to push the disparate opposition groups toward greater unity. 

Following the Israeli supreme court decision to boot out settlers from a large unauthorized West Bank outpost, Israel's government is seeking a solution to assist the evacuated settlers. The government is planning to set up a trailer park near a nearby settlement to temporarily house the evacuated settlers. Then, Israel would build a new permanent settlement for the evacuees on a nearby West Bank hilltop that is not private Palestinian land but considered Israeli state land. Palestinians are crying "foul."

Three Republican presidential candidates -- Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich -- spoke yesterday at an event in Wisconsin hosted by conservative activist Ralph Reed. Wisconsin holds its Republican primary on Tuesday. Santorum and Gingrich both focused on arguing that Mitt Romney does not represent Wisconsin's heartland conservative nature or the core of the Republican party.

It's July 1960 in Philadelphia. A political party has gathered to nominate a presidential candidate, but both leading contenders are flawed and the convention is deadlocked.  Who is the "best man" for the job?  Gore Vidal's 1960 play, THE BEST MAN, is surprisingly timely.  It features an all-star cast: James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Angela Lansbury, and Candice Bergen, among them. The play represents a time when presidential candidates were selected in smoke filled rooms and in behind the scenes deal making and lies at the actual party political convention. Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson and Edie Adams starred in the 1964 film version.


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