Big News: Bush Will Push the Law of the Sea

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It looks like George W. Bush is going to finish what his father started. In 1982, negotiations concluded on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS for short). President Reagan instructed the U.S. to accept and comply with the treaty, except for provisions in Part XI, which deals with deep seabed mining. A little over fifteen years ago, under President George H.W. Bush, U.S. negotiators successfully amended Part XI, satisfying all of President Reagan’s concerns with…

Wolfowitz was Witting in What He Did — Battle Looms

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This will be the big week in finally sorting out the Paul Wolfowitz mess at the World Bank. If Wolfowitz resigns, the Bank will have to initiate a period of healing and reorganization to assure its supporters and clients that it is going to expend its energies trying to help the developing world rather than on internal politics. If Wolfowitz somehow survives, the Bank will start hemorrhaging staff — from the senior levels to entry level — and will likely…

Stuff to Check Out Including Why Ted Kennedy Can Say “Nuclear” and George W. Bush Can’t

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(Annie — Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner’s sister — running in the Congressional Cemetery; taken with cell phone camera) The Boston Globe has a fascinating long expose on Rose Kennedy’s life and letters. The most hilarious part of it though is on the third page in which she counsels her Senator son, Ted Kennedy, how to pronounce a word our incumbent president never quite manages. From the piece: She [Rose Kennedy] offered maternal advice long after her children had grown to…

MTV Casting Call: Seeking Eco-Stereotypes

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MTV has been doing outreach with some blogs to find environmental activists for its True Life reality show. Apparently, though, they’re not interested in profiling people doing the quiet, hard work of creating change and winning hearts and minds. They only want to feature the small group of activists who regularly carry out confrontational, radical stunts. Here’s the casting call from MTV: True Life: I’m Stopping Global Warming Are you an activist involved in a fight to protect your local…

The Exodus: Discussing Iraq’s Refugee Crisis

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My colleague Nir Rosen will have the cover story of the New York Times Magazine this Sunday in a major article titled “The Exodus: An Account of the Iraq Refugee Crisis.” For interested folks in or around Washington, I will be hosting a brown bag lunch session with Nir Rosen this Monday, May 14 from 12:15 to 1:45 at the New America Foundation in Washington. The public is invited, but do let us know at Steve@TheWashingtonNote.com if you can join….

Rachel Maddow Show in Ten Minutes

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For those checking in on the blog now, I’ll be talking about Wolfowitz and the state of play now at 6:30 pm EST on The Rachel Maddow Show. It’s been quiet today — but Tuesday is the new deadline for Wolfowitz to make his case. And Wednesday is thought by most to be the day to watch for fireworks. Reuters has just reported that more than half of the World Bank’s board wants Wolfowitz out. Can you imagine what a…

RIP, CSD?

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If you can excuse the acronym-speak in the title of this post, I hope you’ll share my disappointment that the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) is falling on hard times. The CSD is an innovative forum that allows stakeholder groups, like women, youth, labor, farmers, indigenous groups, and others, to participate alongside governments and share their views on the most critical environment, development, and economic problems that the world is facing. I spent a few years at the CSD,…

Busy Friday: C-Span to Cover Econ Conference & That “Michael Baroody Ad”

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Greetings folks — a lot going on today. First, by close of business today, we will know the broader character and substance of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’s defense. I will post on that this afternoon. I also have some comments about this Posada trial fiasco that will be up later today. I addition, I like foxes. I have a healthy, happy, goodlooking red fox living in the woods down from me — but that “fox ad” that appears on…

Wolfowitz Getting Out of Town?

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World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has to present his defense to the Bank board by close of business tomorrow [Friday]. He may resign (or be told he’s effectively fired) then or late that evening (sneaking past the news cycle). . .or may just decide to do nothing and leave town for a bit. Reports are that he still plans to fly to Slovenia on Wednesday, May 17th to present an essay competition prize. Guess the topic. That’s right. . .Anti-corruption!…