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May 16, 2008
Top ten McCain Vice Presidential picks
McCain needs to pick his partner very carefully. A heartbeat away
from the Presidency matters more when the heart in question will be
72 at the time of the inauguration. Here are some of the suggestions:
1) Tim Pawlenty
The Governor of Minnesota is at the top of many pundit's lists. The
Springsteen fan likes to emphasise his working class roots and has
managed to win twice in a traditionally Democratic state. He's
renowned for his personal and rhetorical skills and liked by left
and right. The one to watch.
2) Joe Lieberman
Connecticut Senator Lieberman bridges the political divide. A former
Democrat, he still supports most of their policies but is also in
favour of the Iraq war. He's made presidential and vice-presidential
runs before and is an old friend of John McCain. The two Senators
were together on the recent UK trip of McCain's and were frequently
see yukking it up. But age is a big, big issue. Lieberman is 66.
Together the ticket will add up to 138 years of experience.
3) Mitt Romney
McCain and Romney fell out several times during the Republican
nomination race. But they've been cozying up of late and Romney has
been spotted fundraising with McCain in the west. The worse the
economy gets, the higher his chances. His impeccable financial
credentials are his strongest card. He would make McCain seem more
conservative (probably - Romney is, ahem, flexible). This would help
with the base but would it put off independents?
4) Condoleezza Rice
The dream ticket for some. The nightmare for others. The Secretary
of State's race and gender would boost the Republican argument that
they're not just a party for white men. Condi speaks five languages
and would provide some much-needed foreign policy clout. The odds of
selecting her might have been higher if Clinton had wrapped up the
Democratic nomination. But no-one would sneeze at this option. So
what's not to like (if you are a Republican)? In a word - Bush.
McCain's presidential bid won't fly if he is tethered to the
President. And wouldn't Condi do just that?
5) Charlie Crist
Also a popular option. The popular Governor of Florida might bring
the swing-state with him, and he's not even a Bush. The Times has
written before about the likelihood of him making VP. He appeals to
both independents and more conservative Republicans. A possible
snag? He's single and has been forced to repeatedly defend his
sexuality. Or is that a snag?
6) Bobby Jindal
The Governor of Louisiana, his name's cropped up several times
recently. He's made waves with ethics reform in his homestate. The
child of Indian immigrants, he'd add some diversity to the ticket
and, at just 36, years old, he's half McCain's age. He also has a
strong background in healthcare.
7) Sarah Palin
A former Miss Congeniality, the young Alaska senator has made quite
a splash. The first female governor of her state, she might help
bring women into the fold. And her strong support of family values
and pro-life views will appeal to Republican voters who might be
alienated by McCain's more maverick opinions.
8) Colin Powell
The former Secretary of State is a much-loved and well-respected
moderate. But his denouncement of the Iraq mission may make him less
appealing to McCain. Another catch? He's advised Barack Obama on
foreign policy and praised him heavily in the past. An endorsement
isn't out of the question.
9) Haley Barbour
The Governor of Mississippi would help secure the South. He's been
head of the RNC and no-one could quibble with his conservatism.
Knows everyone in politics but there is one large cloud hanging over
his head. A series of Katrina-related ethics violations were alleged
last summer. McCain might decide to steer clear.
10) Mike Huckabee:
If he really wants to propitiate the base, McCain should go with
Huckabee. The former Arkansas Governor scored surprisingly well
during the nomination campaign, taking Ohio, Kansas, Louisiana and
West Virginia. And McCain would get two for one. Huckabee's bound to
bring celebrity endorser Chuck Norris along for the ride. On the
other hand, the guy doesn't even believe in the theory of evolution.
George Takei planning to marry longtime partner
LOS ANGELES (AP) George Takei said he will wed his longtime
partner and business manager, Brad Altman, now that the California
Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage.
Takei, the original Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek," said on his Web site
that he and Altman have shared their lives for more than 21 years
and are "overjoyed" to be able to legally marry.
"No more 'separate but equal.' No more second-class citizenship,"
wrote Takei, 71. "Brad and I are going to be married as full
citizens of our state."
Takei, who also had a recurring role on NBC's "Heroes" last year,
said he and Altman are planning the details of their wedding.
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Cuban government backs calls to combat homophobia
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
HAVANA (AP) Cuba's gay community celebrated unprecedented
openness and high-ranking political alliances with a government-
backed campaign against homophobia on Saturday.
The meeting at a convention center in Havana's Vedado district may
have been the largest gathering of openly gay activists ever on the
communist-run island. President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela, who
has promoted the rights of sexual minorities, presided.
"This is a very important moment for us, the men and women of Cuba,
because for the first time we can gather in this way and speak
profoundly and with scientific basis about these topics," said
Castro, director of Cuba's Center for Sexual Education.
Mariela Castro joined government leaders and hundreds of activists
at the one-day conference for the International Day Against
Homophobia that featured shows, lectures, panel discussions and book
presentations. A station also offered blood-tests for sexually
Cuban state television gave prime-time play Friday to the U.S.
film "Brokeback Mountain," which tells the story of two cowboys who
conceal their homosexual affair.
Prejudice against homosexuals remains deeply rooted in Cuban
society, but the government has steadily moved away from the
Puritanism of the 1960s and 1970s, when homosexuals hid their
sexuality for fear of being ridiculed, fired from work or even
Now Cuba's parliament is studying proposals to legalize same-sex
unions and give gay couples the benefits that people in traditional
Parliament head Ricardo Alarcon said the government needs to do more
to promote gay rights, but said many Cubans still need to be
Things "are advancing, but must continue advancing, and I think we
should do that in a coherent, appropriate and precise way because
these are topics that have been taboo and continue to be for many,"
Alarcon told reporters.
Some at the conference spoke of streaming out into the streets for a
spontaneous gay-pride parade, but others urged caution.
The gay rights movement should be careful not to "flood" Cuban
society with a message that many are not ready to hear, physician
and gay activist Alberto Roque cautioned.
And Mariela Castro said gay activists should opt for more subtle
ways to chip away at deep-seated homophobic attitudes.
Defending equal rights for Cubans, of all sexual orientations, is a
key principal of the Cuban revolution led by her uncle Fidel Castro,
who overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959, she said.
"The freedom of sexual choice and gender identity (are) exercises in
equality and social justice," she said.
May 20, 2008
Kenny Chesney Honored but Upset
Compiled by Lawrence Van Gelder
No sooner had the Academy of Country Music handed out its awards on
Sunday than Kenny Chesney, above, objected to the method that gave
him his fourth straight win as entertainer of the year. For the
first time in the show's 43 years, its foremost accolade,
traditionally decided by academy members, was determined in an
online vote by the public. Backstage on Sunday night, Mr. Chesney
said that although he favored the inclusion of fans, he did not
think they should determine the academy's most important award, The
Associated Press reported. He emphasized that his criticism was
directed at the industry, not the fans, and said that this year's
voting method amounted to "complete disrespect" of the artists,
turning the award "into a sweepstakes to see who can push people's
buttons the hardest on the Internet." The academy did not
immediately respond to messages seeking comment. At the ceremony in
Las Vegas, Brad Paisley was named top male vocalist and Carrie
Underwood top female vocalist, both for the second consecutive time.
Honors for vocal group went to Rascal Flatts (six in a row) and for
vocal duo to Brooks & Dunn (13 in a row).
Zimbabwe party: Military plotting to kill leader
By MICHELLE FAUL
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Zimbabwe's opposition party accused the
country's military Monday of plotting to assassinate the group's
presidential candidate using snipers.
The Movement for Democratic Change said Morgan Tsvangirai planned to
return to Zimbabwe to contest the June 27 runoff election once
security measures are in place to protect him against the alleged
assassination plot. The opposition says it received details of the
alleged plot on Saturday as Tsvangirai was on his way to the airport
in Johannesburg, South Africa, to return home.
"The assassination plot involves snipers," party Secretary-General
Tendai Biti told The Associated Press after a news conference in the
Kenyan capital of Nairobi. He said 18 snipers were involved in the
"It is the military (plotting), the JOC (Joint Operational Command)
that has been running the country" since Zimbabwean President Robert
Mugabe, lost March 29 elections to Tsvangirai. "I cannot speak
(more) of that because it would put a lot of lives at risk," Biti
Biti also condemned African leaders' failure to confront Mugabe,
Zimbabwe's leader of 28 years, in the strongest terms yet used by
He said the campaign of violence blamed on Mugabe's regime could
backfire, saying that many of the millions of Zimbabweans who have
fled the country planning to return to vote in the June runoff
A third of the population has fled Zimbabwe in recent years as the
country confronts chronic shortages of food, medicine, fuel and cash
precipitated by the government's seizure of white-owned farms that
once produced enough to feed the country and export to neighbors.
The government this month introduced a half-billion Zimbabwe dollar
note in efforts to deal with runaway inflation that unofficial
estimates put at 700,000 percent a year.
Tsvangirai says he won the elections outright. But official results
and those compiled by independent monitors show he did not win the
50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff.
Biti said the runoff legitimizes Mugabe's "theft" and would not
resolve Zimbabwe's crisis. He said it still was not too late to
negotiate a "unity government of national healing." Not contesting
was not an option as it would hand Mugabe victory, he said.
"The basic problem is that we have an old man, a geriatric, who is
not prepared to give up power and that situation isn't going to
change on June 27," Biti said.
A runoff was "merely extending and exacerbating the crisis" and
legitimize "Mugabe's constitutional coup."
The answer, he said, is for African leaders to persuade Mugabe to
negotiate a coalition government.
Biti railed against African leaders' failure to confront
Mugabe: "What's concerning us is this lack of statesmanship, of
leadership by African leaders," he said. "I think that the paralysis
of leadership and perspective lies (with) certain officers indebted
to Robert Mugabe. ..."
Mugabe's credentials as the leader of a liberation movement that
fought a seven-year guerrilla war to force an end to white rule in
1980 still enhances his stature among many Africans.
But this year's crisis, and the violent government response, which
human rights defenders say has killed dozens, injured hundreds and
forced thousands from their homes, has divided leaders.
Biti's party has asked the Southern African Development Organization
to replace South African President Thabo Mbeki as its chief
negotiator in the Zimbabwe crisis.
Mbeki's insistence on "quiet diplomacy" to persuade Mugabe to change
has largely failed, though his negotiations that led to election
results being posted outside ballot stations did ensure a more open
process that allowed the opposition to claim victory.
International efforts to intervene have been hampered by Mbeki and
South Africa's current chairmanship of the U.N. Security Council.
"The Zimbabwe crisis is exposing every leader on the African
continent, embarrassing us as Africans because we are not able to
resolve our own problems," Biti said.
MPS WARNED OVER HYBRID EMBRYOS
Monday May 19,2008
Allowing the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos would make the
UK a scientific "rogue state", MPs have been warned as a fierce
debate opened on highly-controversial new laws.
Gordon Brown and David Cameron have both firmly backed the ground-
breaking technique as a means to develop treatments for common
conditions that could potentially save millions of lives.
The Prime Minister and Tory leader also support the creation
of "saviour siblings" selected by parents in order to provide tissue
material for seriously ill children.
Mr Brown has hailed both innovations as "an inherently moral
endeavour". But opponents from all parties hope to unite to axe both
from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in crunch Commons
votes on Monday evening.
And with MPs allowed to vote according to personal conscience, not
the party line, on the most contentious elements of the Bill, the
result is not predictable.
Leading the fight against so-called "admixed embryos", Tory MP
Edward Leigh said the technique, which involves implanting a human
nucleus inside an animal cell, was "a step too far".
Scientists believe that stem cells harvested from these embryos
could provide the key to breakthroughs in the treatment of
conditions such as Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis or muscular
dystrophy. Research is currently being held up by the shortage of
human eggs to create stem cells.
But critics of hybrids have branded them "Frankenstein science",
saying it is obscene to combine human and animal genetics. They also
question the benefits, insisting other methods are more effective.
But Mr Leigh said 21 other countries had banned the creation of
hybrids. "In terms of embryonic research we will almost be like a
rogue state," he warned.
But Labour MP Chris Bryant, a former Anglican curate, compared Mr
Leigh's arguments to those used by church leaders against the
smallpox vaccine. He said: "They were wrong and I think you are
MPs vote against ban on hybrid embryos
Monday, 19 May 2008
A cross-party attempt to ban the use of hybrid human-animal embryos
for scientific research was rejected by the Commons tonight. MPs
voted 336 to 176 (a majority of 160) against the move led by Tory
former minister Edward Leigh.
The Commons then rejected a cross-party bid to ban the use of so
called "true hybrids" using the sex cells of a human and an animal.
Voting was 286 to 223, majority 63.
It was the first in a series of critical votes on emotive issues in
committee stage debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology
Bill - the biggest shake-up of law in this area for 20 years.
Mr Leigh (Gainsborough) said the use of "admixed" embryos, using
genetic material from both humans and animals, would cross
an "entirely new ethical boundary," and turn the UK into a
scientific "rogue state".
The embryos created would have to be destroyed after 14 days, but
scientists hope stem cells can be harvested and used to create
brain, skin, heart and other tissue for treating diseases.
Mr Leigh warned it was a "step too far" adding: "In many ways we are
like children playing with landmines without any concept of the
dangers of the technology that we are handling."
But Labour's Chris Bryant (Rhondda), a former Anglican curate,
compared Mr Leigh's arguments to those used by church leaders
against the smallpox vaccine.
"They were wrong and I think you are wrong today," Mr Bryant said.
All the main parties have allowed MPs a free vote on the creation of
the "admixed" embryos and on the next issue to be debated tonight -
the creation of so-called "saviour siblings" whose genetic material
could help sick relatives.
Controversial attempts to reduce the abortion time limit will be
For the Tories, Mark Simmonds said he did not agree that admix
embryos showed no prospect of providing solutions to the "very real
problems that exist" to find cures for debilitating diseases.
But he raised concerns about the creation of "true hybrids", warning
that the scientific community had expressed "serious reservations"
about hybrids that weren't always at the "human end of the
Mr Simmonds accused the Government of "shifting" its position on
true hybrids, adding: "This seems to undermine any consistent
ethical position surrounding admixed embryos."
Lib Dem spokesman Evan Harris, a doctor, said his conscience told
him to back the Bill.
And he took issue with claims it was a radical departure from the
ethical principles in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act
"The same principles in the 1990 Act apply in this Bill. Embryo
research will still be heavily regulated in at least five ways."
Health Minister Dawn Primarolo said the shortage of human eggs
presented a "significant barrier" to embryonic stem cell research
and experts believe hybrid embryos were a "pragmatic" solution to
She assured MPs: "Any licence application to create a human admix
embryo for research will need to prove to the HFEA that the proposed
use of the embryo is necessary.
"Not simply that they want to try it as scientists, but that it is
necessary and no other route of research will enable the development
of the science to understand the development of the treatment."
Tory leader David Cameron confirmed earlier today that he backed
proposals for the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos for
medical research as well as so-called "saviour siblings" selected by
parents in order to provide tissue material for seriously ill
Yesterday, the Prime Minister also voiced his support, hailing new
ground-breaking techniques as "an inherently moral endeavour" which
could save millions of lives.