Tuesday, July 03, 2007

A couple of banana republic updates

Armenia: The parliament has failed to pass the legislation that would have banned the Radio Liberty broadcasts there. There were 65 votes; 63 voted for and there were 2 abstaining votes. I have not had the chance to check parliament.am for the voting results to see who these 63 were. But looks like the pressure from the Armenian citizens and international organizations resulted in 16 deputies changing their minds.

USA: The disgraced President G.W. Bush has commuted the 2.5 year prison sentence of convicted liar Scooter Libby as being too harsh. I wonder whether the president ever thought of the death sentences of people executed in Texas while he was the governor there as too harsh.

I want to congratulate the Armenian citizens for retaining their access to free press for now, and Mr. Libby for avoiding jail.

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