don-imus1.jpgImus Says New Race Remark Misunderstood
Don Imus said Tuesday morning on his radio show that he was trying to “make a sarcastic point” with his latest on-air remarks about race, but that they had been misunderstood. Imus resurrected his radio career six months ago with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by a racist and sexist comment he made about a women’s basketball team. On Tuesday he said he was following the spirit of that promise by calling attention to the unfair treatment of blacks — in this case the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones. “What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason,” Imus said Tuesday. “I mean, there’s no reason to arrest this kid six times. Maybe he did something once, but everyone does something once.” He called the flurry of criticism surrounding the comments “ridiculous” and said that his program’s cast is now more diverse than ever — and includes a black producer and two black co-hosts, a man and a woman. (Continue Reading…)

McCain Adviser Says Terrorist Attack Would Boost Campaign
A senior adviser to the US presidential hopeful John McCain has apologised after saying a terrorist attack on American soil would be a “big advantage” to the Republican candidate’s election campaign. Charlie Black later expressed regret over his “inappropriate” comments, and McCain said he disagreed with the claim. McCain’s presidential rival Barack Obama called the remark a “complete disgrace”. Discussing national security in an interview with Fortune magazine, Black was asked about the impact that another terrorist attack on US soil might have on McCain’s campaign. “Certainly it would be a big advantage to him,” said Black. He said the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December was an “unfortunate event” but had helped McCain to win the New Hampshire primary, a state he had to win to save his candidacy. (Continue Reading…)

UN Condemns Violence Against Mugabe Opponents
The U.N. Security Council has for the first time unanimously condemned violence against opposition supporters in Zimbabwe and said a free and fair presidential election is impossible now. As international pressure mounted on President Robert Mugabe, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and South African ruling party leader Jacob Zuma both called for postponement of the June 27 run-off. South Africa, China and Russia, who have previously blocked discussion of Zimbabwe in the Security Council, joined in an unprecedented condemnation of the bloodshed after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the vote and took refuge in the Dutch Embassy. (Continue Reading…)

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