That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Continuing her efforts to press China on Darfur, Mia Farrow led an Olympic-style torch relay in the Rwanda capital of Kigali along with other activists and those touched by the genocide there and in the Sudan. Activists lit a torch that they said was symbolic of China’s role as host of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. “This flame represents the hope we all share for an end to the violence
and a safe return home,” said Farrow, who is the goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Children’s
Fund UNICEF. China has agreed to a UN Security Council resolution to send peacekeepers to the region, but Farrow and other activists want to be sure that the plan is followed through. The relay will travel to other countries affected by genocide throughout history, including Armenia, Bosnia, Germany and Cambodia as well as Hong Kong.
Thompson’s Test: He’s delayed his entry into the race, but Fred Thompson is determined to make a splash. That’s the conclusion of the dean of political columnists, David Broder, who interviewed the former “Law & Order” star for more than two hours. Writes Broder, “When
Fred Thompson makes his long-delayed entrance into the Republican presidential race,
he will not tiptoe quietly. Instead, he will try to shake up the
establishment candidates of both parties by depicting a nation in peril
from fiscal and security threats — and prescribing tough cures that he
says others shrink from offering.”
Buffett’s Boost: He threw a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton earlier this summer, and on Wednesday it was Barack Obama’s turn. Warren Buffett appeared with the Illinois senator at an event in Omaha, where Buffett offered much praise. “Apparently the government in its wisdom thinks that some guy like me is like the condor or the spotted owl or something to be protected,” he said last night. “We really need to figure out some way not to fill the golden goose but actually to have abundance grow.”