December 13, 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most odious chapters of 20th-century totalitarianism, the "Rape of Nanking" by the Japanese Army.
Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Egyptian jihadist, has called for the destruction of the Sphinx and the great pyramids so long associated with the splendor of Ancient Egypt. In a November 10 interview on an Egyptian television station, al-Gohary denounced those historical monuments as idols offensive to Islam.
A judge is holding hearings to consider ordering that a mentally disabled woman have an abortion, against the wishes of the woman's legal guardians and the wishes of the woman herself.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has just faced a humiliating defeat in a recent non-binding vote in the House of Commons. Enough members of his own Conservative Party voted against the government — demanding that he deliver substantial reductions in the European Union budget — so that even with the support of his coalition Liberal Party, the vote went against Cameron.
Tensions between Communist China, Free China, and Japan are escalating over ownership of five uninhabited islands in the East China Sea — known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese.
Francois Hollande, the new socialist president of France, has a plan for solving his nation’s economic woes: raising taxes. Having already promised much higher taxes on the rich, he is now going to impose a 160-percent increase in the tax on beer.
In a symbolic, but important, vote, members of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's party call for a tougher stand toward European Union.
The Lithuanian national elections, which were completed on Sunday, October 28, resulted in significant losses for Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius’ government. His Homeland Union Party came out of the elections with 13 percent of the vote, although the large number of political parties in the small Baltic nation — no less than 34 parties received meaningful numbers of votes in the small nation — means that the actual losses were not that dramatic.
Spanish unemployment has risen again, this time to a level of one quarter of the workforce. Only Greece has a higher unemployment rate in the European Union. Spanish unemployment today is the highest in the country's modern history and higher than at any time in the 36 years since the death of Francisco Franco. The current unemployment rate is more than double the average in the other nations of the eurozone.
North Korea, one of the most miserable places on the planet, has threatened South Korea with artillery and missile fire if South Korean citizens continue sending balloons over the border that carry gifts, as well as propaganda.