Pier Luigi Bersani, the former Communist Party leader, squeaked out a bare plurality in the Italian elections, but not enough to put together a government — but Berlusconi and Monti don't look any better. Is wild card Beppe Grillo the only option?
In an Orwellian move that has already been widely criticized and ridiculed by analysts across the political spectrum, the United Nations announced last week that Socialist French President François Hollande would be awarded a UN “Peace Prize” for his government’s invasion of Mali to support a military coup-installed regime battling separatist rebels. Human rights groups say the controversial international military intervention, led by Hollande in France but heavily supported by the UN and Obama, has already resulted in civilian massacres and possibly war crimes.
The greatly delayed and infinitesimally small credit rating downgrade of the U.K.'s debt by Moody's Investors Service caused nary a ripple in bond markets, as Britain's welfare state continues to rack up unsustainable debts.
Even as the European Union continues to pursue ever-closer “integration” in the name of “global governance,” Obama is now working to form a “Trans-Atlantic partnership” between the U.S. government and the EU under the guise of a so-called “free trade” agreement. Formally announced in the United States during the president’s State of the Union address, the highly controversial deal — a scheme that has been under discussion since before the current administration came to power — is expected to take at least 18 months to complete. It also has the backing of both Big Business and Big Labor.
Russia's presidency of the G20 nations for 2013 has opened the way for a dangerous series of programs to advance the "convergence" agenda — the economic, political, and social merging of Russia and China with the West.