As the U.S. Congress moves to grant Russia with permanent normal trade relations status, the Russian Federation continues its Cold War style naval expansion of ships and bases abroad and alliance with Syria. 

The Council of Europe convention is attempting to redefine “gender” to mean "the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for women and men.” But the bishops of Poland, joined by a number of pro-life and pro-family groups in Europe, are pushing the Polish government not to ratify the convention.

STOCKHOLM — After walking some 120 miles over six days in the “Walk to Freedom” as a protest against Sweden’s controversial new ban on homeschooling, a passionate group of persecuted Swedish homeschoolers and their supporters boarded a ferry to Finland on Friday in pursuit of educational liberty. The walk, which drew some three dozen participants overall, was aimed at attracting more attention to the unprecedented wave of Swedish political refugees created by the Nordic Kingdom’s draconian education regime.

Francois Hollande, the new socialist president of France, plans to reduce his nation's deficit by "soaking the rich," but high income Frenchmen may not stay around to be soaked.

Moody’s Investors Service announced on July 12 that it was downgrading Italian government bonds by two notches in response to the continuing financial problems of Europe. The Italian bond rating went from A3 to Baa2, which makes the sovereign debt instruments of seventh largest economy of the world just two notches ahead of “junk bonds.”  The move — which surprised Italian officials — came at a bad time for the Italian government, which was auctioning off €5.25 billion on Friday.