Europe

Julian Assange"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." — Washington Irving

On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling permitting the United Kingdom to extradite to the United States six men suspected by the U.S. of committing acts of terrorism.

The principal issue in the case and the one that attracted the attention of civil rights groups around the world is whether reports of harsh conditions and physical deprivation of suspected terrorists at prisons in the United States would influence the court’s ruling. Apparently, it did not.

The sovereign debt crisis of the European Union is not going away anytime soon. The new Italian government has already had a crisis of confidence and a threatened general strike that has pushed the yield on Italian government bonds higher and led the new premier to ponder resignation. 

Willie BrigitteFrench police raided eight cities last Friday and collared 17 suspected terrorists, according to news reports.

On Sunday the London Independent newspaper published the words from a video confession with the Iraqi most responsible for false intelligence reports that brought the United States to war with Iraq. "We went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie," the interviewer said to Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi — codenamed “Curveball.” Al-Janabi replied simply: "Yes."

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