A Muslim beauty who bared all for Playboy may well be the next victim of an honor killing in Germany, if orthodox Muslims get their way.

Sila Şahin, a Turkish knock-out and soap-opera star who shed her clothes for pornographer Hugh Hefner's German edition of Playboy, is under fire from those calling her a "whore" and a "western slut" and who believe she must die.

Europe is in a long meltdown. The financial crisis is getting a great deal of the attention connected with this meltdown. Greece, Portugal, and Ireland have public debt ratios to GDP and to government revenues that are scaring off bond purchasers and pushing up the interest paid on government bonds. The selfishness of Europeans (and Americans) who are demanding that the government (i.e. hardworking taxpayers) fund huge packages of social welfare benefits and public employee pensions is a Ponzi scheme that had to fall someday, and that day appears now.

A clinic in the United Kingdom that specializes in treating individuals suffering from “Gender Identity Disorder” (GID) has been given approval by the country’s National Research Ethics Service to prescribe a puberty-blocking drug to children as young as 12 who say they are confused about whether they are male or female.

The war has begun over what to do with the Tunisian migrants who flooded Italy, which country then threatened to scatter them across Europe. Last week, France blocked a train carrying the Africans at its border with Italy, which prompted an immediate protest from the latter.

What to do with the 25,000 migrants who fled Tunisia after its government fell, and then flooded the Italian isle of Lampedusa, has been a matter of some concern since the "biblical exodus," as officials termed it, began in January.

In Great Britain, in the days prior to the invasion of Iraq, government ministers and oil industry executives spoke about how best to exploit the rich oil reserves in that country, according to an article in the UK newspaper The Independent.

The paper reports that there were at least five meetings among representatives of BP, Shell, and the British government, taking place near the end of 2002. The invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003.

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