The four European Union members known together as PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) are those countries whose general irresponsibility and massive government overspending has been enough to drive down the value of the euro as the interest rates on their government bonds are pushed to unsustainable levels. Last year the financial collapses in these countries, especially Greece, caused the euro to plummet 15 percent in just the first six months of the year.

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.