Authorities have recovered 26 bodies from a boatload of illegal African immigrants who were heading to Italy. The Associated Press reports that officials believe the craft carrying illegal immigrants set out from Libya and foundered off the coast of Tunisia’s Kerkennah Islands on May 31. Authorities fear that as many as 270 of the seagoing illegals are still missing. Reuters reports that about 570 were rescued.

As the spectacle of a man being tried for speaking the truth about Islam comes to its end in the Netherlands, the accused continues to assert that the accusations of “hate speech” that have been made against him are baseless — the problem is that Islam is an ideology of hatred.

Muslim men are continuing their brutal campaign of rape against Norwegian women, according to a police report broadcast on a Norwegian television station.

According to the report, all assault rapes in Oslo during the past five years were committed by “non-Western” men, a clear euphemism for Muslims either from Africa, the Middle East, or Asia given the identity of most rapists in Scandinavia.

Pope Benedict XVI, who like other teenagers in Nazi Germany, was forced to join the Hitler Youth, recently recalled solemnly the evils of Nazism. Although it was once fashionable to try to present Christianity as some sort of precursor to Nazi anti-Semitism, and in particular to attack the Catholic Church as an accomplice of the Nazis, honest history tells a very different story. Nazi persecution of all serious Christians was unrelenting and severe. 

The financial crisis threatening to bring down the economies of Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain (the so-called “PIGS” countries) has long-term consequences which will affect whole generations in those nations. But the problems in Spain — high unemployment and immigration woes, regional tensions, and a low birth rate — seem to be combining in a "perfect-storm," making a financial meltdown perhaps even more likely there than in any of the other troubled European Union member-states.