New year, new crisis. For the beleaguered, once-independent nations of Europe now entangled in the eurozone, the economic drama unfolding in Portugal this week looks woefully familiar. According to the latest speculations in the financial press, the Portuguese government is now under pressure from other European governments to accept a bailout from the EU, much like what happened with Ireland last fall. As with Ireland, Portugal is now denying the need for any bailout, insisting that she can solve her own problems with spending cuts, tax hikes, and other budgetary modifications.

Everybody curses the taxman, but there is a new category of taxpayers in Romania that just might know how to really do it.

In 1998, a study conducted by Andrew Wakefield, a former British surgeon and researcher, and his colleagues was published in The Lancet. According to the conclusions of the study, there was a direct connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. However, a new examination of the data reveals that Wakefield may have altered some of the information used in his study to reach his conclusion.

As if news of the restoration of the Soviet Union through the new Customs Union was not alarming enough on its own, Britain's Telegraph recently reported that Russia’s “domestic FSB security service is trying to subsume the SVR foreign intelligence service in order to recreate a latter day KGB in all but name.” 

Only a few weeks after the European Commission expressed “significant concerns” over the compulsory fingerprinting of British students, the Daily Express is reporting that a quarter of all schoolchildren in Scotland are being tracked throughout their daily activities by means of biometric identification.