Eiffel TowerThe vast and bloated leviathan of government seems to be finding itself beached all over the world. California is virtually facing a budgetary meltdown, since its deficit is simply too great for Californians to pay. Greece is rocking on the shoals of national bankruptcy, as are other Mediterranean nations like Italy and Spain. Now France is facing warnings from the International Monetary Fund that reducing France’s national deficit to four percent of GDP, instead of to three percent of GDP as recommended by the IMF, will jeopardize the financial stability of not only France but also of Europe.

In a speech given in England on July 1, 2008, then-president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement David Berwick, who is now Chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), praised England’s National Health Service (NHS), indicating a desire to bring a similar system to the United States. He remarked, “Here, in the NHS, you have historically put primary care — general practice — where it belongs: at the forefront. The NHS is a bridge, it’s a towering bridge, between the rhetoric of justice, and the fact of justice.”

What's next for Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin? A guest appearance as a celebrity contestant on Dancing With the Stars? If so, there are sure to be plenty of adoring paparazzi-journos in the United States and Europe praising his macho ballroom prowess.

On Tuesday, July 13, the first seven of what is expected to be up to 52 political prisoners released from Cuba, arrived in Madrid, Spain, with family members on two commercial flights. Of the prisoners to be released, 20 have so far expressed desire that Spain be their place of exile.

The recent easy escape and disappearance of Russian spy "Christopher R. Metsos" may draw more attention to Russia's beefed up presence of intelligence operatives throughout the Mediterranean. Metsos, the 11th person in the high-profile arrests of Russians in late June, is frequently referred to as the "paymaster" of the network of Russian agents.