Swedish currencyThe move toward a cashless society is accelerating in Sweden as plastic payments become the norm and various government officials, unions, and high-profile Swedes push for a ban on cash, supposedly to reduce robberies. But opposition to the proposal is mounting as well.

France got into big trouble this week over its deportation of Gypsies early this week, and its move to ban veils that hide the faces of women won't help matters any.

The right to peaceful protest is one virtually all Westerners hold dear, but, apparently, not when it’s applied to pro-lifers. Apparently, that is, if the systematic abuse of some Austrian pro-life activists is any indication.

If you want to know what’s in store for American healthcare if ObamaCare comes to full fruition, look again to England, where patients trapped in the medical system run by the National Health Service frequently die thanks to bungling doctors.

vodkaThere is no doubt that excessive consumption of alcohol was a critical health problem in the Soviet Union. Trapped in a grim purgatory empire, the serfs of socialism had few outlets for human expression and drinking provided one of the few means of escaping the endless rhetoric of Marxist paradise so contrary to everyday experience. The realm of Putin, the KGB officer, and his henchmen continues to inspire ordinary Russians to seek solace in vodka.