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.
At last week’s meeting held in Deauville, France, the assembled leaders of the so-called G8 (the “wealthiest industrialized nations”) agreed to send at least $20 billion dollars to Egypt and Tunisia to help the nascent governments in those countries to spur their economic growth. The G8 leaders hope that a large infusion of aid money will prevent these countries from sliding away from the “democracy” they claim to be establishing.
The walls are closing in on the eurozone, as options for resolving the European debt crisis are about to narrow dramatically. After many months of drama and handwringing, the sovereign debt bailout express is about to run off the rails, leaving the European central bank, and probably a number of megabanks across Europe, in financial ruins, and most likely spelling the demise of the euro and of the entire eurozone experiment.
In its efforts to avoid restructuring (i.e., defaulting on) its debt, Greece announced the sale of some of its assets to raise funds and to satisfy the austerity requirements imposed on the country last March. It is trying to raise $70 billion by 2015. Its efforts won’t be nearly enough.
National self-determination remains very much alive in Europe. People such as the Greeks and the Finns — who suffered for centuries under the rule of great empires before they established their own small nations — are resisting the attempts of European Union bureaucrats and politicians to tell them how to run their homelands.
The chickens of unfettered immigration came home to roost for Britons again this week. Four Muslims are on trial for beating a teacher because they didn't like him teaching about religions other than Islam. Meanwhile, a jury sent a teenage hitman to prison for life for the contract murder killing of a Turkish woman whose husband was suspected of taking out the contract.
The European Union is making rapid advances toward becoming officially recognized as a nation-state by the United Nations and the international community, prompting a fierce backlash from political parties and experts concerned with national sovereignty — particularly in the United Kingdom.
So much for freedom of speech and religion in Great Britain: A British doctor has been censured by the government’s medical licensing board, the General Medical Council (GMC), for having the audacity to discuss Christianity with one of his patients. What’s more, in choosing to fight this censure, the physician stands a chance of having his medical license revoked, ending a 28-year career in the profession.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who resigned Wednesday after being arrested on allegations that he attempted to sexually assault a chambermaid at Manhattan’s posh Sofitel Hotel, has been released from New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail on bail Friday afternoon.
While many American and European politicians have responded to the Jihad currently being waged against the West either by denying its Islamic character, or by seeking to engage in endless wars against the Jihad around the globe, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders (left) is striving for the freedom of Europeans to live in their own countries without the fear of sharia law being imposed on them. Wilders’ reward for his efforts has been a charges of "bigotry" and criminal prosecution.