The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the traditional display of crucifixes in Italian classrooms violates the rights of parents and children.

Vaclav KlausUnder intense pressure from European Union leaders, other governments, and factions within his own country, Czech President Vaclav Klaus caved in on November 3 and signed the so-called Lisbon Treaty, a slightly altered version of the EU Constitution that was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005. The agreement, having cleared its final hurdle, is expected to go into force in December or January.

Russian militaryIn September 1939, the Red Army of the Soviet Union invaded Poland under the pretense that the Polish government could no longer protect Ukrainians and Belarusians living in eastern Poland. Now it has been revealed that Russia has, in essence, marked the 70th anniversary of that infamous event with “war games” simulating a future invasion of Poland.

woman workerWhen searching for reforms to promote gender equality the world often turns north. The Scandinavian countries have more equality between men and women than most other societies. Women in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark were early in entering the labor market and have the highest political representation in the world. In Sweden, women hold close to half of the seats and Finland is headed by a female president.

CIA “black site"The Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) is expected to approve this week President Dalia Grybauskaite's demand for a full investigation of allegations of a CIA “black site” prison in the Baltic nation's capital in 2004-05, according to various news reports.