A clinic in the United Kingdom that specializes in treating individuals suffering from “Gender Identity Disorder” (GID) has been given approval by the country’s National Research Ethics Service to prescribe a puberty-blocking drug to children as young as 12 who say they are confused about whether they are male or female.
The war has begun over what to do with the Tunisian migrants who flooded Italy, which country then threatened to scatter them across Europe. Last week, France blocked a train carrying the Africans at its border with Italy, which prompted an immediate protest from the latter.
What to do with the 25,000 migrants who fled Tunisia after its government fell, and then flooded the Italian isle of Lampedusa, has been a matter of some concern since the "biblical exodus," as officials termed it, began in January.
In Great Britain, in the days prior to the invasion of Iraq, government ministers and oil industry executives spoke about how best to exploit the rich oil reserves in that country, according to an article in the UK newspaper The Independent.
The paper reports that there were at least five meetings among representatives of BP, Shell, and the British government, taking place near the end of 2002. The invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003.
The so-called London Taliban is attempting to impose Sharia law by threatening homosexuals and women who don’t know wear Muslim garb with violence.
The city’s Daily Mail newspaper, in yet another installment of its episodic chronicle of Islam’s march through Britain and its institutions, reports that Muslims are harassing women who refuse to wear Islamic headgear, the hijab, or even worse, the suffocating burqa. Neighborhoods are being declared “gay free” zones.
Finland is a curious blend of statist socialism and national independence. Its politics do not always fit easily into American thinking. No one would call the small country a socially conservative nation. Religious belief is weak, and vices such as illegitimacy, alcoholism, and pornography are shockingly more prevalent than in its cousins — Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland.
Most Americans — blessed with an inimitable Constitution written by men of great character and wisdom who understood the profound importance of human liberty — take freedom of expression for granted. So it sometimes surprises them to learn that their notion of free speech and free press is exceptional in the world.
Voters in Iceland infuriated bankers and European governments yet again by rejecting for a second time a proposal to force taxpayers to cover the massive debts of private Icelandic banks that failed during the economic crisis. But the battle is not over yet.
The ban on burqas and other Islamic face coverings went into effect in France yesterday. Police hauled off a few face-covered Muslim women, while outside the French embassy in London "British" Muslims protested the new law, designed to force the integration of Muslims into French society.