New year, new crisis. For the beleaguered, once-independent nations of Europe now entangled in the eurozone, the economic drama unfolding in Portugal this week looks woefully familiar. According to the latest speculations in the financial press, the Portuguese government is now under pressure from other European governments to accept a bailout from the EU, much like what happened with Ireland last fall. As with Ireland, Portugal is now denying the need for any bailout, insisting that she can solve her own problems with spending cuts, tax hikes, and other budgetary modifications.
In 1998, a study conducted by Andrew Wakefield, a former British surgeon and researcher, and his colleagues was published in The Lancet. According to the conclusions of the study, there was a direct connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. However, a new examination of the data reveals that Wakefield may have altered some of the information used in his study to reach his conclusion.
As if news of the restoration of the Soviet Union through the new Customs Union was not alarming enough on its own, Britain's Telegraph recently reported that Russia’s “domestic FSB security service is trying to subsume the SVR foreign intelligence service in order to recreate a latter day KGB in all but name.”
"Bigger is better in government" — that is the mantra of collectivists. History books they write warn of the danger of nations dividing into several smaller countries. So, if South Carolina had seceded from the Union, our whole nation — we are told — would have fractured into a number of mini-nations.
After the recent revelation of Russian sleeper operatives in the United States and London, the winds of espionage continue to move eastward, as the Polish government has announced that they have discovered and sentenced a Russian spy.
As reported previously, the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) hosted the 12th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties. Among the stated “102 delegates representing 51 participating Parties from 43 countries” was the Russian Communist Workers' Party – Revolutionary Party of Communists (RCWP-RPC) leader Viktor Tyulkin.
The bear continues to rattle as, on December 23, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported that a former Russian colonel was “detained on suspicions of complicity in terrorism.” Sources at Moscow’s Lefortovo district court identified the suspect as “Former Colonel of the Russian Military Intelligence Service (GRU), Vladimir Kvachkov” and told Itar-Tass that Col. Kvachkov “is suspected of complicity in terrorism and plans to organize an armed revolt.”