Cuban flagThe good news: The President has kept his promises to cut the number of government employees drastically and to reduce regulations so that new small businesses can open up, leading to an almost immediate 50 percent increase in the number of self-employed persons. The bad news: That’s President Raul Castro of communist Cuba, not President Barack Obama of ostensibly capitalist America.

Americans, Canadians and Europeans must brace themselves for a massive increase in the number of Muslims living in North America and the European Union during the next 20 years, according to a report from the Pew Forum for Religious and Public Life.

Guyanese terrorist Russell DeFreitas is to be sentenced today in U.S. federal court for his role in plotting to blow up John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York. DeFreitas’  sentencing comes one week after that of his fellow terrorist, Abdel Nur, who was sentenced last Thursday for his role in orchestrating the attack with al-Qaeda operatives and with the anarchist socialist Trinidadian movement Jamaat Al Muslimeen (JAM). Like his co-conspirators, DeFreitas is expected to be sentenced to life in prison.

According to Borderland Beat (BB) Jan. 5, Mexican drug cartels have formed elaborate and strategic alliances with Middle Eastern drug traffickers, and those supply chains are also being used for arms trade and money laundering. BB obtained the report from El Universal, a major Mexican newspaper, and added that Mexican groups are also making inroads into European Union markets.

A high court in Saskatchewan has ruled that marriage commissioners in Canada may not refuse to perform weddings for same-sex couples, even if their religious beliefs prohibit homosexual relations.