Voice of America reported on December 1 that the Chinese government has urged all sides (the United States and both Koreas) to exercise “restraint” as the U.S. and South Korean governments engage in talks to plan another major naval exercise to take place as early as this month.

World AIDS Day 2010 passed here in Islamabad, Pakistan, without any particular notable activity or pledge to renew the fight against AIDS. There was only a minor activity organized by the National Aids Control Program chaired by the Minister for Health in a local hotel.

As the Protestant Christian world gears up to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, which many historians call the “single most important publication in whole of history,” the BBC reports that the United Kingdom is going “Bible bananas” for the anniversary, with perpetual readings, services, and commemorations in churches and cathedrals, a flurry of YouTube postings, and even a party hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh at the Banqueting House at Whitehall, “even though there are 162 days to go before the anniversary of its publication.”

Seventy years after the dastardly deed, Russian officials officially acknowledged that Stalin, brutal dictator of the Soviet Union, personally ordered the massacre of 20,000 Polish officers and other notables at the Katyn forests.

The sludge of spendthrift government is spreading across the continent of Europe. In Greece, public employees staged protests even though an actuarial analysis revealed that public employee pensions were unsustainable. In Portugal, politicians and ordinary people huffed about the machinations of Germans and Brits against Mediterranean countries. Ireland, once the Celtic Tiger, is now absorbing the impact of a European Union bailout, and the ownership of Irish public debt by British banks is a presumed impetus. Spain is on the lips of nearly all the financial experts looking at excessive public debt, and it has seemed only a matter of time before the whole Iberian peninsula was going to be rolled over to the intensive care ward of the European Union’s fiscal hospital.

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