As the world focuses its attention on the events transpiring in Tunisia and Egypt, the flames of revolution continue to sweep through the Middle East — particularly in Yemen, where radical Islamist and socialist forces have come together to topple yet another pro-Western state.

A Pakistani lawmaker who had worked to reform her nation’s harsh blasphemy law has abandoned that effort, at least for the moment. Sherry Rehman, a member of Pakistan’s parliament, had authored a bill for the National Assembly that would have removed the death sentence as a form of punishment for blasphemy against Mohammed.

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.

While President Obama and his administration continue to celebrate Islam as the religion of peace and laud “the contribution of Muslims to the United States” as “interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country,” some European leaders appear to be prepared to resist the bland conventions of political correctness and actually identify the victims of the persecution which Islam is unleashing throughout the Muslim nations of the world.

Another pro-family public-interest group has joined the battle to free a Swedish boy seized by authorities in 2009 over homeschooling, lining up with a broad international coalition urging the European Court of Human Rights to speed up the case, which was filed more than seven months ago.