Ireland has been following the path of Greece and Spain: Increasingly more of the national economy is, effectively, mortgaged to international organizations that are keeping the financial systems of these nations from collapsing. The list of sick patients is growing. Portugal and Belgium are mentioned more and more frequently — and also Italy.

As many as 16 people lost their lives on December 8, while 31 others sustained injuries, in the first suicide attack during the commencement of the Islamic month Muharam-UL-haram in the Tirah Valley of the Kohat district of Pakistan, almost 150 kilometres away from the capital Islamabad.

As reported previously for The New American, a recent poll of public opinion in Germany revealed that only approximately one-third of Germans have a positive view of Muslims. In addition, only 30 percent of those living in western Germany and 20 percent of the residents in the eastern portion of nation favor permitting more mosques to be built.

Julian AssangeBritish police arrested Julian Assange on December 7 over charges of sexual misconduct in Sweden. Accused by two women of rape, molestation, and sexual coercion, Assange agreed to give himself up to the British police but has vowed to contest extradition to Sweden. Some skeptics question, however, the validity of the charges levied against the founder of Wikileaks.

KremlinAmong the secret U.S. diplomatic cables released recently by WikiLeaks are several from Moscow, Tel Aviv, and other capitals expressing concern over the connections between, and rising influence of, the Russian and Israeli mafias around the world. The extent of their control over certain governments was also noted, with one expert describing the existence of “virtual mafia states” among former Soviet republics.