Recent developments in Egyptian politics are revealing that not only Islamic militants are gaining power in the new regime: Communists are also preparing for a more active role in the new Egypt.

According to Links — International Journal of Socialist Renewal, five self-identified "Communist" and "Socialist" parties in Egypt recently merged into a united front, and are becoming increasingly bold. Links author Mohamed El Hebeishy explains:

 In its efforts to avoid restructuring (i.e., defaulting on) its debt, Greece announced the sale of some of its assets to raise funds and to satisfy the austerity requirements imposed on the country last March.  It is trying to raise $70 billion by 2015. Its efforts won’t be nearly enough.

National self-determination remains very much alive in Europe. People such as the Greeks and the Finns — who suffered for centuries under the rule of great empires before they established their own small nations — are resisting the attempts of European Union bureaucrats and politicians to tell them how to run their homelands.

The chickens of unfettered immigration came home to roost for Britons again this week. Four Muslims are on trial for beating a teacher because they didn't like him teaching about religions other than Islam. Meanwhile, a jury sent a teenage hitman to prison for life for the contract murder killing of a Turkish woman whose husband was suspected of taking out the contract.

The European Union is making rapid advances toward becoming officially recognized as a nation-state by the United Nations and the international community, prompting a fierce backlash from political parties and experts concerned with national sovereignty — particularly in the United Kingdom.