With the Year of the Rabbit set to commence on February 3, 2011 — Chinese New Year — the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has censored a fairytale cartoon in which a community of oppressed rabbits rises up against their oppressive tiger government, which bears a striking resemblance to the government in China.

In the three weeks that have passed since the governor of Punjab was assassinated, it has become clear that Islamic extremists are gaining influence in Pakistan. Governor Salman Taseer was murdered on January 4 by one of his own bodyguards because he had voiced his opposition to the imposition of the death penalty in blasphemy cases, and had called for a presidential pardon for Asia Bibi, a Christian who had been unjustly convicted and sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Self-identified communist activists have claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion at 9:00 a.m. Thursday which caused only minor damage at the four-star Morosani Posthotel in Davos, Switzerland, a few hundred yards from where company heads, central bankers, and politicians are meeting at the World Economic Forum.

Violent anti-government outbursts in Egypt have prompted the Egyptian government to take drastic actions, including implementing a curfew and cutting cellphone service.

As Pakistan slides further in the direction of Islamic extremism, and anti-Christian violence is on the rise in Iraq and Egypt, Congress may soon consider legislation which may increase the level of American intervention in such conflicts.