After a series of reports brought the issue into the spotlight in recent years, allegations of involvement in drug trafficking by the regime of socialist Venezuelan “President” Hugo Chavez are making headlines once again.

Eiffel TowerThe vast and bloated leviathan of government seems to be finding itself beached all over the world. California is virtually facing a budgetary meltdown, since its deficit is simply too great for Californians to pay. Greece is rocking on the shoals of national bankruptcy, as are other Mediterranean nations like Italy and Spain. Now France is facing warnings from the International Monetary Fund that reducing France’s national deficit to four percent of GDP, instead of to three percent of GDP as recommended by the IMF, will jeopardize the financial stability of not only France but also of Europe.

SomaliaThe Islamist armed group al-Shabaab is subjecting inhabitants of southern Somalia to killings, cruel punishments, and repressive social control.

Officials in the United States may be considering Pfc. Bradley Manning as a "person of interest" in their investigation into the leaked Afghan "war diary" made public by whistle-blower Website WikiLeaks, but a retired Pakistani general says he knows who the culprit really is. According to General Hamid Gul, the U.S. government did it. Washington orchestrated the leak, he told the UK's Financial Times, in an effort to "scapegoat him for its failures in Afghanistan."

Reuters reported that a United Nations tribunal has tried and sentenced Kaing Guek Eav, the first Khmer Rouge commander to face charges of crimes against humanity for murder, rape, and similar horrific crimes.