China never fails to top itself when it comes to human rights violations. Even as Michael Moore attempts to defend communist regimes, world-wide media networks continue to report on the harsh practices of the Communist Chinese government, most recently forced sterilizations of Puning County parents and the torture of Falun Gong practitioners.
On March 31, 2010, the European Commission issued its final report on the oversight that the European Parliament and the European Council will exercise over the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), one of the principle provisions of the Lisbon Treaty that was ratified by EU member states at the end of 2007 and went into effect in 2009. The overall import of the report is that Europeans can essentially bypass the EU legislature and create laws on their own — if they follow some guidelines.
If you've always dreamed of that blue sky holiday relaxing with a book and a beverage on the sun-drenched shores of Hawaii but you've never been able to afford it, then get on a plane and head for that socialist Shangri-La known as the European Union and all your dreams will come true.
Back in the 1980s, South Africa figured prominently on the West’s radar screen. Protests against apartheid were everywhere; the movement even inspired a song: “Sun City.” With the fall of the apartheid regime in 1994, however, people lost interest in the faraway land.
Following a cooperation deal with Colombia last year, the United States military this week announced plans to further expand its influence throughout Latin America, using agreements with various governments including Brazil and Peru.