The bells pealing in the 800-year-old Lisbon Cathedral may have tolled the end (temporarily) of the Socialists Party's’ hold on the government of Portugal.

Governments — and all the menagerie of quasi- and supra-governmental organizations such as the European Union — will not bite the hand that feeds them. One may expect these organizations to support statism and its ideologies — such as socialism. 

Just last year, the Obama administration more than doubled direct American military aid to the regime ruling Yemen. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously for a non-binding resolution basically urging Obama to “use all appropriate measures” to ensure the dictatorship’s survival. And American forces were conducting secret air strikes on villages in the areas of North Yemen since late 2009 under the guise of the terror war.

Authorities have recovered 26 bodies from a boatload of illegal African immigrants who were heading to Italy. The Associated Press reports that officials believe the craft carrying illegal immigrants set out from Libya and foundered off the coast of Tunisia’s Kerkennah Islands on May 31. Authorities fear that as many as 270 of the seagoing illegals are still missing. Reuters reports that about 570 were rescued.

NATO has decided to extend its mission in Libya for another 90 days. NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen explains why: “This decision sends a clear message to the Gadhafi regime. We are determined to continue our operation to protect the people of Libya…. NATO, our partners, the whole international community, stand with you. We stand united to make sure that you can shape your own future. And that day is getting closer." British Foreign Secretary William Hague applauded the decision, saying that it represented an “important reaffirmation” of the global commitment to protect Libyan citizens.

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