The relations between the United States and Pakistan could be halted due to the recent summoning of the Pakistani top intelligence agency officials as well as other military men to appear before a U.S. court in Brooklyn, New York, this month for their alleged involvement in the 2008 terrorist bombings and shootings in Mumbai, India.

Critics of WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange have called for everything from prosecution and new laws to extrajudicial kidnapping and even assassination to stop the embarrassing leaks and deter future whistleblowers. But the now-famous Australian is fighting back, calling for criminal “incitement-to-murder” prosecutions over the most extreme and prominent outbursts.

Belgian flag"Bigger is better in government" — that is the mantra of collectivists. History books they write warn of the danger of nations dividing into several smaller countries. So, if South Carolina had seceded from the Union, our whole nation — we are told — would have fractured into a number of mini-nations.

JesusThis year’s Christmastide has been marked by widespread Jihadist terrorism against the Christian Church. Numerous attacks against churches in Nigeria were among the first to draw international attention, but the violence was by no means limited to one country. In Iraq, church leaders had decided to downplay Christmas observances out of fear of a repetition of the October 31 massacre at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad; the public celebration of Christmas was virtually canceled. However, such prudence was unable to avert the violent intentions of Muslim terrorists, who chose instead to launch attacks on Christians homes throughout Baghdad. As Iraqi priest who presided at the funeral of an elderly couple murdered in the attacks, Fr. Nadhir Dakko, declared: “Iraq is bleeding every day.”

students in South AfricaSouth Africa’s public school system, like most government school systems, is a disaster. According to the Associated Press’s Donna Bryson, “Only a third of third-graders in South Africa meet the minimum literacy and numeracy standards, according to national test results. Last year, a third of those taking final-year exams failed.” Bryson quotes the country’s education minister, Angie Motshekga: “We must acknowledge that there is poor teaching in many of our schools. Management in our schools is often weak and lacks leadership and commitment. Our systems are also often inefficient.”