The corruption of communism still haunts Russia. Contrary to much Marxist mythology, Russia under the Romanovs was not horrible. The Russian economy was growing at a faster rate than America or Germany and would have made the huge empire into the second largest economy in the world by 1930. This growth was not limited to natural resources and agricultural products, but industry and the highest levels of technological development.
Greece, a nation wrecked by very costly public employees unions, which has yet to earn the full confidence even of the other nations in the European Union, has discovered the real culprit behind its growing chaos: American banks. Prime Minister Papandreou, the socialist leader of this disintegrating nation, is frustrated by the ratings given to Greece by investment banks in America, which are indicating a high probability of default by the Mediterranean country.
BBC News reported on May 14 that Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon has been suspended from his post by a unanimous decision of Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), the country's judicial body. Garzon will be tried on charges that he abused his powers by opening an inquiry in 2008 into crimes allegedly committed during Francisco Franco's rule. Just two days earlier, the high court had removed the last obstacle to Garzon's trial. If convicted he would not be sentenced to prison, but he could be suspended for up to 20 years.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001. Six years later then-Senator Barack Obama, in a speech entitled “The War We Need to Win,” called Afghanistan “the right battlefield” in the Global War on Terror and pledged to “deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan” if elected President. Since taking office he has made good on that promise, increasing troop levels by 17,000 in February 2009 and an additional 30,000 in December 2009.
Queen Elizabeth appointed British Conservative Party electoral victor David Cameron as Prime Minister on May 11, shortly after his predecessor, Gordon Brown of the Labor Party, resigned. Brown's resignation came after talks on forming a Labor coalition with Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats broke down.