The term “liberal” is highly misleading in modern usage. The Latin root word from which it is derived means “liberty” or “freedom.” Few people involved in modern politics would associate liberty with liberalism.

Communist China is taking a look at lifting its notorious policy that allows most couples in the country to have only one child. But the proposed change does not mean the repressive regime will back off on its coercive population control policy, said one expert on the issue.

Those thinking of celebrating the uprisings across the Middle East might want to reconsider popping the cork just yet. While these rebellions have indeed endangered or toppled longstanding repressive regimes, the outcomes in those countries are far from certain.

The Irish Central Bank announced yesterday that its banks will need an additional €24 billion (or about $34 billion) in the next few months to show investors and account holders that the banks will not collapse in the near future.

A further sign of what America’s “victory” in Iraq truly means was witnessed in a brutal incident of mass murder in the city of Tikrit. The latest 56 violent deaths in a nation which has witnessed over 100,000 such civilian deaths since 2003 may be the latest signal that the carnage in Iraq is far from at an end.

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