Most Americans — blessed with an inimitable Constitution written by men of great character and wisdom who understood the profound importance of human liberty — take freedom of expression for granted. So it sometimes surprises them to learn that their notion of free speech and free press is exceptional in the world.
A teen terrorist who helped carry out a deadly bombing in Pakistan on April 3 told authorities that as many as 400 suicide bombers are currently being trained and prepared for a campaign of carnage in the country. Fourteen-year-old failed suicide bomber Umar Fidayee spoke from a Pakistan hospital where he was being treated after detonating a hand grenade during an attack in which two other suicide bombers killed themselves along with 50 other people at a 13th-century Sufi shrine.
In what some observers have called the worst crackdown on Christian worship in China in years, Beijing police arrested nearly 200 Protestant Christians from a prominent unregistered church who had gathered on April 10 in a public square to worship following the congregation’s eviction several days earlier from the restaurant where it had been meeting.
The Plurinational State of Bolivia is presenting a message to the world via the United Nations: Nature should have just as many rights as human beings do. Air has a right to be clean. Water has a right to be pure. And nature has “the right to balance.” Bolivia’s ambassador to the UN, Pablo Salon, will be presenting a treaty to the UN with the goal of codifying these sentiments into international law.
The American Left and the mainstream media touted the Egyptian revolution as a democratic one, even comparing it to the American Revolutionary movement. Perhaps it is for that reason that those same groups are now ignoring all indications that what happened in Egypt was anything but similar to what happened in America in 1776.
The United Nations continues to prove itself to be an unqualified authority on world affairs, this time, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), by giving special recognition to an organization that supports Hamas terrorist groups and was involved in organizing flotillas headed to Gaza.
Voters in Iceland infuriated bankers and European governments yet again by rejecting for a second time a proposal to force taxpayers to cover the massive debts of private Icelandic banks that failed during the economic crisis. But the battle is not over yet.
The ban on burqas and other Islamic face coverings went into effect in France yesterday. Police hauled off a few face-covered Muslim women, while outside the French embassy in London "British" Muslims protested the new law, designed to force the integration of Muslims into French society.