From Somalia to the Congo, United Nations-supported troops and “peacekeepers” are killing, raping, and displacing civilians on an unprecedented scale, charge human-rights groups.

Mainland Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters on January 12 that China has successfully carried out a test of military technology to shoot down missiles in mid-air.  Jiang says the January 11 test of "ground-based, mid-course missile intercepting technology" had what she described as "the expected result."

Although the Christmas day “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been the focus of a great deal of media attention, and his plot the enabling action for a new round of security measures, attacks on Christian congregations in Egypt and Malaysia have not received similar levels of attention.

Sean Penn commercialDuring much of 2009 European TV audiences were shown a commercial in which Sean Penn makes a plea for a "human rescue plan." The left-leaning actor rolls out a long roll of dollar bills showing the costs of the U.S. and EU stimulus plans, as well as the cost of the war in Iraq. He then compares the long rolls with a single dollar bill — representing the $3 billion dollars he claims could feed every hungry schoolchild for a year.

Socialist Bolivian President Evo Morales, not satisfied with the results of the United Nations’ COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, announced this week that he will be hosting his own global-warming summit.