World AIDS Day 2010 passed here in Islamabad, Pakistan, without any particular notable activity or pledge to renew the fight against AIDS. There was only a minor activity organized by the National Aids Control Program chaired by the Minister for Health in a local hotel.
As the Protestant Christian world gears up to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, which many historians call the “single most important publication in whole of history,” the BBC reports that the United Kingdom is going “Bible bananas” for the anniversary, with perpetual readings, services, and commemorations in churches and cathedrals, a flurry of YouTube postings, and even a party hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh at the Banqueting House at Whitehall, “even though there are 162 days to go before the anniversary of its publication.”
Seventy years after the dastardly deed, Russian officials officially acknowledged that Stalin, brutal dictator of the Soviet Union, personally ordered the massacre of 20,000 Polish officers and other notables at the Katyn forests.
The sludge of spendthrift government is spreading across the continent of Europe. In Greece, public employees staged protests even though an actuarial analysis revealed that public employee pensions were unsustainable. In Portugal, politicians and ordinary people huffed about the machinations of Germans and Brits against Mediterranean countries. Ireland, once the Celtic Tiger, is now absorbing the impact of a European Union bailout, and the ownership of Irish public debt by British banks is a presumed impetus. Spain is on the lips of nearly all the financial experts looking at excessive public debt, and it has seemed only a matter of time before the whole Iberian peninsula was going to be rolled over to the intensive care ward of the European Union’s fiscal hospital.
The viral exposure of a video of an anti-European Union speech given earlier this week at European Parliament has some political analysts wondering if England will see the rise of its own Tea Party movement, as much of the sentiments articulated throughout the speech echo the concerns addressed by America’s Tea Parties.
While the benefits of the items revealed in some of the Wikileaks reports are debatable, one cannot help but wonder about the motives of Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange. According to conservative pundit Glenn Beck, the ultimate purpose of Wikileaks is to bring about necessary anarchy that would eventually lead to a restructuring of power.
More than 40,000 Pakistani nationals are in the United Kingdom on student visas that have been expired for several years, despite the fact that the Pakistanis are working at various outlets to earn a livelihood instead of studying to gain a degree.
If you think the Muslim burka is about as far from looking like “swim wear” as you can imagine, think again. Some Muslim women in Australia beg to differ. And the West Australia Health Department and Office of Multicultural Affairs are too beholden to the demands of political correctness to disagree with them.
Many still remember the movie True Grit, with John Wayne playing Rooster Cogburn, the irascible drunk who reluctantly agrees to help Mattie track down Tom Chaney who murdered Mattie’s father. The phrase “true grit” defines one who knows right from wrong and then does something about it.
Over the course of centuries, Switzerland has developed a reputation as a place of sanctuary for dissidents and refugees from oppression. From John Calvin and the Huguenots in the 16th century to German Jews fleeing the Holocaust in the 20th century, Switzerland has been a refuge. However, the Swiss are now sending a clear message to foreigners residing in their country: “Do not take such hospitality for granted.”