Following a heated debate and the collapse of the Dutch government over the issue, Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende announced Sunday that the Netherlands’ troop contingent will begin leaving Afghanistan in August.
The top United Nations climate official is resigning. Yvo de Boer, executive director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), announced he will leave his position as of July 1, 2010, a month before his term was scheduled to end.
American banks helped Greece and possibly other governments to run massive deficits and conceal them from European Union officials and the public, according to international news reports. Meanwhile, the consequences of the deception are echoing through world currency and debt markets while shaking the very foundations of the Eurozone.
Americans received yet another confirmation on February 16 that President Obama has taken on the mantle of his war-mongering predecessor with a statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs saying he “wouldn't rule out” war against Iran.
As reported by the New York Times Tuesday, Greece, the widely recognized cradle of self-government, is teetering on the precipice of self-destruction and it is crying out to one-time economic powerhouse Germany for help. For its part, the Germans are reluctant to throw a lifeline to a nation drowning in eddies of its own perpetual profligacy. Germany is flailing a bit itself in the sea of fiscal distress and is worried that Greece might use any rope it is thrown to drag Germany down with it to the depths of irreversible economic despair. The whole episode is a frightening foreboding of the future of America, unless we learn from the mistakes of others and preemptively protect ourselves from the preparatory plans being laid by our own elected representatives.