After turning France into a global laughingstock of failed Big Government schemes and further damaging the nation’s already battered economy and reputation, the French Socialist Party’s infamous 75 percent “supertax” on the rich is set to die a quiet death on February 1. Despite the pro-wealth-confiscation ideological leanings of deeply unpopular Socialist French President Francois Hollande and his radical comrades, analysts said authorities in France appear to be finally acknowledging reality — and may now even understand that ending the massive tax scheme and scaling back draconian restrictions on economic freedom will be essential in attempting to revive the struggling economy, if not in preserving some semblance of a political future for the Socialist Party.

U.S. military engagements in the decades since World War II have often been characterized by their expansive nature, a development commonly called "mission creep." But the already expanded role of the new mission in Afghanistan — the training and support mission that follows "the end of combat operations" in that country — might better be described as "mission morph" or "mission mutation."

ISIS, the throat-cutting, children-murdering Islamist terrorist organization that is taking over large segments of Iraq and Syria, owes its beginning to the U.S. government.

With freedom of speech and religion under attack, it is becoming clear that from Stockholm in the Baltic to Tamworth near the Tasman Sea, an iron burka has descended across the West.

 

HarperCollins, a publisher owned by Rupert Murdoch, was caught omitting Israel from maps sold in the Middle East.