Anti-communists at the height of the Cold War may have dreamed of the day when NATO troops would march triumphantly through Red Square. But they probably never imagined it would be under a Soviet flag, with the hammer and sickle flying overhead.
The Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported on April 27 that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, in a statement made to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said it is "unjust" to call the Stalin-era famine that killed millions of the Ukrainian people a genocide.
On March 31, 2010, the European Commission issued its final report on the oversight that the European Parliament and the European Council will exercise over the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), one of the principle provisions of the Lisbon Treaty that was ratified by EU member states at the end of 2007 and went into effect in 2009. The overall import of the report is that Europeans can essentially bypass the EU legislature and create laws on their own — if they follow some guidelines.
If you've always dreamed of that blue sky holiday relaxing with a book and a beverage on the sun-drenched shores of Hawaii but you've never been able to afford it, then get on a plane and head for that socialist Shangri-La known as the European Union and all your dreams will come true.
European leaders reached an agreement over the weekend on bailing out the profligate Greek government with up to $40 billion in taxpayer-funded loans at below-market interest rates, easing fears of a default but prompting outrage among Europeans.
The Socialist government of Greece has announced an austerity program that freezes pensions, cuts the salary of civil service employees, and increases taxes as a way of restoring confidence in the ability of Greece to meet its financial obligations. The government of this Mediterranean nation suffers from the same sort of extravagant spending and imprudent long-term obligations that have wreaked havoc in other European nations like Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Iceland. The actions of the Greek government have not worked.
After a 10-year hiatus in public viewing, the Shroud of Turin will again go on display from April 10 to May 23 at the cathedral in Turin, Italy. The 14-foot-long, 4-foot wide, linen fabric with the image of a naked, bloody, bearded man is regarded by millions of Christians to be the burial cloth that covered the body of Jesus Christ in the tomb after his crucifixion. The image of the Man in the Shroud, they believe, was miraculously formed. Skeptics claim it is a medieval forgery, so longstanding arguments about it are certain to be raised again in the media.
Rasmussen Reports show that a whopping 54 percent of Americans are still against the healthcare reform, while 40 percent are in favor of the passage. Opponents are fueled by a variety of reasons, particularly the cost of the plan, but no reason is perhaps as convincing and terrifying as evidence that Obamacare is doomed to fail. The condition of the National Health Service (NHS), England’s health care system, which is similar to that of Obamacare, is indicative of the future of America’s health care, and it is frightening.
A nurse in England is claiming discrimination after hospital policy punishes her for wearing a crucifix to work. Shirley Chaplin, a 54-year old Christian nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital in England, was moved into an office position after refusing to remove her crucifix. Nurse Chaplin claimed that removing her crucifix would “violate her faith.”