With the recent proposal by the government of the UK that agents of the Department of Health be permitted to enter the homes of children suspected of having parents not sufficiently concerned with “safety,” it would seem that there would be few privations of liberty that Her Majesty’s subjects have not endured.
On November 18, Queen Elizabeth II performed one of her perfunctory duties as ceremonial head of state of the United Kingdom and announced to her subjects the legislative program for next year, the last before next year’s general elections. Although the message was delivered with pomp and parade by the reigning monarch, the agenda was set by and the pronouncement was written by the UK’s Labour Party, their prerogative as the party in control of Parliament.
The London Telegraph has published excerpts of leaked secret British documents that reveal pre-war deceit by former Prime Minister Tony Blair and ongoing friction between British and American military commanders in Iraq November 21.
ABC News revealed the location of an abandoned secret torture prison run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency about 20 miles northeast of the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius in a November 18 report.
The mayors of several Italian cities are rebelling against a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling that bans the crucifix from public classrooms. The ECHR found that the display of crucifixes in state schools is a "violation of the right to education taken jointly with the freedom of thought, conscience and religion."
Just when they thought they could not be under more surveillance or monitored more often, English people discovered Sunday that inspectors from the Department of Health will soon be permitted almost unrestricted and completely unprecedented entry to the homes of parents whose children are reported to be “at risk.”
The United Nations has entered the climate change debate in an interesting way: "There can be no food security without climate security," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the World Summit on Food Security (aka, the "Hunger Summit") in Rome recently. There is an undeniable connection between climate and food production, although throughout most of human history a warm climate has been associated with large food surpluses. Europe, about one thousand years ago, was much warmer than Europe today.
Children in Britain will be forced to attend at least one year of sex-education classes before their 16th birthday, according to new rules enacted in the United Kingdom. The BBC reports that parents cannot opt out children 15 or older, even if their children attend parochial or religious schools.
This week, as almost everyone is aware, marks the 20th anniversary of the dramatic fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that set in motion the domino-like collapse of communist regimes across Eastern Europe behind the so-called “Iron Curtain.”