Moody’s Investors Service announced on July 12 that it was downgrading Italian government bonds by two notches in response to the continuing financial problems of Europe. The Italian bond rating went from A3 to Baa2, which makes the sovereign debt instruments of seventh largest economy of the world just two notches ahead of “junk bonds.” The move — which surprised Italian officials — came at a bad time for the Italian government, which was auctioning off €5.25 billion on Friday.
The unborn are now a little safer in Liechtenstein.
Voters have upheld the right of Crown Prince Alois Philipp Maria of the Central European principality to veto referenda passed by voters — a right that was threatened after he promised to veto a referendum to legalize abortion.
That referendum failed, but introducing what Ann Coulter calls the liberals' "holiest sacrament" of abortion into the Catholic monarchy could have ended the political role of its royals had voters taken away the prince’s right to veto referenda.
After the German government ratified the European Stability Mechanism, a permanent eurozone bailout package, opponents within Germany asked the nation's Constitutional Court for a temporary injunction against the ESM. The court will then rule on the constitutionality of the bailout scheme, possibly leading to a eurozone breakup.
Despite conventional wisdom and reports from the mainstream media, the present day actions of the Russian Federation, led by Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, reflect little to no deviation from the strategic anti-Western polices set forth by the Soviet Union, during the Cold War.
Last week’s story here that Britain’s National Health Service euthanizes 130,000 elderly folks a year is no surprise.
Last year, a major report cited the socialist health-care agency for neglecting the elderly under its care. The neglect was so severe that doctors began prescribing drinking water to patients because they would otherwise die of thirst.
In other words, nothing changes in Britain, no matter how bad the abuses are. That is the lesson to be nationalized health care. Euthnasia, as well, killed the patients more quickly than simple neglect.
The British National Health Service (NHS) — the epitome of socialized medicine — may be prematurely ending the lives of as many as 130,000 elderly patients annually, a top physician told the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
Socialist political — and moral — values now prevail in France. The long slide of a once great nation continues as it continually repeats failed policies of the past.
The British government is proposing a bill that would force communications providers to log details of every e-mail, telephone call, and text message in the U.K. and make this information available to law enforcement on request.
On Thursday the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom “dismissed the application” filed by WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, to re-open the appeal filed by his legal counsel of the Supreme Court’s earlier decision to authorize his extradition to Sweden.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, despite the U.K. Supreme Court’s rejection of Assange’s request, he retains the right to appeal that denial to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). A spokesman for WikiLeaks is quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying that Assange is “in discussions with his lawyers” with regard to the possibility. The Assange legal team refused to comment when contacted by The New American.
Following another last-minute late-weekend meeting of European Finance Ministers, Spain’s new Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy happily announced that not only would his country receive more bailout funds than it needs, it’s coming without any strings attached. This is because, according to Rajoy, the new measures instituted since the victory of his People’s Party last November have been so effective in bringing common sense and prudent behavior back to the country’s financial markets. Those “radical” fiscal, labor market, and financial sector reforms that were instituted were the key, he said.