Rumors spreading around the internet indicate that the annual Bilderberg conference will be held at a Marriott hotel in Chantilly, Virginia, near Dulles Airport.

As Latin American governments continue marching toward ever-closer “integration” under transnational bodies like the socialist-dominated Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), regional leaders are now calling for what essentially amounts to a continental police force. The authoritarian regime ruling Venezuela, meanwhile, is attempting to erect a new hemispheric “human rights commission” that excludes the U.S. government.

During a ministerial UNASUR meeting held in Cartagena last week, senior officials representing the 12 member governments demanded the creation of a regional "Council for Public Safety, Justice and Cooperation." According to the member-states’ Ministers in attendance — Justice, Interior, Defense, and Foreign Relations — transnational crime represents among the most serious problems facing the region.

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in imminent danger of execution and his attorney will soon be serving a nine-year prison term.

On Sunday French voters, angry over austerity measures, replaced President Nicolas Sarkozy with Socialist Francois Hollande.

Islamists haven taken to the streets of Cairo in the aftermath of an elections committee removing several top candidates on the basis of terrorism convictions and other violations of Egyptian election law.

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