In its efforts to avoid restructuring (i.e., defaulting on) its debt, Greece announced the sale of some of its assets to raise funds and to satisfy the austerity requirements imposed on the country last March. It is trying to raise $70 billion by 2015. Its efforts won’t be nearly enough.
National self-determination remains very much alive in Europe. People such as the Greeks and the Finns — who suffered for centuries under the rule of great empires before they established their own small nations — are resisting the attempts of European Union bureaucrats and politicians to tell them how to run their homelands.
The chickens of unfettered immigration came home to roost for Britons again this week. Four Muslims are on trial for beating a teacher because they didn't like him teaching about religions other than Islam. Meanwhile, a jury sent a teenage hitman to prison for life for the contract murder killing of a Turkish woman whose husband was suspected of taking out the contract.
The European Union is making rapid advances toward becoming officially recognized as a nation-state by the United Nations and the international community, prompting a fierce backlash from political parties and experts concerned with national sovereignty — particularly in the United Kingdom.
So much for freedom of speech and religion in Great Britain: A British doctor has been censured by the government’s medical licensing board, the General Medical Council (GMC), for having the audacity to discuss Christianity with one of his patients. What’s more, in choosing to fight this censure, the physician stands a chance of having his medical license revoked, ending a 28-year career in the profession.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who resigned Wednesday after being arrested on allegations that he attempted to sexually assault a chambermaid at Manhattan’s posh Sofitel Hotel, has been released from New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail on bail Friday afternoon.
Mexican authorities recently stopped two tractor trailers containing a total of 513 illegal aliens. They were caught at a checkpoint, using X-ray equipment, in the county's southern state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala. They are, to some degree, lucky to have been caught before entering Mexico. Otherwise, they might have been in big trouble given Mexico's stiff immigration law that severely punishes illegal aliens, and which is much tougher than U.S. immigration law. Even worse, they would have faced the depredations of corrupt public officials and criminal gangs had they made it past the checkpoint and been dumped somewhere in Mexico.
Islamic atrocities continue to be perpetrated against the Egyptian Christians, but the Western media often misreport such crimes as if they were the result of “communal clashes.”
One of the most recent incidents in the persecution of the churches of Egypt was the attack on churches in Imbaba, a suburb of Cairo. According to an Agenzia Fides news article, the violence was allegedly perpetrated by members of the Salafi movement ("Salafi" meaning "following the forefathers of Islam"), and involved attacks on Roman Catholic and Coptic churches:
International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn finally resigned on Wednesday after harsh accusations several days ago of sexual assault from a housekeeper in a midtown Manhattan hotel room propelled him to the center of controversy.
While many American and European politicians have responded to the Jihad currently being waged against the West either by denying its Islamic character, or by seeking to engage in endless wars against the Jihad around the globe, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders (left) is striving for the freedom of Europeans to live in their own countries without the fear of sharia law being imposed on them. Wilders’ reward for his efforts has been a charges of "bigotry" and criminal prosecution.