In his candid appraisal of the letter from Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy to the European Union meeting that starts Friday in Brussels, Dan Murphy makes clear that this summit will be different from the previous 20: This one is determined to override national sovereignty to save the euro. The core of the letter is the offer of the fatal alternative to the eurozone nations: Either give up essential sovereign control over your budgets to the EU, or destroy the euro.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the reputed Number 2 chief in al-Qaeda and the man second only to Osama bin Laden on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, was trained by the Russian FSB (formerly known as the KGB). That's the story told by ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who fled Russia in 2000.
One of poisoned Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko's most important accusations is his charge that Ayman al-Zawahiri, reportedly al-Qaeda's "Number 2" commander, had been trained by the Soviet KGB/FSB.
Anyone who has ever told peace activist and human rights crusader Patrick J. Mahoney to "take a hike" will should be happy because he is going on a prayer-walk in Ireland to stave off abortion in that country.
The specter of default has reached the shores of Cyprus, the latest country in the Eurozone to require an EU bailout in order to stay afloat. The island nation in the eastern Mediterranean has one of the smallest economies in the Eurozone, but, because of close financial ties to Greece, its finances have been on the ropes since the Greek debt crisis began. Now it’s time to pay the piper — and Cypriots are shocked at the price to be exacted by the international banking cartel.
Despite openly admitting the failure of prohibition by conceding that drug use has not declined after decades of United Nations-mandated “war on drugs” policies, the UN and its mostly totalitarian member regimes have been meeting this week in Vienna, Austria, seeking to expand the controversial drug war even further. Critics of the dubious UN “Commission on Narcotic Drugs” (CND) schemes, however — ranging from a coalition of American law enforcement officers to Latin American heads of state — are increasingly calling for new approaches to the problem.
After sparking outrage from across the political spectrum by demanding that Obama crush marijuana legalization approved by voters in Colorado and Washington State last year, the United Nations and its largely totalitarian member regimes gathered in Vienna this week to advance a more vigorous global “war” on unapproved plants and substances. Despite openly admitting that drug use has not declined after decades of prohibition, the top global narcotics bureaucrat — a former Soviet diplomat — claimed the UN-mandated drug war must expand.
The Turkish Communist terrorist organization the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) has claimed responsibility for the March 1 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which killed a security guard and the bomber.
Pier Luigi Bersani, the former Communist Party leader, squeaked out a bare plurality in the Italian elections, but not enough to put together a government — but Berlusconi and Monti don't look any better. Is wild card Beppe Grillo the only option?