Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
As climate-change chicken littles gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark (temperature a balmy 41 degrees on Tuesday), there was one traditional aspect missing from the otherwise festively adorned cobblestone streets. This year, in respect of the United Nation’s “neutral” posture vis-a-vis religion, the Foreign Minister of Denmark has ordered that all Christmas trees be removed from the capital’s streets throughout the duration of the COP15 Climate Summit.
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.
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.”
Poland’s recent appeal to Washington reads like something printed on the front pages of newspaper from 20 years ago: Poland Fears Russian Invasion – Asks U.S. for Soldiers.
On October 24, the Francophone European Association for Baha’i Studies convened its annual conference in Luxembourg. Normally, the minutes of the meetings of such a niche organization would not be newsworthy. This year, however, the group’s agenda was dominated by discussions of the anxiously awaited future of a new world order and a one-world government.
Yes, say African bishops attending a meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, Obama may be the one to save God's peoples. According to a report in the Associated Press, Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, sees the hand of Providence in the election of Barack Obama.
The buck (or the pound, in this case) stops at the desk of perpetually embattled British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. According to numerous reports in newspapers in the U.K. and worldwide, a clandestine oil-for-prisoners deal with Libya facilitated the recent “compassionate release” of convicted terrorist Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi from the Scottish prison where he was serving a life sentence for having bombed a commercial airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people.
To paraphrase an axiom: "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him to use a metal detector and he'll be RICH!" Something like that, anyway. Terry Herbert, an up until now amateur metal-detector enthusiast, of Burntwood, England, found a treasure trove of gold buried in his friend's field on a farm near Lichfield in Staffordshire, England.
In England, as of September 1, 2009, lesbian women in same-sex partnerships who conceive a child as a result of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other similar fertility techniques, may have their names listed as parents on the baby's official birth certificate.