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.
American personnel and allied European governments are secretly training Syrian “rebel” forces at bases in Jordan to wage war against the Bashir al-Assad regime, according to a leading German newspaper and other media reports, which quoted participants and organizers involved in the controversial and almost certainly unlawful operation.
The usual Hollywood celebrities and Democratic Congressmen joined Jesse Jackson, Cuba's Raul Castro and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in eulogizing deceased Marxist dictator Hugo Chávez.