By paying ransoms for its kidnapped citizens, several EU countries have become a major source of financing for al-Qaeda. These countries have also put their own citizens at greater risk of kidnapping.
France stands ready to offer asylum to Christians fleeing Iraq, while the U.S. has finally nominated someone to the long vacant post of religious freedom Ambassador. The world may finally be ready to give the global God wars the attention they deserve.
The cuts to Medicare’s reimbursement rates imposed by the ACA may have bought the program a little more time. But without a revolution in service delivery, those cuts won’t be sustainable.
Zhou Yongkang, the highest Chinese Party official to be purged since Mao’s Cultural Revolution, is under investigation, as Chinese president Xi Jingping’s anti-corruption campaign claims its biggest tiger so far.
Australia issued warrants for two of its citizens after footage emerged of them holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers. Meanwhile, China is also starting to worry about Chinese Uighurs fighting in the Middle East.
The UK treats wood-burning—or “biomass” as it likes to call it—as a green energy source. But while wood may be renewable, the biomass subsidy scheme Britain has set up is by no means earth-friendly.
A Texas judge ordered the seizure of Iraqi Kurdistan crude from a tanker positioned off the coast of Galveston today, dealing a blow to the KRG’s independence ambitions.
John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal for Gaza has probably destroyed what remained of the United States’ influence in the Middle East, at least for the duration of this administration’s tenure.
With the EU set to enact sanctions, an international tribunal ruled that Russia is liable for $50 billion to former shareholders of Yukos—a total that amounts to a sizable share of the nation’s economic output. But Putin remains defiant.
After twelve eventful years as Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is running for President. He’s planning to transfer power to that office and away from the Prime Minister’s.