According to Kofi Annan, troops from the European Union will provide the "backbone" of the peacekeeping force being sent to southern Lebanon. This will severely deplete Europe's already limited backbone resources. The whole continent threatens to collapse into a puddle.
Russia is experience regular economic growth, but is also suffering severe inflation:
City authorities quickly began handing out bread coupons to him and hundreds of other pensioners in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - the first time food vouchers had been issued anywhere in the country since the dark days of 1992. But the gesture brought little comfort to [Vladimir] Gaidukas, 72, who lives on 5,000 rubles ($187) per month.
"People are in a state of shock," Gaidukas said by telephone from the remote city on the Kamchatka Peninsula this week.
Muslims in Pakistan are enraged by attempts to change the rape laws in that country. They are profoundly furious at the notion that rape victims might not be guilty of adultery, and thus not available to be stoned.
French socialists are sexist pigs.
There is no redemption for this degree of depravity.
I am glad I am not a polar bear in this day and age.