IT TOOK every bit of the allotted time and then some. In the wee hours of December 6th the members of the World Trade Organisation rose to applaud the successful conclusion of the first multilateral trade agreement negotiated at the WTO. The deal, reached at a ministerial conference on the island of Bali, in Indonesia, […]
UK Prime Minister David Cameron told Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein he’ll visit Israel in 2014. The two spoke on Tuesday night in Johannesburg, following the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela. Edelstein invited Cameron to give a speech in the Knesset, to which the prime minister responded with a nod, […]
Very recently, it was hard to find a good word about the Catholic Church in the world’s press, amid sex abuse and other scandals. That has changed dramatically, with Pope Francis riding the crest of a wave that has culminated in him being named Time magazine’s person of the year. We asked Vatican commentator […]
Pope Francis is the man. That’s the sentiment being expressed just nine months after becoming pope in March of this year. An ABC News/Washington Post poll showed today that 92 percent of American Catholics view Pope Francis favorably, as do 69 percent of all Americans. The church’s popularity as a whole is […]
The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Church of Scientology is a religion and can therefore be used to perform marriage rituals. The ruling reverses a 33-year-old court ruling that Scientology services did not constitute “acts of worship.” The case was brought by Louisa Hodkin, who wanted to get married at the church, but […]
Same-sex couples will be able to become parents through surrogate birth in Israel instead of being forced to find proxy mothers outside of the country, Health Minister Yael German announced Wednesday. German is promoting a bill that will amend the current surrogacy law to be submitted on January 15. The cost of surrogacy service in Israel is between […]
The United States has voiced concern about a ruling by India’s Supreme Court which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex which could see same-sex lovers imprisoned. “The United States places great importance on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people. And … that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender […]
The ACT parliament passed a bill in October making the territory the first part of Australia to legalise same-sex weddings. Read More: BBC News – Australia high court overturns ACT gay marriage law.
Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are trying to determine what to do about a holiday display after a Nativity scene was taken down
A monument to the Ten Commandments that sits outside the Oklahoma statehouse may soon have some unholy company. Satan worshipers are seeking to build their own monument at the state Capitol, and Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the Satanic Temple, said he’s “optimistic” it will be approved.
The “coming persecution of Christians” has already begun. It is already here. So why is the mainstream media in the United States almost totally silent about this phenomenon?
The Pentagon has designed a massive spy satellite that will dwarf any space telescope ever launched – and it point its sensitive lens back at us. The Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) will be capable of capturing 40percent of the surface of the Earth at once.
Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren under 5 years of age.
The President famously promised that you could keep your health plan and doctor. For many people, both of those pledges are turning out to be false. And now, you might not be able to keep your medicine, either.
Can the EPA run your property better than you? The Environmental Protection Agency says that its proposal to extend its regulatory powers over wetlands and waterways would produce economic benefits.
As a general rule, extreme economic decline is almost always followed by extreme international conflict. Sometimes, these disasters can be attributed to the human survival imperative and the desire to accumulate resources during crisis.
EU finance ministers finished marathon talks early on Wednesday – but they will try again next week to reach a deal on the eve of an EU summit. Bank failures triggered the eurozone financial crises that struck the Republic of Ireland, Spain and Cyprus.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014.
The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard force has criticized the government, saying it was under the influence of Western ideas and fundamental change was needed.
Given the turmoil surrounding the Arab Middle East, the endless bloodletting in Syria, Iraq, and Egypt, as well as Iran’s hegemonic drive in the region – which has opened a Sunni-Shite fault-line – Kerry’s obsessive focus on the creation of a Palestinian state seems somewhat incomprehensible.