There has been no progress in the issue of
Cuba returning American fugitives,
including terrorists. The return of
billions of dollars in property stolen from U.S. citizens has not apparently
been emphasized in the Obama Administration negotiations with the Communist regime.
There have been more
incursions and obvious aid to pro-Russian separatist rebels, which have helped
the rebels launch a counteroffensive.
The death toll in the conflict has surpassed 5,000.
Meanwhile, Russian government forces have shut down the last independent radio station in Crimea, the territory Russia seized from Ukraine after invading it, in violation of a treaty that obligated the Russian Federation to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and setting up a puppet government that handed the territory over to Russia after conducting a referendum of questionable validity. The radio station’s market was the ethnic Crimean Tatars. Tatars have lived there before the territory was colonized after its conquest by the Russian Empire. There has been a pattern in the
under Dictator Vladimir Putin of journalists, opposition politicians and dissidents
being targeted with criminal probes or charges, and even violence. Freedom House, a respected organization that assesses countries and certain territories on their level of liberty, recently rated Crimea, like Russia, as “Not
The transition of power from the losing party to the winning one after parliamentary and presidential elections under Tunisia’s new constitution has occurred peacefully and smoothly. The new government, led by nationalists, does not include either Islamists or leftists.
Tunisia has become the first Arab
state to earn a rating of “Free” from Freedom House.
The Socialist government has abandoned its confiscatory tax of 75% on high earners, after the tax failed to generate sufficient revenue by weakening
France’s economy and causing high earners to
flee the . French Republic