‘The US Is Holding the Whole World Hostage’

With no solution to the US debt crisis in sight, the rest of the world is starting to get nervous. German commentators urge congressional leaders to get their act together. A US default would have catastrophic consequences, they warn. Both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s are threatening to downgrade the country’s debt amid fears of…

UN: Somalia drought is worst humanitarian crisis

By MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED and LUC VAN KEMENADE Associated Press DADAAB, Kenya — The head of the U.N. refugee agency said Sunday that drought-ridden Somalia is the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world after meeting with refugees who endured unspeakable hardship to reach the world’s largest refugee camp. The Kenyan camp, Dadaab, is overflowing with…

The Need for a Centralization of Power: Democratization Can’t Save Europe

Despite the myriad problems currently facing the European Union, democratization is not the answer. Rather, the EU’s elites need to improve — and power has to be taken away from the periphery. Europe’s political elites are a pathetic sight at the moment, from their contradictory reactions to the rebellions in the Arab world to their…

Leaders Representing 25 Million Americans Send Letters to World Leaders Regarding Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program and United Nations Actions on a Palestinian State

To: NATIONAL AND RELIGION EDITORS Contact: Audrey Mullen, +1-703-548-1160, Audrey@advocacyink.com, for Christian Leaders for a Nuclear-Free Iran WASHINGTON, July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A coalition of Christian leaders representing 25 million Americans of faith sent letters to President Obama, Congress, and foreign Ambassadors and Heads of State, requesting that they take the immediate steps necessary…

Defiant Gadhafi threatens attacks in Europe

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A defiant Moammar Gadhafi threatened Friday to carry out attacks in Europe against “homes, offices, families,” unless NATO halts its campaign of airstrikes against his regime in Libya. The Libyan leader, sought by the International Criminal Court for a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, delivered the warning in a telephone message…

Churches Urged to Unite for Back to Church Sunday

InChrist Communications 06/15/2011 VISTA, Calif.—Drawing whole communities into church—that is the goal of many church leaders for National Back to Church Sunday, Sept. 18. In preparation, citywide coordinators will be working to get churches across denominational lines to join together to invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to the special Sunday. This year, National Back…

Hundreds of thousands strike in UK pensions row

Hundreds of thousands of British public sector workers went on strike Thursday to defend their pensions, causing widespread disruption to schools and state-run services. A third of English schools were closed and another third were affected, officials said, as up to 350,000 teachers, lecturers and education staff took action against plans to make them work…

Iran fires medium-range missile in war game

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards fired 14 missiles in an exercise Tuesday, one of them a medium-range weapon capable of striking Israel or US targets in the Gulf, state media said. The Guards’ aerospace commander, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, insisted Iran’s missile programme posed no threat to European nations but was merely intended to provide…

Greek unions start Athens austerity protests

ATHENS (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators began gathering in front of the Greek parliament Tuesday at the start of a two-day strike to protest against painful cuts demanded by international lenders as the price for more financial aid. With Greece teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, parliament is due to vote this week on a…