The old adage says that when America sneezes, Europe catches the cold. How true! In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, America went hysterical and overreacted by enacting the USA Patriot Act of 2001. Europe, always eager to emulate America’s silliest mistakes within a delay of a few years, adopted the European Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC). Of course, this directive is currently being turned into national laws by barely resisting parliaments… and there is nothing we can do to stop this Orwellian madness, because even the staunchest champions of civil liberties, once in a position of power, are slowly caving in to the tremendous pro-surveillance pressure.

It is official! Forsa now confirms, the FDP is dying.

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered FDP party when Federal Justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (now gleefully nicknamed “Ben Schnali” after the ousted Tunisian dictator Ben Ali) confirmed that her party FDP has sold out yet again on one of its founding tenets, driving Germany one step deeper inside George Orwell’s Nineteeneightyfour.

On January 4th 2011, Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi, the younger son of the late Shah of Iran and Farah Pahlavi died of a gunshot wound in his home in Boston, MA. According to his older brother Reza, Alireza suffered from depression and committed suicide. He leaves behind a bereaved family, sympathetic Iranians, both inside and outside Persia, and many non-Iranians all around the globe saddened, mourning, and also wondering what really happened.

After nearly a decade of preparations, deliberations, and extensive tests, NATO members have finally endorsed the common Missile Defense System program on November 19th, 2010 at the Lisbon Summit. Furthermore, NATO invited Russia to participate in this program, and it seems that Russia is indeed warming up to this proposal, after initial skepticism. This is excellent news, both politically, and technically.