European Court Upholds Prosecution Of Woman For Comparing Muhammad’s Marriage To A Six-Year-Old Girl To Pedophilia

A new decision from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) confirms the all-out assault on free speech that has taken hold of Europe. In a chilling decision, the ECHR upheld a fine levied against an Austrian woman who called Muhammad a pedophile for his arranged marriage with a young girl while in his 50s.

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Foreign Banks Are Embracing Russia’s Alternative To SWIFT, Moscow Says

On Friday, one day after Russia and China pledged to reduce their reliance on the dollar by increasing the amount of bilateral trade conducted in rubles and yuan (a goal toward which much progress has already been made over the past three years), Russia’s Central Bank provided the latest update on Moscow’s alternative to US-dominated international payments network SWIFT.

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Why Italy Could Be the Epicenter of the Next Financial Crisis

Why Italy Could Be the Epicenter of the Next Financial Crisis The Italian government’s populist spending plans — a proposal is due to Brussels on Monday — have bond investors worried about the potential for another debt crisis. Credit Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times By Jack Ewing and Jason Horowitz History suggests that the world is about due for another financial crisis.

How Europe’s changes to copyright law will affect America

Europe is considering changing its copyright law. At first blush, you might think that this couldn’t possibly affect the way you debate the news of the day online, upload family videos or run your startup. But popular proposals at the EU would strike at the heart of the internet’s openness and accessibility as a platform by raising new barriers to interactive online services… Read More

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Brexit Negotiations Phase One: Winter Is Coming

The past three months have proven an interesting, albeit predictable, beginning to the two-year period of Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. After almost a year of preparation, amply recorded in prior Brexecution columns, U.K. and EU negotiators began the real “work” of Brexit on June 19.

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Merkel, Schulz Agree: “It’s Clear, Turkey Should Not Become An EU Member”

Having blasted Germany for “abetting terrorists,” Turkish president Edrogan was on the receiving end of some ire this weekend as the refugee crisis and the EU deal with Turkey dominated the TV debate between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition ally SPD challenger Martin Schulz on Sunday.

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