Sex scandal death knell for Church?

by Toby Westerman -- As the crisis of confidence grows in the scandal-ridden American Catholic Church, many in the laity and clergy are skeptical that Church hierarchy will take effective corrective action more…

Europeans blast U.S. over global court

by Toby Westerman -- The United States' decision to remain independent of the International Criminal Court and pursue a foreign policy in its own "national interests" is being sharply criticized throughout Europe, more…

Female terrorist does
about-face

by Toby Westerman -- As sudden death, vengeance and mayhem increasingly grip the Middle East, a young woman has turned her back on the culture of suicide bombings. Unlike others who had more…

Terrorists active in U.S. 'backyard'

by Toby Westerman -- As the administration of President George W. Bush weighs an attack against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, international terrorist groups are taking firm hold in South America – often referred more…

Bosnia: 'Lawless black hole'?

by Toby Westerman -- The international community fears that the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia, which is located near the center of the Balkan Peninsula – a region close to the heart more…

Religious persecution in Russia?

by Toby Westerman -- "Catholic priests in Russia are 'persona non grata,'" and Russia's domestic intelligence service, the FSB, has compiled a list of priests termed "undesirable," according to an internationally respected more…

U.S. blamed for masterminding Chavez coup

by Toby Westerman -- Cuba has accused a high-ranking U.S. State Department official of masterminding the coup that briefly toppled Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Otto J. more…

Putin presses EU over energy exports

by Toby Westerman -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling for a "new philosophy of international relations," and an end to restrictions on the amount of oil and natural gas his nation more…

Cuba: U.S. 'openly
behind coup'

by Toby Westerman -- The United States was "openly behind" the attempted coup against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, and those participating in the rebellion were "selling out to the United States," according more…

U.S. gains, Cuba loses
oil-rich friend

by Toby Westerman -- The end of the regime of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will bring an increased and more dependable supply of petroleum to the United States, according to international sources. more…