I'm in Alberta, the province that
produces most of Canada's oil, and there's only one question on
everybody's lips. How long will the oil price stay down? It has fallen
by more than half in the past nine months - West Texas Intermediate is
$48 per barrel today - and further falls are predicted for the coming
Fifty years have passed since Bloody
Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when
African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to
Montgomery, Alabama, demanding the right to vote.
In ancient Greece, the birthplace of
democracy, power derived from "demos," the people. Well, the people of
contemporary Greece have been reeling under austerity for five years,
and have voted to put an end to it.
Last week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state. He was responding to a decision by a federal district court that
declared unconstitutional Alabama's ban on gay marriage.