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Though many conservatives would rather not discuss it, not all taxes are created equal. Sure, the federal income tax is progressive (though less so than in the past), but payroll and state taxes -- which include levies on income, property, sales and various fees -- are not, and the differences between the top 1 percent and the bottom 20 percent can be large.

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A plan by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to slap a "carbon tax" on all forms of energy except electricity has met both popular resistance and activist snubbing. Two-thirds of French voters oppose such a tax, and environmentalists have chimed in to condemn it as halfhearted and wimpy.

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Haaretz's Gideon Levy takes a personal and heartbreaking look at some of the 92 Palestinian children who were killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the last Jewish calendar year.

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