Greece’s Downfall and Redemption
By Finian Cunningham
exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s
present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European
governments and news media portray the problem of
Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy. -
Sixth Great Mass
Extinction Event Begins
By Dahr Jamail
Study showed that
species are already being killed off at rates much
faster than they were during the other five extinction
events, and warned ominously that humans could very
likely be among the first wave of species going extinct.
Iraq: 40 "ISIS members" killed in Anbar
and Salahuddin, says Ministry of Defense:
“A joint air strike has been carried out by the army aviation
and the air force in the city of Qaim, resulted in the killing
of 30 terrorists, and the destruction of a house in which exists
a group of foreign suicide bombers"
Bombs Inside, Around Baghdad Kill at
Least 8 Civilians:
Police officials say the deadliest among Tuesday's attacks was
in the town of Mahmudiyah, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south
of Baghdad. They say a bombing there killed three civilians and
Iraq PM 'retires' army chief as security
General Babaker Zebari, who has been in the job for a decade,
retires as PM Abbadi acknowledges military's failures. Military
sources say a Kurdish general with the Iraqi Air Force, Anwar
Hamad Amin, is expected to replace Zebari.
In case you missed it:
The Yinon Plan and the role of the ISIS:
“This is not regime change but regional
28 dead in Syria government air strikes:
At least 18 people died in government
raids on the village of Ehsim in northwestern Idlib province,
the Syria Observatory for Human Rights said.
Islamic State beheads female civilians
for first time in Syria: monitor:
One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor
city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded
another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of
sorcery, the monitor said.
ISIS re-enters Syria's Tal Abyad, takes
ISIS fighters re-entered Syria's Tal Abyad Tuesday, seizing a
district from the Kurdish forces who captured the border town in
a key victory two weeks ago, an activist group monitoring the
Syrian troops regain area from IS in
State TV says troops and pro-government members of the National
Defense Forces regained control of the Eastern Ghoweiran
neighborhood on Tuesday.
Jordan is mulling a significant military
intervention in southern Syria:
Jordan worries that jihadists could establish a permanent
foothold along the country's border with Syria, or sue the area
for attacks on the country's generally pro-US monarchy.
Turkish opposition leader warns against
intervention in Syria:
Turkey's main opposition party leader warned on Tuesday any
military intervention in Syria would spell disaster for Turkey
and in comments clearly aimed at President Tayyip Erdogan said
the country could not be "a plaything for your ambition."
Turkey Uneasy as U.S. Support of Syrian
The United States has stepped up its military support for Syrian
Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State, efforts that have
angered Turkey, a longtime ally and NATO member, which is now
weighing new measures to contain the ambitions of the Kurds,
including a buffer zone within Syria.
28 killed in IS attack on Yemen Shiites:
The car bomb late Monday targeted Houthi rebel chief brothers
Faycal and Hamid Jayache during a gathering to mourn the death
of a family member, a security source said. Eight women were
among the dead.
One UN officer killed in airstrike in
The UN Secretary-General "deplores" the Saudi Arabia-led
coalition's airstrike yesterday (28 Jun) on the UN compound in
Aden, Yemen which resulted "in serious damage to the UN
Development Programme office and injured a guard."
Al Qaeda militants amongst 1,200
prisoners freed after militias attack Yemeni jail:
A local official tonight confirmed that some of the escapees
were "suspected of belonging to al Qaeda" and of masterminding
terrorist atrocities across the Middle East.
Why the Yemen Peace Talks Collapsed:
The Geneva Negotiations Failed Because the Aggressors Wanted
Them to Fail
Iran, P5+1 extend interim nuclear deal
until July 7 to win more time for talks:
Six world powers and Iran have come to an agreement to extend
the interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear program until July 7 to
allow more time for talks to reach a final deal, the US State
Department said Tuesday.
US: System reached to give UN access to
suspect Iran sites:
Agreed system will not include all military sites, but rather
focus on a case-by-case basis; 'if the IAEA believes that it
needs access and has a reason for that access, then we have a
process to ensure that it is given,' says US official.
Iran's new 5-year plan focuses on defence,
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday unveiled
the main points of the Islamic republic's next five-year plan,
with the focus on the military and economic growth.
Drexel Criticized for Noam Chomsky Honor:
Drexel University is under continuing criticism from Jewish
groups for awarding an honorary degree to left-wing scholar and
activist Noam Chomsky during its mid-June graduation ceremonies.
21 Libya soldiers killed this week:
Fighting raged between government forces and Islamists in
eastern Libya on Tuesday, with 21 soldiers killed since the
clashes broke out at the weekend, a medical official said.
Three killed in car bomb in suburb west
of Cairo - sources:
At least three people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb
exploded near a police station in Cairo's western suburb of 6th
of October City, security sources said, a day after an attack
killed Egypt's top public prosecutor.
UN: South Sudan army raped girls and
burned them alive:
The UN has accused South Sudan's army of raping and then burning
girls alive inside their homes during its recent campaign, a
report by its mission in the country said.
Chibok girls 'forced to join Nigeria's
Witnesses say some are now being used to terrorise other
captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves.
Tunisia sees Libya link to beach resort
attacker - source:
A Tunisian gunman who killed 39 people at a resort hotel, mostly
British holiday-makers, probably spent time in a training camp
in Libya and had been in contact with militants over the border,
a security source said on Tuesday.
Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds over
40 in Afghanistan:
A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed
two civilians and wounded more than 40, officials said, in the
latest attack since the Taliban began their annual offensive.
Taleban claim Kabul attack on NATO
convoy, 1 killed:
A suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed vehicle targeted
a NATO military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday,
killing at least one person and wounding up to 22, police,
military and government officials said.
U.S. raid on Afghan weapons cache incites
Little is known about the activities of U.S. counter-terrorism
troops that have been authorised to continue fighting the
Taliban and other militants after the NATO combat mission
officially ended last year.
Greece debt crisis: Tsipras asks for new
bailout - live updates:
Just hours before its current bailout expires, Athens proposes a
new two-year deal with debt relief -- but how will creditors
Greece will not pay IMF debt on Tuesday:
Greece will not pay a 1.6 billion euro debt installment to the
International Monetary Fund due on Tuesday, but Athens still
holds out hope of a last-minute deal with creditors on an aid
package, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said.
German Finance Minister
Schaeuble: Greece is staying in the euro no matter what:
Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble just bucked the
trend in the Eurogroup, by saying that Greece can stay in the
eurozone even if it says "No" to the bailout package in Sunday's
IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of
Out of its lending to all countries in debt crisis between 2010
and 2014 the IMF has made a total profit of €8.4 billion, over a
quarter of which is effectively from Greece. All of this money
has been added to the Fund’s reserves, which now total €19
French beheading suspect denies jihad
The source said Yassin Salhi, 35, told investigators he was not
a jihadist and repeated earlier statements that he committed the
act outside the southeast city of Lyon on Friday after a row
with his wife the day before and his boss a few days earlier.
WikiLeaks says NSA spied
on top French companies:
The US wiretapped two of France's economy ministers and spied on
the country's largest companies, French media reported citing
WikiLeaks documents, just days after it emerged the US had spied
on three of the country's leaders.
NSA wiretapped two French finance
The U.S. National Security Agency wiretapped the communications
of two successive French finance ministers and collected
information on French export contracts, trade and budget talks,
according to a report by WikiLeaks.
Pope demands 'action now' to save planet
from environmental ruin:
Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the
planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear
"the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" and plunging the
Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change.
Puerto Rico governor calls for
bankruptcy; adviser says island 'insolvent':
The Caribbean island is struggling to relieve a $73 billion debt
burden. It came to a crunch point on Monday - ironically at the
same time as did debt-laden Greece - after a dire report on its
stability by former International Monetary Fund economists was
released ahead of key deadlines on Wednesday to repay debt.
Mexico deports more Central Americans
than the United States:
Between October and April, Mexico apprehended 92,889 Central
Americans. In the same time period, the United States detained
70,226 "other than Mexican" migrants, the vast majority from
Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Deported Central America Child Migrants
Face Threats, Death at Home: U.N.:
Thousands of children entering the United States illegally from
Central America might qualify for refugee status but are being
deported to their own country where they face persecution by
Florida Man, Accused of Terrorism Based
on Book Collection, Set Free:
The U.S. government had produced “snippets of information from
various sources, out of context, to weave together a narrative
of terrorist ideation,” a Florida judge said Friday, ordering
the release of Marcus Dwayne Robertson, an Orlando-based Islamic
scholar who stood accused of supporting terrorism.
A college balks at Hillary Clinton’s fee,
so books Chelsea for $65,000 instead:
The university paid $65,000 for Chelsea Clinton’s brief
appearance Feb. 24, 2014, a demonstration of the celebrity
appeal and marketability that the former and possibly
second-time first daughter employs on behalf of her mother’s
presidential campaign and family’s global charitable empire.
June 29, 2015
Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy
By Joseph E. Stiglitz
Almost none of the
huge amount of money loaned to Greece has actually gone
there. It has gone to pay out private-sector creditors –
including German and French banks.
America’s Got War
By William J.
Drugs, Afghanistan, Iraq, Terror, or How to Make War on
Truth Is A Crime Against The State
By Paul Craig Roberts
presstitutes have succeeded in creating a false reality
for insouciant Americans and also for much of the
European Union population.
The Lonely American
By Chris Hedges
has fallen down the rabbit hole of electronic
hallucinations—with images often dominated by violence
and pornography -
27 Killed in air Strikes, Bomb Attacks in
Iraq: At least 27 people were
killed and 27 wounded on Monday in bomb attacks and air strikes by
the US-led coalition and Iraqi aircraft targeting Islamic State (IS)
militants across the country's western province of Anbar, a
provincial security source said.
61 killed in violence, clashes with IS
militants in Iraq: In Anbar
province, the army artillery pounded IS positions in Saggara area
near the city of Haditha, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital
of Baghdad, leaving 26 IS militants killed along with destroying two
of their vehicles, a provincial security source told Xinhua on
condition of anonymity.
IS bombs kill 12 Syrian troops in Hasakeh:
monitor: Three Islamic State
group car bombs killed 12 Syrian troops and militiamen in the
northeastern city of Hasakeh where the jihadists have taken two
districts, a monitor said on Monday.
Syrian army retakes a key district of
Hassakeh city from militants: The
Syrian army said Monday it had recaptured a major residential
quarter in Hassakeh from ISIS insurgents who stormed the
strategically located northeastern city last week and drove out
thousands of civilians.
ISIS beheads a dozen men accused of fighting
for Al Qaeda in new sickening video
: the sickening footage shows the terrified men being interviewed
and paraded in front of the camera before their bloody execution.
Syria says Russia promises wide range of
support: "I got a promise of aid
to Syria - politically, economically and militarily," Walid al-Moualem
said at a televised news conference in Moscow after meeting Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
Israel made "humanitarian" aid to select
Syrian rebel groups: Defence
Minister Moshe Yaalon said that, from the outset, Israel knew there
were rebels among those it was helping and "placed two conditions on
this aid - that terrorist groups not approach the fence, and that
the Druze not be touched".
Saudi Arabia Kills 15 Civilians In Yemen:
15 Civilians Killed: Saudi fighter jets launched on Monday a fresh
round of airstrikes against various areas in Yemen killing at least
15 civilians, including women and children.
Saudi soldier killed in shelling near Yemeni
border: A Saudi soldier was
killed and another wounded by shelling from forces loyal to former
Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi rebels near the Yemen
border, Saudi state news agency SPA said Sunday.
Ban urges probe of Saudi strikes on UN
compound in Yemen: A guard was
injured when the office of the UN Development Programme in the
southern city of Aden was hit on Sunday, causing serious damage,
said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.
Video claims to show Saudi border guards
beating Yemeni refugees: Footage
said to be from the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border appears to show
thousands of Yemeni refugees being refused entry to the kingdom
Palestinian woman stabs Israeli soldier at
Bethlehem checkpoint: An Israeli
army spokeswoman said that the soldier was in a "moderate" condition
after being stabbed by a Palestinian woman at the 300 checkpoint in
Israel largest state user of explosive
weapons in 2014 due to attack on Gaza:
-- Israel was the single largest user of explosive weapons among
international states in 2014 as a result of its war on Gaza, a
London-based NGO said this week, providing further testimony to its
devastating use of force on the coastal territory last summer.
Video: Israel has blocked our aid ship':
Footage shows passengers of the Freedom Flotilla delivering aid to
Gaza demanding action after their ship was seized by the Israeli
Clashes in Libya leave 14 Tobruk government
soldiers dead: Fourteen soldiers
loyal to Libya’s Tobruk-based government were killed on Sunday in
clashes with militants associated with the Mujahideen Shura Council
in the eastern city of Darnah, according to a local security source.
11 killed in raid on 'Boko Haram hideout' in
Chad: Several suspected Boko
Haram fighters have blown themselves up during a police raid in
N'Djamena, Chad's capital, killing five officers and six of the
fighters, police and government officials have said.
Chibok girls 'forced to join Nigeria's Boko
Haram': Some of the Chibok
schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria have been forced to join Islamist
militant group Boko Haram, the BBC has been told. Witnesses say some
are now being used to terrorise other captives, and are even
carrying out killings themselves.
Al-Shabab kills 5 Somali soldiers in attack
on army base: Al-Shabab militants
have killed at least five soldiers in an overnight attack on an army
base in the southern Somali port of Kismayo. Islamist fighters
beheaded some of the captured Somali soldiers after briefly taking
over the camp, witnesses told AFP news agency.
Burundi: 2 killed in overnight attacks blamed
on the police: Witnesses in Jabe
neighborhood in the nation's capital of Bujumbura, reported intense
gunfire Saturday night in an apparent police crackdown on areas seen
as hosting anti-government protesters.
Violence, targeted killings consume Burundi
protests: Burundi's protests move
towards a dark chapter with night-time assassinations as protesters
turn to grenades.
Top Burundi official flees on eve of
controversial vote: - The head of
Burundi's parliament on Sunday said he had fled the country on the
eve of key elections following weeks of violence, denouncing the
president's "illegal" third term bid.
Car bomb attack kills Egypt's top public
prosecutor: Egypt's top public
prosecutor died Monday of wounds sustained in a car bomb attack on
his convoy as it was leaving his Cairo home in a marked escalation
of Islamist militant attacks on the judiciary.
Three Killed, 14 Injured as Roadside Bomb
Targets a Bus in Egypt: The bus,
which belonged to General Authority For Roads, Bridges and Land
Transport, was carrying employees when the roadside bomb exploded in
south Shiekh Zwayed city, said head of North Sinai Security
Directorate, Ali Azazi.
Taliban ambush in Herat province 'kills 11
soldiers': The convoy of pick-up
trucks was attacked on Sunday evening in Karukh district of Herat,
In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic
State loyalists gain ground: -
Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in
Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said,
wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new
threat to stability.
Cables detail Saudi diplomat’s meeting with
Haqqani’s son: Leaked Saudi
diplomatic cables reveal that the country’s embassy in Islamabad
remained in touch with the Haqqani network and also helped arrange a
visit for the militant group’s leader for medical treatment.
Secret Australia-Saudi deal on intelligence:
Leaked cables reveal the intelligence links between the Saudi
Arabian and Australian governments, and the Saudi influence on
Muslim communities here.
Media reports allege Australian politics
infiltrated by Italian mafia: Two
Australian media organisations reported on Monday that Australian
politics has been infiltrated at high levels by the Italian mafia,
although there was no suggestion of direct links between lawmakers
and the criminal syndicate.
EU, Russia and Ukraine aim for gas Deal
Tomorrow: The EU is hoping for a
deal that will cover "at least the winter, up until the end of
March," the source said. Russia accounts for about a third of the
EU's gas needs, with half that amount transiting via Ukraine.
Armenia police order protesters to disperse
after weeklong standoff but thousands refuse:
Riot police lined up across the road banged their truncheons against
their shields in warning, but made no immediate move. Behind them
stood water cannons and armored vehicles.
France attack suspect admits killing, police
make link to Syria: The suspect,
whose wife and sister were released on Sunday after two days of
questioning, is said by French security services to have associated
with hardline Islamists over more than a decade, and had previously
been flagged by them as a potential risk.
Greece to close banks Monday and begin
capital controls: Greek banks are
expected to stay shut until 7 July, two days after Greece's planned
referendum on the terms it had been offered by international
creditors for receiving fresh bailout money.
Greece won’t make IMF debt repayment Tuesday,
Greek official says: Earlier this
month, Greece had notified the IMF it plans to bundle its loan
repayments falling due this month into one payment of around 1.6
billion euros ($1.7 billion), which is due Tuesday.
Christine Lagarde, scourge of tax evaders,
pays no tax: IMF boss who caused
international outrage when she suggested that Greeks should pay
their taxes earns a tax-free salary
Italy rescues 21 boats in space of 24 hours:
Italian authorities were on Monday dealing with the arrival of
another 2,900 migrants at southern ports after 21 boats were rescued
in the space of 24 hours from waters off Libya.
The Honduran meltdown: Made in USA:
Six years after the coup in Honduras, it's time for another history
UK says Argentine plan to seize Falklands oil
driller assets 'unlawful': On
Saturday, a federal judge in Tierra del Fuego ordered the seizure of
$156 million in bank accounts, boats and other property belonging to
six European and U.S. oil companies operating in the islands.
US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain –
only Mexico has more: The report
says there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a
further 11.6 million who are bilingual, mainly the children of
Spanish-speaking immigrants. This puts the US ahead of Colombia (48
million) and Spain (46 million) and second only to Mexico (121
Records broken as heatwave hits US northwest:
Both India and Pakistan have had heatwaves this year, Western Europe
is developing one and North America is enduring one, in its
northwest. The precise definition differs from country to country
but the effects are the same.
FBI Reportedly Investigating String of Arsons
at Black Churches: Of the
fires—which broke out this week in Tennessee, Georgia, North
Carolina and South Carolina—three have been ruled arsons, with the
cause of the fourth still being investigated.
Supreme Court upholds lethal injections:
“And because some risk of pain is inherent in any method of
execution, we have held that the Constitution does not require the
avoidance of all risk of pain"
The death penalty: How we kill: What it means
for an inmate to be put to death in the US:
Lethal injection is by far the most common method of execution in
the U.S., and, because it is the most frequently used, it is the
WITH less than 5% of the world’s population, the United States holds
roughly a quarter of its prisoners: more than 2.3m people, including
1.6m in state and federal prisons and over 700,000 in local jails
and immigration pens. Per head, the incarceration rate in the land
of the free has risen seven-fold since the 1970s