Remains of sea creature washed up in Far East Siberian Times
Is the Himalayan Yeti a real animal? BBC (furzy mouse)
Stop the Faroe Island Whale Slaughter Care2. Ooh this is vile. Please sign.
Scores killed as militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai Thailand Forum
Inca Road: The ancient highway that created an empire BBC (furzy mouse)
The concept of ‘one Europe’ under threat from austerity Bill Mitchell (furzy mouse)
Europe’s US imported nightmare Bill Mitchell
My big fat greek debt crisis New.com.au (IsabelPS). A must watch. A talk with an Athens cabdriver who grew up in Australia.
Mixed Messages and No Progress in Greek Crisis New York Times. Key section:
“Germany is essentially the hegemon in Europe, but it does not like being seen as running the show,” said Charles Grant, the director of the Center for European Reform, a research group in London. And, unlike Syriza, it works hard to lobby support from other countries. Greece’s left-wing government, Mr. Grant added, has itself strengthened Germany’s hand in pushing for austerity by “behaving so appallingly” that it alienated countries like France and Italy that were initially more sympathetic to Greek arguments in favor of debt relief and a relaxing of demands for budget cuts.
Greece’s Downfall and Redemption Information Clearing House
Why we recommend a NO in the referendum – in 6 short bullet points Yanis Varoufakis
The ‘Demerging’ Greek Economy Bloomberg. Some informative charts. Key section:
Nicholas Economides, an economics professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, thinks a process has begun that will be hard to stop. If the European Central Bank stops subsidizing Greek banks, Greece will quickly be forced to print its own money or IOUs to pay wages. When it does, devaluation will shrink domestic demand by as much as 50 percent within weeks, he says, making the previous 25 percent loss of GDP over five years seem gentle.
Crowdfunding for Greece (Eleni)
The Hard Line on Greece New York Times. Swedish Lex: “Not good when Geithner comes across as the soft and reasonable person.”
Europe Wants to Punish Greece With Exit Clive Crook, Bloomberg. I’m not sure re the wanting Greece to exit, but they clearly do want to punish Greece (as in keeping it on a choke chain in the Eurozone would punish it plenty too), and the takedown of the Juncker speech is spot on.
Tsipras urges Greeks to defy creditors’ ‘blackmail’ Financial Times. Note that this comes as Greece is seeking a €29.1 billion “third bailout”. Polls all over the map but now prevailing towards “no” (one did show “yes” ahead), with the “no” margin falling over recent days.
UN: World should be ashamed at failure to end Syria conflict Associated Press (furzy mouse)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
WikiLeaks Reveals List of German Officials Spied Upon by NSA, Confirms Merkel Had Calls Intercepted Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglake (furzy mouse)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The True Cost of the War on Terror American Conservative
Conservatives Conquer the Export-Import Bank Atlantic (reslic)
Why ending gerrymandering won’t solve Congress’s problems Washington Post
Drug Money Laundered by Two Florida Police Agencies, And Stark Corruption at All Levels of Government Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglake (furzy mouse)
A dire threat to public employees from the Supreme Court Los Angeles Times
BILL GROSS: We have yet to be tested Business Insider
License to Launder Miami Herald
The World’s Most Respected Companies Big Picture
Notifying Potential Claimants in Diocese Chapter 11 Cases Pamela Foohey. Wow, what an intersection. Sexual abuse victims v. bankruptcy court procedures.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity Agence France-Presse
‘Poor doors’ banned in New York New York Times
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