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Tsipras surrenders to the Troika

According to Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has surrendered to the Troika by “offering to implement more stringent austerity terms than those rejected by voters last weekend by a resounding margin in the Greek referendum.” Apparently he was hoping the Referendum would produce a “Yes” vote that would permit him to...

Philadelphia Police Attempt to Justify Beating of Black Man by Claiming Had Crack & Bit Officers

The Philadelphia Police have attempted to justify brutality by officers, who punched, kicked, and threatened to use a Taser on a twenty-two year-old black man on April 3, by claiming the man bit officers multiple times and was also in possession of crack cocaine. The claims are part of a statement put out in response to...

Over Easy: Owed on a Grecian Earn

(Picture courtesy of Curto on flickr.com.) Morning, pups, being a bit silly but a congratulations is due to the Greek voters for saying no to robbery by banksters, and I’m hoping all of this works to increase their well-being.   Of course, austerity was preventing that well-being and calling the EU on its abuse is...

Unsilencing Gaza: One year since ‘Operation Protective Edge’

By Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad This essay is the Introduction to Gaza Unsilenced, an anthology co-edited by Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad and published by Just World Books to mark the anniversary of Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza. The essay is reproduced here by permission of Just World Books to whom requests for further...

Anti-gay groups sowing lies, hoping to reap chaos in wake of SCOTUS marriage equality ruling

The controversies involving marriage clerks in the South refusing to help gay couples fulfill their legal right to marry has me thinking. And I’ve come to a sad conclusion. We are all being played for fools. The clerks who are pitifully stalling or outright refusing to marry couples (gay or heterosexual) under the guise of...

Did the FBI Really Thwart Terrorism Plots Planned for Fourth of July?

FBI Director James Comey claimed to reporters more than 10 individuals arrested over the past four weeks allegedly had ties to the Islamic State, and some of the individuals planned terrorist attacks for Independence Day. During a briefing at FBI headquarters, Comey said, “We’ve arrested more than 10 people in the last four weeks.” All of...

The confederate flag will no longer fly over the South Carolina Capitol

Behold the power of speech! The hour was late, long after midnight in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Looked like the defenders of the confederate flag were going to win another battle to keep it flying at the State Capitol. In just four minutes, Representative Jenny Horne, a descendant of Jefferson Davis, changed the...

Emails from Hacking Team Show Surveillance Firm’s Nervousness Toward WikiLeaks

The president of Italian spyware manufacturer, Hacking Team, joked about WikiLeaks publishing a leak about the firm’s technology on June 8. “Imagine this: a leak on WikiLeaks showing YOU explaining the evilest technology on earth! :-),” CEO David Vincenzetti wrote in an email. “You would be demonized by our dearest friends the activists, and normal...

Over Easy: Around the World

(Picture courtesy of Herry Lawford at flickr.com.) Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.   Yes, still from Over There in London, and I’m still showing...

WikiLeaks Publishes List of Phone Numbers from Merkel’s Office Which NSA Targeted

There is absolutely no question: the National Security Agency spied on the phone calls of not only German Chancellor Angela Merkel but also officials in her office. The spying was ordered as early as 2002, when Gerhard Schröder was still Chancellor, according to new information published by WikiLeaks. Officials in the German chancellor’s office were...

Activists Forced to Submit to Secrecy & File Appeal in Lawsuit Alleging Domestic Military Spying Under Seal

In a major case involving significant allegations of domestic spying by the United States military, targeted activists have filed an appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But no members of the press or public can read the appeal because the court forced plaintiffs to file it under seal. The lawsuit, Panagacos v. Towery,...

Greek Update: Proposal? What Proposal? I Thought You Were Going To Make A Proposal

Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras, accompanied by his new finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, arrived at an afternoon meeting of Eurozone finance ministers a formal written proposal. That’s right. No proposal. The Wall street Journal reports, Emboldened by Sunday’s poll results, Mr. Show More Summary

If Only Chicago Police Treated All Marijuana Smokers As If They Were Deadheads

Parking lot hang at the Grateful Dead show up north. Let the games begin……#deadhead pic.twitter.com/gJtwKttKiv — The Tulips (@tulipsmusic) June 28, 2015 Tens of thousands of fans of the Grateful Dead traveled to Chicago for the final three reunion concerts, which the band’s “core four” musicians will likely ever perform. Police knew numerous fans would...

Thank You for Supporting My Husband, Jeffrey Sterling, Who is Now in Prison

First, I want to express my deep appreciation to you for signing the petition that urged the government to drop charges against my husband Jeffrey. “As a whistleblower, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling went through channels to inform staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee about the ill-conceived and dangerous CIA action known as Operation Merlin,”...

Over Easy: Summer Vacation

The first year we spent in Naples Florida after moving there my family discovered two things. First that come June the whole town pretty much emptied out and  the reason was that it was just too bloody hot and humid to stick around. Even though the gulf was close by, it was no relief as...

A Month in Palestine

By Tom Blanx This May, I travelled to the West Bank in occupied Palestine. I had a fairly good idea of the kind of things I would see when I went, but wanted to take a closer look at what I think is an unfair and asymmetrical situation. I don’t stand against Jews or Israelis....

Loss of democracy is real cost of membership in Eurozone

The Greek people have discovered that the real cost of their membership in the Eurozone is the loss of their democracy, a price they will not pay. Democracy began in Greece. They know that it is priceless. From Wikipedia: The term originates from the Greek ?????????? (d?mokratía) “rule of the people”, which was found from...

Hillary Clinton Pledges to Defend Israeli Apartheid & Fight BDS Movement in Letter to Mega-Donor

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent a letter to media mogul Haim Saban, a mega-donor, assuring him that she would make countering the global Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel a priority. She invoked a recent terrorist attack against Jews in Paris to condemn BDS and specifically sought Saban’s advice on how to...

The Roundup for July 5-6th, 2015

Special Message Hello folks, thought of doing something a little different in terms of the song by using a favorite from a live album I have. As a side note, the Roundup will be on hiatus from July 7-22 as I’ll be out of the country. In the meantime, I sent three posts to Kevin...

Over Easy: Monday Science

Greetings! Well, it was a great 4th here…unless you were a pet. A nearby display drove our dogs into hiding and they were still behind the couch when I went to bed. The cats couldn’t care less. Fukushima Update: There is a new robot for Fukushima. This is a new design, specially hardened, and intended...

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