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Islamic State's Egypt Affiliate Says it Fired Rockets at Israel

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said on Friday in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets toward "occupied Palestine." Israeli police said earlier they had found rocket remnants in an open area. Show More Summary

IMF: 3rd Greek bailout would cost €52bn. Or more?

What would a third bailout for Greece look like? The International Monetary Fund has provided the first public insight into how much it could cost, and it will be expensive. According to IMF estimates, over the next three years, Greece will need €52bn in new bailout financing. That is close to an estimate we came up with in February. Show More Summary

How Greece went bust: A game of chicken gone wrong

It was a small room with a plain wooden table a few feet wide. The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sat on one side, along with a translator and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. On the other sat President Francois Hollande of France; around were a handful of officials. In this modest Brussels setting last […]

A Late-Night Letter Doesn't Solve Greece's Woes

Greece's government appeared to be caving a bit, by way of a two-page letter sent from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last night to the country's three major creditors: the IMF, European Commission, and European Central Bank. Tsipras' letter said his government was prepared to accept creditors' proposals, subject to certain...

Horrifying Indonesia C-130 crash

The crash of an Indonesia military transport plane into an residential neighborhood, on the island of Sumatra, has left more than 140 military personnel and families dead

Greece and the passing of the nation state

A conflicted Greece reveals how transnational utopias and virtual purgatories are replacing the nation state.

PA arrests scores of Hamas members in West Bank

Palestinian Authority arrests more than 120 Hamas member over the past two days, raising tension between rival groups.

Iran nuclear deal 'never been closer'

Iranian FM Zarif says "no guarantee" of success, though negotiators have "never been closer" to reaching lasting accord.

Egypt's extrajudicial killings

Egypt's regime is dominated by figures that believe in eradicationist policies.

Saturday Art: ‘Tea Time’ by Jean Metzinger – Beginnings of Cubism

Cannot find a picture of just the right side painting, sorry. (Picture courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art at wikipedia commons.) The beginning of the movement in art called Cubism is sometimes ascribed to the display of the painting above right, by theorist and artist Jean Metzinger.   Building  on Cezanne’s later paintings, it left behind the...

Philippines charges owners of sunken ferry with murder

Overloading of cargo and passengers may be to blame for the disaster that left at least 59 dead, officials say.

Hezbollah suffered heavy losses in Zabadani Syria battle, commander killed

Hezbollah and the Syrian army   suffered heavy losses Friday  in clashes  against the rebel positions inside Zabadani at the southern end of Qalamoun, according to Lebanese security sources A Hezbollah commander who was recently shifted from Qalamoun to head up the ZabaDani battle was reportedly  killed along with six other  Hezbollah members The commander was identified […]

Egyptian soccer player criticizes Sisi in reflection of mounting discontent

By James M. Dorsey Criticism this week by soccer player Ahmed al-Merghani of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's hard-handed repression of dissent and failure to defeat a mushrooming insurgency in the Sinai peninsula signals mounting discontent in Egypt. Show More Summary

Mass arrests in Dutch riots after police custody death

More than 200 people detained in The Hague for breaking a curfew to protest against death of a man during his arrest.

If only Steve Hilton knew what he was talking about

It’s not looking good for the idea that Steve Hilton is well informed, is it? My meeting with Luiz was arranged by Citizens UK, the brilliant community organisers who have been such a powerful force in campaigning for a living wage. But my real conversion to this cause was brought about years previously by an […]

Your Fourth of July and My Fourth of July

Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Revised for the 2010s: Your Fourth of July is invasions and wars. My Fourth of July is the pure sunbeam of peace. Yours is…

The Future of Flying: Purely Solar-Powered Plane lands in Hawaii after taking off from Japan

Euronews | (Video Report) | – – “A solar powered plane has successfully completed a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean. The Solar Impulse is the first aircraft to…

Iraq’s Displaced People are Selling Body Parts For Food | Sulaymaniyah | – – “Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan suspect that displaced people are selling their kidneys to feed their families. Problem is, they don’t know how to stop it because…

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