Thursday, July 16, 2015

Greece: Sound And Fury Signifying Much

CC News Letter 15 July - Greece: Sound And Fury Signifying Much
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Obama Promotes "Historic" Nuclear Deal With Iran
By Keith Jones

After 18 days of intensive negotiations, Iran and the P-6—the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China—have reached a final agreement to "normalize" Iran's civil nuclear program over the next 15 years. Yesterday's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) enshrines the sweeping concessions Iran made under the "framework" agreement reached in Lausanne, Switzerland onApril 2, as well as introducing further conditions and stipulations highly advantageous to Washington. Iran must either dismantle or roll back and freeze the key elements of its nuclear program and must submit to the most intrusive nuclear inspections regime ever devised

My Congressman Is Wrong On Iran, Yours Might Be Too
By David Swanson

The time has come to remove the "missile defense" weaponry from Europe that was put there under the false pretense of protecting Europe from Iran. With that justification gone, U.S. aggression toward Russia will become damagingly apparent if this step is not taken. And the time has come for the nations that actually have nuclear weapons to join and/or comply with the nonproliferation treaty, which Iran was never actually in violation of

New IMF Report On Greece Says Projections Are Unrealistically Optimistic
By Eric Zuesse

The persistent and ongoing deceit here is hard to square with widespread allegations that the EU is at all democratic. The origin of this loan and earlier loans to Greece (euphemistically called 'bailouts,' as if it weren't the banks which were being bailed out by the taxpayers, instead of the Greek public, who had never received the benefits of those loans anyway) had been private investors in Greek government bonds, receiving high interest rates on these junk bonds, which turn out to have been guaranteed by Western publics bailing out Western banks

Greece: Sound And Fury Signifying Much
By Paul Craig Roberts

All of Europe, and insouciant Americans and Canadians as well, are put on notice by Syriza's surrender to the agents of the One Percent. The message from the collapse of Syriza is that the social welfare system throughout the West will be dismantled

Why Palestinians Fight Back: The Logic Of Life And Death In Gaza
By Ramzy Baroud

Another row is brewing between Israel and the Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, over the release of Avraham Mengitsu, an Israeli citizen who, according to Israeli military sources, 'slipped into Gaza' on September 7, 2014. The circumstances of Mengitsu's entry into Gaza remain unclear, especially since Hamas' political leader, Khaled Mashaal, denied that the military wing of Hamas is holding the Israeli citizen. According to Israel's Defense Ministry, another Israeli is also being held in Gaza. A gag order on Mengitsu's disappearance was just lifted, but another remains in effect regarding the other, allegedly, detained Israeli

MH 17: The Questions Remain One Year After
By Chandra Muzaffar

Tears flowed freely at the memorial held in Kuala Lumpur on 11 July 2015 to remember the victims of the MH 17 tragedy --- the Malaysian airline that was blown out of the skies a year ago on 17 July 2014. The tragedy remains deeply etched upon the collective memory of the Malaysian nation, as it continues to wrench the hearts of all those who lost their loved ones from so many different countries, notably the Netherlands and Australia. The families of the victims from all these countries and indeed, people everywhere want those responsible for this heinous crime to be punished severely. They yearn for justice

Australian Coalition Government & Labor Opposition Trash Human Rights,
Child Rights, Free Speech & Medical Ethics
By Dr Gideon Polya

Australia has invaded 85 countries, with 30 such invasions associated with genocidal atrocities, and has an appalling record of child abuse both at home and abroad, with as many as 25% of Australians suffering sexual abuse as children. Now on top of draconian anti-terrorism laws grossly violating human rights, Australian doctors, nurses, teachers and care-givers face 2 years in prison for reporting ongoing physical, psychological and sexual abuse of children and other inmates of Australian refugee concentration camps

Yoga's Pose: White Supremacy
By Mickey Z.

Yoga is created by a non-white culture which is then conquered, occupied, and colonized. Fast forward a few centuries and now rich white people are the "experts" -- sanitizing, commodifying, and selling yoga back to other rich white people as self-improvement

Modasa - It Is Just A Beginning
By Subhash Gatade

Whether investigations into Hindutva terror related cases are changing course? A series of apparently unconnected developments definitely strengthen the belief. Close on the heels of renowned public prosecutor Rohini Salian's revelations that she is being pressurised to go slow on the Malegaon bomb blast case (2008) and news of no of witnesses turning hostile in the Ajmer bomb blast case (2007) and sudden decision of the NIA to shift the Sunil Joshi murder case back to M.P, has come the news that the NIA has finally decided to close the Modasa bomb blast case citing 'insufficient evidence'

Craze For Foreign Travel And Neglect Of India's Tourism
By Vidyadhar Date

If you are travelling abroad, better travel to Greece. It is the best way to show solidarity with the people deeply hit by the financial crisis caused by capitalism. We could help revive the economy there. This was the theme of an article by Alex Andreou in the Guardian recently. That made me think again what I always felt. Most parts of India are in the same financial crisis as Greece. Why on earth don't we travel more within our lovely country where there is so much to see ? Think about the great boost the rural economy would get if more and more of us travelled there and shared our lives with the people in other parts of the country

CBI Raid At The Premises Of Teesta Setalvad & Javed Anand Vindictive
By People's Alliance For Democracy And Secularism

PADS strongly condemns the CBI raids of 14 July 2015 at the premises of social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand, Gulam Mohammed Peshimam and office of Sabrang Communications and Publishing in Mumbai. These raids are undertaken for purely vindictive reasons given the assurances of complete cooperation and submission of thousands of pages of documents to the CBI. It is by now an open secret that activists working for justice and truth with regard to the pogrom called 'Gujarat Riots' have earned the hatred and animosity of the Modi government; which does not hesitate to employ official state power to indulge in a witch-hunt

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