After a lengthy and tense debate that stretched into the early hours of Thursday morning, the 300-member Greek Parliament voted by a majority of 229-64 to pass what former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis—one of those to vote “No”—is calling the “Terms of Greece’s Surrender” to European creditors. The €86 billion bailout comes at a high political and social cost, forcing the imposition of harsh austerity measures and economic reforms tougher than those rejected by more than 60 percent of Greek voters in a July 5 referendum. Among the measures included in the rescue package, which provides for debt restructuring and allows Greece to remain in the Eurozone, are: tax hikes, pension cuts, and the privatization of public property.
Sol Luckman Near the end of this post, as I did last month, I provide numerous in-your-face pieces of real-time evidence (mentioned in the current Parliament of Wise Owls) of the dawning of the Second Renaissance for humanity. You can listen to the July PoWO below. The main purpose of PoWO is to present hard […]
After five days under the rubble of Nepal’s earthquake, a teenager has been pulled out alive. Hopes were fading of finding more survivors after Saturday’s disaster. But in the ruins of a building in Kathmandu, the teenager – reports say he is either 15 or 18-years-old – was waiting to be rescued.
It appears that the Germanwings co-pilot crashed the plane deliberately, killing 150 people on board. The co-pilot wouldn’t let the captain inside the cabin, with the “intension to destroy” the jet, the French prosecutor said at a press conference.
Despite the conflict and unrest that dominates much of the news, people around the world are experiencing a lot of positive emotions. At least seven in 10 adults worldwide report experiencing lots of enjoyment, laughing or smiling a lot, feeling well-rested, and being treated with respect, while a slight majority (51%) report that they learned or did something interesting the day before.
Just hours after claiming victory in national elections, Alexis Tsipras, head of the leftist Syriza party and the new Prime Minister-elect of Greece, has agreed to form a coalition government and repeated his vows to push swiftly ahead with the promised economic reforms that fueled his party’s historic win.
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre last week and just days since the historic Paris unity rally when world leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder and declared their support for freedom of speech, French authorities have arrested 54 people on charges of “glorifying” or “defending” terrorism.
Up to three million in media’s estimates marched through Paris in solidarity with the 17 victims of the attack at Charlie Hebdo, and the atrocities that followed in three days of terror. Over 40 world leaders joined the “cry for freedom” rally.
An estimated that 35,000 people took part in a rally against racism and xenophobia in Dresden, Germany. The State Premier of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, told the crowd: “Three days ago in Paris 12 people were brutally killed by Islamist fanatics during an attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo. It is defamatory to vilify all Muslims in Europe as enemies of democracy for this isolated terrorist attack, and we will not allow that.”
More than 700,000 people took to streets across France Saturday in a massive show of national unity and solidarity with the victims of the deadly assault on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the interior minister said.
If this attack is allowed to feed discrimination and prejudice, it will be playing straight into the hands of extremists whose clear aim is to divide religions and societies.
At least 12 people have been killed after two gunmen opened fire in the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in central Paris. Two of the dead policemen, and at least 9 others wounded in the shooting massacre.
Across the globe, revelers converged to watch fireworks and welcome 2015. Here’s a highlight video of the best fireworks displays – from cities all over the world – welcoming in the new year, 2015.
An Indonesian search and rescue official has confirmed that debris and bodies seen in the Java Sea are from a missing AirAsia plane.