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Internecine violence characterized Egypt’s political scene, as many hundreds were killed as protesters of the removal of elected Prime Minister Morsi were removed from streets of several cities. Security was cited by the Prime Minister and opposition Vice President AlBaredei resigned in protest.

Egypt‘s interim government and its backers remained defiant on Thursday amid a rising death toll and widespread international condemnation of Wednesday’s massacre of Islamist supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi – the country’s third mass killing in six weeks.

The prime minister, Hazem Beblawi, said the crackdown was essential to create stability, and praised security forces for what he characterised as maximum restraint – despite Egypt’s health ministry on Thursday putting the death toll at 525 from the violence when pro-Morsi camps on either side of Cairo were cleared.

The world has become a little brighter by way of the simple direction of light into homes by use of a bottle filled with water. Inventor Moser is none the richer except in the pleasure he takes in seeing his lighting device enrich lives throughout poverty stricken areas.

 In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity – using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach.

In the last two years his innovation has spread throughout the world. It is expected to be in one million homes by early next year.

So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle.

BP petroleum company has filed suit against the U.S. government for prohibiting its bidding on contracts following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

“EPA’s decision to suspend did not address the overwhelming evidence and record of BP’s present responsibility as a government contractor and leaseholder,” the lawsuit documents stated.

It “did not attempt to explain how or why immediate suspension was necessary to protect the public interest, as federal law requires”.

BP argued that the company has already been punished for the oil spill and faces “irreparable harm” if the bans are not lifted.

The bans they brought on themselves are a protection that BP wants to eliminate so they can continue to profit from those they disserved.

In Greece, not all of the results of economic disaster are the worst they can be.

Triggered by the crisis, a new, unprecedented community spirit is taking shape.

There is now a civil resistance movement with different goals than simply championing a particular group’s interests.

In Thessaloniki, people aren’t just fighting the planned privatization of the city waterworks, but have formed a collective and submitted their own purchase offer. The movement is called “136,” because anyone who participates would have to pay €136 ($181) if the offer were accepted.

On the Chalkidiki Peninsula, Greeks are suddenly protesting against plans by a Canadian company and Greek construction tycoon to develop a gold mine. Protecting the environment has never been a particularly Greek virtue.


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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.