– Investigation under way for attack at mall in Kenya. Expect more information to come out in the next few days.
– “After Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood and freezes their assets, Egyptian military successfully changes the narrative to paint the Brotherhood as terrorists.” Is it a regional power struggle?
– The US – “the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms” – has signed a UN treaty that limits the selling of arms to areas in “conflict.” So wait, the United States can’t sell guns here?
– Be careful says the US. Why? Because al-Qaeda might be planning something that the US, who has the NSA, don’t know yet. Brilliant, utterly brilliant.
– Italy has intercepted a boat of 700 asylum seekers, which include Syrians.
– No way. Here I thought the police in Greece were all anarcho-communists. “Greek police raided the offices of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and arrested a police officer, authorities said, amid a major probe on the links between law enforcers and far-right politicians.”
– Nikos Michaloliakos, party leader of Golden Dawn, “warned that what he described as mud-slinging and slander ‘would open the gates of hell’.” I’m sure he’s familiar with that area.
– Socialists in France have “vowed ‘unprecedented’ cuts” in the 2014 budget, though have said it shouldn’t compromise growth. I don’t get it either.
– JPMorgan Chase now reported to settle with the government for $11 billion.
– Slap on the wrist. Citigroup pays Freddic Mac only $395 million.
– Dean Baker has a great piece criticizing WaPo reporter Charles Lane’s statement that Merkel’s victory is a reflection of her “managing the crisis well.” [cont’d.]
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