Over Easy: Around the World
Thursday tradition continues, and in the Lakeside Diner begun by Southern Dragon, today we will look at foreign media, and a perspective that doesn’t come from reportage the U.S. press usually does provide.
Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Tsipras called for a new approach to the onerous policies the Eurozone has imposed on the nation he represents.
At the first cabinet meeting since his election on Sunday, Greece’s new prime minister said that his government’s top priority is negotiating with creditors to resolve the country’s debt problems without blindly submitting to the demands of its European partners.
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the leftist Syriza party, said Wednesday that he wanted a “viable, mutually beneficial solution” to what he called the humanitarian disaster that Greece has suffered because of austerity measures imposed by its European creditors.
Tsipras said that Greece would not meet a bailout requirement to produce “unfeasible and destructive” surpluses, which are diverted to pay back its creditors, and that the country was ready for a four-year fiscal plan to balance the budget.
Japanese journalist hostage of IS, Kenji Goto, has been threatened with murder if the prisoners it wants freed are not handed over, one by sunset today.
Meanwhile, a video apparently linked to the Islamic State group was released shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday. A man featured in the video claimed the pilot, Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh, came to kill members of the jihadi group. However, the video did not mention Goto, according to Kyodo News.
The latest reports suggested that last-minute negotiations were still going on between Jordan and the Islamic militants even after the deadline set by the group to kill both Goto and al-Kaseasbeh, whose fighter jet crashed in Syria in December, apparently expired at around 11 p.m.
The President of the World Bank has warned that outbreaks of potential epidemics threaten the economic stability of all nations, as proved by the ebola crisis this past year.
Jim Yong Kim, speaking in Washington, said it was vital that governments, corporations, aid agencies and insurance companies worked together to prepare for future outbreaks.
He said they needed to learn lessons from the Ebola crisis.
More than 8,500 people have died, most in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
“The Ebola outbreak has been devastating in terms of lives lost and the loss of economic growth,” Mr Kim told an audience at Georgetown University.
Ethiopian development of its own Nile waters, a large part of which originate in that country, has been a concern to Egypt, and those nations will meet to discuss their shared waters during upcoming African nation meetings there.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to fly this week to Ethiopia to attend the African Union summit where he will meet with Prime Minister Desalegn in a rare opportunity for direct talks between the two countries.
Ethiopia – nicknamed “Africa’s water tower” – is the source of about 80 percent of Nile water, but Egypt is the most dependent on the river. Cairo fears that Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam could cut its share of the water.
The legal framework that governs the management of the Nile is a 1929 treaty between Egypt and colonial Britain and a 1959 treaty between Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia considers the arrangement to be unfair, because it was not colonized and Britain did not speak on its behalf.