Over Easy: Around the World

Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.

Today is the first day of Ramadan, peace to all.

The Greek exit from the EU looms closer and its central bank has warned there are difficulties ahead for all.

Greece’s central bank has warned for the first time that the country could be on a “painful course” to default and exit from both the eurozone and the EU.

It comes as the Greek government and its international creditors blamed each other for failing to reach a deal over economic reforms.

That failure is holding up the release of €7.2bn (£5.2bn) in bailout funds.

The Palestinian unity government designed to work with Abbas and Hamad has resigned due to its inability to effect any actual operations.

“Hamdallah handed his resignation to Abbas and Abbas ordered him to form a new government,” Nimr Hammad, an adviser to Abbas, told AFP, referring to prime minister Rami Hamdallah.

Discussions to form a new government would include consultations with the various Palestinian factions, including Hamas, he said.

Officials have said the planned dissolution of the government, made up of technocrats, had been under discussion for several months because of the cabinet’s inability to operate in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.


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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.


  1. Chris Maukonen
    June 18, 2015 at 6:37 am
  2. tjbs
    June 18, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Good morning all,

    65 and raining here in eastern Pa.

    So the South falls further away from the rest of humanity.

  3. Boxturtle
    June 18, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Good Morning All!

    Greece is a odd mess. The money they would get from creditors in the event of a deal is to be used to REPAY those same creditors. They could just keep the money and shift it from one account to another. With all the time, effort, and money that has been spent over the least 5 years dealing with Greek debt, wouldn’t it have been easier and cheaper just to forgive it?

    The Palestine “unity” government was always a joke. Fatah hates Hamas more than they hate Israel.Hamas does hate Israel more than they hate Fatah, but not by that much. And at the end of the day, Israel decides if a government will succeed and for how long. They don’t want the Palestinians speaking with one voice and they want Gaza to appear ungovernable. Not clear to me if Israel’s “secret” negotiations are meaningful, as they have no intention of lifting the blockade in any meaningful manner and I don’t think Hamas has the power to stop the rockets.So right now, I think it’s mainly for show.

    Boxturtle (At least Israel has toned it down on Iran and allowed our congress to do so as well)

  4. oldhippiejan
    June 18, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Good morning Ruth and thanks for the early post for us early risers.

    What a tragedy to begin the day with in S. C.
    As usual Greece and Palestine continue to fall apart in one way or another. Misery the world over.

  5. Boxturtle
    June 18, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Not the entire south, just one man.And he was probably pretty far away from humanity to start with.

    Obviously, those churchgoers should have been armed while praying. ‘Cause guns is the answer to guns. *sigh*

    Bet we’ll find all kinds of warnings in the shooters past, We need our mental health system back up and running and we need to require a Psych certificate for every gun owner.

    Boxturtle (Not a good headline to wake up to)

  6. Beverly Lawson
    June 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Really tragic…there has been a church split/property debate going on in that area…..wondering if this event is related. So tragic.
    Good Morning All….more rain warnings here this morning. Good to see everyone.

  7. Boxturtle
    June 18, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Quibble: Palestine cannot fall apart as it has not ever been together. At least not in my lifetime. You could never describe their kleptocratic government as functioning, unless you were the United States and wanted to maintain the illusion. Even when Arafat was there, unity was just an illusion. And if it got too strong, Israel would make sure to shatter it.

    We will know that Israel is serious about peace when they release Marwan Barghouti and open talks with him. He’s the only living person who could unite Palestine enough to cut a deal and make it stick.

    Boxturtle (Which is why Israel is holding him incommunicado)

  8. Beverly Lawson
    June 18, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Our Gov is still fussing about health care (Obama care). Gov says he has a better plan for TX….yep

  9. Boxturtle
    June 18, 2015 at 7:45 am

    All those folks with “better plans” should publish details. Obamacare ain’t perfect by any means.

    I find it interesting that the conversation has turned to “better plans” from killing Obamacare outright. The GOP was right about one thing: Once we have it, it’ll be impossible to take it back.

    Boxturtle (Still thinks the GOP plan is basically “Die young and in debt”)

  10. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Morning all – the Corporate Coup plotters are back. They have delinked the TPA (fast track) from the TAA (pennies for displaced workers via cuts to Medicare).

    The TPA already passed, the TAA failed but they needed both. They will try again with just the TPA.
    Then send it back to the Senate.

    Obama and his Republlican allies will have this odious thing.

    We will have serfdom.


  11. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Israel’s Descent into Barbarism – Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself 2 (1/3)

  12. Beverly Lawson
    June 18, 2015 at 8:02 am

    SC so sad; sort of makes me sick. How does one get so cruel? A church setting of “God is love”; message missed, I guess.

  13. Marion in Savannah
    June 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Good morning, pups. Today we have Blow and Kristof. In “The Delusions of Dolezal” Mr. Blow says her performance of blackness may have been born of affinity, but was based on a lie. It’s a spectacular exercise in hubris, narcissism and deflection. Mr. Kristof, in “Malachi’s World,” says this year’s win-a-trip journey starts with a stop in Baltimore to look at some of the challenges presented by poverty here at home.

    HERE they are, and

    HERE’s Krugman’s blog.

    The coffee and tea are ready, and I’ve got your favorite omelet this morning. We’ve gone from having a lovely mild spring to the depths of summer all of a sudden. It’s like August out there this morning — It’s almost 90° already, and the air is thick enough to cut with a knife. The heat index is supposed to hit 105 or higher this afternoon. I think I’ll be staying inside… Have a great day.

  14. Beverly Lawson
    June 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Thanks….I have also been hearing those complaints about “your” heat. Makes me wonder what is so different this year. Seems odd.

  15. oldhippiejan
    June 18, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Poor choice of words on my part. No quibble needed.

  16. oldhippiejan
    June 18, 2015 at 8:35 am

    The sad thing is there are many racists cheering this morning, I dare say. I used to work with some of them. On MLK’s birthday the comments were sickening. Yet these same people went to church on Sunday and had a shitfit if some used God’s name in vain.

  17. Beverly Lawson
    June 18, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I do not mean to sound so naïve…but where does such racism or hatred come from? So sickening….I want to weep for our country….Id like to suggest prayer, but that’s pretty dangerous as well.

  18. Canyon2
    June 18, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you for the post Ruth.

  19. Canyon2
    June 18, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I hope the X-rays turned out good for you yesterday oldhippiejan. Not being nosy just caring.

  20. Canyon2
    June 18, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Beverly, I know you are not naïve, and neither am I as we have always had them but since O’s election in my opinion they just came out of the woodwork and are more bold when they used to do it under wraps as in KKK and others. Just my opinion.
    I was going to work one morning and stopped at one of the quick mart gas stations and it was the day after the election and these guys were just returning from the overnight shift and someone was talking and one guy says “He’s not my President…” I have to admit it was a shocking statement to me but I sure was naïve then. Now, it is an everyday occurrence.

  21. Canyon2
    June 18, 2015 at 9:23 am

    They will always find a way that benefits the 1%.
    If the Republicans are willing to work with the President on this one after fighting him for over six years that should send rockets going off and red flags raised all over the place. Like you said, “We will have serfdom.”

  22. oldhippiejan
    June 18, 2015 at 9:37 am

    This just pisses me off beyond words. If no jobs will be lost then why the need for displacement assistance? This displacement eventually runs out, then what?
    Taking the money out of Medicare makes me furious. I simply can’t afford that. Thus far I’ve heard of no plans to replace the money taken.
    Damn them all to hell.

  23. oldhippiejan
    June 18, 2015 at 9:44 am

    You’re far from naive, Beverly. Lots of questions, few answers to many of today’s problems, but in my humble opinion, it’s passed down from one generation to the next. Children grow up hearing their parents make hateful, racist statements and believe it’s ok. They then teach their children the same thing. I remember seeing a documentary years ago on the KKK. It showed little children wearing white robes, chanting racist slogans. Truly sickening.

  24. oldhippiejan
    June 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

    A bunch of Palestinians are killed nearly on a daily basis and their homes destroyed by Israel’s expansion, nothing on the news. One or two Israelis get killed and the media beat it to death.

  25. Beverly Lawson
    June 18, 2015 at 10:02 am

    To you both….Sickening and scary….reminds me of McCain during the debate referring to Obama as “this one”, I think. So dehumanizing….Seeing the young kid going into the church….very clear picture…..really alarming. Our country’s love of guns continues to expand even as the facts are more frightening…..There must be some cry that says “enough”…..Ive never owned a gun….may have been fatal in my first marriage. But my father was a hunter, and we were taught serious respect for the guns that were in our house; now they seem to be a required accessory….debates here about open carry at sports events…..accompanied by alcohol…..what could go wrong? You can tell I am getting truly old.

  26. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 10:03 am

    *This is the live stream on the House debate on the TPA

  27. oldhippiejan
    June 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I’m listening to it as we “speak”, getting more pissed by the minute. Should have my dusting done in record time due to pure anger, don’t seem to notice my arthritis nearly as much.

  28. oldhippiejan
    June 18, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I hear ya’ Beverly. I don’t own a gun because there have been times I would have used it. Pepper spray is all I allow myself to own. My Dad also owned a gun, we lived on a farm and sometimes owls and foxes would invade the chicken house and Dad would get the gun out. He’d also use it for rabbit hunting. When I got old enough to burst into tears everytime he killed a rabbit, he didn’t use it anymore for hunting. Kept it around still for protection. But I knew it would kill stuff.
    Alcohol and firearms definitely do not mix. One of the reasons I don’t own a gun. I know my limitations, many people don’t.

  29. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 10:42 am
  30. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 11:06 am

    *11.04.01 AM TPA passed in the House.

  31. June 18, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Kabuki Theater since Columbus was a midshipman! Do you think the assistance package will be voted in with changes? No way, because the Republicans don’t give a damn and will vote that down. The Dems haven’t enough votes.

    Wake up people! Our Constitution is just for show now. The Constitutional President knew exactly how to do it and he did. His legacy, right? It’s what he wanted.

    We need a Constitutional Convention where we correct the errors in the current one.

  32. Michael Cavlan RN
    June 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Oddly enough- the TPP passed with the Republicans and juuuussssst enough Dumbocrap collaborators (28 to be exact) to just squeeze this through the House. Where as the US Senate will work on it.

    With the Kabuki Theater in full swing, we already have gone through the “call your Congressman” to now “call your US Senator. Where there will be juuuuusssttt enough votes to pass it.

    Then Bernie sanders will be done with his Kabuki theater and then call on proggies to ‘support Wall Street’ AKA Killary Klinton.

    He is not a sheepdog. he is a goat. A goat that slaughterhouses use to lead the sheep to the slaughter. Right into the Veal Pen.

    Remember when that term as common around here?

    That was then, this is now. OK now back to Truthdig. Great wee open and honest discussion going on at the latest Chris Hedges article.

  33. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    TPA vote today – 243-182 with 9 not voting. 7 Democratic Quislings, the Republicans didn’t need them.

    TPA vote last week – 219-211 with 4 not voting. 28 Democratic Quislings, the Republicans needed them.

    The vote in the Senate will be much more complex.

    I’ll have more.

    (ps I hang on every word of Chris Hedges – are you in Minneapolis?)

  34. Michael Cavlan RN
    June 18, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Alice- yes- I live in Minneapolis

  35. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I was born a stones throw from the river. To give a time frame my mother once recalled to me that I was one of the babies in line for a Hubert Humphrey political event which must have been a 1950 election when he was first in the Senate.

    A long time ago. Since ten years later I have been in and around Detroit.

  36. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I’ve just gone through this. It is an excellent resource.

  37. Michael Cavlan RN
    June 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Excellent source. Public Citizen. started by that icky sticky, mean old poo poo head Ralph Nader. The original modern day No Veal Pen man.

  38. Alice X
    June 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    That is quite a piece.

    I was just over visiting Lambert where there was mention of the latest Nader Crucifiction through Fiction at Salon. I haven’t bothered. That war is lost. Every since Powell’s Memo the contract for his head has been in play. He’s a Saint so they could never find any dirt, but after he first ran in 1996 the long knives have been steadily sharpened. As a tactic, I don’t mention him. But as a strategy he can never be forgotten.

    Anyway here is what I said at Lambert’s:

  39. mulp
    June 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    “The Greek exit from the EU looms closer and its central bank has warned there are difficulties ahead for all.”

    Well, this is like the time NYC exited the USA when it went bankrupt, and when Rhode Island exited the USA when it went bankrupt.

    Or when the United States exited the dollar zone when the banks closed because they ran out of dollars.

    And when millions of Americans exit the USA to sleep in boxes on the street or in the woods having run out of dollars to pay the rent and keep the lights on.

    What Greece is on the verge of is the Great Depression when money is so scarce it can;’t be used for trade and instead everything is by barter or begging.

  40. oldhippiejan
    June 19, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Thank you for caring Canyon2. The X-rays showed some minor arthritis. The dr. said not enough though to cause as much pain as I’m having. His diagnosis was tendonitis around the hip and wants me to have 8 sessions of physical therapy. My co-pay for that is $40. per session. I may go a couple times then see if I can mimic the same thing at home for nothing. Doctors seem to think people are made of money. But again, I appreciate your asking.

  41. Canyon2
    June 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    You can sure say that again about Doctors thinking people are made of money and yet we need them so much. That $40.00 co-pay seems steep but what do I know and I like your idea of seeing what is done and then mimic the procedure.

  42. Michael Cavlan RN
    June 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Righteous answer.

    the part about the Dumbocraps corporatist apologists that will never learn their lessons was just about 100% on point.

    I am at a loss. It would appear that Dumbocrap corporatist apologists are just as delusional as right wing Tea Baggers. Maybe even more vicious when people expose their delusional thinking.

    Carry on. OK now- back to TruthDig.