Over Easy: Around the World

Kensington Palace Orangery serves easy eggs, you see

Kensington Palace Orangery serves easy eggs, you see

(Picture courtesy of Herry Lawford at

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. As, again today, you’re hearing from Over There direct, we have a couple of changes, and the computer doesn’t want to reproduce my domestic egg picture.

From RT, Wikileaks publishes TiSA agreement documents which if authentic show multinational corporations wielding powers over governments in the treaty.

WikiLeaks has published secret “core text” related to the controversial trade agreement currently being negotiated behind closed doors between the US, EU and 23 other countries. Big corporations look to be the biggest winners in the deal.

Leaked documents of TiSA (Trade in Services Agreement) negotiations reveal that the treaty is looking to undermine “governments involved in the treaty” by supporting multinational companies instead of local businesses, according to a WikiLeaks press release.

The deadline for nuclear agreement between Iran and western nations (P5 + 1) has been extended from the original one that was to occur on June 30.  A five year plan issued by Ayatollah Khomeini included economic and military objectives, claiming that the nuclear development has peaceful purposes.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to the talks on Tuesday, along with Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Hossein Fereidoun, President Rouhani’s younger brother and special adviser.

The presence of Mr Salehi was a sign of Iran’s serious desire to accelerate the negotiations and achieve a comprehensive deal, Iran’s state news agency Irna said.

On Monday, the US warned that a framework deal agreed in Switzerland in April had to remain the basis for a comprehensive agreement.

Argentine Chief Minister Anibal Fernandez praised Greece’s rejection of EU demands to shrink their economy, describing it as similar to Argentina’s spurning court demands that the country pay off vulture capitalists.   He described the buying up of Greek debt now going on as another example of the attempt to suck up other countries’ economies into their own coffers by these corrupting financial institutions.

“Tsipras demands adjustment to be held. They say they want to be in the EU and not leave the eurozone, but they want a wayout like the one Argentina had. Néstor (Kirchner) used to say ‘the dead don´t pay.’ Here, they want (Greece) to die, the government to fall and make decisions of another type to plunder the Greek,” the head of ministers said referring to Néstor Kirchner, President Cristina Fernández’s late husband and predecessor in the post.

In 2003, in his first speech as head of state of Argentina in the United Nations General Assembly, Kirchner said “the dead don’t pay” alluding to the country’s financial situation with the credit organism commanded by Christine Lagarde.

Predicted increased ‘el Nino’ effects in 2015 – 16 are anticipated to be threatening world supplies of wheat, coffee and sugar in particular.   Copyright restrictions do not allow the inclusion of text here, but readers may follow the link for descriptions of the shortages, and abundance elsewhere, which will be entailed.

As you no doubt have all heard, we’re having a heatwave, but today it’s lots cooler and clouds have moved in.   That will make the ‘tube’ a lot nicer.   Have also seen we’re on the way to another record heat year in 2015, just like last year.   My sympathies go out to our Pacific NW and Hawaii, as well as other places around the world that are suffering.


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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.