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Yanis Varoufakis: Why we recommend a NO in the referendum – in 6 short bullet points

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 03, 2015 01:35 PM
"Greece will stay in the euro. ... Greece’s place in the Eurozone and in the European Union is non-negotiable."

The link address is: http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/07/01/why-we-recommend-a-no-in-the-referendum-in-6-short-bullet-points/

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Syria military resists major rebel assault in Aleppo | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 03, 2015 10:37 AM
"Aleppo, once Syria's commercial and industrial hub, has been divided roughly in half between government-held areas in the west and rebel-controlled eastern quarters for the past three years. Fighting [has] destroyed more than 60% of the Old City, a Unesco World Heritage site."

The link address is: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33373410

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New Embassies Open Door to Cuba's Health Care Triumphs | ABC News

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 02, 2015 04:48 PM
"Even with U.S. sanctions against Cuba, the nation managed to develop one of the best health care systems in the region. Minister Morales cited a focus on primary care and inter-sector cooperation as the catalysts. ... The country has one family doctor for every 1,095 inhabitants. The success Cuba achieved with HIV and congenital syphilis is a product of this strong primary care." Full story here.

Also see: Cuba first to ​end mother-to-child transmission of HIV, an important victory in fight against AIDS | Washington Post
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IMF says Greece needs extra €60bn in funds and debt relief | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 02, 2015 03:14 PM
According to the IMF, Greece should have a 20-year grace period before making any debt repayments and final payments should not take place until 2055. It would need €10bn to get through the next few months and a further €50bn after that. ... [T]he intervention by the IMF will undermine EU leaders who argue Greece must submit to a fresh round of austerity measures to release funds for debt repayments."

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/02/imf-greece-needs-extra-50bn-euros

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Benghazi, where Libya’s uprising began, now a shattered city | Washington Times

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 02, 2015 11:10 AM
"More than a fifth of Benghazi’s 630,000-strong population has been forced out of their homes. Those with money fled abroad. The rest sought refuge in other Libyan towns and cities, or crowded into Benghazi’s makeshift camps and schools turned into shelters. The overall number of displaced within Libya has almost doubled from an estimated 230,000 last September to more than 434,000 amid escalating fighting this year, according to the latest U.N. report."

The link address is: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/2/benghazi-where-libyas-uprising-began-now-shattered/

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Venezuela’s Maduro Voices Solidarity with Greece, Rejects “Financial Blackmail” | Venezuela Analysis

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 02, 2015 10:32 AM
"Since Syriza’s victory in parliamentary elections this past January, Caracas has maintained close contact with the leftwing Greek government, whose leaders have cited the Bolivarian Revolution and other leftwing socio-political processes in Latin America as a “shining example”."

The link address is: http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11431

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Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jun 30, 2015 03:31 PM
"The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest public health achievements possible."

The link address is: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33334245

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Israel acknowledges it is helping Syrian rebel fighters | Times of Israel

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jun 30, 2015 11:24 AM
"Israel has provided humanitarian assistance to wounded Syrian fighters located near the shared border since the civil war stated, the defense minister said."

The link address is: http://www.timesofisrael.com/yaalon-syrian-rebels-keeping-druze-safe-in-exchange-for-israeli-aid/

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Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jun 30, 2015 11:04 AM
"Economists around the world have condemned [the economic targets imposed on Greece] as punitive, because aiming for it will inevitably result in a deeper downturn. Indeed, even if Greece’s debt is restructured beyond anything imaginable, the country will remain in depression ... We should be clear: almost none of the huge amount of money loaned to Greece has actually gone there. It has gone to pay out private-sector creditors – including German and French banks. Greece has gotten but a pittance, but it has paid a high price to preserve these countries’ banking systems. ... I know how I would vote."

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jun/29/joseph-stiglitz-how-i-would-vote-in-the-greek-referendum

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Academic publishers reap huge profits as libraries go broke | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jun 29, 2015 02:29 PM
"Aside from the costs of switching itself, the digital age has made publishing even cheaper for scientific journals, which already have a business model that sounds too good to be true. Unlike other authors, researchers don't get paid for the papers they write, and peer reviewers don't get paid either. ... This model originally existed because it was necessary for sharing research in the age of print. It's no longer a practical necessity in the digital age. But it continues to exist because researchers' funding and career advancement are tied to the number of papers they publish in top journals."

The link address is: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/academic-publishers-reap-huge-profits-as-libraries-go-broke-1.3111535

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