26 June 2015   Leave a comment

Last month I posted about a scorching heat wave in India.  People in southern Pakistan are now enduring the same event as more than 1,000 people have died from heat-related issues.   The problems have been amplified by the fact that many are fasting during Ramadan and are therefore more susceptible to the heat.  The wave of dead bodies has been so severe that many morgues are closing due to lack of space and adequate refrigeration.  Pakistan also suffers from a lack of reliable electricity.  We can never tell to what extent the heat waves are related to climate change, but the severity of the heat waves is likely a harbinger of the future.

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras made a surprising decision to call for a referendum among the Greek people whether the terms of the troika for additional assistance should be accepted.  Greece’s creditors have made it clear that they do not wish for any more concessions to be made and are holding fast to the demand that Greek pensions should be further reduced.  Tspiras’s statement makes clear what his own position is.  According to the Greek newspaper, ekathimerini:

“After five months of tough negotiations, our partners unfortunately resorted to a proposal-ultimatum to the Greek people, I call on the Greek people to rule on the blackmailing ultimatum asking us to accept a strict and humiliating austerity without end and without prospect.”

The referendum is scheduled for 5 July, days after the bailout deadline of 30 June.

The US is now one of the 20 countries in the world that allow gay marriage.  The list now stands at Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England/Wales, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United States, Uruguay.  The countries are overwhelmingly identified as societies that are deeply influenced by liberal ideas.

 

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Posted June 27, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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