Why Is the EU So Tough on Greece?
Greece is known as the birthplace of democracy and as such has a special place amongst the nations of Europe. It is true that over recent centuries it has suffered a succession of regimes, both foreign and indigenous, that were far from democratic, but since its release from the military junta in 1974 its revived democracy has been bolstered by its membership of the European Union. Greece needs the EU and the EU treasures Greece as a link to an ancient heritage. So why is the EU prepared to risk Greece’s exit from the Union over a simple matter of money?Shamed by the IMF!
Over the course of its profligate career of recent years Greece has borrowed large sums of money from both the EU and the IMF. So it has been with negotiators of both of these institutions, as well as the European Central Bank, that Greece has been engrossed in endless discussions with the threat of departure from the European common currency, the Euro, hanging overhead like the sword of Damocles. The IMF is notorious for its harsh policies that have enhanced poverty in numerous countries of the developing world, so it is with some surprise that one finds the IMF willing to write-off some of Greece’s debts while sister countries in the EU refuse to do so. Why have the EU and the ECB allowed themselves to be shamed by the IMF?Foods North Americans Miss While Living In Costa Rica
Living in Costa Rica can be a daily challenge, especially when it comes to food. We all have our favourites, we try to replace the foods you love with their Costa Rican equivalents, but that ends in frustration.Aliyah – Jewish Return to Israel a Good Plan, But Not in 2015
The book of Daniel supports Jewish Aliyah, but also offers a time-frame for it that is overlooked. This is based on the double application of Daniel, once in history and again in our time.Planting The Seeds Of Future Kidnappings
The administration says it will not pay kidnappers, but hostages’ families may do so. To a terrorist banker, that’s just as good.Uniting Europeans, If Any Can Be Found
French President Hollande wants a united eurozone government. It would be a better way to fund French aims with German cash.A Chinese Leap Of Faith
Maybe China will actually be the first country in the history of this planet to embark on an extended era of unbroken economic growth. A skeptic looks at China’s miraculous GDP report.The Jewish Fight With History Is Like the Plight of People Everywhere
History is His story-the story of God and His people. But life is often like the picture of a camouflaged tiger. In real life, survival may depend on recognizing the tiger in its context. The tiger’s eyes don’t fit the context of stripes in tall grass. Details are important. So it is with some details in history.Flashback to the Sixties – Growing Up During the Nigerian-Biafran War
The era that brought out the adventure in children was the same era that filled adults with anguish. While children explored rural nature, adults worried about surviving starvation, which the Federal Republic of Nigeria said was the quickest way to bring secessionist Biafrans of the Igbo tribe to their knees.Pioneers of Defending Human Rights
The news about the terrorist attack on Malala Yousafzai the teenage Pakistani activist led to a wave of international condemnations. Sometime later, Malala was awarded with the Nobel Peace prize that she deserved. But, is any one indeed aware of the extent of oppression and crime that has been going on against thousands of “Malalas” since 35 years ago by the ruling mullahs in Iran?