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from Hugo Dixon:

Tsipras looks like he is crumbling

By Hugo Dixon
July 1, 2015

It looks like Alexis Tsipras is crumbling.

After the banks closed and public opinion started moving against him, the Greek prime minister seems desperate for a deal with his creditors. Athens has now defaulted to the International Monetary Fund, adding to the pressure. But it is not clear lenders will cut him any slack. They may prefer to deal with his successor.

from The Great Debate:

Why Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists will lead to bloodshed

By Mohamad Bazzi
July 1, 2015

A woman burns a portrait of ousted President Mohamed Mursi at the funeral of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, on the second anniversary of the June 30 protests, in Cairo

A woman burns a portrait of ousted President Mohamed Mursi at the funeral of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, on the second anniversary of the June 30 protests, in Cairo, Egypt, June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

from The Great Debate:

The real reason Greek PM Alexis Tsipras wants a referendum on debt deal

By Marco Vicenzino
June 29, 2015

Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union offices in Athens, Greece

Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union offices in Athens, Greece, June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

from The Great Debate:

New steps to bring U.S. hostages home, offer families help

By David Rohde
June 29, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while announcing a change in U.S. policy in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama pauses while announcing a change in U.S. policy on kidnappings in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, June 24, 2015.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

from The Great Debate:

Grexit signs: Drachma, how we’ve missed you!

By John Lloyd
June 28, 2015

A drop of water is seen on a Greek twenty-Drachma coin depicting ancient Athenian politician and general Pericles in this picture illustration taken in Athens

A drop of water is seen on a Greek 20-drachma coin depicting ancient Athenian politician and general Pericles in this picture illustration taken in Athens March 22, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

from The Great Debate:

Seeking a sacred space of their own, African-Americans often found pain

By James T. Campbell
June 26, 2015

Members of the public line along the street as a hearse carrying Reverend Clementa Pinckney arrives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for a public viewing in Charleston

Crowds watch as a hearse with the body of Reverend Clementa Pinckney arrives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for a public viewing in Charleston, South Carolina, June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

There’s no such thing as a lone wolf in cyberspace

By Gabriel Weimann
June 25, 2015

Handout photo of suspects in Boston Marathon shooting

FBI handout photo of Dzhokhar (L) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the lone-wolf terrorists behind the Boston Marathan bombing, April 18, 2013. REUTERS/FBI/Handout

from The Great Debate:

Why the South Carolina shooting suspect should not be called a terrorist

By Masha Gessen
June 23, 2015

A woman puts flowers with ribbons bearing the names of the victims of a mass shooting that left nine dead during a bible study outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston

A woman puts flowers with ribbons bearing the names of the victims of a mass shooting that left nine dead during a bible study outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

How Vladimir Putin learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

By John Lloyd
June 22, 2015

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In Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, the U.S. president, told that a rogue U.S. B-52 bomber is likely to drop its nuclear load on a Russian target, phones his opposite number, the leader of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party. Seeking to downplay the fact that Armageddon is close, he says, conversationally, “Now then, Dmitri, you know how we've always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the bomb. The BOMB, Dmitri. The hydrogen bomb.”

from The Great Debate:

A child born today may live to see humanity’s end, unless…

By David Auerbach
June 18, 2015

A couple hugs while standing on a hilly area overlooking Cairo on a dusty and hazy day where temperatures reached 46 Celsius (114 Fahrenheit)

A couple hugs while standing on a hilly area overlooking Cairo on a dusty and hazy day where temperatures reached 114 Fahrenheit, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih