Archive for June 19th, 2016

Eleven US congressmen criticise Barack Obama's EU referendum intervention as 'misguided' 

Sunday, June 19th, 2016:

During a visit to the UK earlier this year, Mr Obama said on the  idea of a trade deal after Brexit: “The UK is going to be in the back of the queue.” The comments delighted the In campaign, which has been quoting Mr Obama’s intervention since, but infuriate leading eurosceptics who said a sitting US president should not be telling UK voters what to do in the referendum.  In their letter, the congressmen said they were taking no official position on the referendum and called Mr Obama’s intervention “misguided”.  They wrote: “Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, citizens […] Read More →

All Summer on the Stoop

Sunday, June 19th, 2016:

Dear Diary: Dreams were born on Brooklyn stoops,Comic books read, and friendships forged.Secrets shared, and hopes revealed. “Hey, Jerry, here’s six cents, go and get the Nooz and Mira.”Crazy Ralphie told us jokes, and babes in arms were sleepy.Someone shouts, “Hey, Babe Ruth died!”The boys could not believe it. A girl named Mary Pellegrino met a boystrolling by on Graham Avenue.His name was Maxie Witkin.Their union produced children whose Art is now shown in museums and galleries.They live in fancy houses that have no stoops.They would trade it all for only one more nightWith Mom and GrandmaOn a Brooklyn stoop. […] Read More →

Triple taxes

Sunday, June 19th, 2016:

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, has increased taxes on imports over the past two years Standing in his big, but nearly empty, warehouse, Hamam al-Yazjji, is struggling to keep his business alive. It is not just the daily hardships of making a living in besieged Gaza that are hitting him hard, but the high taxes imposed by Islamist group Hamas, which controls the tiny coastal strip. Hamas has recently further raised taxes after a drop in financial support from allies, such as Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, and the collapse of its tunnel trade […] Read More →

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