The Weekly Roundup: On Same-Sex, Greece & IS

The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In the United States, an important event has happened that will probably go down in the history of mankind. On June 26th 2015, the United States became the 21st country to finally legalise same-sex marriage. President Barrack Obama, as the first US President publicly endorsing same-sex marriage, has welcome the decision

The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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In the United States, an important event has happened that will probably go down in the history of mankind. On June 26th 2015, the United States became the 21st country to finally legalise same-sex marriage. President Barrack Obama, as the first US President publicly endorsing same-sex marriage, has welcome the decision of the US Supreme Court to federally legalise it throughout the country.

Huge waves of marches were recorded throughout the US and in other parts of the world. Sir Ian Mckellen and Derek Jacobi led the New York parade down the Fifth Avenue on Sunday, June 28th. However, in other countries such as Turkey, such parades were suppressed, in ways violating human rights. Even though this particular march has been taking place for the last 13 years, the Turkish authorities in Taksim Square, Istanbul, decided to use pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets and road blockades against the people taking part in the parade. The excuse for the police attacks was that the march was happening during the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan.

The “Islamic State” Attacks

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The self-declared caliphate of the illegitimate “Islamic State” has taken responsibility for the shocking events of Friday, June 26th, by encouraging its supporters to take part in attacks against the West around the globe.

Beginning in France early in the morning, some explosive-packed detonating devices were found to be the triggering cause of explosions in a US-owned gas plant station in Lyon, South France. The owner was beheaded and his head was left surrounded by flags bearing the “IS” trademark. The suspect behind the scene was detained and French President Francois Hollande left earlier the EU leaders’ summit in order to call on his defence cabinet to deal effectively with the crisis by protecting the French citizens and eradicating the extremist groups.

In Tunisia, 3 gunmen opened fire against people at a beach in Sousse, killing at least 38 and leaving 36 people wounded. Most of them were foreign nationals.

In Kuwait, the “Islamic State” claimed an attack on the Shiite-affiliated Al-Sadiq mosque. The bombing, reportedly a “suicide attack” killed 25 people.

Closure of Greek Banks and Default

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The Greek government shut down its banks on Monday, June 29th, in an effort to prevent a wide-range collapse of Greece’s financial system. This was triggered by the government’s decision to take the country out of the bailout talks and to push for a referendum on whether should the Greek people accept the further austerity measures introduced by the EU and the IMF or not.

In a statement by the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a draft proposal on extending the rescue mission by the Troika authorities was rejected. The European Central Bank said that Greece would no longer receive any financial help, whereas Kristina Langarde, chair of the IMF, has stated that “if and when the Greek authorities are ready to resume talks, we certainly stand ready to help”.

Greece had to pay $1.7bn to the IMF by Tuesday, 6pm (UTC – 02:00). With the Greek government failing to do so, Greece officially defaulted and became the very first country to ever fail to pay back an IMF debt. The Greek government is holding a referendum on 5 July 2015, to approve or reject the latest counter proposal by the Troika on 25 June.

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