This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- British scientists say that chemical weapons were used in Syria
- Tensions rise in Greece over German war reparations
- Tea-leaf-readers say that North Korea is backing down
British scientists say that chemical weapons were used in Syria
British military scientists have found forensic evidence that chemicalweapons were used in the conflict in Syria. Analysis of a soil samplesmuggled out of Syria proved a chemical weapon has been used, althoughthe analysis could not determine whether the weapon was fired bySyrian government forces or rebels. VOA and Jerusalem Post
Tensions rise in Greece over German war reparations
A German man was arrested in Athens, Greece, on Friday for allegedlytrying to smuggle nearly half a ton of gold and silver, as well as300,000 euros cash, out of Greece, and take it all back to Germany.The suspect was preparing to board a Lufthansa flight for Germany.
The timing of this incident is sensitive, because it comes as someGreek officials are claiming that Germany owes Greece some billions ofeuros in World War II war reparations. The reparations are forpersonal injury and infrastructure damage during the war, as well asrepayment for loans that Greece was forced to make to the Nazis in1942-44.
Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is rejectingthe Greek claims: “I deem that such statements areirresponsible. Instead of misleading the people in Greece it wouldbe better to show them the road to reform… The issue was settled a long time ago. Paying reparations is outof the question.”
Tension is rising over this issue as eurozone finance ministers arehaving an emergency meeting in Brussels to negotiate the terms of thenext bailout payment for Greece, another 10 billion euro loan. Themajor disagreement is over the number of civil service employees thatGreece will have to lay off to qualify for the payment. BBC and Kathimerini and Euronews
Tea-leaf-readers say that North Korea is backing down
Experts who read tea leaves to try to figure out what the NorthKoreans are going to do are pointing to a sign that might mean thatNorth Korea’s child dictator Kim Jong-un is backing down from thehysterical series of threats that he’s used to fill the world newsover the last few days. According to South Korean intelligencesources, the North Koreans have stopped moving their mobile missilelaunchers, and haven’t moved them for two whole days. The tea leafreaders are taking this as a hopeful sign that the North Koreans arenot planning a missile launch on Monday after all. Other experts aresaying that it’s only a matter of time before the North Koreans put anuclear weapon on a missile and launch it. Yonhap (Seoul)