Even as EU leaders and the ECB inch closer to the next rescue package for Greece, the situation in Athens is fast descending into chaos. Protesters — whose ranks include violent rioters who deliberately provoked police retaliation — occupied downtown Athens, threw smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails, and pelted the prime minister’s car with oranges. The demonstrators are protesting high unemployment and the cuts in state programs that are part of the austerity plan mandated by the IMF.
In other news, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has convened hearings to investigate whether there is a concerted attempt by Islamic zealots to convert and radicalize inmates in American prisons.
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