Will Spain Sink the Euro?
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The Eurozone is now back in "full crisis mode," with Spain being forced to adopt austerity measures. What are the human costs of such programs? Will they be needed here? Also, Pictures of American soldiers posing with the bodies of Afghan insurgents have been published at a crucial moment in US and Afghan relations.
Banner image: An unemployed man holds a cross during a Holy Week Via Crucix procession called by the Unemployed People Assembly as a protest against the the economical crisis in the Northern Spanish city of Pamplona, on April 3, 2012. Photo by Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images
US Troops Pose with Afghan Corpses ()
Today's Los Angeles Times published photographs of American soldiers posing with the body parts of Afghans who apparently blew themselves up trying to manufacture explosives. The front page shows a soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division with what appears to be the hand of a dead bomb-maker on his shoulder. The Times says it decided on publication even though the Pentagon asked that they be withheld. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says an investigation into soldiers' conduct will be conducted.
Is Spain on the Brink? ()
Just back from Botswana, King Carlos of Spain has apologized for his African hunting trip at a time when Spain has become the latest European economy to be in "full crisis mode." Spain is now called the greatest threat to Europe's economy, and other countries are demanding more stringent austerity measures. In Greece, Ireland and Italy, such programs — and personal financial crises -- appear to have increased suicide rates.
- Giles Tremlett: The Guardian and The Ecomomist, @gilestremlett
- David Stuckler: University of Cambridge, @davidstuckler
- Jacob Kirkegaard: Peterson Institute for International Economics, @PIIE_com
- Matthew Yglesias: Slate.com, @mattyglesias
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