The Roundup for July 3rd, 2015

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Greece and The Giant Bailout, Day 4

– The International Monetary Fund admitted Greece needed 60 billion euros, in the next three years, and major debt relief to survive

– German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: Alexis Tsipras is a threat to the “European order”

Remember that time Greece forgave Germany’s debt?

– There are two sides in regards to the Greece crisis: Those for Greece and those against. We must side with Greece

– The Independent Greeks, a party in the coalition government with SYRIZA, are angry with Tsipras’ recent decisions and protesting against SYRIZA

– Previous Greek prime ministers called for a “Yes” vote on Sunday; Of course, the elites who caused this mess in the first place would decide to side with the bourgeoisie

– Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis: If Greece votes yes, then I will resign

International Politics


– Professor Baris Karaagac and journalist Patrick Cockburn join The Real News to talk about Turkey’s probable intervention in the Syrian Civil War

– Secretary of State John Kerry: Venezuela must find a “peaceful resolution” with the opposition

– A former British official urged the U.S. to negotiate with terrorists

– Russia believes a P5+1-Iran nuclear agreement will happen in next few days

Middle East

– The Pentagon announced a top leader of ISIS died in Syria because of U.S.-led air strikes

– Rebels in Syria launched a major attack to capture the city of Aleppo from the government

– David Swanson: “Iraqi Voices Are Screaming from Far Away

Asia and Oceania

– Activist Brian Becker joins The Real News to explain the history of North and South Korea as well as the U.S. role there


– Suspected militants tied to Boko Haram killed at least 100 people in a Nigerian village

– Egyptian forces killed 35 suspected militants in a revenge attack for what happened on July 1


– A Spanish-version of SYRIZA is needed for the left to advance to power; Albeit more confrontation with the European bourgeoisie

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Bolivian President Evo Morales: It is thanks to the social movement of this country that we have the benefits and economic growth we enjoy

– Cuba announced 35 new Wi-Fi hot spots across the island for citizens to enjoy

– Colombia will use lie detectors to prevent corruption among government officials

– Meanwhile, the United Nations found coca production in Colombia rose 42 percent last year

– New documents reveal the Mexican army allowed soldiers “to kill criminals”

Surveillance Planet

– Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to the country over new evidence of NSA spying on German officials

Part two of a series about XKEYSCORE, essentially a Google-like program the NSA uses

Financial Matters

– The June jobs report found unemployment falling to 5.3 percent and 223,000 jobs added. Dean Baker writes more here

– Among the emerging European countries, GDP rates are not good

– David Sirota: “How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Hand Corporations the Reins to Our Government

– Economist James Henry joins The Real News to explain Puerto Rico’s fiscal situation and how elites took advantage of the country

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Eugene Puryear, activist and author, joins The Real News to dispute President Obama’s changes to overtime pay for workers

– Michelle Chen: “The New Overtime Rules Are a Big Deal. Here’s Why.

– A new report warned of child labor in Syria growing because of the civil war

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Forty-six percent of Americans identify as Democrats, while 41 percent identify as Republicans

Part nine of 10 with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer about the rise of neo-conservatives in power

– Retired CIA officer Ray McGovern and former Army official Bryce Lockwood join The Real News to talk about the U.S.S. Liberty bombing caused by Israel 48 years ago

– In Madison, Wis., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., drew a crowd of at least 10,000 where he called for wealth redistribution and other things

– Sanders’ campaign, by the way, raised at least $15 million and is building support against Clinton

– Also, Sanders recently came out against austerity in Greece

– Jim Webb, former senator of Virginia and Confederate flag supporter, announced he will run for president on the Democratic ticket

– As Hollywood lobbied the State Department, it provided upgraded film screenings to four U.S. embassies

– Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said it is unlikely the Senate will approve the U.S. ambassador to Cuba

Anytown USA

– The prison system in the U.S. is awful for adults, but even worse for youths in adult prisons

– Reforms can be implemented to curb the War on Drugs, but it is still not enough to end a draconian and harmful war

– Authorities claim the most recent fire at a black church in South Carolina was natural

A new poll found 66 percent of whites viewed the Confederate flag as a symbol of pride

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The White House told three agencies to update its regulations on genetically modified crops

– The bombings of Gaza Strip last summer are over, but the memories of it for Palestinians are not

– Thanks to investments in bolstering the health of children, at least 34 million lives have been saved

– Wait, so there are more empty homes throughout the U.S. than homeless people? Isn’t it possible to, well, give those homeless people shelter to live in?

Planet Earth

– Steve Horn: “Hillary Clinton State Department Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat

– Cherri Foytlin, fellow at Bridge the Gulf Project and journalist, joins The Real News to explain why BP’s fine, a whopping $18.7 billion, for the 2010 oil spill is not enough; Agreed, should be nationalized and immediately converted to a worker co-op

A new report urged action on stopping our oceans from significantly suffering

– Even though California officials love hydrofracking, regulators there found “significant and unavoidable impacts” to the environment because of it

Mixed Bag

– Kambale Musavuli, a human rights activist, joins The Real News to explain the significance of revolutionary Patrice Lumumba

– Ever wonder, “What doesn’t someone come out with a product combining Captain Crunch cereal and doughnuts?” Taco Bell heard you and will be releasing such a product

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