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The Roundup for July 4th, 2015

A fitting song for today.

Greece And The Giant Grexit, Day 5

A new poll found 44 percent of Greeks favoring “Yes” and 43 percent favoring “No”

– Greece is on the edge of collapse with capital controls implemented and shortages across the country

– Greek banks dismissed a report saying they were looking into a “haircut” of deposits

Part one with professors John Weeks and Ozlem Onaram on the Greek referendum and the troika’s response

International Politics

Overall

Part two of two with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and former Sergeant Bryce Lockwood on Israel’s attack against the U.S.S. Liberty 48 years ago

– France declined to offer Julian Assange asylum after reviewing his request

– A coalition of former British officials, along with other Britons, called for the U.S. to release Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay

Middle East

– In Saudi Arabia, a police officer was fatally shot in an area where Islamic State flags were found

– ISIS’ chapter in Egypt claimed responsibility for rockets fired at Israel

– Meanwhile, Hamas denied Israeli claims that the group assisted ISIL in the attack; That is a very dumb accusation considering ISIS loathes Hamas

Asia and Oceania

– The State Department said Pakistan did not share any evidence of India participating in terrorist attacks despite claiming so

Europe 

– British Prime Minister David Cameron: ISIS is planning to attack the UK; The fear campaign now comes to the UK

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Activist Vicente Panama Alba joins The Real News to talk about political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera

– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon offered to resolve disputes between Guyana and Venezuela

Surveillance Planet

– The CIA forced the demotion of a German official after suspected of talking to the press

– Slovakia’s intelligence agency said Russian agents are increasing their activities among NATO members

Financial Matters

– The World Bank will lend $1.7 billion to Iraq as the country suffers from numerous problems

– Mexico City is considering regulations for Uber and other companies similar to it

Politics US

Washington USA

– The Federal Election Commission fined a political action committee supporting Bernie Sanders

Anytown USA

– After a photo revealed the phrase “Enjoy your ride ‘cuz we sure will!” put inside a Baltimore police van, the city’s police department announced it would check all of its vehicles

– The Real News covers Cherry Hill, a neighborhood where residents are organizing among themselves because of the lack of police

– Appeals to heal after attacks against blacks in the U.S. is accepting white supremacy 

We Don’t Need No Education

Good news as Steven Salaita, unjustly rejected by the University of Illinois for criticism of Israel, was hired by the American University of Beirut

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– For the first time in more than a decade, a woman died because of measles

Planet Earth

– Scientists warn climate change will bring colder weather to Europe

– Out on the Marshall Islands, radioactive waste is leaking thanks to global warming

– The Episcopal church will divest from fossil fuels, which they deem a “moral issue”

– The OECD warned construction of coal-based power plants would be harmful for the planet

Mixed Bag

– A member of the Rothschild family, also a banker, is facing fraud charges in France

A new study found cat videos actually are beneficial to watch

– Natasha Lennard: “No one should have to marry: How marriage equality could actually limit couples’ choices

Break Time

This Land Is Your Land [Woody Guthrie]

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Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.