July 7 - Mixed Messages From the Greek Referendum; Obama's Remarks at the Pentagon; Refiners Gouge California's Motorists

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We begin with the unexpectedly robust voice of the Greek people expressed in this weekend’s referendum by a margin of 61% to 39%, rejecting the punitive austerity regime imposed by Greece’s Northern European creditors. A former political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Greece, John Brady Kiesling, the first of three U.S. Foreign Service Officers to resign in protest of the Iraq war, joins us from Athens to discuss the mixed message of pride and indignation felt as the country makes a stand against its creditors, along with a deep concern that Greece remain in the Eurozone and that a deal must be made to do so.  

 

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Then we look into the president’s remarks today at the Pentagon where Obama met will his military chiefs to assess the campaign against the self-declared Islamic State following this weekend’s most intensive U.S. bombing strikes so far around the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Nicholas Heras, a Middle East researcher at the Center for a New American Security joins us to discuss the strategic confusion of both the U.S. and the Assad regime’s air forces bombing ISIS, while the U.S. is committed to removing the Assads from power.

 

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Then finally we speak with Jamie Court, the president of Consumer Watchdog and author of “The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell: How to Win Grassroots Campaigns, Pass Ballot Box Laws And Get the Change You Voted For – A Direct Democracy Tool Kit”. He joins us to discuss the manipulation of the price of gasoline in California, the nation’s highest, by an oligopoly of oil refiners who routinely shut down refineries to drive up the price of gas while exporting record amounts of fuel to other countries. 

 

 

 

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