July 13, 2015

BREAKING: Greek deal agreed, Mexican drug lords, Egypt’s struggles, Serena and the Pope

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Greece Asked To Solve Global Warming In Exchange For Bailout    After a frantic weekend of negotiations, Eurozone leaders finally reached a deal with Greece this morning on conditions for a further bailout agreement. They were able to secure Greek PM Tsipras’s backing for a bailout program which includes ‘serious reforms‘ in Greece. The Greek parliament must pass the tough measures this week (details not yet released) before further negotiations can take place. The deal came after a tense weekend with Germany, Finland and a few other countries demanding more from Greece. Germany’s insistence on harsh measures has drawn criticism from people who consider it a modern day form of “gunboat diplomacy.” The negotiations highlighted tensions between France (which favored Greece) and Germany (which favored a Grexit). It was clear that what was at stake was not only Greece, but also the future of the EU. This is a developing story and we’ll bring you the full story in tomorrow’s Pnut.GOOD READ: Our exclusive report on life in Athens.
Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Escapes Prison In Luxury
Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from prison in Mexico for the second time. Apparently the cartel boss escaped through a mile-long tunnel dug from his shower. According to CNN, the tunnel had stairs, ventilation, electricity and a vehicle to help with the excavation. El Chapo was the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, an organization the US deems to be the most powerful drug cartel in the world. He was arrested in 2014 in a joint operation by US and Mexican authorities. The city of Chicago deemed him public enemy number one, the first such designation since Al Capone. The only difference is that El Chapo never even had to set foot in Chicago to get that accolade. 
Egypt Faces Worst Weekend Since 10 Plagues
ISIS reared its ugly head in downtown Cairo again this weekend. Targeting the Italian Consulate with a car bomb, killing one and injuring four. The Egyptian stock market was also deemed the world’s worst performer this year driven primarily by a shortage in the availability of dollars. To make matters worse, Egypt lost its most famous actor and renowned heartthrob, Omar Sharif, on Friday due to a heart attack. RIP Dr. Zhivago. 
Serena Williams Does It Again: Two-Time  ‘Serena Slam’ Winner
Winning her sixth Wimbledon championship and beating her 21-year-old opponent Garbiñe Muguruza (6-4, 6-4), Serena Williams completed her second “Serena Slam.” For those of you not familiar with the term: Williams won four grand slam titles in a row beginning with the US Open last year. The last time she accomplished such a feat was in 2003. Kudos, Serena. Oh… and Djokovic also defeated Roger Federer for the Men’s title. 
Pope Decries Capitalism, Confuses Conservatives  Pope Francis wrapped up his Latin America trip with another fiery speech against the evils of the modern day capitalistic system. He called the unfettered pursuit of money the “dung of the devil” (see video below). The Pope’s mixture of scripture and leftist ideology worked well in Latin America, a region that has seen church attendance dwindle in the past few decades. He is bound to face a less receptive audience when he addresses a joint session of the US Congress in September.
#Pnut4Prez: Scott Walker Announces Republican Candidacy
It’s official: the much discussed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finally announces his candidacy (woo…), becoming the 15th Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race. Hopefully he reads up on his foreign policy agenda as heads into some debates (recall when he compared tackling terrorism to his handling of 100,000 protestors, most of whom were union leaders…). 
When In Doubt…Cheat Some 630,000 Indian students in Madya Pradesh were ordered by the Indian Supreme Court this week to retake a medical exam after widespread cheating was uncovered. This wasn’t the “look over the shoulder” type cheating, but rather involved Jason Bourne-type electronics and (including a shirt with embedded microphones which was used by over 700 studentsand was all around genius. This followed hundreds of arrests in March in Bihar after 300 people were caught climbing walls to pass and yell answers through the windows (subtle).
Pope Francis calling capitalism the “dung of the devil” and other colorful things

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