look into the "france 24" newsroom. i'm molly hall. athens says yes to more bailouts after an all-night debate. the greek parliament backs a third financial aid package. we will have analysis coming up in the program. japan's prime minister marks the 70th anniversary of the end of work or two. shinzo abe says previous war apologies remain unshakable. however, future generations are not obliged to apologize. fires continue to burn in shenzhen -- in tianjin, china.
molly: we started in athens, where after an all-night debate, the greek parliament has approved the country's third international bailout. alexis tsipras got support from pro-euro opposition parties. the third of mp's voted no or abstain. abstained. the latest bailout will involve tax hikes and spending cuts in return for 85 billion euros. france 24's alexander has the story. it is a night that divided the ruling syriza party. prime minister alexis tsipras said it was necessary.
i do not regret my decision to compromise on a bailout deal when the alternative would have been a heroic suicide for most of the greek people. vote -- had toto rely on those from the new democracy party. the finance minister was accused of making provocative comments ahead of the vote. [shouting in greek] senior series officials criticized tsipras, saying he broke the anti-austerity crutches he had run on. >> we are now introducing a leather -- another lovely bailout. whatever the greek people look for, no matter what they fight for, no matter the outcome of the referendum.
syrizap's from tsipras party, including yanis varoufakis, refused to support the bailout. august 20, greece is due to pay more than 3 billion euros to the european central bank. molly: for more on the story, i am joined in the newsroom by a member of the think tank europe nova. you are also a former economist at the imf, so we will go into some questions about what we are going to see in the coming days. we have seen the bailout pass the greek parliament. however, we have eurozone finance minister is coming together in brussels this to finalize, give final approval. are we expecting surprises yet are we express -- are we expecting surprises? >> i don't think so. we have a number of what the imf 16 prior elections to be
implemented very soon. i think the vote of the parliament is something that will send a strong message, and there are some questions. , why ise some questions the imf so silent right now. we have not heard yet about the imf. is the imf going to provide funds? that was a wish of europe and especially angela merkel. second question, what about the consolation, the debt consolation, the debt rescheduling, the debt restructuring. you know that this was the main spine a few weeks ago, and now there is no discussion about that. what is going to happen is -- what is going to happen? is the situation sustainable or not? these are the questions ahead. the way the program works is
that you have some funds that are going to be disbursed very soon, but they are trenches. the trenches are disbursed if some measures, some new measures are taken. just the start of a long path, and i guess there will be more questions, including on the political front. molly: we saw with this vote sot prime minister tsipras opposition within his own party members. you say this is one step on a pass. greece has been on this path of austerity for years now. this would be the third international bailout, worth 85 billion euros. need to seeose, we more tax hikes and spending cuts. can the country afforded? the question is, was the country not going to bank far?
was the country not going to o far? members of parliament in greece, their answer was, no, the country was spending too much, was relying on the support of other countries in europe, and at some stage some countries because ourcannot taxpayers cannot understand that. that is the main question. see whetherwe will things can resume. the data was just arriving from brussels. there is growth in the first quarter and the second quarter also increase, -- also in greece, so there is hope that
the situation is not as gloomy as we thought from a macroeconomic standpoint, and this would also give hope in terms of how far you need to go restructuring, and in terms of expenditure cuts. thank you very much for coming in and giving us your perspective. we appreciate it. now we are going to cross to japan. this is where prime minister shinzo abe a has marked 70 years since the end of world war ii. his comments were being watched closely by neighbors, this for whether or not he would water down past apologies for tokyo's wartime actions. for more on this story, we can , who to justin mccurry joins us from the capital of tokyo. justin, what did we hear from the japanese prime minister?
justin: it was a very long statement, about three times longer in fact than statements issued by his predecessors. the one question that everybody in thelly been asking weeks and months leading up to tonight's statement by shinzo previoushen he repeat apologies? the answer for that is yes and no. he did say that japan had already apologized for its wartime actions and that future cabinets, including his own, would retain an unshakable commitment to those apologies well into the future, but he did stop short of issuing his own fresh apology. this may create a stir in china and south korea, beijing, and oul. shinzo abe did have a difficult trick to perform. he had to tread a fine line between making the right noises
as far as china and south korea were concerned. that heto please the needed to please the right-wingers that's it -- he needed to please the right-wingers that supported his prime minister ship. wantedwe know he said he to issue a forward-looking statements. how did he do that? he has -- >> he has said over the last few months not to dish his -- not to ditch his predecessors' statements. he describes that japan's contributions, the peaceful contribution to international society in the seven decades since the end of the war. he thanked britain, the united states, and other countries for helping japan in that immediate postwar period, putting it on the right half toward freedom,
democracy, and abiding by the will of law. he significantly mentioned aggression and colonialism. he said japan must put all thoughts of colonialism behind it, and it must never again use ince or the threat of force order to solve international disputes. finally, this is perhaps one of the most significant parts of the entire statement. he said japan should never give future generations of japanese cause to apologize to the rest of the world again. molly: justin mccurry, thank you very much for that. let's cross to china and the city of tianjin, where authorities are struggling to put out fires two days after giant explosions. the blasts at the port city were so big, they were seen from satellites in space and registered on earthquake sensors. let's get an update on the situation. we cross to julian -- we cross to julian mckenna -- to julia
mckenna and. to 70 people are still hospitalized with injuries. firefighters and hazmat teams are still on the scene, trying to get the last bits of this fire under control and extinguished. teams onere have been the scene. how much concern is there over toxic exposure? it is growing. on national tv for the first time today we saw scenes of teams in gas masks and addictive clothing, taking samples and trying to take care of what was still in the area. residents are wondering why it has taken 36 hours for these experts to get on the scene. in the meantime, there is rain in the area today, and
authorities are talking about trying to build containment to keep the rainwater from leaching out of the site because it might be contaminated with hazardous chemicals. molly: thank you for that. after 54 years, an american flag will waive again in cuba. another symbol of thawing ties between washington and havana, the flag to be raised at the embassy.tored john kerry is expected to meet with several cuban dissidents during his historic trip. catherine clifford has the details. cubans hang out the flags in havana days before john kerry's historic visit. twoing nationalism as the nations break down the barriers between them. john kerry will officially reopened the united states embassy on the island friday, and the u.s. flag will hang over the building for the first time
since january 3, 1961. his visit follows the reopening of the cuban embassy in washington in july, when both countries' foreign ministers acknowledged there is still a lot of work ahead. john kerry: make no mistake, the process of four leaf normalizing of fully normalizing -- the process of formalizing normal relations between our countries, patients will be required. >> john kerry will meet with dissidents, a sensitive issue for the communist government and the americas. protesters were briefly detained at the demonstration. they say that the new relations have emboldened cube upon crackdown on critics.
>> we have insisted on the total lifting of the blockade is essential to normalize the return of the legalized territory of guantanamo. challenges ahead, there has been a positive reaction to the two nations' wretch perp -- two nations' rapprochement. burma's capital city was constructed in the 1990's. the masses town is said to cause the -- cost the ruling military regime $3 billion to build. the problem is the city today is largely empty. our correspondent explains. >> it is 6:00 p.m. on a friday evening in burma's capital. the avenues are deserted. the city, six times the size of
new york, feels like a ghost town. a million people live in the city. but the reality seems quite different. seennly pedestrians to be our two men tending to the city's green spaces. and they do not find the population figure far-fetched. >> do you really think there are a million people? >> you will find them a bit further in the center. >> the city was built by the military leader of burma, who ruled the country for 20 years. he started the project, fearing an attack on the capital. nothese wide roads, there is risk of being hit by cars. traffic is almost nonexistent. only farmers make their way with the herds. it is a grandiose city. 32 opulent buildings stand within the mass parliament complex with metal gates. further away, a replica of
rangoon's golden pagoda. only a few dozen visitors can be spotted. >> there are 10,000 visitors per day? -- there are 10,000 visitors per day. >> 10,000 visitors? >> yes, the temple is completely full. >> these numbers seem to be exaggerated, especially when the crowds are hard to find. luxury hotels are mostly empty. burma is one of the poorest countries in the world, and yet it is said to have spent 3 billion euros to build the city were almost no one lives. molly: let's get a check of the headlines now. bailouts, were more after the greek parliament backs a third financial aid package. final approval is needed from brussels. japan's prime minister marx 70 years -- prime minister marks
since world war ii. he says future nations will not be required to apologize for japan. and invest getting the giant blast in tianjin as reticence -- as residents fear toxic exposure. time for a business update. i'm joined in the newsroom by kate moody. we are starting off with the latest out of greece, where parliament has approved a third bailout. kate: all eyes are shifting to brussels, where the finance ministers of the 19 eurozone countries are starting to gather. they have to sign off on all the details. germany has indicated it will raise concerns about some of the includingncluded -- the pace of reforms, the international monetary fund, and the 50 billion euro privatization program. deadlines were announced on two of the country's largest ports and state railways.
sale of state assets are expected to raise 6.4 billion --os between now and 24 to between now and 2017. berlin also wants eu institutions to have more control over the funds than the greek government itself. one of the issues we are likely to hear about during the eurogroup, but also as lawmakers take up their vote early next week. it owes 3.2 billion euros to the european central bank by august 20. despite the yes feel -- the yes vote from panama, we have seen greek shares tumble this friday. the athens stock exchange down 2%. alexis tsipras will face a vote of confidence, and after an initial boost from that though, other european agencies also turned downwards. this paints a worrying picture about the health of the overall euro zone economy. new dated this friday showed
that the block had 3% growth in the second quarter, down from .4% in the first. -- had .3% growth in the second quarter, down from .4% in the first. julia kent has the details. julia: the country was unable to sustain its robust first-quarter results. that thefigures show economy came to a standstill with 0% growth in june. we are on our way. 10 years ago economists said we needed 2.5% growth. today we see that they need 1.5%. i think they are right. weis closer to the figure expect. that is why we need to stick to our policies. >> a decrease in manufacturing output and consumer spending
drove down the country's gdp in the second quarter. some say the outlook is not as gloomy as the figures might suggest. first-quarter results revised to .7%.from .6% the government remains optimistic that france will hit .ts end of year target for a more global perspective, the french are not the only ones experiencing a dip in gdp. germany also revealed lackluster figures in the same quarter, and that economic growth in the euro is mentioned.e after three consecutive days of depreciation, china's central-bank sent a stronger -- set a stronger rate. aey have been allowed to use mustache to lose him was percent against the dollar this week. china says they will allow
market forces to play a stronger role. finally, just how do you get to sesame street? from now on, by churning -- by tuning into hbo. the long-running children's show is moving to a five-year deal with the cable giant, better known for its cutting-edge programming. sesame street is produced by a nonprofit educational group and has relied largely on licensing revenue to stay on the air for 45 years. that income has declined as more viewers switch to streaming and on demand services. funding for public processing -- public broadcasting is scaled back. "sesame street" will be broadcast on pbs nine months after they premiere on hbo. molly: thank you for that. it is time for the press review. i am joined in the studio by
florence villeminot. we are going to start off with in tianjin story china, where the explosions went off wednesday. flo: it is interesting to see how the media covers the story. "china daily" did not mention it at all. there was a blaring silence, if you will. it is front-page news today. blasts shattered the economic hub that is tianjin, but what is interesting is this leading article on the front page really focuses on the economic consequences of the blast. the world's near fourth largest port, that killed at least 50 people. they mentioned the death toll, but this could strike a blow to the regional economy. molly: where seeing play down of any possible toxic chemicals in the air.
flo: the rumors of pollution are quashed. the chemical concentration in the air are within safe levels, according to officials cited in "china daily." the fire is under control, all efforts are being made to care for the injured. now the cause of the accident must the investigated. that is what china called for. look at the choice of words. it talked about how the aftermath of the explosion needs "careful handling, caution." coming out ofeme "china daily" today. it does call on local authorities to keep china informed. any attempt to mislead the public will give rise to conspiracy theories, but that seems like it might already be the case. if you look at other articles, people are questioning the information coming out of chinese authorities, and in particular the death toll. putting theis spotlight on china's industrial
safety record in general. flo: you will not see that kind of article in the chinese press. let's look at the christian paper here in france. they wonder is industrial safety in china sufficient. isording to them, it insufficient. they are often not respected. "late"french version of says this incident is far from being an isolated incident. sadly, industrial accidents are and notmmon in china, just industrial accidents but working assonance in general. are going to cross to the united states where we have a scandal of sorts coming out of the white house, perhaps a very old scandal. flo: this scandal took place some time ago, roughly 100 years ago, but it is front-page news. you can see the main protagonist in the scandal is president warren g. harding, the 29th president of the united states. he was president from 1921 to
1923. you can see him here with his wife, florence, a wonderful name. but he was not very faithful to florence. an article in "the new york times" points out that a dna test confirmed yesterday that warren harding had an illegitimate child with a woman named nan britain. you can see her here. and a lot of photos are calling her the monica lewinsky of her time. he had an illegitimate child named elizabeth. this caused quite a scandal at the time, and it is interesting that it took so long to confirm this. it might be shocking but it is not so rare. if we look at an article in "the daily beast," it takes a look at other illegitimate children belonging to american presidents. the first is the man in the center there, thomas jefferson. confirmeddna test
>> we all know who chris hedges is, that's why you're here. big draw. i just want to say a few things . i worked at the "l.a. times" for 30 years and -- so i know something about mainstream journalism. and i have a particular respect for chris hedges coming out of that environment, trying to work in these institutions, trying to maintain your integrity and up against everything from insufficientrable arrogance, bureaucracy, and timidity. and tunism. and it's really sort of been interesting to switch rules -- roles and be the editor of