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Hey folks, how are you today? It’s the start of the World Cup.

May Ruby Dee rest in peace.

International Politics

Overall

– Molly Crabapple writes a powerful piece on how “empires love their dissidents foreign.

– In part of three of this series, journalists Alan Minsky and Meleiza Figueroa go over the structure of soccer in the world where profits are above the passion of the game; In addition, here is a good article on inequality in soccer in general

– President Obama: I will offer help to Iraq, but will not send any troops; Meanwhile, Europe does not have any plans to send help

– Turkey was given warnings on the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant’s attack on Mosul, but did not take action

– New documents uncovered cooperation by Britain to work with the U.S. on new nuclear arsenals

Middle East

– Despite laws prohibiting atheism, there are a growing number of closet atheists in Saudi Arabia

– Militants from ISIS captured Tikrit and are getting closer to Baghdad

– ISIS may be a major threat to U.S. interests if they decide to destroy oil pipelines, which is a global concern

– Iran said international assistance should be given to Iraq to combat ISIS at Iraq’s request; Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said parliament should declare a state of emergency

– A car bomb exploded in a pro-government neighborhood in Homs, Syria and killed at least seven

Asia and Oceania

– In a rare move, Kim Jong-Un criticized the official weather service in North Korea for providing incorrect forecasts

Europe

– The question of ending the monarchy in Spain should be decided by the people, but will it?

– To follow EU regulations Italy will add drugs, prostitution and smuggling to its GDP

– As thousands flee from eastern Ukraine, horrific conditions were discovered in the there; Meanwhile, one Ukrainian official said three Russian tanks entered into the separatist territory

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Part one of two with journalist Dave Zirin on what caused Brazilians to protest against the World Cup

– As a result of a shortage of coffins in Venezuela, there have been delays of funerals and burials

– Before the 3-1 victory of Brazil over Croatia in the opening match, police and protesters clashed in different cities across Brazil

Surveillance Planet

– Julie Angwin: “Why Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier

– The Obama administration told local law enforcement not to reveal details about its surveillance programs to get cell phone data

Financial Matters

– Part four of eight with economist Rob Johnson on the disaster caused after the fall of the British pound

– Here are 12 testimonials from long-term unemployed individuals that show a side of America not commonly seen; Their story will go to Capitol Hill to pressure Congress to do something

– In an 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled juicemaker POM can sue Coca-Cola for misleading marketing ads on its Minute Maid pomegranate blueberry juice

– Hawaii is a perfect example of how pesticide and GMO companies are spending big to protect their interests

– Stephen Colbert jokes about the idiotic nature of placing people in jail for not paying debts only to give them more debts to be in jail

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In New York, the 15now campaign has a chance to gain victory as the issue of costs in NYC becomes more important

A new study found California’s grocery stores are gaining more but their workers’ wages are declining

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 52 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of President Obama compared to 47 percent who have a favorable view

– Larry Wilkerson, a former official who worked with Colin Powell, talks to The Real News on the problems that could erupt after the loss of Eric Cantor in his district

– Pew Research uncovers the huge polarization between Democrats and Republicans

– More on David Brat, who is not concerned about global warming, and his faux populist rhetoric

Anytown USA

– Gallup: 69 percent of Americans say they are following the VA scandal closely; I’m sure this does not bode well for the Democrats

– Amy Goodman: “Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

A new report found people believe less in systemic racism when presented with success stories of minorities

– Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) claims homosexuality is just like alcoholism; I don’t…How do…Why…

– ProPublica found ambulance companies in New Jersey were overcharging the Medicare program

– A vile bar owner in Milwaukee, Wis., constructed fake Brazilian favelas for customers to watch the World Cup in

We Don’t Need No Education

– The latest lawsuit in California that said teacher tenure was unconstitutional is focused less on students and more on teachers unions

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Real News speaks with residents and workers in Baltimore, Md., on the potential privatization of public housing

– New research found more than 10,000 suicides were caused by the global recession

The Second Sex

A study from Wells Fargo found women in the Millennial generation are making less than their male counterparts

– After failing to pay a bribe to police, a woman in India was then gang-raped by them

Planet Earth 

– A new poll found 62 percent of Americans would pay more in order to reduce carbon emissions

A new report found a carbon tax would provide more income for Americans, more jobs, as well as a reduced amount of carbon emissions

– A UN report recommended countries come up with plans to relocate climate refugees or else face the inevitable conflict

Mixed Bag

Nation’s Cable Companies Announce They’re Just Going To Take $100 From Everyone

– Research discovered music classes can assist children from low-income backgrounds with their reading ability

Resigning House Leader Cantor Reflects On All The Accomplishments He Thwarted

Break Time

Heart Skipped a Beat

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

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

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