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The Roundup for June 23rd, 2014

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Hey folks. Glad to be back for the Roundup.

International Politics


– Professor Michael Hudson explains to The Real News that the rise of the far-right shows how much of a void there is when there are no left-wing parties

– Chris Hedges: “The Ghoulish Face of Empire“; On the war criminals in our society

– The White House confirms President Barack Obama told President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting the pro-Russian separatists or else face more “costs

– What is happening right now in Iraq with Islamic State in Iraq and Levant militants shows the extent of the power of Western war criminals

– John Kerry: The future of Iraq will be determined by what will happen with ISIS and we will offer support for Iraq

– Meanwhile, legal protections for U.S. soldiers in Iraq were obtained after reaching an agreement with the Iraqi government

Middle East

– The Real News uncovers the origin of distributing the land in Israel and its consequences for current times

– Ray McGovern explains how Iraqi civilians are being left out of the discussion with too much emphasis on the U.S. government

– Glen Ford: “ISIS Iraq Offensive: Can the Empire Reassert Control of the Jihadists?

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn reports on how Iraq is slipping into state full of chaos as a result of ISIS militants

– With Iraq in disarray, the Kurdish region now sees independence as a realistic possibility

– Juan Cole: “Hardliners in Israel & Iran Resist US Pivot to Iran over ISIS

– An Iraqi official said the country was worried about antiquities being smuggled by ISIS militants in cities under their control; Meanwhile, the largest oil refinery was captured by ISIS rebels

– The last eight percent of chemical weapons were handed to international authorities by Syria; Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair may have been aware of the weapons during his tenure


– Three Al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to 10 years in prison by a court in Egypt.

– In Nigeria, a car bomb killed at least eight people and injured at least 20. No one knows who is behind the bomb.

Asia and Oceania

– Where are most of the foreign fighters for ISIS coming from? Australia.

– A mixture of air strikes and governmental troops in Pakistan left 25 alleged militants dead


– A former official with Golden Dawn says the party aims to make a “one-party” state in Greece

– Despite a ceasefire being signed between separatists and the Kiev government, fighting is still being reported between the two; A separatist leader said the group will uphold the ceasefire until Friday morning and hope to make a deal until then

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Dave Zirin: “From the World Cup to the Washington Football Team, Indigenous People Fight to Be Seen

Financial Matters

– Economist Jeff Faux talks to The Real News on how undocumented families come from countries the U.S. has been involved in

– Central banks, which should be noted have unchecked power, are buying stocks from corporations to make investments rather than assist the economy

– Some good news was that the manufacturing sector in the U.S. for the month of June grew at a level faster than was expected

– The economic system we currently have is just like the mafia in the movies we watch where the elites in society get what they want

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Uber, the latest start-up promised by some to be revolutionary, has its share of problems associated with it that should be noted

– After going on strike for five months, a platinum union in South Africa said they accepted a deal on wages with their employer and will go back to work

A new report from the Center for Economic Policy and Research found unions can help not only women, but also families

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 65 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is dealing with immigration

– In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld EPA regulations of power plant emissions although it is viewed as restricting some power of the EPA

– After Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the wages of workers was “flat,” he made a plan to lower wages of construction workers to fund an Interstate bridge

– Thomas Frank: “Hillary Clinton forgets the ’90s: Our latest gilded age and our latest phony populists

– The latest book of Hillary Clinton, amid the turmoil in Iraq, barely mentions her work in Iraq

– In what shows the nature of the Obama administration, White House lawyers referenced the Authorization to Use Military Force bill, passed in 2001, as their rationale to kill Anwar al-Awlaki.

– After recently elected House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated the Export-Import Bank should be terminated, business leaders and even the White House came to its defense

Anytown USA

– While police officers arrest individuals for petty marijuana possession, rapists are let free to walk

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “Ending Empire Is as Crucial as Confronting Wall Street

– In Chicago, Ill., a police officer shot bean-bag rounds at a 95-year-old man who refused to go to the hospital, killing him.

– Rania Khalek: “Cities Fight Obama’s Deportation Machine

– San Francisco, Calif., shows the consequences of income inequality as the poor forced to leave

We Don’t Need No Education

– Michelle Chen: “Starbucks baristudents should beware the green mermaid bearing gifts

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A new study found a link between use of pesticides and autism rates of children whose mothers lived near fields treated with pesticides

– In West Africa, ebola cases rose with 20 reported deaths and Doctors Without Borders said this was worrisome

The Second Sex

– – President Obama told employers it would be beneficial to all parties involved if mothers were given maternal leave

– The latest abortion ban in Ireland is indicative of the history in the country against pregnant women

– Jessica Valenti: “What makes a slut? The only rule, it seems, is being female

Planet Earth 

– Last year, a train carrying crude oil exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada killing 47 people. Newly released documents expose the neglect that allowed this to happen.

– As a result of the growing number of icebergs, the habitat in Antarctica is slipping from its high standard

– Dahr Jamail: “Farming for the Future

– The Prime Minister of Fiji said history will show developed countries failed to prevent climate change and caused destruction of smaller states

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: 62 percent of Americans say social media does not have any influence on their online purchases

– SCOTUSBlog once again was rejected for a Supreme Court press pass for conflict-of-interest

New Department Of Agriculture Study Finds 85% Of U.S. Farmers Woefully Kicking At Dirt

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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.