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It is July 4th. Enjoy the fireworks (if there are fireworks where you are)!

International Politics


– In the past three years there has been a 70 percent increase in the number of car bombings and suicide bombings worldwide

– The UK government had covert plans to train Syrian rebels to go against Bashar al-Assad although it was scrapped after American opposition

Middle East

– As the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister expresses regret on joining Nouri al-Maliki’s government, al-Maliki states he will continue to seek a third term as Prime Minister

– Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, meanwhile, are selling crude oil and getting a lot of money in return

– Natasha Lennard: “The Danger of Conflating Criticism of Israel with Anti-Semitism

– Journalist Roqayah Chamseddine writes on the value “native informants” in Iraq again have amid the crisis

– The funeral for a Palestinian teenager murdered by Israeli extremists drew thousands 

– Ali Abunimah: “Israel attempting cover up over Jerusalem teen’s killing, family say


– After losing to France, Nigeria removed officials of its soccer federation and arrested the president of the federation. FIFA warned Nigeria to reinstate them or face a ban.

Asia and Oceania

– Chinese police arrested leaders among the protesters in Hong Kong going against the government’s rule


– The German government arrested a German spy for allegedly spying for the United States as well; Germany called in the U.S. ambassador  to discuss the matter

– Newly obtained documents found Ikea gave money to the Romanian secret police under communist rule

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Dave Zirin: “Deadly World Cup Legacy Continues as Overpass Collapses In Brazilian Host City” Dave Zirin will be here tomorrow on FDL Book Salon.

– Gallup: 55 percent of Brazilians believe the World Cup will be harmful for the economy

Surveillance Planet

– Hillary Clinton: I believe Edward Snowden should return to the U.S. in order to make his case; Clinton, the ever capitalist reactionary, uses a red herring as it’s the information he presented that should be debated. Classic!

Financial Matters

– Professor William Black briefly talks about the recent fine against BNP Paribas on The Real News

– Thom Hartmann: “Why We Might Be On the Verge of Another Financial Crash

– Katrina vanden Heuvel: “On This Fourth of July, Meet Your Unpatriotic Corporations

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Members of the Media Matters for America organization voted to join the SEIU as union members

– While union representation for private employees is declining, union representation for public employees is growing

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Obama: The United States has and always will be a nation of immigrants

– Journalist and cartoonist Ted Rall writes on how important it is for progressives to split with the Democratic Party

Anytown USA

– In Alburquerque, N.M., a U.S. veteran collapsed at a local VA hospital cafeteria and died as the ambulance took 20 minutes to get to him

– Historian Peter Linebaugh explains the rights we hold sacred are a result of struggle in history and there is still more to do

– New York City had its lawmakers approve $4.9 million to offer public defenders for immigrants

– In reviewing the past year up to July 4th, 2014, we have seen a system create such violence and despair that it is difficult to believe any part of July 4th

– The voiceless in America show how a country that prides itself in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness fails to share such rights

We Don’t Need No Education

– Students and faculty at Cooper Union in New York City decided to take legal action against the administration to ensure free tuition

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Hearing loss is on the rise among younger Americans as a result of new technologies and environmental changes

The Second Sex

– Despite a jury finding a British man guilty of raping a girl who was asleep, a judge ruled the individual was not a “classic rapist” but a person who “lost control”; He still is a rapist, there is no moving around it

– The recent Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision shows how the idea of “land of the free” for women is untrue

– In what screams as a reactionary’s July 4th, the Supreme Court stated it was alright for a Christian college to be exempt from paying for contraception

Planet Earth

– With a wildfire in California continuing, the terrible drought in the state was classified as “extreme” in 80 percent of California by the U.S. Drought Monitor

– Recyclable smartphones are being used in Africa to help protect forests

– In what is certainly a surprise, the agricultural system we currently have emits more carbon emissions than our use of fossil fuels

– A class-action lawsuit was brought against BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill by investors

Mixed Bag

– An underestimate, but if you have a flag nearby be sure to return it to your nearest retailer or throw it down a well. “U.S. Flag Recalled After Causing 143 Million Deaths

– Another great article by Louis Proyect on the latest sectarian document by the International Socialist Organization against Socialist Alternative

Break Time

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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.