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It’s Monday. Start of a brand new week with John Coltrane today.

International Politics

Overall

– Noam Chomsky: “The Sledgehammer Worldview“; On the war criminals in the U.S. and the U.K.

– A U.S. naval ship begins a two-month operation to destroy chemical weapons from Syria

– Two U.S. officials stated the CIA was involved with the German spy arrested by the German government

– As the White House played damage control on the arrest of the German spy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the allegations “serious” if true

Middle East

– As Israeli soldiers continue to harass Palestinians, they are also stopping African refugees from leaving Israel

– A former official with Britain’s MI6 stated the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant was not a threat to the West

– It seems both Turkey and the U.S. would not oppose the creation of an independent Kurdish state

– The Governor of Mosul, Iraq, who is currently exiled due to ISIS, stated more local troops would be needed to regain Mosul

– After seven members of Hamas were killed by Israeli air strikes, Hamas said Israel would pay a “tremendous price

– MPs in Iraq’s parliament have still failed to agree on a new speaker, which shows the divide in government; Meanwhile, an Iraqi general was killed near Baghdad by militants

Africa 

– Egyptian President al-Sisi pushes forth austerity in the country, which ultimately hurts the poor

More than 60 women and girls escaped from Boko Haram in Nigeria; This is great news

Europe

– Pro-Russian separatists barricade Donetsk in order to defend against the incoming Ukrainian forces

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Dave Zirin: “Before the World Cup Ends, Will the Media Tell the Truth?

– $20,000 per year: That is what Canadian academics and activists are calling for as the minimum basic income

– Meanwhile, Canadians are aiding Detroit residents whose water was turned off

Surveillance Planet

– President Obama signed a bill approving $564 million for intelligence spending and protections for whistleblowers (not for contractors though)

Financial Matters

– Journalist Lee Fang reports on how opponents of marijuana legalization have a profit incentive for their own pain relievers drugs

– Despite the actions of ISIS in Iraq, Iraq’s dinar, their currency, has not experienced any volatility

– The economy is still on edge and if nothing is done to help homeowners, it may get even worse

– An official at a FIFA partner company was arrested in a scandal involving the illegal resale of World Cup tickets

– The city of Barcelona fined Airbnb 30,000 euros for not properly indicating property for tourists 

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Tired of facing abuse and neglect, workers in the Philippines who make the latest technologies for Western consumers went on strike for better living conditions

– 13 days before a temp worker was buried alive in a sugar bin a plant manager removed a safety mechanism that would have prevented the death

Politics US

Washington USA

– A new AP/GfK poll found that around six-in-10 Americans identify with one of the two political parties

– President Obama eased up on his original plan to send child migrants back to their home countries after (rightful) criticism that it was too harsh; Despite that, the White House said most migrants would not qualify for humanitarian aid

Anytown USA

– Chris Hedges: “Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

– Pew: One-in-10 Americans do not care at all about politics

Top Gun (Stories)

– A new organization called Everytown, funded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, copies tactics used by the NRA to get politicians serious on gun control

– Meanwhile, gun violence across the country exploded over the 4th of July weekend with 80 reported shot in Chicago, Ill.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– An article detailing a plethora of information about the failure of the U.S. to help its veterans and soldiers

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Punching Gloria Steinem: inside the bizarre world of anti-feminist women

– In contrast to the white, squeaky-clean feminism, women of color who are feminists seem to be excluded although their power could really make a change

Planet Earth

– Videographer Peter Sinclair explains to The Real News how the latest in renewable energy will feel almost like a revolution

– The BBC has told its staff to not give equal airtime to people who deny climate change; Victory!

– Democratic politicians are selling out their constituents as they advocate for fracking

– A new study found that the only country in South Asia doing something about climate change is Bangladesh

– With the U.S. now the king of oil throughout the world, the false sense of infinite growth on a finite planet continues

Mixed Bag

– A Korean skincare company uses a tagline “Do you wanna be white?” for its products; And corporate racism continues!

– The UN announced it would recognize employees in same-sex marriages regardless of the legality in their home countries

Break Time

Nancy (With the Laughing Face) [John Coltrane]

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.