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The Roundup for July 14th, 2014

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Hey folks, enjoy the Latin sounds of Carlos Santana and his band on this Monday!

International Politics


– Russia’s Vladimir Putin came out in support of Israel on July 10 before his Latin America trip and said he supported their “struggle”

– Gareth Porter: “Khamenei Remarks Show Both Sides Maneuver on Enrichment

– Malala Yousafzai told the Nigerian parents of the kidnapped girls that she will work to make sure they will be freed

Middle East

– Chris Hedges: “Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

– It seems the conflict in Iraq is becoming more chaotic as Sunni militants are fighting against one another now

– Ali Abunimah: “Israel student union sets up ‘war room’ to sell Gaza massacre on Facebook

– Interesting news as Qatar announced it will purchase Patriot missiles from the U.S. in a deal worth $11 billion

– The UN approved humanitarian aid access to Syrians without the consent of the government


– After the deadly clashes in Tripoli, Libya, the UN has evacuated its remaining staff from the country

– Egypt was the latest country to offer its support as mediator in the Israeli bombings of Gaza, which President Barack Obama praised

Asia and Oceania

– President Obama: The U.S. and China should work together in order to control the North Korean threat


– More interesting news as Greece announced it will conduct a naval exercise with China

– The Ukrainian government announced it was making major gains against the pro-Russian separatists

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Latin America, youths face the troubling issue of not only poverty but of unemployment as well

Surveillance Planet

– The state of Nevada leads the nation in the number of wiretap authorizations

– Documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden found the GCHQ in the U.K. had ways to look at what users were doing online

Financial Matters

– The construction of the federal highway system in the 1950s may be viewed as an era of accountable government, but it should be viewed as an attempt to help the wealthy

– Citigroup announced it would pay $7 billion in an investigation case by the Justice Department over sub-prime mortgages

– Dean Baker: “Fun Accounting and the Export-Import Bank

– Apple denied China’s accusation that the iPhone would present a danger to its “state secrets

– The World Trade Organization ruled the U.S. violated global trade rules when placing tariffs on goods coming from China and India

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In Chicago, Ill., 45 percent of residents would support Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis for mayor compared to 36 percent who said the same for current Mayor Rahm Emanuel

– After the horrid Harris v. Quinn decision, it threatens workers in other states despite the Supreme Court ruling it affected those in Illinois only

– Workers in the U.S. are working overtime, but are not getting paid. There are suggestions to reform this wage theft, but they are still reforms.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 47 percent of Americans approve of the Supreme Court’s job, while 46 percent disapprove

– Natasha Lennard: “The Obama Administration’s ‘Transparency’ Is Meaningless

– Congress has the ability to stand up to Israel by voting against their genocide, although that may be difficult to do

– “For goodness’ sake, you can’t be a lawyer if you don’t represent banks,” said Hillary Clinton. If this statement does not make you question Clinton’s agenda, then you might as well not question anything.

Anytown USA

– Good news as a circuit court ruled undocumented immigrants should be given driver’s licenses from Arizona

– David Sirota: “Chris Christie’s Real Budget Choice: Corporate Friends Over Retirees

– Bowe Bergdahl will be reassigned to active duty and will be sent to a base in Texas

– Dave Zirin: “Thanks to Sounders, I See Another World Cup Is Possible

We Don’t Need No Education

– With for-profit colleges getting more money every year even though graduation rates are low, it exposes an unregulated system built on exploitation

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Americans who suffer from major mental health issues are typically unemployed

The Second Sex

– The Church of England announced it seems likely a female bishop would be announced next year

– Mississippi and Florida passed draconian abortion laws that unfairly target women and continue the merry-go-round of not solving the issues

Planet Earth

– Journalist Steve Horn and activist Keith Stewart explain the significance of the growth of crude oil-carrying trains despite the potential disasters that can occur

– Good news as a city in Maine voted for complete restrictions of the transportation of crude oil in their city by large oil companies

– Marine scientists found the Sahara Desert’s dust is providing much-needed iron for the Atlantic Ocean

Mixed Bag

– Henry Giroux: “Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal

– A new study found friends tend to have similar DNA with each other, which is a very fascinating fact

– It is unknown where former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney might be, but it sure might be as the head of PR in a Silicon Valley company

Break Time

Oye Como Va [Carlos Santana]

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