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The Roundup for July 15th, 2014

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International Politics


– A group of NGOs say Western countries looted $60 billion from Africa and use donations to cover it up; This is the essence of capitalism as seen in the exploitation of Latin America by European colonial powers in centuries before

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn shows how much impact Saudi Arabia had in the rise of the Islamic State

Middle East

– The armed wing of Hamas rejected Egypt’s ceasefire calling it a “surrender” and Israel continued its rocket attacks. Although journalist Ali Abunimah says it was Israel that rejected the surrender not Hamas

– A short piece by Noam Chomsky on what the genocide by Israel means and what it means when there is no conflict

– Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the campaign in Gaza will be intensified; Uh-oh

– Journalist David Sheen reports on the blood-lust some Israelis in Israel have against Arabs in general

– ISIS militants have captured 52 American made M198 howitzers

– A car bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 89 people, which is certainly horrific to hear


After 26 people in Nigeria died from suspected Boko Haram militants, the government sent a warplane to fire on the attackers

– Libya closed its Tripoli airport after rocket attackers and asked for Western help. John Kerry said the violence there should be stopped

Asia and Oceania

– China warned the U.S. not to interfere in its territory disputes in the South China Sea


– In Greece, public service cleaners are challenging the state and are symbols of resistance in the country

– A train derailed in Moscow’s subway station and 21 people were killed, along with 136 injured.

– The escalation of violence by the Ukrainian government against eastern Ukraine begs the question on what the true role of Russia is in the region

– Meanwhile, an airstrike in eastern Ukraine killed at least 11 people and it seems the Ukrainian government is the culprit

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Against the “vulture funds,” Argentina could default but it would prove to be a costly decision as the economy starts to suffer

– Journalist Jorge Vilches reports on the background of the “vulture funds” and Argentina’s payments here

Surveillance Planet

– Journalist Alex Kane exposes six examples of governmental abuses in terms of mass surveillance

– How much do the Germans despise the mass surveillance programs of the U.S.? They are thinking of using typewriters

Financial Matters

– With Citigroup paying $7 billion, it exempts them from more punishments they deserve after their crimes

– Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa signed a deal together to create a new $100 billion emergency bank

– In order to beat back the competition, Microsoft will announce large layoffs of some of its members; Recovery!

Labor’s a-Brewing

– New York City’s Long Island Rail Road and Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers are set to strike next week due to workers not getting their demands for better pay and living conditions through

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 15 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, which is not helpful ahead of the midterm elections

– In a closed meeting with Goldman Sachs representatives, Dick Cheney said his biggest regret was not invading Iraq and Iran at the same time; Yet this man can walk free without any punishment

– Attorney General Eric Holder stated he wants the Supreme Court to rule all bans on same-sex marriages unconstitutional

– The FCC has delayed its decision on new net neutrality plans after its online comments section went offline

Anytown USA

– Pew: 51 percent of Americans sympathize with Israel compared to 14 percent who sympathize with Palestine; Numbers certainly reflecting the Israel lobby’s power

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “Crowdsourcing Our Way Out Of the Crisis of Democracy

– Member of the bourgeoisie submitted signature to split California into six states in order to continue to profit without the worry of government

We Don’t Need No Education

– In Alabama, a district judge ruled both a school board and the Justice Department failed to integrate students into a school

– A federal appeals court ruled the University of Texas can use race in its admission of potential students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– In Paris, France, the city launched a bike sharing program geared mostly to kids to help the environment and it’s healthy, which is something that could help those in the U.S.; I should note it is very fun to do as well but I fear the U.S. version with have some sort of bank attached to it like Goldman Bikes for Kids

The Second Sex

– In what certainly shows a sexist society, a former Marine was charged with murder after killing a woman who would not date him

– In Alabama, anti-abortion activists are trying to quietly shut down an abortion clinic which, if successful, would leave just one clinic in the state

Planet Earth

– The House of Representatives passed a bill baring the Department of Energy and Army Corps of Engineers from working on or referring to climate change

A new study found the EPA’s latest rules on coal power plants would not hurt states whatsoever and provides benefits

A new report found Arctic ice is melting at an increasing rate and it is potentially disastrous if nothing is done

Mixed Bag

– Curious on which countries view the United States favorably and which countries do not? Pew Research has it here.

– An amazing discovery was made in China where the remains of a four-winged dinosaur was found

– Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who is undocumented, went to investigate the crisis on the U.S. border and was detained, and now released

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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.