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The Roundup for July 24th, 2014

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Hey folks, enjoy your Thursday with an important topic from the Presidents of the United States.

International Politics


– Henry Giroux: “Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism: From Gaza to Afghanistan

– A UN school, where Palestinians were sheltered to escape from Israeli bombings, was bombed by Israel and at least 15 people were killed

– As much as elites want to separate themselves from the statement that they created groups like the Islamic State, the fact of the matter is they did

– Amy Goodman: “Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

– In what is certainly humorous, Egyptian security electronically scanned Secretary of State John Kerry before meeting with government officials

Middle East

– Journalist Yousef Al-Helou talks to The Real News about losing his family members in an Israeli airstrike and what the genocide by Israel represents

– Chris Hedges: “The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense

– Journalist Lia Tarachansky explains the protests occurring in Israel against what is happening in Gaza, especially repression of anti-war protests in the West Bank by the Palestinian Authority

– Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian Supreme Leader, suggested a referendum to determine the form of government they live under and also for the West Bank to arm themselves if the former does not happen


– Part two of three with Baba Aye who explains the contribution by large oil companies in forming Boko Haram

– Egypt asserted “foreign intelligence” was behind an attack on a checkpoint that killed 22 people

– Because of security concerns, all Peace Corps volunteers were pulled out of Kenya


– A new survey found 34.6 percent of Greeks in the country lived on or below the poverty line last year

– Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk resigns from his position over legislative inaction

– An Air Algerie flight crashed with all passengers, most of whom were French, killed

– Poland was found guilty by a European court for being involved with human rights violations through the CIA’s rendition/torture program

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Colombia, Drummond, a U.S. coal company, allegedly funds paramilitary death squads to kill workers who demand better living conditions

Financial Matters

Part three of three with Faizel Ismail on efforts to move away from global retail conglomerates and focus on trade benefiting all

– Gallup: 20 percent of microbusinesses (five employees or fewer) owners state they did not take a vacation in the past year

– In what is indicative of the system in India, the country’s rich will grow even richer in the upcoming years

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: More Republican voters are enthusiastic and are closely following their candidate’s race than Democratic voters

– The Obama administration’s silence on the bombings in Gaza is indicative of where they now stand on the Israel-Palestine issue

– After the FAA lifted the ban on flights to Tel Aviv’s airport, President Obama called the ban a “prudent decision

Anytown USA

– Gallup: 42 percent of Americans say Israel’s actions in Gaza are justified, while 39 percent disagree

– Journalist Max Blumenthal talks to Rula Jebreal about her contract being terminated and her appearance afterward on All In with Chris Hayes

We Don’t Need No Education

– The Department of Justice will be investigating Newark, N.J., for alleged discrimination against black students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: 74 percent of Americans oppose lowering the drinking age to 18

A new report by the UN found 2.2 billion people, or one-third of people on Earth, are in poverty.

The Second Sex

– After Twitter released its diversity report, the company noted it will do more to improve it

– The United Nations’ Human Rights Committee passed a resolution banning female genital mutilation worldwide

– There have been many different perspectives on the issue of Israel in Gaza, but one not brought up is the feminist perspective

Planet Earth

– Energy analysts predict wind energy will power seven percent of the world’s energy by 2018

– A new study found it was possible to utilize resources effectively without harming the environment for future generations

– The White House quietly approved a device to check for oil and natural gas on the bottom of the ocean floor despite it may kill millions of marine animals; Yeah! Democrats! Hillary 2016!

– The Environmental Protection Agency’s power on pollution is hindered by bureaucracy

Mixed Bag

– Israel: Palestinians Given Ample Time To Evacuate To Nearby Bombing Sites

– Last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, George Takei spoke on Japanese internment and growing up during that dark time

– Israel continually says Hamas is a terrorist organization, but what it does not want to admit is it helped fund and create the organization

Break Time

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