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The Roundup for July 25th, 2014

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Hey everyone! Enjoy your Friday and the weekend ahead.

International Politics


– Pew: 56 percent of civilians polled globally have confidence in President Barack Obama compared to 23 percent who have confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin

– Omar Barghouti, founder of the BDS movement, discusses on The Real News growing opposition to Israel’s actions and origins of the conflict

– The gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry could arguably provide hope for a solution on the crisis occurring in Gaza; Israel, meanwhile, rejected a ceasefire proposed by Kerry

– The U.S. and Ukraine accused Russia of firing missiles into Ukraine to attack soldiers, while Russia accuses the U.S. of a “smear campaign

Middle East

– There was a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel for a few hours, 850 people are dead so far

– Islamic State in Iraq and Levant militants attacked Christian villages around Mosul and are forcing women to wear veils

– Journalist Yousef Al-Helou writes on the consequence of inaction as Gaza is bombarded by Israel

– An Israeli Defense Force commander stated Hamas is losing morale, so the army needs more time

– Palestine filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court for war crimes committed in Gaza by Israel, although some officials said it was unlikely to be followed-up on


– In Libya, the Ministry of Defense called for an end to the “senseless fighting


– Gallup: 76 percent of Russians say Russian media is reliable for international and domestic events

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It was 35 years since the Sandinistas gained victory in Nicaragua and the lessons from this are still relevant today

Surveillance Planet

– Russia is offering money for individuals to identify users of Tor to crackdown on criticism on the Internet

– Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales criticized Google for deciding which information to delete

Financial Matters

– Economist Dean Baker and Public Policy Analyst Jeremy Holden join the The Real News to discuss the latest federal court rulings on the ACA

– Argentina’s talks over its debt are at a stalemate, risking default if nothing is done by July 31

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In Chattanooga, Tenn., the United Auto Workers was able to get a “minority union” in the Volkswagen plant

– David Sirota: “Retirees Get Cross-Checked by Stadium Subsidies

– Postal Service workers protest against Staples’ attempts to privatize the mail service with their own delivery program

– The Center for Economic Policy and Research has a pay-cut clock of how much minimum wage workers have lost due to stagnant wages

Politics US

Washington USA

– Former Clinton administration officials (who could be a part of Hillary Clinton’s team) are assisting vulture funds to suck money out of Argentina

– Certain civil rights groups sold out and sent letters to the FCC to advocate for slow and fast lanes, saying not doing so would “harm communities of color” (!?)

– In a meeting with Central American leaders, President Obama said migrants without claims will be sent back

– After being told they would be able to read the classified Senate report on torture involving the CIA, former CIA officials were told they could not — after arriving to read it

Anytown USA

– Activist Abayomi Azikiwe talks to The Real News on how privatization will benefit corporations on Wall Street, corporations that should not have any hand in this matter

– Artist Molly Crabapple discusses the government’s attempts to silence Muslims in society through absurd charges and jail time

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: 45 percent of Americans worry about their weight, down from 48 percent in 2012

The Second Sex

– One aspect of our society that is shameful is the framing of mothers of color as villains, a strange and horrific narrative

– Women in India are dubbed the “great invisible workforce” as they stay at home to help families rather than work

Planet Earth

– Scientists from countries across the world presented evidence showing, once again, the Earth is warming

– Dave Zirin: “Here’s What Happens When an NFL Player Beats His Fiancée Unconscious

– In upstate New York, residents are challenging fracking companies so they will not ruin the environment they live in

Mixed Bag

– For 10 days anyone attempting to edit a Wikipedia article from Congress (the actual place) will not be able to do so as a result of abuse of the process

– “Rape Investigation Finds Star College Quarterback Has Got The Goods” Oh The Onion understands it well

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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.