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The Weekend Roundup for July 26-27th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing this day?

International Politics


– Michael Ratner discusses with The Real News on how the UN should charge Israel with crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and apartheid.

– The U.S. offered satellite photos of rockets fired from Russia

– Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to accept responsibility for contributing to Ukrainian conflict

Middle East

More than 1,000 people have died in Gaza as a result of the Israeli bombings as no ceasefire seems ready to be made

– In the West Bank and Jerusalem, Palestinians marched to protest the horrific attacks in Gaza by Israel and two protesters were killed along with 100 wounded by Israeli police; Moreover, Israeli marched for peace in Gaza

– In Homs, Syria, at least seven people were killed as a result of a car bomb

– Israeli Defense Force: Yes we bombed the UN-run school, but we did not kill anyone; Wait….what?

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states the country could afford to lose its image, but not its security


– Part three of three with Baba Aye on why Nigerians should resist not only Boko Haram, but the government as well

– The wife of the Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon was kidnapped by Boko Haram militants after an attack on his house

– In Tripoli, Libya, the two weeks of fighting that has plagued the city left 96 people dead; Meanwhile, 38 people were killed in Benghazi, Libya

– As the U.S. evacuates its embassy in Tripoli, Libya warns Western countries to ensure its citizens leave


– Pope Francis stated lessons from World War I should teach all that there should be no war

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his administration show strong support, perhaps the strongest in the world, for Israel. Their support questions the reasons for deciding to join with Israel.

– Brazil attempts to play damage control on the recall of its ambassador to Israel

– Leaders of countries in Central American criticize the U.S. for policies forcing its civilians to emigrate north

Financial Matters

– Even the IMF and the World Bank are warning other governmental and market elites of the potential for social unrest

– Geo Group, a private prison corporation, added another former government official to its board as the door continues to revolve

– A retail chain offers credit to soldiers as their stores are near their bases. When soldiers cannot pay back the loans, USA Discounters sues the

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Journalist Michelle Chen reports on a new bill in Congress that would assist low-wage parents get some more time with their children – and lives

Politics US

Washington USA

– A former Clinton official pens a piece on the Democrats’ lost soul and its turn to Wall Street; It’s not like it wasn’t inevitable

– While mainstream reactionary forces charge Hillary Clinton with events in Benghazi, Libya, it is more important to note her role in Honduras back in 2009. Moreover, it merits a review of U.S. policy toward Honduras in light of the refugee crisis on the border

Anytown USA

– Over 1,000 residents in New York City, according to NYPD records, reported they were choked by NYPD officers

– The U.S. would do well if mass transit was free as was done in Paris, France just recently

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The major benefits of Cuba’s and Venezuela’s success with health care are under-reported as they are a “threat of a good example

The Second Sex

– The UN Human Rights Committee warned Ireland and Chile its restrictions on abortion would be a violation of human rights treaties

– As San Diego’s Comic Con comes to a close, issues of sexual harassment still need to be addressed for future events

Planet Earth

– In Colorado, a town’s hydrofracking ban was overturned by a judge who said the state’s interest could not be affected by the community’s worry

– While the nuclear power industry states good news is coming, the closing down of power plants may signal a mixed future

– Chevron hopes to use its money to influence the City Council in Richmond, Calif., to promote and protect its agenda.

Mixed Bag

– Fidel Castro: “It is Time to Know a Little More About Realities

Break Time

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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.