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The Roundup for July 29th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing this Tuesday?

International Politics


– Journalist Derek Monroe talks with The Real News about critical questions on recent allegations of Russian involvement in the downing of MH17

– Pew: 49 percent of Americans cite Russia as “a serious problem, but not [an] adversary”

– With Israelis rejecting a ceasefire and Americans favoring one, international inaction threatens peace in Gaza

– After a U.S. judge approved a request from the Iraqi government, the U.S. seized a Kurdish ship full of oil off Texas

– Juan Cole: “Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya, N. Korea, Israel has Impunity from Defying UNSC (Gaza Ceasefire)

Middle East

– Islamic State militants have been gaining victories against the Assad government although the latter is still trying to fight ISIS

– It has been the worst Eid for Gaza since 1967, yet members of the community are attempting to help each other get through with one baker taking risks to provide bread

– In just 24 hours, more than 110 people in Gaza were killed as a result of Israeli bombings

– For anyone who forgot how the conflict begun, here is a helpful article. Meanwhile, this article debunks five Israeli narratives

– Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian Supreme Leader, stated Israel was acting like a “rabid dog” and “wild wolf” in Gaza


– In Benghazi, Libya, militants invaded a military base in the city and at least 30 were killed in the battle

Asia and Oceania

– The military junta in Thailand considered British comedian and host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver a threat for his jokes

– Israel’s Iron Dome missile data was taken by hackers in China, who are suspected of taking information from the U.S.

– An American military official stated the world is becoming “numb” to North Korea’s missile development; What an oversimplification


– The EU implemented stronger sanctions against Russia, which could affect Europe’s recovery; The U.S. followed with more sanctions as well

– Two members of Pussy Riot filed a lawsuit against the Russian government for their treatment in prison

– Journalists of The Guardian interview a few pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, which could be found here

– A great article on the failure by the UK government to send two British citizens, who were Muslims, to the U.S. for trial. However, a fair trial ensured justice for the two.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

More on the evictions taking place in Brazil as a result of the World Cup and the upcoming Olympic games

– Just two days remain until Argentina enters default as a result of inaction

Surveillance Planet

– A new surveillance bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate, which should be noted has the backing of the Obama administration

– Emptywheel: “Leahy Freedom Act Exempts FBI from Counting Its Back Door Searches

Financial Matters

– Part one of five on The Real News with a former UN official who explains his opposition to neoliberal systems made in the 1980s

– A new report verified what is hard to comprehend: From 2003 to 2013, Americans (except for the rich) got poorer

– The creation of an international bank made by the BRICS shows a challenge to the dollar

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A taxi driver in D.C. talks to The Real News about the problems with Uber, the alternative to taxis

– Civil disobedience will now be another tactic used by fast food workers for higher wages

– As Qatar is warned for its discriminatory policies against workers, it was found the latter make less than $8 a day

Politics US

Washington USA

– Laws against animal rights activists are draconian in their methods as they protect both the government and corporations

Anytown USA

– Pew: 40 percent of Americans state Hamas is to blame for the violence in Gaza; Very disheartening

– The State Supreme Court in Colorado stated gay marriage licenses should be halted until a decision is made by them

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: 56 percent of Americans avoid fat in their diets and 29 percent avoid carbohydrates

– Yesterday was World Hepatitis Day and three to four million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C

The Second Sex

A new study found women are getting smarter than men at a faster rate but culture still is a factor in this

– A federal appeals court ruled an abortion clinic, the only one might I add, in Mississippi should stay open as closing it down would restrict abortion access thereby violating Roe v. WadeGreat news!

Planet Earth

– U.S. researchers found the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was actually worse and more widespread than first thought

– An internal White House report warned inaction on climate change by the federal government will be very costly; OF COURSE IT WILL

Mixed Bag

A new study found parents of better-educated children live longer

– A new report found smiling when meeting someone for the first time will make people more relaxed and leave a good first impression

Break Time

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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.