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The Roundup for July 30th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you this Wednesday?

International Politics


– The UN Security Council agreed on a resolution condemning the violence in Iraq

– Journalist Gareth Porter joins The Real News to discuss the latest negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran

– The G7 announced more sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine

– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: The violence at the MH17 crash site must stop for us to investigate

Middle East

– Economist Shir Hever explains to The Real News about the profits Israel gets for its arms sales and why a ceasefire is not in its interests

– Rania Khalek: “Stocks rise for Israeli drone-maker as Gaza slaughter continues

– Israeli historian Ilan Pappe provides a good review on what is happening in Israel to The Real News

– In Jerusalem, three Israelis beat up two Palestinians in a racist attack

– Meanwhile, at least 17 people were killed and at least 200 wounded in a market in Gaza

– With another UN school bombed by Israel, a UN official called the attack a “source of universal shame” and the White House denounced the attack but without pointing a finger at who did it

– The Iraqi government is set to receive 5,000 Hellfire missiles by the U.S.; Because that’s what Iraq needs…more weapons

– Jon Stewart jokes on the United States’ sheer disregard of consequences when selling weapons to the Middle East


– A ceasefire between militants and the government was agrteed to in Tripoli, Libya to handle a blaze as 75 bodies were found in Benghazi

– Two mosques were bombed in Nigeria and 13 people were killed; Tragic


– Pew: 51 percent of Turks are dissatisfied with the country’s direction

More on the sanctions by the EU and the U.S. against Russia and a backlash against austerity by the Kiev government

– A new poll found 82 percent of Russians blame Ukraine for downing of MH17

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Latin American countries are investing more in their militaries, which poses a risk if they become too powerful

– If you criticize some southeast Asian officials involved in a case in Australia, the government will charge you for criticizing them. Why? “National security” Oh joy!

Surveillance Planet

– Tor, the privacy software, announced to its users to upgrade their software after hackers monitored Tor users

Financial Matters

Part two of five with Heiner Flassbeck asserts contemporary conditions are similar to those in the 1930s and war may be coming soon

– Bank of America was ordered by a judge to pay $1.27 billion for its involvement in “Hustle” fraud

– ALEC creates the American City County Exchange (ACCE) to lobby locally to further its neoliberal agenda

– An arrest of a Portuguese oligarch for money laundering and tax evasion jeopardized the financial security of Portugal, and beyond

– In the second quarter the United States economy grew at four percent. Dean Baker has more.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In response to more information on worker violations, FIFA stated they will continue to observe Qatar for the 2022 World Cup

– Across the U.S., workers hope to gain victories obtaining paid sick days

– Journalist Michelle Chen uncovers one in three restaurant workers are food insecure and the numbers when based on race, status and gender are worse

Politics US

Washington USA

– Former IRS official Lois Lerner stated in an email with someone that right-wingers in the U.S. were insane and “crazies“; Well, it is not like she’s wrong

– Georgia Davis Powers, an activist who worked in the Civil Rights Movement, talks to Steven Rosenfeld of Alternet about Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and race

– President Barack Obama said at a campaign stop in Kansas City, Missouri, in response to calls for impeachment by the GOP, that Republicans should “stop being mad all the time.”

– At Salon our friend David Dayen speaks with author Rick Perlstein on Ronald Reagan’s rise in the U.S.; Perlstein will be here on FDL Book Salon on August 17, a Sunday

Anytown USA

– Jason Leopold: “Revealed: Koch brothers’ politics reflect their father’s anti-communism” Not to mention he made his fortune in the Soviet Union back in the thirties

– A judge rejected police union claims on the necessity of stop and frisk, which means the program will change

– AP/GfK: 53 percent of Americans believe the U.S. has no responsibility giving asylum to those fleeing persecution and violence in Central America

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: 56 percent of Americans believe smoking in public places should be illegal

The Second Sex

– Pew: There are slightly more women in both the newspaper business and in editor positions

A new bill introduced in the Senate would create an adviser on college and university campuses along with other measures to ensure justice for sexual assault victims

– Systematic failures lead the FBI to not count over a million rapes in the past few years; Moreover, the same can be said when indigenous women are affected by violence and the federal government does little

– Jessica Valenti: “Feminism makes women ‘victims’? I think you’ve mistaken us for the sexists

Planet Earth

A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found climate change is threatening the world’s supply of shellfish

– A green economy is possible and the investments should be made, yet capitalism cannot lead the way

– Colorado is facing extreme risk as the state faces two oil and gas spills per day

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: 36 percent of Americans reveal alcohol is a factor in their family problems

– Journalist Dahr Jamail speaks with artist Erin Currier on the necessity of art during revolution

– Scientists state the planet is in the early stages of a sixth extinction

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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.