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The Roundup for July 31st, 2014

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Howdy folks, how are you doing this fine day?

International Politics


– Katrina vandel Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen: “Why Is Washington Risking War With Russia?

– Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said Israel was conducting “Hitler-like fascism” in Palestine

– British MPs warn NATO defenses are weak against a Russian attack

– International investigators were able to make it to the crash site of MH17

– Jason Leopold: “Pleas for Mercy and Game of Thrones: A Gitmo Detainee’s Letter to a Federal Judge“; A must-read for anyone following

Middle East

– Omar Barghouti, a founder of the BDS movement, elaborates on the deaths of 19 people in Gaza to The Real News

– A journalist shares her difficulty covering the bombings and killings in Gaza as it is hard to comprehend the scale of destruction; I should warn readers certain images feature bodies of the dead

– A doctor in the Gaza Strip shares her story on what is happening during the crisis there and what people can do about it

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the country will destroy underground tunnels in Gaza “with or without a ceasefire


– The conflict occurring in South Sudan is a microcosm of the larger political conflict involving superpowers for Africa


– Gallup: 63 percent of Russians believe Russia should have a “strong position” against Ukraine

– The tragedy of Greece exposes the failures of foreign powers to ensure the security of citizens in the country and stability

– British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a referendum to decide whether the commonwealth should still be a part of the EU, a call that certainly merits discussion

– Italy cracked down on the mafia operating not only in the country, but across Europe

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Bolivian President Evo Morales called Israel a “terrorist state” and stated Israeli citizens needed to get permission to enter the country

– The Jewish Defense Fund is a far right-wing organization banned in the U.S. for terrorism but embraced by government officials in Canada

Surveillance Planet

– It is troubling to see judges on the FISA court with investments in telecommunication companies involved with the mass surveillance program

– In contrast to previous years, the NSA will not have a high profile at hacker events

– A New York judge ruled the U.S. can use a warrant to get emails in Ireland; Once again national courts rule on international matters

Financial Matters

Part three of five with Heiner Flassbeck on the surprising comeback of the U.S. dollar in the beginning of the Global Recession and the problems that remain in the global market system

– With a default likely, Argentina blames a “conspiracy” for forcing it

– A former executive of a coal company, after leaving in disgrace after a mine disaster, decides to turn to libertarianism to regain power; Another wonderful article by journalist Lee Fang

– Glen Ford: “Obama Summons Africa to Washington to Talk Trade (and How to Cut Out China)

– As a result of pressure from animal rights group, Southwest Airlines terminated its relationship with SeaWorld

– San Francisco’s housing market is so geared to the super rich that even $1 million isn’t enough

– A U.S. official warned Obamacare will feature “bumps” in future registration

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Greek farmers who killed Bangladesh workers for asking for back pay were acquitted by a Greek court

Politics US

Washington USA

– A secret agency in the White House has a lot of power in determining whether regulations in any type of industry are needed or not

– Gallup: Americans in the LGBTQ community identify more with liberals and are more likely to support President Obama

– Professor Thomas Ferguson explains to The Real News about the failure of the IRS to regulate dark money

– An internal CIA document confirmed the agency hacked into Senate computers for its torture reporter

– Speaker of the House John Boehner warns a “legacy of lawlessness” would occur if an executive decision on immigration happens

– In a 225-201 vote, the House of Representatives voted to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama

– Pew: 49 percent of Americans state the Supreme Court should base their rulings on current times rather than when it was written . Plus 38 percent state the Supreme Court is “middle-of-the-road”

– The State Department released a statement agreeing with a Senate report on CIA torture and said it was a “story of which no American is proud

Anytown USA

– The Real News speaks with protesters at both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine rallies in Baltimore, Md.

– U.S. attorney Preet Bharara warns New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) there will be an investigation into corruption allegations

– Bad news as immigration courts are increasing their speed in terms of court cases, which jeopardizes the status of undocumented migrants

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Ebola virus outbreak forced states of emergency in Sierra Leone and Liberia as more than 700 have died so far

– Bad news as drug-resistant malaria seems to be spreading across southeast Asia

We Don’t Need No Education

– A new study found families in the U.S. borrowed less in 2013 to fund their children’s college education

Top Gun (Stories)

– After being demoted, a worker wounded the CEO of the company he worked for and committed suicide

Planet Earth

– The National Response Center had a database of toxic pollution, yet this was taken down in a security breach in February. Nothing has been done to place it back online.

Mixed Bag

– Pew: The 113th Congress still is the Congress with the fewest laws passed compared to the previous years

– Correspondent Jordan Klepper reports on the new version of journalism versus the old version

– Amy Goodman: “A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

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.