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The Roundup for August 1st, 2014

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End of the week, but the start of a brand new month!

International Politics


– As world politics becomes more volatile, President Barack Obama defended the U.S. influence abroad and said there was nothing to worry about

– Gallup: 84 percent of Africans say hard work guarantees success, which is the highest compared to all the continents

– In a phone call with Obama, Vladimir Putin told him sanctions against Russia were unjust

Middle East

– Pernille Ironside, a UNICEF member in Gaza, elaborates on crisis occurring in Gaza as bombings from Israel continue

– The 72-hour truce ended after two hours as attacks in Gaza continued; Two hours!

– After Hamas captured an IDF soldier, Israel bombed the city of Rafah and more than 70 were killed

– One of the most depressing aspects of the destruction in Gaza is the few resources Palestinians have

– In order to battle with the Islamic State, the Kurds in Iraq asked the U.S. for armaments

– Rania Khalek: “Israel uses Palestinians as human shields but US lawmakers condemn Hamas


– A court in Uganda struck down the draconian and harsh anti-gay law; Good news


– Recently released statistics found a growth in anti-Semitic attacks in the UK

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Argentina entered a default, which certainly spells bad news for its neighbors, and the origin of this crisis can be found here

– Uruguay’s legal marijuana law is facing opposition not only from lawmakers but also from the public

Financial Matters

– For the month of July, 209,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent. Dean Baker has more. President Obama cited this as an indicator of a stronger economy

Part four of five with Heiner Flassbeck who warns Americans are in a tough spot if nothing is done to raise their wages

– What bank do Americans loathe the most? Bank of America according to a survey based on customer grievances.

– Peter Van Buren: “Think everything on a dollar menu costs a dollar? Think again.

– When journalist Lee Fang posted an article concerning net neutrality on a website whose parent company was Comcast, Comcast successfully got it taken down

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Democrats would define labor rights as civil rights

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Obama: “We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values,”; So casual, “Yeah, I guess we tortured them, but hey what’s done is done, right?”

– Journalist Gareth Porter and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg talk about the significance of the Gulf of Tonkin incident on The Real News

– Good news as President Obama signed an executive order for companies with government contracts to reveal labor law violations

– David Sirota: “Hillary Clinton vs. Elizabeth Warren: They have less in common than you think

– In an unanimous vote, the Senate approved a bill giving $225 million to Israel’s Iron Dome system

– Attorney General Eric Holder: I am bothered by the botched executions occurring in the U.S.

– AP/GfK poll: Three in four Americans say the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be seen as a failure in the future

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Church-going Americans exhibit more sympathy for Israelis and less for Palestinians

– An interview with journalist Jarrett Murphy on the first six months of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio

– A medical examiner stated Eric Garner’s death was homicide with the chokehold contributing to his death

– Colorado decided to issue IDs for immigration even if undocumented

We Don’t Need No Education

– Students across the U.S. are facing numerous decisions, but one is the between paying tuition and paying rent

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

–  The head of the World Health Organization stated the Ebola virus was spreading at an alarming rate

The Second Sex

– Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended the recent court case striking down zones for anti-abortion protesters citing it as a balance between free speech and reproductive access

– Pew: 49 percent of Americans disapprove of the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision versus 47 percent

– Stephen Colbert jokes with the suggestion of women on American currency

– Draconian laws in Texas forced an abortion clinic to close with only 19 abortion clinics left in the state

Planet Earth

– New government data shows 58 percent of California is experiencing severe drought and there is nothing indicating it will not get worse

– A strange crater appearing in Siberia and a report suggests methane may have caused it

– Pakistan has much to deal with in the future and climate change will be a major one if nothing is done to prepare for it

Mixed Bag

– On social media, Polish civilians launch an apple protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin

– Children who identify with the main protagonist of the Harry Potter series are more tolerant of minority groups, based on new research

– “Report: All Things Aside, American Flag Still Looks Pretty Good Majestically Billowing In Wind” Now that The Onion mentions it…

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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.