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The Weekend Roundup for August 2-3rd, 2014

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Hey folks, it is the start of a brand-new week!

International Politics


– Benjamin Netanyahu: The U.S. should not force us to enter a ceasefire agreement; This is our greatest ally?

– China admits it has a missile which can be equipped with nuclear warheads able to strike anywhere in the U.S.; And yet nuclear weapons will be viewed as an necessary evil by government officials

– Juan Cole: “Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 billion per year

Middle East

– Chances are, if you walk in certain areas of Israel, you will hear chants such as “Death to Arabs!” It is difficult to stomach such vile comments, but who are these people and what are their aims? The Real News investigates these nationalist groups.

– Journalists Lia Tarachansky and Nalan al-Sarraj comment further on what is happening in Gaza so far

– In Gaza, 10 people were killed and at least 35 were injured when an Israeli airstrike hit near a UN school; Both the U.S. and the UN denounced the bombings

– Noam Chomsky: “Nightmare in Gaza

– The UN warned a “humanitarian tragedy” was occurring after Sinjar, a city in Iraq, was taken over by the Islamic State and 200,000 people fled


– During his trip to meet African leaders, President Barack Obama denied it was to counter China

– Fighting in Libya over the international airport left 22 people dead

Asia and Oceania

– Bali, an island of Indonesia, is putting down dogs as they claim there are a lot of stray dogs and it will affect its tourist industry; Out of all the options, that was the one they chose?

– A 6.1 earthquake hit the southwestern part of China where at least 367 people were killed and at least 1,881 were injured


– As Ukrainian troops march to Donetsk and believe victory is close, separatists plead for Russian aid

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Here’s something insane. In Puebla, Mexico, the city passed a law allowing police officers to break up protests…with deadly force.

Surveillance Planet

– As Secretary of State John Kerry was seeking peace deals with leaders in the Middle East last year, Israeli intelligence spied on his phone calls; But hey, they are our, like, greatest ally and democracy and stuff

– Emptywheel: “Did ACLU and EFF Just Help the NSA Get Inside Your Smart Phone?

Financial Matters

– Part five of five with Heiner Flassbeck who makes a plea for a structural change in society as modern capitalism fails to solve the important issues of the future

– Thomas Frank “Ayn Rand’s libertarian “Groundhog Day”: Billionaire greed, deregulation and the myth that markets aren’t free enough

– Wealth inequality can be found also in retirement as some retirees are experiencing the financial dilemma of surviving

Labor’s a-Brewing

–  A judge ruled Kellogg should stop its lockout of workers protesting for better living conditions in Memphis, Tenn.

Politics US

Washington USA

Part two of two with whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and journalist Gareth Porter on the government’s rationale to escalate the war in Vietnam

– Jason Leopold: “The Senate Is Not Happy That the CIA Censored Its Report on CIA Torture

– Senate Republicans seek to make a report defending torture and connecting it to finding Osama bin Laden

– Trevor Timm: “CIA director John Brennan lied to you and to the Senate. Fire him

Anytown USA

– Just one officer in Seattle, Wash., wrote 80 percent of the police department’s total marijuana citations and often targeted blacks in the city

– A 48-year-old grandmother was dragged naked by NYPD officers out of her apartment, after going into the wrong place, and also attacked a 12-year-old child; After awhile don’t liberals just question Bill de Blasio’s choices?

– In a Senate race occurring in Arkansas, “dark money” has taken an important role in the upcoming election

– The man who filmed the chokehold of Eric Garder was arrested for possession of a gun; The NYPD just magically found this to be so important that he had to be arrested

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Violence in our society is caused by powerlessness and feeling unworthy, which makes the case for a “moral equivalent of war” to be so much more important

– The CDC announced an American doctor with Ebola is improving in his health; The U.S. announced it would send experts to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus

The Second Sex

– A new study found women are lied to more often than men during negotiations

Planet Earth

A new report warns transportation will be severely affected by climate change if nothing is done

Another problematic aspect of fracking is the health threat to agriculture and animals

– In Toledo, Ohio, 400,000 civilians had their water supply tainted and are relying on bottled water as the city undergoes a state of emergency; Agriculture and climate change are the causes for this

Mixed Bag

– A restaurant in North Carolina offers a 15 percent discount for customers who pray

– Dave Zirin: “His Name Was Ahed Zaqout: Former Palestinian Soccer Star Killed in Gaza

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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.