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The Roundup for August 4th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing this Monday?

International Politics


– If you look at different international human rights agreements and the UN Charter, then you would see how Israel violated a number of international laws

– Glenn Greenwald: “Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack

– A Pakistani man detained at U.S. facility was denied a lawyer for as long as he was behind bars, which shows the lack of regard Western governments have towards foreigners

Middle East

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn explains Israel’s failure to understand its own errors in Palestine and how this is not the first time they didn’t understand

– Chris Hedges: “Why Israel Lies

– In what is hoped to be something that will hold, Egypt was able to get a 72-hour truce between Israelis and Palestinians starting Tuesday

– Meanwhile, Israel stated it has more operations ongoing in Gaza even though it destroyed all tunnels they said Hamas used

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: What Israel is doing is “exterminating” Palestinians and it is committing “genocide”

– An Iranian official admitted they provided missile technology to Hamas for defense purposes

– A house in Gaza was bombed by Israeli missiles and 10 family members inside perished, one brother was critically injured


– Gallup: Out of all the African countries, Mali has the highest approval rating for their president. On the other side of the spectrum, the Congo has the lowest approval rating.

– A former Egyptian official stated the country should consider military intervention in Libya if conflict spills into Egypt

Asia and Oceania

– With world tensions growing as more international incidents occur, Japan’s pivot to preparing for warfare is not helping


– The UK, with everything happening in Gaza, stated it will be reviewing its aid to Israel

– 311 Ukrainian soldiers entered into Russia for either asylum or were forced by separatists and both countries are in talks over their status

– Meanwhile, Russia staged military exercises near the Ukraine border which is sure to increase tensions between the two

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– With the Mexican government seeing a reform to their election system, it threatens the power some communities have in Mexico

– The USAID programs sent Latin Americans into Cuba to speak on health programs while really fostering rebellion against theCuban government

Financial Matters

– Economist Michael Hudson explains on The Real News how the West is interested in advancing its own energy agenda at the expense of Ukraine’s economy

– As economist Robert Reich states, pay in contemporary society does not represent the worth to our society, which is a consistant problem

– Dean Baker: “Inflation Hawks: The Job Killers at the Fed

A new report found large oil companies pay very low tax rates and some are able to get millions from the government in tax deductions

– In some communities, including suburban, there seems to be a return of concentrated poverty

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) writes on her experience going through tobacco farms in North Carolina where workers are abused and used for profits

– LinkedIn, after a government investigation, will pay $6 million for employees who worked overtime without pay

Politics US

Washington USA

– Journalist Glen Ford speaks to The Real News about black members of Congress who stand by Israel’s actions in Gaza

– The U.S. is spending more and more on its nuclear weapons, which means the Obama administration really does not have anything related to peace on its table

– With Congress on vacation, President Obama feels he has to “act alone” on immigration reform

Anytown USA

– In New York City, over the past 10 years blacks and Latinos were charged with the majority of minor offenses by the NYPD

– A Justice Department report reveals violence is overwhelming in the juvenile jails of New York City

– Marcy Wheeler: “The media’s big torture lie: ‘Enhanced interrogation’ and the politics of false equivalence

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “‘Those women are more oppressed’ is a terrible argument against feminism

– A judge ruled the law in Alabama restricting abortion access was unconstitutional, helping clinics stay open without major legal threats

Planet Earth

– Greenpeace activist Joe Smyth and journalist and myFDL contributor Steve Horn discuss exports of U.S. coal rising on The Real News  

A number of large public relations companies stated they would not do business with climate deniers

– With a drink of tap water, the mayor of Toledo, Ohio, announced the drinking water was now safe, lifting the ban

Mixed Bag

– Pew: Minority representation in journalism is a mixed bag as black journalists, for instance, are declining at daily newspapers and local TV, but still held on to other positions

– Palestine was once an area where people of all religions lived together amicably but today the situation is very different

– Journalists Mark Reutter and Fern Shen speak on The Baltimore Brew to The Real News on the impact of watchdog journalism

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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.