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The Roundup for August 5th, 2014

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International Politics


– Russia seeks an emergency meeting of countries on the UN Security Council on Ukraine for a humanitarian mission; A UN official even warned a humanitarian catastrophe was occurring in Ukraine

– Secretary of State John Kerry: The ceasefire in Gaza gives an opportunity for a peace deal

Middle East

– Journalist Chris Hedges and activist Linda Sarsour talk, in a 20+ minute discussion on The Real News, about the narrative used to defend Israel’s actions by saying it has a right to defend itself 

– Michael Ratner: “Israel’s Actions Against Palestinians Violate Human Rights

– Israel announced its soldiers will move to defensive positions as a 72-hour ceasefire continues

– The Islamic State is a major threat not only for geo-political reasons, but also because world powers are worried about regional politics

– Some experts warn if ISIS is not contained it will prove to be disastrous for Iraq

– The U.S. neutralized 60 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons


– To grow trade in the Suez Canal, Egypt announced it will build an extra shipping lane

– President Barack Obama stated $33 billion, mostly from private companies, will be invested into Africa


– The first Muslim woman in the UK’s Foreign Ministry resigned from her post over government policy toward Gaza

– Kiev forces battled with pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine, over control of the city

A new study found one in every 35 London residents is a millionaire

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The dictatorship in Brazil that last around 20 years apparently was helped by foreign companies 

– In response to reports revealing U.S. aims to affect politics in Cuba, the Cuban government scolded the U.S. government

Surveillance Planet

A new report found 1.2 billion usernames and passwords were taken by Russian hackers

– In an interview with the Associated Press, former NSA chief Keith Alexander defended his decision to go into the private industry profiting from his knowledge of cybersecurity

Financial Matters

– Pew: 64 percent of Americans say they are hearing both good and bad news about the economy

– An alleged charity organization misled its members and were found to give money to conservative candidates

– Financial regulators warn the largest banks in the U.S. have no plans if they fail; Sounds great!

Labor’s a-Brewing

Part one of two on Ronald Reagan’s decision to fire PATCO workers and the fallout from that decision

– While legislative efforts to make labor rights human rights seem promising, it still can backfire for workers

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sen. Dianne Feldstein (D-CA): We will not accept redactions from Obama administration on our Senate torture report

– Gallup: 42 percent of Americans say Israel’s actions in Gaza are justified compared with 38 percent who disagree

– Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American brutalized by Israeli police, testified with his mother at a Congressional hearing where Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was present to hear remarks on Israel’s actions in Palestine

– The U.S. government’s database of terrorists doubled in recent years as intelligence agencies added more and more people to the database

– Despite the CIA admitting it hacked into Senate computers to look at the torture report, there have been zero prosecutions for this

– A Guantanamo Bay prisoner held since 2009 is seeing his health deteriorate and needs medical attention as he is cleared to be released

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Arkansas recorded the largest drop, along with Kentucky, in the number of uninsured

– Although Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office says they do not use private email, they do

– AP/GfK poll: Six in 10 Americans believe the benefits of roads outweigh the costs but there does not seem to be a majority on any suggestion to improve them

We Don’t Need No Education

– The Target Corporation attempts to bring its brand into the classroom to gain more customers

– A new study recommended sex education for children before they enter puberty as it provides the best way to teach them

Planet Earth

– The city of Beijing will, in an attempt to stop pollution from increasing, converts from coal to natural gas.

– Activists may have taken back control of Detroit’s water supply but there is still work to do

– In Peru, a judge ruled a family must leave their land for a corporation to mine gold

Mixed Bag

– It was former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, rather than former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who escalated the conflict in Vietnam 50 years ago. Journalist Gareth Porter has more.

– Stephen Colbert had a funny retro episode on Watergate and Richard Nixon with special guests Pat Buchanan and John W. Dean; John Dean will join the FDL Book Salon on Nov. 8, a Saturday

– In the state of Washington, a dog is running against a state prosecutor who has not had an opponent for the past 10 terms

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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.