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The Roundup for August 8th, 2014

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It is Friday folks, the end of the week.  Here’s to the next week!

International Politics


– The Institute for Economics and Peace released their Global Peace Index for 2014 where contemporary times are the “most peaceful century in human history.” In addition, Iceland was found to be the mots peaceful country.

– Britain will deliver aid to trapped Iraqis, however they ruled out air strikes; The U.S., however, bombed Islamic State militants to prevent “genocide

– Both the U.S. and U.K. warned Russia not to send troops to Ukraine with the excuse of humanitarian intervention

Middle East

– Journalist Samer Badawi discusses with The Real News how the destruction in Gaza surpasses what happened during after Operation Cast Lead a few years ago

– Darn. Terrible news as a Palestinian was killed and others were wounded in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers as they protested crimes in Gaza

– The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended and five Palestinians were killed by Israeli missiles; As expected, Western condemnation of the renewed violence

– Considering the evidence of war crimes by Israel in Gaza, the U.S. is also guilty of helping them carry out such crimes

– In response to international fears of travel in Iraq, an Iraqi official asserted security was safe at airports there

– In Yemen, Al-Qaeda forces killed 15 soldiers after stopping a bus

– The two leading presidential candidates in Afghanistan reached an agreement to change the structure of the government for more efficiency after John Kerry’s intervention

 Asia and Oceania

– Where is John Kerry now? He is in South Asia to calm tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea

– Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Russia a “bully” and warned of more sanctions

– The Malaysian government announced it would nationalize Malaysian Airlines with trade of company shares suspended


– Gallup: Ahead of the Turkish presidential election on Sunday, 59 percent of citizens approve of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an

– As a result of the bombings by the Ukrainian army, some Ukrainians are fleeing to Russia

Financial Matters

– Gallup: For small-business owners in the U.S., their optimism for the future is rising

– David Sirota: “Why Is the Government Pretending Foreign-Made Goods Are U.S. Exports?

– On The Real News, journalist Greg Palast further elaborates on the lawsuit by Argentina against the U.S.; Furthermore, The U.S. is not interested at all in the case

– Economist Gar Alperovitz explains the necessity for improving sewage infrastructure for not only communities, but the whole country as well

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Tragic news in South Africa as three union leaders were killed by unknown “reactionary forces

– Racism continues to thrive in Baltimore, Md., as airport workers who are black also are the workers who get low-paying jobs

Politics US

– Rania Khalek: “US senator filibusters live coverage of powerful Palestinian testimonies

– The FAA announced all commercial flights from the U.S. cannot fly over Iraq

– Natasha Lennard: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Is a Clever Politician and a Successful Hypocrite

– NYPD Commissioner William Bratton stated New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is “very pro-cop“; Very interesting

We Don’t Need No Education

– While there are more college graduates with degrees, there are also more college graduates with debt

– Even with the academic benefits of librarians, austerity measures have cut this necessity from schools

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: 45 percent of Americans “actively try to include” organic foods in their diet

– The World Health Organization: The Ebola virus outbreak is now an international health emergency

– Genetically modified feeds possess harmful chemicals and may have led to birth defects in pigs

The Second Sex

– Dave Zirin: “Why Has It Taken This Long for a Men’s Pro-Sports Team to Hire a Female Coach?

– Journalist Aviva Stahl reports on the horrid abuse transgender women face while in prison

Planet Earth

– Even fisheries are feeling the effects of climate change, specifically ocean acidification, and it jeopardizes the livelihoods of people worldwide

Mixed Bag

– A new study from Britain found six-year-olds were more familiar with technology than adults were; Well then

– What a surprise as anti-anxiety drugs flushed have increased the life span of fish

Break Time

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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.