The Roundup for June 26th, 2015

It’s Friday folks!

International Politics


– The U.S. denounced Palestine for charging Israel with war crimes at the International Criminal Court

– Despite criticizing Israel’s operations in the Gaza Strip last year, the State Department believes nothing needs to be done on war crimes committed by Israel

– A NATO commander accused Russia of more future involvement in eastern Ukraine

– Meanwhile, a U.S. official criticized Russia for “playing with fire”

Middle East

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the air force is key to protecting Israel from Iran

A new poll found 51 percent of Palestinians and Israelis support a two-state solution

– Juan Cole: “Are Leftist, Feminist Kurds About to Deliver the Coup de Grâce to ISIL in Syria?

– A U.N. official said it would take decades to rebuild Gaza because reconstruction is very slow

– The CIA is unsure what to say to the press about its drone program

– Peter Van Buren: “Five Things That Won’t Work in Iraq


– Bosnia is viewed by the Islamic State as a potential place to recruit militants

– A SYRIZA official criticized proposals by creditors as “absurd”

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The U.S. is, as usual, quiet about human rights violations committed by the Dominican Republic toward anyone they deem Haitian

A long-form piece about the consequence of oil for Brazil discovered off Rio de Janeiro

Surveillance Planet

– A French official said it may be possible NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange can stay in France

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Americans say there are a lot of jobs and very little jobs right now; Highlights the contradiction of capitalism

– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris joins The Real News to explain Greek resistant to the troika’s harsh demands

– An investigation by New York City officials found Whole Foods overcharged customers, who are not happy

– A city in the Netherlands will introduce universal basic income to test whether it works

– Fantastic news as foreign direct investment in Israel fell by 50 percent 

– Since 2009, pay for CEOs is up by 56 percent; Quite a recovery

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Despite pledging to be diverse, Facebook hired seven black people last year

– A new law in Connecticut allows workers to get double what they are owed if they suffer wage theft

– Wal-Mart might be forced to recognize unions in China, but the firm is still happy workers are not powerful

Politics US

Washington USA

– In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the Fair Housing Act, which is bars discrimination for Americans looking for housing

– Rania Khalek: “Expert: Obama ignored surge of rightwing extremism that inspired Charleston killer

– A good question to ask is why no Senator opposed to the TPP launched a filibuster

– Kevin Zeese examines on The Real News chances to still block the TPP from being implemented

– Margaret Flowers joins The Real News to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision upholding parts of the Affordable Care and Act and why health insurance companies are excited about it

– The State Department cannot find some of Hillary Clinton’s private emails

An interview with Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, about the election process and the way forward

A new poll in New Hampshire found 43 percent of Democratic voters support Hillary Clinton, while 35 percent support Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

– A Super PAC for Martin O’Malley, a Democratic presidential candidate, criticized Sanders, not Hillary, in a new ad

– Very rich families are spending millions to ensure the inheritance tax is repeal

– The Pentagon asked for more money from Congress for its nuclear weapons program

– Jason Leopold: “A Former CIA Official Apologizes to ‘Every American’ For Iraq Intelligence Failures

Anytown USA

– Brian Sonenstein: “New York City Enters Settlement With Feds Over Rikers Island Brutality

– A mother in Kansas potentially faces 30 years in prison and already lost her son. For what? Smoking medicinal marijuana

– In spite of Chris Christine might say, the Fort Dix Five case was not an open-and-shut terrorism case

– Natasha Lennard: “Thank Black Lives Matter for not letting Charleston slip into the ‘lone-wolf killer’ script

– Montana will be the first state to force all spending on political campaigns to be revealed

– Noteworthy, in regards to racism among white communities against blacks, is how Asians too can be racist; Hispanics too, especially those who are white-skinned or believe they are white-skinned. Ugh, so smug

– Amy Goodman: “‘The Perpetrator Has Been Arrested, but the Killer Is Still at Large’

– Something to keep in mind is that most kids under the age of five in the U.S. last year were not white

We Don’t Need No Education

Part three of four with professor Salvadore Babones on ways to reinvest and reinvigorate the school system

– Good news as Columbia University divested from private prisons!

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Drugs for ADHD are very addicting to the point where it is crippling

Planet Earth

– Google announced it would convert a coal plant in Alabama to a data center powered by renewables

Mixed Bag

– Bill Cosby’s lawyers do not want old public documents released to the public for fear of the details in them

– The number of homeowners in the U.S. is at a 20-year low

Break Time

The Game of Love [Santana with Michelle Branch]

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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.