The Roundup for June 27th, 2015

Almost the end of the month? Yikes, there went by fast. Almost there to July!

International Politics


– The Islamic State attacked in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, which led to many deaths. Israel called for Jews in the former to “come home

– A new report found, among United Nations member states, authoritarianism is growing

– It is exciting different faiths are working together on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign

– NATO and Russia are butting heads to the point where tensions may lead to war

– The U.S. hopes for a final deal between the P5+1 and Iran

– France and Spain will push the U.N. to end barrel bombings in Syria

Middle East

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to discuss the latest U.N. report on war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip

– Israel is furious the Vatican signed a treaty with Palestine

– Four teenagers walking in the Gaza Strip were shot by Israeli soldiers

– Doctors in Israel, meanwhile, disagree with a proposal bill to force-feed Palestinian prisoners

– Saudi Arabia seeks new alliances and nuclear projects to counter Iran

Asia and Oceania

– China released a report criticizing racial problems in the U.S.; Reminder China suffers the same


– A watchdog group warned journalists in Egypt face “unprecedented threats”


– The Greek government announced a referendum on whether to accept their creditors’ demands

– Under the SYRIZA government, immigrants feel the country is no longer hostile toward them

– Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi: There is a lot pressure within the European Union for a Grexit

– Gallup: The best places to live for gays and lesbians are in Europe as well as Uruguay

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– At least 120 police officers have died in Venezuela this year and it will continue to grow

– There are lessons to take from the uprising in Guatemala for here at home

Surveillance Planet

– There’s a new group embracing facial recognition technology: churches

Financial Matters

Part six of 10 with Robert Scheer, Truthdig editor-in-chief, on whether the elites are competent enough to deal with the problems of today

– Michael Roberts: “Lady Rothschild, Thomas Piketty and inclusive capitalism

Politics US

Washington USA

– Former U.S. military members called for drone strike operators to stop working

Part four of four with Dr. Salvadore Babones about benefits for workers and the necessity of action on climate change

– Glenn Greenwald: “Today’s Court Ruling, Though Expected, Is Still Shocking— Especially For Those Who Grew UP LGBT In the U.S.

– Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): The past 24 hours are some of “the darkest time” of our history; Hilarious

– Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R): Just get rid of the Supreme Court

– Louisiana District Attorney Buddy Caldwell: Nothing changed in the state in spite of the court’s ruling

Anytown USA

– Chelsea Manning: “Same-sex marriage isn’t equality for all LGBT people. Our movement can’t end

– A homophobic clerk in Texas refused to hand out gay marriage licenses

– Pew: Fifty-two percent of unmarried people in the LGBT community say they would like to marry

– Again, it is important to point out the history of South Carolina in shaping the tragic event like what happened at Emanuel AME Church

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study tied hydrofracking to an increase in infant mortality rates

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Teaching my daughter to cook does not make me a bad feminist

Essential reading on how Hillary Clinton is not a friend of U.S. women

Planet Earth

– Podemos, the leftist party in Spain, introduced a plan created with the help of economist Robert Pollin to provide thousands of green jobs for Spaniards

– Scientist Gerardo Ceballos joins The Real News to explain a study about the Sixth Extinction

A new study revealed warmer winters will not lead to fewer deaths

– Climate deniers believe the Paris summit this December is dangerous for the world

– Royal Dutch Shell sent drilling rigs to Alaska despite not getting all the federal permits

Mixed Bag

– Jason Leopold: “Now You Can Own the CIA’s Bizarre Osama bin Laden Doll and Board Game“; Yes please

Break Time

You Get What You Give [New Radicals]

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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.