The Roundup for June 30th, 2015

Goodbye June!

Greece And The Giant Grexit

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: Greece will not be kicked out of the euro

– Meanwhile, leaders throughout Europe say otherwise if the referendum comes back as “no”; Vote no anyway

– European Council President Donald Tusk: No EU member state is willing to bailout Greece

A new poll found 57 percent of Greeks favor what the creditors are proposing

Part one of two with attorney Dimitri Lascaris and professor Leo Panitch about the Greek referendum

– International Monetary Fund head Christina Laguarde: If Greece does not give our payment on June 30, then there will be no more lending

– The White House, in regards to Greece, said the Greek government must “keep their commitments”

– What does China think about Greece? They want it to stay in the euro

International Politics


– Russian President Vladimir Putin: The Middle East must fight against the Islamic State and support the Syrian government

Middle East

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi “retired” the army’s chief of staff, certainly over the failed strategy against ISIS

– The United Nations’ cultural organization condemned ISIL for its destruction of World Heritage sites, which they cite as war crimes

Asia and Oceania

– The State Department will send, once again, to Bahrain even though the country engages in repression


– Amnesty International released a report on the “all-out repression” in Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi


– Juan Cole: “The Truth Behind the Turkish Police Attack on Istanbul’s Gay Pride Parade

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Pew: Brazilians now view the U.S. more favorably than a year ago

– Does Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff still view NSA spying as a problem? Nah

– Meanwhile, a Brazilian official warned, if lawmakers lower the age of criminal responsibility, the terrible prison system will get worse; Context for readers: Lawmakers are usually right-wing on issues like crime and prefer mano dura (“firm hand”)

Financial Matters


– Saqib Bhatti, fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, joins The Real News to explain bankruptcy in regards to Detroit and Chicago and the real conversation that needs to be talked about

– New economic data found U.S. income inequality slightly shrank because of hiring

– Dean Baker: “The Federal Reserve Board, Jobs and the Rewriting of Economic History

– Professor Deepankar Basu joins The Real News to discuss the strange inverse correlation between calorie intake and income in India

– Robert Reich: “Economic Apartheid in America

– Puerto Rican Governor Alejandra Garcia Padilla: Puerto Rico cannot pay all of its debt and we will default; Quick, convert into a bank so you can get a bailout because the White House said there is none for you now

Labor’s a-Brewing

A new report found 53 percent of workers feel burnt out at their job

Politics US

Washington USA

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down the EPA’s regulations of toxins caused by coal-fired power plants; Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion so yes it was very bad

– SCOTUS, also in a 5-4 decision, essentially ruled against gerrymandering

– In another 5-4 decision, SCOTUS approved use of a controversial drug for executions in Oklahoma

– Bobby Jindal, (apparently) governor of Louisiana, said the U.S. can face a Greece-like situation with the Democrats; Yes, apples equal oranges, Bobby. Sound logic

– Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the U.S. must continue its efforts to get military gear into space and not depend on Russia

– President Barack Obama could sign an executive order to stop dark money. He could…

– Still, Obama prefers focusing on international trade deals because legacy or something

– Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said “the left” wanted to take down the Confederate flag and “delegitimize the fabulous accomplishments of our country”;…what

– The FBI will investigate fires at black churches across the U.S.

– The Center for Security Policy, an influential right-wing think tank, essentially believes Islam is bad and terrorism runs amok in it

Anytown USA

– Pew: Fifty-seven percent of Americans say they would not be upset if they found out their child was gay

– Dave Zirin: “Proposal: The Bree Newsome Olympic Challenge

– In terms of good news, a man in Florida accused of terrorism because of his book collection was set free

– New York police commissioner William Bratton: We can do our own reforms

The Second Sex

– Sarah Jaffe: “The Last Thing White Women Need Is a Dylann Roof

– In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS issued a stay on an anti-abortion law in Texas and a decision on it will be made next year

Planet Earth

– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: The current negotiations on climate change are moving “at a snail’s pace”

– Dahr Jamail: “Sixth Great Mass Extinction Event Begins; 2015 on Pace to Become Hottest Year on Record

– There are concerns with the nuclear power plants in Fukushima as they are acting up again

– It is official: New York State banned hydrofracking

Mixed Bag

– Looking for a documentary to watch? The Real News is hosting one on resistance in Honduras post-2009 coup

– NBC officially cut ties with Donald Trump after his insults directed at Mexicans

– Kit O’Connell: “US Still Bans, Suppresses Books Despite The First Amendment

Break Time

Become Ocean [Seattle Symphony Orchestra]

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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.