The Roundup for July 5-6th, 2015

Special Message

Hello folks, thought of doing something a little different in terms of the song by using a favorite from a live album I have.

As a side note, the Roundup will be on hiatus from July 7-22 as I’ll be out of the country. In the meantime, I sent three posts to Kevin to use for the rest of the week.

Once I return, things will be back to normal. Until then, enjoy today’s roundup and see you in three weeks.

Greece And the Giant Grexit (Special Referendum Edition)

– The results are in: 60 percent of Greeks voted Oxi against 40 percent

– Now what? Well here are five scenarios on the next steps

– Michael Roberts: “No! But what now?

– Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned from his position because of pressure from creditors

– German Financial Minister Wolfgang Schauble supported a “No” for Greece

– An EU official warned Greece faces catastrophe, essentially, if they vote “No”

– The SYRIZA government does not plan to introduce a parallel currency

– Eurozone countries failed in stopping the International Monetary Fund’s report on Greece’s dire fiscal situation

– Richard Wolff: “Greece Needs Our Solidarity in Its Struggle Against Austerity

International Politics


– Secretary of State John Kerry: Talks between P5+1 and Iran can go either way

– FIFA President Sepp Blatter: Both France and Germany pressured FIFA over World Cup hosting

– Western governments allowed the massacre of Srebrencia, Bosnia, 20 years ago to secure a better peace deal

Middle East

– At least 30 people in north Yemen were killed by Saudi-led airstrikes

Asia and Oceania

– The late 1960s and early 1970s saw U.S. bombs attacking Laos. Those bombs still remain in the country today

– Despite tensions with China, Japan decided to join the U.S. and Australia for their war games exercises


– A journalist in Egypt? Want to cover terrorism but not use the government’s statistics? That may result in jail time 


– In spite of whatever the Labour Party does, it cannot become a united leftist group in the UK

– In Denmark, meanwhile, the left needs to focus on ensuring the right does not gain significant power

– Earlier this month, Spain essentially implemented a law barring protests and taking photos of police brutality

– Furthermore, a Spanish official warned there is a “high risk of a terror attack” against the country; First U.S., then U.K., now Spain

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa: We will defend our revolution against the ultra-right

– U.S. presence in Guatemala is forcing the government there to become more militarized

Surveillance Planet

– Since the 2005 London bombings, surveillance in the UK just keeps growing and growing and growing…

– Documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal top Brazilians lawmakers were spied on by the NSA

Financial Matters

– Professor Robert Pollin joins The Real News to explain the potential of green jobs for Europe amid draconian austerity

– Things went awry for African and Latin American countries after the 1980s. Why? Banks

– Robert Reich: “How to Punish Bank Felons

Politics US

Part 10 of 10 with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer about Americans giving up their narrow view of the world

– Donald Trump: My campaign is hurting my brand 

– Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., criticized Trump’s comments on immigrants, who fired right back. Meanwhile, Rick Perry also criticized Trump over the same

– Hillary Clinton: China essentially hacks into “everything that doesn’t move in America”; And so the real Clinton shows her face

– The campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, raised more than $14 million in three months

– While President Barack Obama signed an anti-BDS bill into law earlier this month, it won’t stop the movement from growing

– Arun Gupta: “What Does It Mean to Call Dylann Roof a ‘Terrorist’?

We Don’t Need No Education

– Charter schools in Colorado are able to hire and fire teachers at their free will. Of course, state officials rewarded them with $46 million

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found consumption of sugary drinks may lead to death because of diabetes or cardiovascular disease

– Sierra Leone officials, as well as folks from international health organization, warned people not to have sex as Ebola can still be transmitted 

The Second Sex

– The FIFA Women’s World Cup ended yesterday and the inequality of benefits for women throughout the tournament cannot be ignored

– Hillary Clinton, once again, is not a candidate that will help women

Planet Earth

– Megadroughts are our future should our system not change any time soon

An interview with Greenpeace International activist Ben Stewart on the Arctic and efforts by oil companies to drill there

– Hydrofracking is growing in Mexico, which is making residents affected by it unhappy

– Here in the U.S., environmentalists demand fracking companies reveal chemicals involved in the process

– Just look at Vernal, Utah, where growth of fracking is correlated with growth of stillborn deaths

Mixed Bag

– Reddit CEO Ellen Pao apologized to users for “letting [them] down”

Break Time

– Acerina [Los de Abajo]

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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.