The Roundup for July 23rd, 2015

I have returned. What did I miss?

International Politics


– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: I will “kill myself” to ensure the P5+1-Iran is stopped

– Journalist Nick Fillmore joins The Real News to explain the financial deficits behind the Pan-Am Games in Canada

– The U.N. envoy to Syria blamed the government for air strikes causing destruction in one Syrian town

Middle East

– Remember a few months ago how the U.S. built an extremely expensive facility in Afghanistan that was never used? Well, it was not the first time they did that

– The U.S. government is still covering up alleged sexual abuse of Iraqi children at Abu Ghraib

Asia and Oceania

– A State Department official believes land disputes in the South China Sea will grow


– A court in Egypt sentenced Hosni Mubarak to five years in prison over corruption


An interview with a member of SYRIZA, specifically the left bloc, on challenging the troika’s demand

– Meanwhile, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces internal SYRIZA dissent over his recent actions

– Interpol announced Viktor Yanukovych is no longer on their most wanted list

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Pew: A majority of Americans support re-establishing relations between the U.S. and Cuba along with lifting the embargo

– Officials in Brazil are unsure whether 35 people died because of police or gangs

Surveillance Planet

– It is not easy to remove one’s profile from Ashley Madison, especially when the person never created it in the first place

Financial Matters

– The insurance industry would take a major hit if there was an oil spill in the Arctic

– Economist Mark Weisbrot joins The Real News to discuss America’s role over the Greek crisis in the EU

– The European Central Bank provided more liquidity to Greek banks ahead of a vote on reforms

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “New York Fast-Food Workers Win Their Fight for $15

– Teachers with the American Federations of Teachers do not support Hillary Clinton at all; Good

– The University of California will provide $15 per hour for its workers

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Forty-eight percent of Americans disapprove of the deal with Iran and P5+1, while 38 percent approve

– Speaker of the House John Boehner: We will do “everything possible” to stop the deal

– Expect the Israeli lobby to spend millions to ensure it is stopped

– General Wesley Clark: We should round up all “radicalized” Americans and put them in camps

– Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is positioning himself as aggressively as possible in regards to foreign policy

– Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): President Barack Obama, just like Donald Trump, has “no class

– Rick Perry: Donald Trump is a “cancer on conservatism

– The 2010 Dodd-Frank law is good, although it needs some improvements

– Regulations will come for oil trains, although they won’t be so strong thanks to lobbying done by the rail industry

– Lee Fang: “Lobbyists Fundraising for Clinton, Bush, Rubio and Kasich Are Coworkers

– Vice President Joseph Biden: Let us take private money out of politics to enact liberal policies; …Aren’t you the Vice President? Don’t you, you know, have sway?

Anytown USA

– Police officials in Texas deny dash-cam footage of Sandra Blake’s violent arrest was doctored

– The officer who arrested Blake said he would “light her up”

– Dave Zirin: “Scott Walker Is Trolling Us

Definitely important to note how black immigrants are treated in the U.S., especially in detention centers

– Thanks to police misconduct, taxpayers provided more than $1 billion in cases related to it since 2010

– Rania Khalek: “ADL honor for St. Louis police ahead of Ferguson anniversary sparks outrage

– The family of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the shooter whom killed four marines at Chattanooga, Tenn., said Abdulazeez suffered from depression and shame over a drunk driving accident

– Despite calling Abdulazeez a “homegrown domestic terrorist,” the FBI is unsure whether he was radicalized

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, they are suffering from a mental health issues

– Natasha Lennard: “‘He is sane’: James Holmes’ trial showed that the insanity plea is a mess

The Second Sex

– Planned Parenthood, unfortunately, is defending themselves from a made-up claim created by anti-abortion activists

– Good to hear an anti-abortion law in North Dakota was stopped by a federal appeals court

Planet Earth

– Canadian officials are interested in shipping crude oil through the Arctic

A new study found the most climate change skeptics in Australia

Another study found U.S. carbon emissions declined because of the recession, rather than the turn to natural gas

– Steve Horn: “FBI Advisory: Oil Trains At Risk of “Extremist” Attack, But Lacks “Specific Information” To Verify

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: Only 59 percent of Americans favor Pope Francis, down from 76 percent

– Good to hear scientists in the UK found a drug slowing down Alzheimer’s disease

– Donald Trump: “Admit It: You People Want To See How Far This Goes, Don’t You?

– A new poll found Citizen Kane to be considered the greatest film of all time

– Glenn Greenwald: “The Spirit of Judy Miller is Alive and Well at the NYT, and It Does Great Damage

Break Time

Back in the USSR [Paul McCartney]

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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.