The Roundup for July 28th, 2015

Almost the end of the month. Keep those suggestions coming, folks.

International Politics


– Israel hopes to use the Syrian Civil War to bolster its energy independence

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: I think Sepp Blatter should get the Nobel Peace Prize; *Spits out drink*

– The United Nations suspended its health programs in Iraq because of lack of funding

– Both the U.S. and Turkey pledged to kick out the Islamic State from northern Syria; Easier said than done

Middle East

– Even the Jewish community in Iran find Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ridiculous when it comes to the agreement with Iran

– Chris Hedges: “Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

– A Saudi official criticized Iran’s “aggressive statements” on Bahrain, an ally of Saudi Arabia

Asia and Oceania

– Tim Shurrock: “Could Japan Become America’s New Proxy Army?

– Despite Malaysia’s issues with child labor, the Obama administration insists on making them a TPP member


– Why doesn’t President Barack Obama call for the release of journalists jailed by the Ethiopian government?

So much for the Yemeni ceasefire as Saudi-led airstrikes and clashes continued in the country

– Libya is running out of foreign reserves, so it is scrambling to get Moammar Qaddafi’s billions stored overseas


– Dr. Panagiotis Sotiris, a member of Antarsya, talks to The Real News about current failures with Syriza and a possible future for the Greek left

– Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek financial minister, admitted there was a plan to create a parallel currency in Greece

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to talk about the new chapter in U.S.-Cuban relations and what is needed next

– In Mexico, searching for the 43 missing students led authorities to find 129 bodies

– Haitians in the Dominican Republic are still under attack in spite of the major press coverage given on them

– Chilean President Michelle Bachelet: Chileans must not be silent over crimes committed by those working under the Pinochet dictatorship

– The State Department removed Cuba from a list of countries failing to stop human trafficking

Surveillance Planet

– The Obama administration said the NSA would destroy the millions of calls it collected of Americans

Financial Matters

– Michael Roberts: “Grexit, De Long and the wages of Sinn

A new report found very rich millionaires prefer going to the United Kingdom as a safe haven

– Another new study found rich families in the UK create a glass ceiling to ensure their children succeed over poorer ones

Part two of two with economist James Weeks about Greece and the difficulties it faces in the world in having a stable economy

– The International Monetary Fund warned the eurozone faces “negative shocks” should the status quo be upheld

– Richard Wolff: “What do Angela Merkel and Mitt Romney have in common?“; Like Roberts, Wolff is one of my favorite Marxist economists and, again like Roberts, a darn good one

– Foreign direct investment in all Arab states, overall, fell by 8 percent last year

– Economist Gerald Epstein joins The Real News to discuss a report he co-authored on banking five years after passage of the Dodd-Frank law; Much more needs to be done to stop irrational bankers

– Dean Baker: “Social Security Trustees’ Report Lacks the Usual Panic

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Economist Robert Pollin joins The Real News to explain the Fight for 15 movement and why economists should support it; Sign me up

– France’s economy minister said all legislation pertaining to taxis must adapt to Uber; This is a country historically seen as left

– Michelle Chen: “Zero Waste Remains a Dirty Business

– A union representing teaching assistants and student workers at the University of California called for the AFL-CIO to end its association with the police

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Obama: The Republicans lack “seriousness, decorum and honesty”

– Actually, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is out-of-touch with the Cuban community as his policies are not popular among them

– Good news as a new poll finds Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., beating major GOP candidates

– Jason Leopold: “The CIA Paid This Contractor $40 Million to Review Torture Documents“; The contractor is Centra, a favorite among the U.S. establishment

– Evan Kohlmann is a terrorism expert on major news networks. Evan Kohlmann also is also paid by the government

– A Super PAC tied to Rick Santorum released the first negative campaign ad

– Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, called for the head of the Internal Revenue Service to be removed

Anytown USA

– Wait, Scientologists successfully lobbied Texas Governor Greg Abbott from stopping a bill allowing hospitals to detain dangerous people with mental health issues?

– So far, this year, there have been 206 mass shootings in the U.S., which is insanely a lot

– Democrats and Republicans sure were eager in giving the Milwaukee Bucks tax breaks

– The city of Boston will drop its bid to host the 2024 Olympics

– A group of independent attorneys said they would investigate the death of Sandra Bland

– A judge ruled Citizens United, the group, must disclose its donors if it wants to get money in New York

We Don’t Need No Education

– Teachers in Chile ended their seven-week strike over a potential bill tying pay to performance. Now, their union will negotiate with the government

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Less Americans are avoiding salt and fat in their diets; I wonder why…

– Dahr Jamail: “Sounds of War: Navy Warplanes Producing Deadly Noise Around US Bases

– Around 100,000 beekeepers in Germany called for a ban on cultivating genetically modified crops

– Sure, DDT is banned, but we still have Monsanto’s Roundup

The Second Sex

– Planned Parenthood said hackers are attempting to take data of its employees

Planet Earth

– Hillary Clinton pledged to install half a billion solar panels to combat climate change; All for show

– In the future, a major earthquake with strike the Northwest of the U.S., which would hold catastrophic consequences. Scientists already know the Cascadia fault shifts, although are unsure when it will to cause such a quake

A new study found coastal cities around the U.S. will be affected by flooding more than initially expected

– Companies like Google and Goldman Sachs pledged, all together, $140 billion to curb climate change’s effects

– Norway wants to be the “green battery of Europe” and engineers are planning projects to make it a reality; Sounds like a very ambitious plan

Mixed Bag

– The Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on admitting leaders who are gay

– Gallup: The higher one’s income, the more likely they are to drink

– How can one not forget rebels in the South who defected from the Confederacy?

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