The Roundup for July 29th, 2015

Been a while since punk was on the Roundup.

International Politics


– Secretary of State John Kerry said, if Congress stopped the agreement with Iran, Iran would seek nuclear weapons; FOR THE LAST TIME THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY INTENTIONS

– Of course, Kerry said it would be “the easiest decision in the world” to bomb Iran if they violate the agreement

– Peter Van Buren: “It’s Not a Nuclear-Armed Iran That Israel and Saudi Arabia Really Fear

Middle East

– Because of the Syrian Civil War, it is difficult to come across clean water to consume

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he looked forward for the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in November

– It was thanks to Israel, not Iran, that an arms race began in the Middle East decades ago

– An Iraqi Shi’ite militia leader criticized the U.S. as not being serious in the fight against the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, militias in the country are training teenagers to fight against ISIS


– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it is impossible to hold a peace process with the PKK

– The National Endowment for Democracy is now officially banned from working in Russia

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Ottawa, Canada, a memorial for Sandra Bland was defaced with the words “All Lives Matter”

– Journalists are facing a tense climate in Mexico with attacks and murders against them on the rise

– A former dealer of AK-47s now holds a new job as selling surveillance tools to Honduras

– Yesterday marked 100 years since the U.S. first entered Haiti for a “humanitarian occupation”

Surveillance Planet

Surveillance of garbage now exists, which worries privacy advocates as it could infringe on the rights of people

Financial Matters

– Economist Michael Roberts examines the limits of criticizing capitalism as short-term. Rather, contemporary capitalism is ineffective

– Pakistan received more money, specifically $336 million, from the U.S. in fighting the Taliban

– Home ownership rates are at their lowest levels after the release of the latest data on it

– Hedge funds who are owed by Puerto Rico say the commonwealth should cut its spending on teachers to pay them back

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sarah Jaffe: “Politicians Are Not Our Friends“; Something to keep in mind as 2016 looms near

– Of course the mainstream outlets, even liberal, prefer to give coverage to Donald Trump in spite of him being a joke

– Hillary Clinton did not say whether she would accept or reject Keystone XL if elected president

A new report found the Affordable Care Act improved access to health care coverage for millions of Americans

– Glenn Greenwald: “Dylann Roof Is Not a ‘Terrorist’ — But Animal Rights Activists Who Free Minks From Slaughter Are

– Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, when it comes to foreign policy, listens to a war-rabid, xenophobic, Islamophobic ex-Marine

Anytown USA

– Economist Richard Wolff and scholar Cornel West join Laura Flanders on The Laura Flanders Show to talk about race and capitalism

Part one of two with Bret Grote, legal director at the Abolitionist Law Center, on suspicions against the alliance between the left and right on ending mass incarceration; I too find any alliance between the left and right to have an agenda

– Dave Zirin: “Why Boston Was Compelled to Pull Its 2024 Olympic Bid

We Don’t Need No Education

– One in eight Americans hold student debt, which includes those who are elderly

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found companies “under-invest” in long-term cancer research because of the costs and time involved; Didn’t we see this too with an vaccine for Ebola?

– Gallup: While 52 percent of Americans do not believe drinking in moderation makes a difference, there are more folks who believe it is harmful than helpful for one’s health

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Trump thinks immigrants are rapists. What about married American men?

Excellent piece on sex workers and their efforts to stop authorities from shutting down a website they use

– Resistance against El Salvador’s draconian abortion law is growing, which is good to hear

Planet Earth

– Hold on to your seats. A new report found 40 percent of adults across the world have never heard of climate change

– Steve Horn: “New Report Reveals Corporate-Funded Hydra Head Blocking U.S. Renewable Energy

– Meteorologist Bob Henson joins The Real News to explain the latest weather events, essentially things getting hotter, and its link to climate change; Essentially the news is not good

– Juan Cole: “On Green Energy, Ethiopia Leaves U.S. in the Dust

Mixed Bag

– Extremely terrible American dentist decided to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe because how else can one show they are a horrible individual?

– Gallup: The higher one’s education, the more likely they are to continue their learning

– Pew: Fifteen percent of Americans do not use the internet and they are likely to be poor, old or rural

Break Time

Subliminal Fascism [Fishbone]

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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.