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The Roundup for July 30th, 2015

Some smooth Latin sounds for the morning.

International Politics

Overall

– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, joins The Real News to question U.S. intentions when partnering with Turkey against the Islamic State

– President Barack Obama’s tour throughout Africa was just a shaming tour 

– Lee Fang: “Turkey’s Political Influence Felt as Washington Turns Its Back on Kurds Fighting ISIS

Middle East

– Dave Zirin: “An Open Letter to the NBA Players Traveling to Israel

– Even the United Nations believes it is too soon to have peace talks in Syria

Asia and Oceania

– Afghanistan said Mullah Oman, the head of the Taliban, died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital

– A Japanese official warned China’s use of artificial islands for military purposes will make the South China Sea under Chinese control

Europe 

– John Kiriakou, CIA whistleblower, writes on the state of Greece after implementation of austerity

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– While palm oil may be good for Guatemala’s economy, it is not for the rest of the population

– Greg Grandin: “Leopoldo López Is Not Venezuela’s Savior“; Hear, hear

Financial Matters

– Pew: Sixty-seven percent of Millennials live independently, which is down from 71 percent in 2007

– Economist Stephanie Blankenburg joins The Real News to talk about financial speculation, debt and the role of nations; Come to think of it, such a topic is very under-reported in the media

– Foreign investors are rubbing their hands in glee once sanctions against Iran are lifted as they can enter the private equity market

– Saudi Arabia holds more weight in influencing global oil prices than the U.S. would admit if the oil export ban is lifted; I guess…

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Because of the 2007-08 Great Recession, more Americans are entering into the exploitative “Underground Economy”

– Michelle Chen: “New Trade Deal Could Undermine Migrant Labor Rights“; She means TISA

– Good news for workers in Chicago as a court ruled pension cuts for such city workers are unconstitutional

– Workers at JFK and LaGuardia Airport can vote to be a part of a union after threatening to go on strike

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Forty-eight percent of Americans favor the Supreme Court, which 43 percent do not; Surprising figures

– The FBI announced it would be a part of the investigation on the death of Sandra Bland

– Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR): “Congress’ fix for high-profile hacks is yet another way to grab your private data

– The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is slowing down and, once primary season ends, it’ll lose to Hillary Clinton

– Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., was charged in a case pertaining to political corruption, which he denied he ever engaged in it

– A report for the Department of Homeland Security warned kicking off extremists on Twitter may lead them to become lone wolf

– Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wondered why Americans were not rioting in the street over the high government debt

Anytown USA

– Melissa Gira Grant: “Young, Black, Trans, Arrested: How Women Like Meagan Taylor Are Made Invisible

– Sure, it is good to see the gay community get victories. Although, the same effort to get those victories must happen for the trans community

– Journalist Rosa Clemente joins The Real News to talk about the Movement for Black Lives conference in Cleveland, which she attended

– Sandra Bland suffered from such a common problem faced by blacks in the U.S.: Driving while black

– Los Angeles needs an civilian oversight board to check the police in regards to brutality; It’s needed nation-wide

– Natasha Lennard: “Why focusing on suicide in the deaths of Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman misses the point

– Sam Dubose was killed by a police office in Ciccinnati, although video from the body camera the latter used cannot be released. Regardless, the officer was indicted for murder

– According to federal officials, there is a sex trafficking epidemic in the U.S. with Americans children involved

We Don’t Need No Education

– What does the state of Georgia do with children with behavioral issues? Segregate them from their peers and place them in below-adequate schools used decades ago for black children under Jim Crow

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– South Korea announced the “de facto end” to the MERS virus

The Second Sex

– Professor Kimberle Crenshaw joins The Real News to explain why black women also matter with the Black Lives Matter movement

– Republicans in Congress want to remind you they will fight to defund Planned Parenthood because it is definitely the most important issues of all time

– Rolling Stone, along with others, was sued by three former University of Virginia students for last year’s article about a rape

– Mexico sent a “gender alert” because of the high attacks and murders of women within a Mexican state

Planet Earth

– By 2050, there will be nearly 10 billion people on this planet

A new report finds coal is not helpful for humanity as it brings a lot of problems in spite of what politicians say

– Hillary Clinton said she was “skeptical” about drilling in the Arctic

– Activists in Portland are dangling from a bridge to stop a Shell vessel from going to the Arctic

– Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but fossil fuel interests still hold sway in stopping divestment

– Earlier this week, major companies pledged billions to stop climate change. Although, it was done for show

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: Sixty-four percent of Americans drink one or more cups of coffee per day

– Alec Baldwin, who wrote in The Nation’s 150th anniversary issue to praise them, said he would “love” to see Donald Trump become president; Liberalism shows its true form

– Gallup: More than 55 percent of Americans exercise for 30+ minutes per day at least three days a week

– Actually, rabbits do not really breed like rabbits in spite of the myth

Break Time

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