The Roundup for July 31st, 2015

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International Politics


– Journalist Patrick Cockburn joins The Real News to talk about Turkey’s role in the West’s fight against the Islamic State and the potential of it to jeopardize the situation

– The Pentagon denied allegations that U.S.-trained rebels were captured in Syria

– Private military contractors are the ones in charge of the U.S. military’s drones

Middle East

– At a gay pride rally in Tel Aviv, Israel, an ultra-Orthodox man stabbed six people before being arrested

– Israel passed a law allowing the force-feeding of Palestinians prisoners

– The PKK is prepared to fight against Turkey as the writing on the wall is clear

Asia and Oceania

– Afghanistan is the victim of a failed strategy by the U.S. since 2001

– Juan Cole: “If the Taliban Reconquer Afghanistan, Does It Matter If Mullah Omar Died?

– Meanwhile, a U.S. watchdog group warned Afghan institutions are not ready to lead the country


– Maurice Carney, executive director of Friends of the Congo, joins The Real News to talk about President Barack Obama’s visit throughout Africa and what the president neglected to mention

– The United Nations will try again in getting peace talks in Libya


– For those, like me, unsure about the hullabaloo in Greece, I strongly suggest Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin’s article documenting, clearly, what the overall situation is in Greece

– Lawyer Dimitri Lascaris joins The Real News to question the intentions of the article highlighting a parallel currency system previously thought by Greek officials and the aftermath of it in Greece

– The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean needs an immediate solution or else suffering will continue 

– For refugees in Germany, there is a mixed reaction to their presence

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– There is a shortage of hotel rooms for tourists coming to see the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As a result, favelas are renting out to tourists

– Venezuela occupied the largest food warehouse and accused the firm of hoarding food

A caricature of Barack Obama at a switchboard, listening to people's phone calls on various mobile phone networks. (Flickr / Donkey Hotey)

A caricature of Barack Obama at a switchboard, listening to people’s phone calls on various mobile phone networks. (Flickr / Donkey Hotey)

Surveillance Planet

– A German court ruled Facebook cannot force users in the country to use their real news

A new report from the Department of Justice found tech companies, after disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, are less likely to share information with the government

– A lawsuit was filed against the U.S. government to reveal how and why it spies on journalists

– Meanwhile, the Obama administration is acting more hostile to Apple and Google

– Google is refusing to follow a French court’s order for users to be forgotten

Financial Matters

– Dynasty trusts allow the rich to transfer their money to their children and avoid it from being redistributed

– The International Monetary Fund will give $1.24 billion to Iraq in an emergency loan because of the ISIS threat along with low oil prices

– Meanwhile, the IMF refused to join any bailout of Greece unless debt relief is given

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Hillary Clinton supports $12 per hour and not $15 per hour because it is a “high number out there”

Politics US

Washington USA

– Jimmy Carter: The U.S. is a country run by oligarchs “with unlimited political bribery”

– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, joins The Real News to talk about the international deal with Iran and why it is likely to survive Congress

– The Department of Defense loves TV so much so that it influences it whenever shows use military equipment

– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): Donald Trump’s surge is a “temporary loss of sanity”

– In 1985, the FBI created a database to help catch criminals. The problem is that it is not well-known

– Glenn Greenwald: “Listen to WSJ’s Bret Stephens Secretly Plot With “Pro-Israel” Evangelical Group Against Iran Deal

– A new study finds, well confirms, right-wing whites are the real terrorists Americans should fear

– Sen. Thom Tills, R-N.C., said the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not friendly to tobacco interests

– David Dayen: “Two Big Reasons Hillary Clinton Isn’t Taking Elizabeth Warren’s Revolving-Door Dare

– A Super-PAC tied to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is accepting money from defense contractors

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Fifty-eight percent of Americans say smoking in public places should be illegal

– Activist Iris Roley joins The Real News to discuss the death of Samuel Dubose by a police officer

A new study found people without experience using handguns are awful at using them

We Don’t Need No Education

– Education reformers, essentially corporate figures, are amassing victories in New York and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can push back against this; What about the teachers union in NYC?

The Second Sex

One in 10 leaders of nations around the world are women; Good to hear, although some of them, like Angela Merkel, do not mean well

– The United Nations still paid millions to a Russian aviation firm despite one of the latter’s crews involved in a rape

Planet Earth

– Author Margaret Atwood writes on how our society will inevitably change as a result of our energy consumption and climate change. The question, however, is how will it change

– Regulators in California said the state was able to conserve more water than expected

– An investigation into the death of Cecil the lion was launched by U.S. investigators

Mixed Bag

– Air Canada will allow its customers who are students to use frequent flyer miles to pay off tuition

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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.