The Roundup for August 1st, 2015

Special Announcement

This is my last Roundup for Firedoglake, something I did not expect to write a few months ago. Even the song for today is something I always knew would be good to place for the end, but never expected it so soon.

I feel, perhaps as you, somber. I carried a rich tradition here with the Roundup. It was David Dayen who started the Roundup with this post. Afterward, fatster took over with her first ever Roundup post here. Then I took over with my first post on September 12th, 2013. (Let’s not forget Christy Hardin Smith’s contributions with this first post here)

Now it ends with me. As sad as I am, I am thankful for the opportunity. I often loathe to hear my voice, which is why you rarely see me comment on things as compared to my early days. Yet, I must say the Roundup is all the work of you, the readers. The ones who offered their suggestions, their comments and, surprisingly, tolerated me at the helm.

Thank you. It really means a lot to me.

And thank you to Ellie Elliott and Jane Hamsher, two people I owe a lot in my life.

The Roundup is on hiatus indefinitely. Perhaps it may return, perhaps not. For now, Farewell and Goodnight.

One more thing, please support Shadowproof. We must always support independent media and new outlets are always good to help. We do not know the future, but we do hold the power to shape it into what we want it to be.

International Politics


– The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency will meet with American lawmakers over concerns with the P5+1-Iran international agreement

– NATO will create an aid program to help Iraq’s security and infrastructure against threats like Russia; When was Russia a threat to Iraq?

– Journalist Ali Abunimah joins The Real News to discuss the politics behind the decision to release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard

Middle East

– A Palestinian baby and his mother were burned to death by Israeli settlers

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned it along with the White House as well as the United Nations

– The European Union asked Israel to show “zero tolerance” for any settler violence

– A 19-year-old Palestinian, recently engaged, was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers earlier this week

– The ultra-Orthodox man who stabbed six people at a gay pride rally in Israel began to lash out at a court hearing

– The hardliners in Iran are questioning the agreement with the West

Asia and Oceania

– There is talk of a major split within the Taliban because of new leadership disputes


– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras defended Yanis Varoufakis over the Plan B created to help Greece

– Costas Giannopoulos, president of The Smile of a Child, joins The Real News to discuss austerity’s consequences in Greece and his organization’s efforts there

– Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered the death of a spy

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Hillary Clinton advocated for an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba

Surveillance Planet

– NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said companies like Apple should defend themselves from the White House over encryption issues

– Two German journalists are under investigation for treason over reporting on expansion of German surveillance

– WikiLeaks revealed the U.S. spied not only on the Japanese government, but companies too

Financial Matters

An interesting article about the role of the Chinese state in regards to the Chinese stock market, including the contradictions of the market itself

– Today’s “sharing economy” is actually just creating temp jobs that are not stable and do not provide a lot of security for workers. Yet, Wall Street loves it

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “How Childcare Actually Causes Poverty in America

– In the second quarter, wages only grew by 0.2 percent, which is a new low

– The National Labor Review Board ruled the U.S. Postal Service cannot contract work to Staples

Politics US

Washington USA

Excellent analysis from historian Rick Perlstein on why you cannot take the media’s analysis of the GOP presidential race seriously as the rich are the ones who choose

– Had the U.S. defaulted in a debt-ceiling crisis, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would have profited off of it

– The Apache are fighting lawmakers and officials in order to protect their land from mining interests

– Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will need to work in order to persuade non-white Democratic votes that he is their candidate

– Hillary Clinton’s campaign succeeded in implementing a no-fly zone over her campaign launch on Roosevelt Island

– It is all fun and games when you read the TSA’s behavior detection program newsletter

Anytown USA

– Dylann Roof plead not guilty to federal hate crime charges

– Instagram, a popular social media service, temporarily blocked “#SandraBland” because of hate speech

Solidarity among the black community can be effective in fighting against the state’s violent racism

– The two other officers who saw Samuel DuBose fatally shot by another officer will not face charges

– Journalists Luke Broadwater and Jayne Miller join The Real News to discuss problems within Baltimore city government after the death of Freddie Gray

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Center for Disease Control warned 40 percent of teenage girls, as well as 60 percent of boys, did not get vaccines for HPV

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “The latest anti-choice move: try to take custody of a woman’s fetus

– To reduce sexual harassment against women in Egypt, pink taxis were introduced

Planet Earth

– Bill McKibben: “People Will Remember Shell Oil As a Symbol of Planet-Destroying Greed

New research finds it is possible to make greenhouse gas emission cuts, although the problem is the political will to do so

– Activists in Portland hailed a win against Shell Oil in a recent demonstration and called it a “historic achievement”

Mixed Bag

– The Onion: “Black Man Bids Tearful Goodbye To Family Before Daily Commute

Break Time

Farewell and Goodnight [The Smashing Pumpkins]

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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.