Hello folks, how are you? As we finish the end of this month, I’m open for suggestions for improving the Roundup. It has been two months and I feel like it is time to see what I could improve on. Any suggestions, criticisms?

International Politics

Overall

- Gallup: 50 percent of Americans state the current conflict between Russia and the U.S. means a return to the Cold War; Moreover, 68 percent of Americans view Russia as “unfriendly” or as an “enemy”

- For us to understand the situation in Ukraine with Western power players, the history of the 2011 conflict in Libya provides us valuable lessons on the power players

- The UN rejected the annexation of Crimea by Russia by declaring it as illegitimate

- During the meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama, they agreed on the poor (that’s rich of Obama) and disagreed on issues like birth control

Middle East

- Richard Falk, UN rapporteur on human rights, has said Israel is guilty of apartheid and committing human rights violations in Palestine

- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon states 49 percent of chemicals by the Syrian government has been removed

- Meanwhile, in the oil-rich east of Syria, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Islamic rebels have clashed for control of it

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during his visit to Afghanistan that the country is an occupied nation

26 people have died in Baghdad, Iraq as a result of bombings from ISIS; I’m tired of this lack of accountability for those who caused this mess in the first place

Asia and Oceania

- The UN has announced an investigation into the war crimes in Sri Lanka during the civil war

Africa

- Juan Cole: “Egypt: Al-Sisi’s run for President: Bonapartism and Gulf Oil Money

Europe

- A major problem in France is happening where the National Front, a far-right party, is starting to win over people and get votes.

- A new study on Europe found “serious deprivation” of youths in Greece as the trust in the government falls

- It now seems Youtube is blocked in Turkey amid concerns from the national government of “national security

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- Gallup: A majority of people in Latin American feel Pope Francis brings hope to the poor and reform to the Catholic Church

- President Nicolas Maduro announced he is okay with an outside facilitator to talks with the opposition

- The Argentinian government will commit to austerity, which has led to people going out in the streets asking to stop this

- Census data has found the population in Puerto Rico has been dropping as the recession there still persists

Surveillance Planet

- Since 2009 (remember that’s Barack Obama’s first year in office), government requests for Google user data has jumped 120 percent

- President Obamaformally proposed to end the data collection of phone calls; Why can’t he just refuse to reauthorize as some have been saying?

Financial Matters

- Robert Reich: “Billionaires Are Warping Our Political System

- The CEO of Reddit said the main base behind Bitcoin is full of “crazy libertarians“; I would like to add most of them are white

- One federal judge recommends dismissing a lawsuit against Bank of America for committing fraud against investors as the argument from the government was not sufficient

Labor’s a-Brewing

- It appears likely the state of Connecticut will the first to have a minimum wage of $10.10 for all workers

- Fantastic to hear how teachers are striking in different countries over the state of education and what could be done to bring it here

- Dave Zirin: “The Northwestern University Football Union and the NCAA’s Death Spiral

- Domino’s has agreed to pay workers after it admitted to committing “wage theft

Politics US

Washington USA

- Congress passed a new bill to give $1 billion in aid to Ukraine to help it amid Russia conflict

- Pew: Support for Obamacare has fallen among Hispanics from 61 percent (in September 2013) to 47 percent

- The Democratic Party has the ideas to talk progressive, but accept Wall Street funds. It’s causing such contradictions to make it unpopular in the polls.

- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) believes it’s a great idea for the Pentagon to get more Tomahawk missiles and not reduce it; Paul is a fraud engaged in manipulating his base for his own political goals and should not be trusted

- Amy Goodman: “Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

- Nine more Air Force officers have been removed, along with one resignation, over the cheating scandal in the Air force

- If the Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby, then one major winner may be the Koch Brothers, which I am sure I do not have to explain why that is troubling

- Ralph Nader: “Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

- The Department of Justice announces a new program to help train cops how to work with transgender cops

Anytown USA

- A new report out found early registration for voters makes them more motivated to vote

- Here are four small towns as examples where the militarization of the police made situations become ridiculous and pathetic with pointless injuries and, unfortunately, deaths

- A lawsuit in Milwaukee, Wis. alleges police officers killed the dogs of a woman after they entered looking for “dangerous animals.” They found only turtles inside if you’re curious.

- An actual Marxist and author talks on how the right-wing’s talk against socialism may be helpful after all

- David Coombs states the trial for Chelsea Manning was not a fair trial and announced he will no longer be representing her

We Don’t Need No Education

- Part three of four with Andy Shallal on how more work is needed to help low-income black children even with the increase on test scores in DC

- With the unspeakable $1 trillion student loan debt, it signifies the major gap in wealth in the U.S.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- Interested in knowing how your county is faring in your state on health, income or other relevant factors? This interactive provides much-needed data on all of it.

- A much-needed article on why we are not discussing the skyrocketing rate of suicides in our country, caused by capitalism of course

- In genetically modified plants, according to this study, there are “extreme levels” of Roundup, a herbicide, which is becoming a norm in the industry

The Second Sex

- A court in Texas rules abortion restrictions in the state do not jeopardize the health of a woman; Are…are you serious?

- In Tennessee, lawmakers want to jail pregnant women who take drugs rather than help them out

- Highlighting the problem in journalism with not enough women and how Foreign Policy attempted to answer this question with a panel full of mostly men

- It is weird to hear how, during Occidental College’s sexual assault investigation, break-ins and hacks occurred against it

- In Mexico, activists are asking for help in the international community for women who are sometimes forced to give birth out in the street

Planet Earth

- Further discussion on the oil spill in Galveston Bay that is endangering wildlife and the environment there

- Here’s another thing that will happen if climate change isn’t stopped, salamanders will shrink

- During the search for the missing MH370 plane, investigators have found a whole lot of trash in the ocean

- What is dangerous is how after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the decision to stick by nuclear power is not questioned by officials in Japan

- If Keystone XL is not fully built (cause the southern part already is), then there’s a “Part B” in place to push for

Mixed Bag

- Scientists have found a new dwarf planet beyond Pluto. They’ve given it the name of “Biden” after Joseph Biden (ouch…)

- “G7 Unable To Get Deposit Back On Shipment Of ‘G8 Summer Getaway’ T-Shirts

Break Time

- Rebel Rebel