Howdy folks, it’s a Wednesday today so the week is half way done!
- As in the U.S., the issue of racism against Palestinians in Israel is a topic major media outlets either refuse to discuss or ignore
- What Vladimir Putin is doing is playing a chess game and attempting to avoid war, which is different from what Washington’s policies are doing
- Pew: Countries polled by Pew Research Center in the Middle East do not believe a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine crisis will happen
- The Syrian government announced it will join Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant
- After ISIS forces captured a border crossing to Jordan, the Jordanian government went on high alert and mobilized its soldiers
- A suicide bomber, along with mortar fire, left at least 12 people dead in south of Baghdad, Iraq
- Iraqi Prime Minister Noura al-Maliki rejected international calls for an emergency government
- Even though Egypt continues to repress its civilians and legitimatize itself with its terror tactics, the U.S. still sends aid to the country
- An explosion at a shopping mall in Nigeria killed at least 21 people. One suspect was arrested.
Asia and Oceania
- A U.S. official said China’s efforts to assert its borders in international waters are ruining its image
- Ukraine will sign a deal with the European Union to open markets between the two and lower tariffs
Latin America, Caribbean and Canada
- An excerpt from journalist Dave Zirin’s new book on neoliberalism grab of wealth from Brazil through international tournaments. FDL Book Salon will feature Dave Zirin next Saturday on July 5 to talk about his new book.
- Dave Zirin: “Luis Suárez May Bite, but FIFA Sucks Blood”
- Moreover, in Brazil, the use of police against protesters during the World Cup is making millions for security companies.
- In what certainly constitutes as a waste of resources for the community, the federal government—specifically spy agencies—spend millions to get students to be spies
- The U.S. stated they will give EU citizens the same privacy protections U.S. citizens have in light of Snowden’s revelations.
- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued Barclays for failing to tell U.S. investors of the problems with its trading system
- The GDP for the U.S. in the first three months of the year fell 2.9 percent with the weather as the culprit
- A meeting titled “Inclusive Capitalism,” which featured global business and government elites, shows how desperate they are to ensure capitalism stays
- Anonymous sources assert the Amazon company is forcing booksellers to follow Amazon’s recommendations or else
- With the five-month labor strike with platinum unions in South Africa over, there still lies challenges for the workers there to overcome
- More on federal workers protesting for higher wages as they state $10.10 is not enough for their living. I am in full agreement with what they’re saying.
- In response to what he perceives as excess executive authority, Speaker of the House John Boehner stated he will file a lawsuit against President Obama
- Gallup: 61 percent of Americans support President Obama’s decision in 2011 to remove most U.S. troops from Iraq, which is down from 75 percent in 2011
- A military judge ruled the U.S. government must release CIA accounts of torture of a detainee
- Journalist Alex Kane reports on the eight terrifying things of the recent memo released by the U.S. government justifying the death of Anwar al-Awlaki
- In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Aereo—the online streaming service—violates copyright law and is illegal
- What is happening in Detroit, Mich., is similar to what is happening in Iraq currently. Both are experiencing problems by neoliberalism interested only in profit
- In These Times interviews Jess Spear, a person who worked with current Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant, on her efforts to run against the Speaker of the House in Seattle, Democrat Frank Chopp
We Don’t Need No Education
- Paul Vallas, a favorite education reformer (pro-privatization), was chosen by Patrick Quinn, the Democratic candidate for Governor of Illinois, to be his Lieutenant Governor
Top Gun (Stories)
- The latest shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., reveal how dangerous the rhetoric of the NRA and groups like them are in America’s violent culture
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- A re-released report, which was originally withheld by pro-GMO scientists, still found the same conclusions that a Roundup-Ready GMO causes major damage to rats
The Second Sex
- It is very revealing on how popular culture can shape our views on abortion, especially when pop culture frames it as negative. Yet there is hope as there is a push-back against such a narrative.
- During the World Cup, a PSA was shown to go against domestic violence, which happens among some men when watching games. It is horrific when men do this after watching a game as it only hurts others.
- A discussion on The Real News on the recent Supreme Court ruling that has both positives and negatives for environmentalists moving forward
- A new report found one in 10 beaches in the United States are contaminated and are not safe for swimmers. Great news as the summer continues!
- Environmental crime (such as poaching) is now an industry making more than $213 million a year. Utterly tragic and no doubt growing as a result of neoliberalism.
- The horrific drought in California allowed for beaches to be cleansed of bacteria-filled water and saved oak trees from a deadly bacteria
- Narendra Modi is less than month into his tenure as Prime Minister of India and the Modi-led government is waging political attacks against environmentalists.
- A well in Colorado with wastewater from hydrofracking was suspended after seismic activity was felt by residents near the well.
- When Wal-Mart responded to a New York Times piece on their horrific policies, they released a “fact-check” that right-wing sites said was great. Yet the piece Wal-Mart released was nothing but a distraction.
- About time! “FDA Recalls Food”