The Roundup for July 2nd, 2014

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It’s Wednesday folks. What are you doing today?

International Politics


– In response to reports claiming al-Qaeda affiliates from Iraq and Syria aim to smuggle bombs into the U.S., international flights to the U.S. augmented their security points

Middle East

– Rania Khalek: “Media whitewash Israeli lynch mobs that preceded murder of Palestinian teen

– Using the deaths of three Israeli teenagers as their catalyst for action in the Gaza Strip, Israel is furthering attacks against Palestinians; Journalist Alex Kane elaborates on this brutal action

– An Israeli official denounced Secretary of State John Kerry for condemning the death of a Palestinian teen who was tortured and killed by right-wing Israelis; Ali Abunimah has more on this here and here

– As a result of the discovery of the teenager, there were clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces

– Think tanks from Britain stated new jets Iraq has against the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant are from Iran

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn explains the problems with the Iraqi parliament and how the Kurdish region is in control

– Iran, meanwhile, suspended travel by pilgrims to Iraq because of the danger there for civilians

– In northern Iraq, which is one of the places on Earth with a lot of oil, they are experiencing a shortage of gas

– Among those in ISIS, Chechens are becoming a vital part of the militant group


– Political infighting, fear of militants and recent attacks left the Foreign Ministry in Libya in “disarray

Asia and Oceania

– In response to Japan’s decision to defend allies with the military, China criticized the move as a threat to the region


– Aleksandr Buzgalin, a Russian professor, explains the history of Ukraine on The Real News in the context of saying whether it is a movement of separatism or self-determination

– Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an announced he will run for re-election with an aggressive campaign. So far, in his quest, he copied a logo from President Obama’s campaign and sought support from the Kurds

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A review of strikes occurring in Brazil during this year that show the power workers have in getting their demands heard

– Harry Browne writes on lessons about the World Cup so far and the misconceptions made by mainstream outlets; A very enjoyable piece

Surveillance Planet

– The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a government board, stated the NSA’s actions are justified while expressing reservations on some issues; Journalist Natasha Lennard states this should make us suspicious of the law itself since it found what the NSA did justified

– Trevor Timm: “The surveillance state can’t even keep track of how many people it’s spying on anymore. Time to close the loopholes

Financial Matters

– After the “right to be forgotten” decision by the European Court of Justice, one person who took advantage of this was a former CEO of Merrill Lynch who was able to remove all negative press about him

– “Abenomics,” the economic plan of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, failed in Japan as it is experiencing economic problems

– Despite violating international rules, countries are subsidizing their steel production and it is harming the U.S. steel industry

– Amazon stated it will fight against the Federal Trade Commission on the issue of children buying apps without any restrictions

– Larry Summers, a former governmental official and elite, stated at a conference the U.S. maybe experiencing “secular stagnation.” As economists John Schmitt and Mark Levinson argue, there are policies to propel the U.S. ahead

Labor’s a-Brewing

– If you turn on the television news you would see reports of robberies of stores and banks. Yet wage theft, which in 2012 exceeded such common robberies, is barely covered.

– It has been 80 years since the longshoreman strike in San Francisco where longshoremen achieved victories despite police brutality

Politics US

Washington USA

– It has been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act was signed, but African-Americans still face discrimination in the U.S.

– After the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision, religious organizations want exemptions to discriminate against the LBGTQ community

– Mark Weisbrot: “Cheney’s Campaign for Iraq War 3: Shaping the Narrative

– President Obama continues to meet with a “diverse” number of economists to discuss solutions

– David Dayen discusses how conservative judicial activism is fueling the latest reactionary decisions

Anytown USA

– New Jersey, under Governor Chris Christie’s watch, is failing in its economic recovery highlighting how disastrous a politician he is

– Cecily McMillan, who was released today from Rikers Island, speaks on the horrific conditions she faced in jail

We Don’t Need No Education

– A new report found teachers in the U.S. are working harder but are getting less in terms of feedback and pay

– After opposing high-stakes testing in a Massachusetts town, a teacher’s union president was fired

– The recent firing of James Kilgore shows the loss of faculty rights and the rise of administrative power

The Second Sex 

– The Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision forces reviews of lower court decisions on providing contraception to female employees

– Rape is out of control as some (a bunch of misguided men) push rape as a normal part of life.

– Throughout the country there are police officers accused of sexual assault against women and departments often ignore these crimes

– Jessica Valentin: “Tinder’s sexual harassment scandal is not a surprise. It’s another wake-up call

– Recent rulings by the Supreme Court might as well be crafting the coffin of working women in the U.S.

Planet Earth

– Indicative of fracking companies in general, one company in Pennsylvania offered $50,000 to each resident in a town if they experienced any injury and to exempt the company from any lawsuits relating to damage as a result of fracking

– NASA just launched a satellite into space to collect data on CO2 emissions in the atmosphere; And so our government continues its aggressive efforts to curb climate change

Mixed Bag

“‘To Defeat Them (ISIS), I Must Become Them,’ John Kerry Says While Putting On Black Face Mask”

A thoughtful article by journalist Ramzy Baround on what Ramadan means to him and his experiences with Ramadan while growing up in the Gaza Strip

Break Time


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