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International Politics

Overall

- As President Obama states pro-Russian separatists were behind the attack on the Malaysian plane, Vladimir Putin stated the two sides in Ukraine should come to a ceasefire

- Pro-Russian rebels, meanwhile, are covering up evidence allegedly used to shoot down the plane

- In addition, President Obama said the downing of the plane was a “wake-up” call for Europe

- Mahmoud Abbas asked for France to help the Palestinian Authority talk with Hamas for peace with Israels; Very strange

- UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon will go to the Middle East tomorrow hoping to prevent more violence in Gaza

- Iran and P5+1 have agreed to delay the finalized agreement between the two with a four-month extension

Middle East

The Real News discusses with journalists Lia Tarachansky and Nalan al Sarraj about the escalation by Israel against Gaza

- Iraq is a nation so unstable that foreign nations are the only ones with real power to affect the national government

- Max Blumenthal: “Israeli police ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir family home and arrest relatives in apparent revenge raid

- As 267 Palestinians have died so far as a result of Israeli attacks, the latter warned Gaza it will augment its ground invasion; The UN, meanwhile, is seeing a rise in the amount of displaced Gaza civilians

- What needs to be acknowledged is the forced removal of Palestinians by Israeli leaders, which is the heart of the conflict

- A new UN report found more than 5,500 civilians have died in the first six months of the year in Iraq; Iraqi Christians, meanwhile, are fleeing after being threatened by Islamic State forces

- ISIS forces, meanwhile, killed at least 115 Syrian troops in an attempt to takeover an oil field

Africa 

- The UN Security Council condemned the violence occurring in Libya and urged dialogue

Asia and Oceania

- In Pakistan, militants attacked troops and police  with at least 13 people dead

Europe

- Gallup: 83 percent of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin, which is the highest level in recent years

- Stephen Cohen discusses the lack of coverage in the U.S. media when it comes to attacks carried out by the Kiev government

- Israel told its diplomats in Turkey to leave for security reasons as protests continue against the invasion of Gaza

- The Ukrainian government stated part of a rebel-controlled city was retaken

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- Katrina vanden Heuvel: “Life on the Ground in Cuba

- Despite Venezuela banning U.S. money to fund opposition groups, the U.S. government continues funding them

Surveillance Planet

- Natasha Lennard: “Edward Snowden Could Live With Life in Gitmo — But Can We?

- As mentioned yesterday, The Guardian released its full interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

- Germany’s Angela Merkel calls for “sensible talks” with the U.S. on its mass surveillance program

Financial Matters

- Economists Leo Panitch and Michael Hudson debate the significance of the new BRICS international bank set up

- When corporations state they will wage “corporate responsibility” campaigns, as journalist Michelle Chen notes, these often hurt workers

- European banks, as a result of contemporary pressures, accept fines from the U.S. for funding sanctioned Russian banks

Politics US

Washington USA

- Pew: 55 percent of Americans say the U.S. has no responsibility to act in Iraq. Jon Walker’s take.

- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) shows such such support for Israel that it is too extreme even for AIPAC

- David Sirota: “Is Cheap, Public Internet Possible?

- At Netroots Nation 2014, liberals would be fine with Hillary Clinton as President, but would prefer Elizabeth Warren if possible. Warren, however, is not interested.

- Vice President Joe Biden stated, at Netroots Nation, he shares the view of anti-deportation protesters; All for show

Anytown USA

- The Reboot conference in San Francisco, Calif., lead by the libertarian news outlet Reasonexposes significant problems with the very movement

- After being choked by a NYPD officer, a man suffered from a heart attack and died

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- When the Malaysian jetliner was shot down with all passengers onboard killed, a number of those were HIV/AIDS researchers or advocates

- Researchers found teaching sex to children when they become adolescents provides major benefits for them in the future

The Second Sex

- If women were given equal pay to men, one major benefit would be a secure retirement for all in the future

- The University of Connecticut reached a $1.2 million deal with current and former students on failing to address sexual assault

Planet Earth

The Real News covers the plans to privatize the water supply in Detroit, Mich., despite opposition and a myriad of problems with water in the city

- A new study, based on 16 nations, found Germany is the most energy-efficient economy in the world, while Mexico is in last place

Mixed Bag

- Gallup: Americans who exercise more feel more confident about their appearance

- CNN pulled a reporter from Israel after she tweeted a group of Israelis threatened her if she said “a word wrong” and followed it by calling them “scum”

Break Time

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