End of the week, but the start of a brand new month!

International Politics

Overall

- As world politics becomes more volatile, President Barack Obama defended the U.S. influence abroad and said there was nothing to worry about

- Gallup: 84 percent of Africans say hard work guarantees success, which is the highest compared to all the continents

- In a phone call with Obama, Vladimir Putin told him sanctions against Russia were unjust

Middle East

- Pernille Ironside, a UNICEF member in Gaza, elaborates on crisis occurring in Gaza as bombings from Israel continue

- The 72-hour truce ended after two hours as attacks in Gaza continued; Two hours!

- After Hamas captured an IDF soldier, Israel bombed the city of Rafah and more than 70 were killed

- One of the most depressing aspects of the destruction in Gaza is the few resources Palestinians have

- In order to battle with the Islamic State, the Kurds in Iraq asked the U.S. for armaments

- Rania Khalek: “Israel uses Palestinians as human shields but US lawmakers condemn Hamas

Africa

- A court in Uganda struck down the draconian and harsh anti-gay law; Good news

Europe

- Recently released statistics found a growth in anti-Semitic attacks in the UK

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- Argentina entered a default, which certainly spells bad news for its neighbors, and the origin of this crisis can be found here

- Uruguay’s legal marijuana law is facing opposition not only from lawmakers but also from the public

Financial Matters

- For the month of July, 209,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent. Dean Baker has more. President Obama cited this as an indicator of a stronger economy

- Part four of five with Heiner Flassbeck who warns Americans are in a tough spot if nothing is done to raise their wages

- What bank do Americans loathe the most? Bank of America according to a survey based on customer grievances.

- Peter Van Buren: “Think everything on a dollar menu costs a dollar? Think again.

- When journalist Lee Fang posted an article concerning net neutrality on a website whose parent company was Comcast, Comcast successfully got it taken down

Labor’s a-Brewing

- A bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Democrats would define labor rights as civil rights

Politics US

Washington USA

- President Obama: “We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values,”; So casual, “Yeah, I guess we tortured them, but hey what’s done is done, right?”

- Journalist Gareth Porter and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg talk about the significance of the Gulf of Tonkin incident on The Real News

- Good news as President Obama signed an executive order for companies with government contracts to reveal labor law violations

- David Sirota: “Hillary Clinton vs. Elizabeth Warren: They have less in common than you think

- In an unanimous vote, the Senate approved a bill giving $225 million to Israel’s Iron Dome system

- Attorney General Eric Holder: I am bothered by the botched executions occurring in the U.S.

- AP/GfK poll: Three in four Americans say the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be seen as a failure in the future

Anytown USA

- Gallup: Church-going Americans exhibit more sympathy for Israelis and less for Palestinians

- An interview with journalist Jarrett Murphy on the first six months of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio

- A medical examiner stated Eric Garner’s death was homicide with the chokehold contributing to his death

- Colorado decided to issue IDs for immigration even if undocumented

We Don’t Need No Education

- Students across the U.S. are facing numerous decisions, but one is the between paying tuition and paying rent

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

-  The head of the World Health Organization stated the Ebola virus was spreading at an alarming rate

The Second Sex

- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended the recent court case striking down zones for anti-abortion protesters citing it as a balance between free speech and reproductive access

- Pew: 49 percent of Americans disapprove of the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision versus 47 percent

- Stephen Colbert jokes with the suggestion of women on American currency

- Draconian laws in Texas forced an abortion clinic to close with only 19 abortion clinics left in the state

Planet Earth

- New government data shows 58 percent of California is experiencing severe drought and there is nothing indicating it will not get worse

- A strange crater appearing in Siberia and a report suggests methane may have caused it

- Pakistan has much to deal with in the future and climate change will be a major one if nothing is done to prepare for it

Mixed Bag

- On social media, Polish civilians launch an apple protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin

- Children who identify with the main protagonist of the Harry Potter series are more tolerant of minority groups, based on new research

- “Report: All Things Aside, American Flag Still Looks Pretty Good Majestically Billowing In Wind” Now that The Onion mentions it…

Break Time

- An Honest Mistake [The Bravery]