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International Politics

Overall

- NATO announced it would come to the defense of Turkey if it was threatened by the Islamic State

- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned security forces in Iraq not to be involved in political disputes

- The UN warned there were still thousands of Yazidi trapped on a mountain Iraq and need help

Middle East

- John Kerry: We will not send troops to Iraq, but we will provide much needed supplies

- Doctors in Gaza are struggling to provide care for those affected by bombings and attacks since the doctors themselves are also affected by such bombings

- How does Saudi Arabia view the new prime minister nomination in Iraq? As “good news“; Even Iran views the nomination of a new prime minister as a good idea

- Rania Khalek: “Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields

- Meanwhile, Hamas stated it is “optimistic” of a new plan with Israel to stop the violence in Gaza

Asia and Oceania

- In Baluchistan, Pakistan, 22 people were wounded by a roadside bomb with no one claiming responsibility for it

- North Korea removed the image of Kim Il-Sung from its top currency and it is assumed the move was done to strengthen legitimacy of Kim Jong-Un

Africa

- A Human Rights Watch report found the massacre in Rabaa, Egypt last year that left 817 demonstrators dead was intentional and “likely amounted to crimes against humanity

- A former president of South Africa stated there should be a boycott of Israel over its actions in Gaza

Europe

- After winning the presidency, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received a phone call from President Barack Obama to congratulate him on the victory

Financial Matters

- Slavoj Zizek: “Leaving Democracy to the Experts

- Economist Nicole Woo argues the necessity of paid family leave for millions of Americans

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Good news as Subway workers in Bloomsberg, N.J., voted to unionize

- Gallup: In 2013, 1.3 billion, or one in four adults, worldwide were employed full-time

- The government in Quebec was to reform pensions, yet city workers, including transit workers and police, are protesting the acts

- Journalist Josh Eidelson explains the legal protections in the U.S. for unpaid interns in this graphic

Politics US

Washington USA

- To preserve their power the Koch Brothers are spending big in judicial races across the U.S.

- A result of austerity politics: If a virus like Ebola ever reached our shores, then we would not be lucky

- President Obama: The death of Michael Brown led to “strong passions,” yet Brown should be remembered through “reflection and understanding

Anytown USA

- Police brutality in New York City continues to fuel calls for cameras to be worn by officers

- Pew: A large majority of blacks in the U.S. assert the justice system and the police discriminate against their community

- The death of Mike Brown, the riots in Ferguson, the protests, all should have been avoided. But the systemic attacks against blacks make actions necessary.

- Glen Ford joins The Real News to provide context for the protests occurring in Ferguson, Mo., and why mainstream outlets refuse to provide such analysis

- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and his administration have been deleting state employee emails after 90 days, which suggests they are trying to hide something

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- A panel in the World Health Organization stated it was alright if experimental drugs are given to Ebola patients although protocol has to be followed

The Second Sex

- Good news as scientists are developing a tampon that can help challenge the HIV virus

- It seems antiabortion activists track people involved in abortion clinics or even go into one, which is alarming

- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the Supreme Court made great decisions on issues relating to gay marriage, but made poor decisions on women issues

Planet Earth

- Part three of five with Chris Williams on the Obama administration’s turn to profiting oil, natural gas and coal companies and neglecting action on climate change

- In Colorado, actions to stop fracking were betrayed by Democratic politicians looking out for their own aims

Mixed Bag

- Gallup: The LGBTQ community in the U.S. is less religious than those who are non-LGBTQ

- Here are some clips on Robin Williams’ career in film and television. Furthermore, Jaime Kilstein wrote a touching piece here, Kevin Gosztola has a great piece here and comedian Chris Gethard has a powerful one here.

- Gallup: Americans who work in their communities experience less stress and worry than those who do not

Break Time

- Gobbledigook [Sigur Ros]