Hey there folks, how are you doing this Wednesday?

International Politics

Overall

- Journalist Ken Klippenstein interviews Richard Falk, a UN official dealing with Palestine and Israel, to discuss what is currently happening and more

- U.S. Special Forces launched a rescue mission to help evacuate trapped Yazidis in Iraq

Middle East

- A rocket from Gaza hit inside Israel that affects peace talks, but Hamas denies it ever shot a rocket; However, a five-day truce was agreed upon

- Lawrence Wilkinson joins The Real News to discuss how vital Iran’s role is in stabilizing Iraq

- Journalist Alex Kane reports on how the actions in Gaza by Israel are also efforts to attract gun manufacturers

- Kurds in Iraq accused Arabs of supporting the Islamic State, which is increasing tension in the country

- The U.S. rejected Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s suggestion to stay in power

Africa

- Cape Town, South Africa experiences large protests to stop the violence in Gaza, photos here

Europe

- The UN reported the death toll in Ukraine surpassed 2,000, which means it doubled in two weeks

- A new poll found 52 percent of Britons did not agree with the way Israel responded after getting hit by rocket fire

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- A Brazil presidential candidate was killed in a plane crash, jeopardizing the upcoming elections in the country

- Colombia is unhappy with Venezuela’s decision to close its border at night to stop smuggling, they say it will lead to other consequences

ProPublica‘s Jesse Eisinger reports on how Mary Jo White has not really made an impact or change at the Security and Exchange Commission

- Macy’s got a great deal in a case involving the death of an employee and that is extremely troublesome

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Good news as Virgin America flight attendants will be represented in a union

Politics US

Washington USA

- Gallup: Only 13 percent of Americans approve of Congress and the job it’s doing

- Rania Khalek: “Democrat youth wing fires members who criticized Israel’s child killings“; Ugh, these upright college Democrats. Not as bad as those arrogant college Republicans who helped smear those two members though

- Despite all the calls that libertarianism will grow (as if), there is very little evidence suggesting it will become popular among the youth

- Gallup: Americans consider government, immigration and the economy as the most important issues

- Ray McGovern: “The Rear-Guard Defense of Torture

- It looks like the revolving door will get an expansion as lobbyists will be able to go to government to work; Efficiency! Yeah!

Anytown USA

- We’re already in the first six months of Bill de Blasio’s tenure as New York City mayor. How is he doing with the NYPD? Not that much different from Bloomberg.

- As journalist Michelle Chen reports, NYC is working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to go after immigrant communities; I can’t wait until the next progressive Democrat comes along and promises to do the impossible!

- Kind of strange the Los Angeles Police Department would report beatings to be “minor offenses” although they assume police brutality is just self-defense

- Anonymous was able to release an audio tape from the officer who shot Michael Brown after it happened; Meanwhile, another man was shot by police in Ferguson after allegedly pointing his firearm at an officer

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- Colgate Total is just one consumer product containing Triclosan, an ingredient linked to cancer. Well then…

- World Health Organization: Kenya is at “high-risk” for the Ebola virus

- Canada announced it will donate some of its experimental drugs to West Africa to combat Ebola

- U.S. farmers are in trouble as China rejected GMO crops even though its demand for certain foods will continue to grow

The Second Sex

- A man in Philadelphia told a group of men not to harass women last weekend and was beaten as a result; Just awful creatures

- Jessica Valenti: “From the porn star and the MMA fighter to Rihanna and Chris Brown, is a photo of domestic abuse not enough?“; Valenti makes such an excellent point that I think it deserves to be read

Planet Earth

- Bottled water sold in the U.S. is typically from California, which is currently experiencing a severe drought, and it would be shameful to continue buying it

- Norway’s state-owned oil company admitted it was disappointed not to find a large source of oil in the Arctic; I don’t know. Isn’t that good news?

Part four of five with Chris Williams on how technological solutions to climate change still do not help

- With recent record flooding in Detroit, Mich., it only reinforces how dangerous climate change is without any action

- Meteorologist Jeff Masters talks to The Real News on climate change’s impact on jet streams

A new study found fracking companies operate close to water sources despite companies stating they do not

- Dahr Jamail: “NASA Scientist Warns of Three to Four-Meter Sea Level Rise by 2200

Mixed Bag

- Journalist Gary Engler provides 10 reasons why capitalism should be loathed

- Good news (I suppose) as dogs love to problem-solve and get a reward in the end of it. Let’s hope there’s a dog to help me complete some essays.

- Dave Zirin: “Robin Williams and a Moment of Magic

Break Time

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child [Grant Green]