The Roundup for July 28th, 2015

Almost the end of the month. Keep those suggestions coming, folks.

International Politics

Overall

– Israel hopes to use the Syrian Civil War to bolster its energy independence

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: I think Sepp Blatter should get the Nobel Peace Prize; *Spits out drink*

– The United Nations suspended its health programs in Iraq because of lack of funding

– Both the U.S. and Turkey pledged to kick out the Islamic State from northern Syria; Easier said than done

Middle East

– Even the Jewish community in Iran find Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ridiculous when it comes to the agreement with Iran

– Chris Hedges: “Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

– A Saudi official criticized Iran’s “aggressive statements” on Bahrain, an ally of Saudi Arabia (more…)

The Roundup for July 26-27th, 2015

Folks, any criticisms of the Roundup or suggestions to improve it? It’s been a while since I asked that so I’m open to hearing your input.

International Politics

Overall

– President Barack Obama told leaders of African countries to treat gay people and women as equals

– Turkey called for a special meeting with NATO over both the Islamic State and PKK Kurdish forces

Middle East

A new study found Jews around the world are more uncomfortable with Israel because of the latter’s policies toward Palestinians

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: I will admit we are suffering setbacks, but there are positive changes too

– Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said he would not cut pensions of Israeli soldiers despite overspending issues

– The cancellation of a documentary about Palestinians in the Gaza Strip suffering by right-wing Israelis shows how Israeli society truly does not care about them

– Rania Khalek: “Israel threw stun grenade at 11-year-old — Human Rights Watch

Africa

– Workers in South Africa are fighting to ensure their rights are respected in their country

– The Egyptian military government is fiercely repressing journalists working in the country

Europe 

– It is alleged Greek officials considered taking its central bank reserves to return to the drachma

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Colombia, politics is about security and fear, when it really should be about issues of life

– The government, meanwhile, suspended raids against FARC because of a new truce

– Paraguayans are suffering from decadence caused by the country’s elite and U.S. interest

– Folks in Honduras are still demonstrating against their corrupt government

– Cuban officials are toning down anti-American rhetoric because of the new chapter of relations with the U.S.

Financial Matters

– Economist James Henry joins The Real News to explain the loopholes the shipping industry in Greece took advantage of to profit

– In spite of a major debt, Puerto Rico still opts to give tax breaks to the wealthy

– Robert Reich: “Let’s Celebrate Medicare’s Birthday by Recognizing the Truth About the Program

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A former Google engineer said speaking up about discrimination did nothing

Politics US

Washington USA

– Donald Trump: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ruined his state’s economy

– Trump, meanwhile, is leading the GOP pack with growing Republican support. He is the perfect symbol, though, of the clownish democracy we have with a cartoon media

– Hillary Clinton said she was “confident” no classified information was sent through her emails

– Meanwhile, two aides tied to Wall Street joined Clinton’s campaign; “B-but she’s a Democrat! That means she is not the bad Republicans!”

– A U.S. district judge ruled the government cannot detain undocumented children

– Glen Ford: “Obama’s Takes His Prison Reform Con Game on the Road

– Mike Huckabee, lover of Holocaust exploitation, said President Obama is sending Israelis to “the door of the oven” because of the Iran deal

– Two billionaires tied to hydrofracking provided $15 million to a Super PAC tied to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

– The right-wing want to discreetly fund campaigns without us knowing

Anytown USA

– Henry Giroux: “America’s New Brutalism: the Death of Sandra Bland

– Meanwhile, folks still do not believe Bland committed suicide as it is too suspicious

– The death of Bland is not an isolated incident and shows how far the state will go in using repression

– What happened at Netroots Nation last week shows Black Lives Matter wanting to be a part of the Democratic machine

– Bree Newsome: “Now is the time for true courage

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Homelessness is criminalized in Los Angeles, a city where more people are becoming homeless

The Second Sex

– Christa Big Canoe, of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Toronto, joins The Real News to talk about a United Nations report criticizing Canada for failing to protect Aboriginal women

– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): I will force a vote to defund Planned Parenthood

– The head of Planned Parenthood said the group did nothing illegal with fetal organs

Planet Earth

– Irish President Michael Higgins called for a new economic framework to challenge climate change

– Some Senators in Congress are pleading to end all drilling in the Arctic

Mixed Bag

– Glenn Greenwald: “A Crucial Realization About Journalism is Learned by Being its Subject

Break Time

New Sensation [INXS]

The Roundup for July 25th, 2015

And that ends our week folks.

International Politics

Overall

– Secretary of State John Kerry: This agreement with Iran is the only alternative to use of military force

– Juan Cole: “Did ISIL Arise Partly Because of Climate Change?

Middle East

– The International Red Cross warned there is “unprecedented” civilian suffering in Yemen. Meanwhile, clashes in Yemen left at least 20 dead

– The Syrian government believes it is too early to launch peace talks

– Refaat Alareer, co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced, joins The Real News to talk about new settlements constructed in the West Bank and reaction to it

– Israel uses one vital resource to control the lives of Palestinians: water

– While the Israeli leadership is furious about the deal with Iran, the security establishment of Israel actually favors it (more…)

The Roundup for July 24th, 2015

Still feeling some jet lag from my trip.

International Politics

Overall

– Pew: Sixty-three percent of Americans support military action against the Islamic State; That’s surprisingly high

– The U.S. said it planned to take back Ramadi from ISIS before the end of the summer

Middle East

– It is not easy to find voices favoring the deal with Iran as a vast majority are against it

– A United Nations envoy said Israel and Palestine were further apart than ever in regards to peace talks

– Even Iranian dissenters support the international deal with Iran

Africa

– Nigeria wants the U.S. to provide more weapons to fight against Boko Haram despite human rights concerns associated with the Nigerian government

– Muluka Miti-Drummond, a director at the Southern Africa Litigation Center, joins The Real News to talk about Angola and repression there

– The Islamic State took responsibility for a bomb killing four Egyptian soldiers

Europe 

– The Real News interviews people in Greece who demonstrated against anymore austerity

– Meanwhile, in this separate video, they document the refugee crisis in the country

– Journalist Max Blumenthal joins The Real News to talk about a documentary he recently helped make called Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie, which can be found here

– Beppe Grillo, a politician in Italy, called for the country’s debt to be used as a weapon against Germany and turn to an exit from the euro

– In Turkey, more attacks have been reported against anyone considered Chinese

– The U.K. government will investigate the police after a growth of cases where suspects in custody died

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Mexican and U.S. authorities do not wish to say who arrested “El Chapo” Guzman

– Ten military officers in Chile were charged with the death of Chilean singer Victor Jara

Surveillance Planet

– Natasha Lennard: “The Ashley Madison hack and the importance of protecting online secrets

Financial Matters

– Pew: Citizens across the world say the current economic conditions is overall bad

– Despite the UK pledging to increase aid for countries overseas, it is benefiting corporations overall

– The American Red Cross does not truly know what happened to the millions donated for Haiti

– There’s an easy solution to Illinois’ financial woes: tax the rich

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The fall of the A&P supermarket chain may lead to massive layoffs of workers

Politics US

Washington USA

– Trevor Timm: “It ain’t over til it’s over: America’s wars drag on no matter what officials say

– Hillary Clinton said the U.S. should confront “hard truths” on race after the death of Sandra Bland; A master politician at work

– Clinton, meanwhile, is getting financial support from private prison lobbyists

– Donald Trump is toying with a third-party run should the GOP not be accommodating

– It is not as if Trump’s views are unique in the GOP as other candidates share his vision on certain issues

– Meanwhile, some GOP presidential candidate will appear at an Islamophobic event

– Glenn Greenwald: “NBC News Releases the Long-Awaited Trailer for its Summer Horror Film About ISIS

– Republicans in Congress still want to end Net Neutrality because that is an issue that is very important to deal with. Yes, it is super important and everything else is meaningless

– The White House prefers to deal with the procedures in lifting the ban on transgender people in the military rather than the mortality

– Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: If elected president, the deal with Iran will go on day one

– At least 87 percent of undocumented migrants in the U.S. will be protected by President Barack Obama’s executive order

– Jeb Bush criticized the “swarm of lobbyists” in Washington D.C., although Bush was once one

– Martin O’Malley: The Democrats must push for reform against Wall Street

– The Internal Revenue Service said no new rules will be made against political groups for 2016, although a watchdog warned the IRS may still target them with audits

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Forty-four percent of Americans say they have tried marijuana in the past

– Patrisse Cullors, a founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, joins The Real News to talk about the movement itself and its next steps

– There will be a fundraiser for Baltimore cops charged with the death of Freddie Gray. A perfomance featuring a blackface performer

– Body cameras are not the magic bullet to police brutality as seen with the death of Sandra Bland

– Bland, before her death, left a voicemail for a friend expressing shock over her arrest

– Just 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is becoming a city for the rich

– It is impossible to charge Dylann Roof with domestic terrorism as the charge does not exist

We Don’t Need No Education

– ALEC supports school vouchers, just not for the poor though

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Twenty-one percent of Americans include gluten-free foods in their diet

The Second Sex

– Despite viewed as a land of opportunity and financial security, working mothers in the U.S. are not treated well

Planet Earth

– The drought is not the only thing California must worry about as industrial pollution affecting water supply is another

– Speaking of the drought, things will get worse with our water supply if no major changes come. Indeed, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch believes that as well

– When it comes to U.S. carbon emissions, the Pentagon is one culprit contributing a lot

Mixed Bag

– Journalist Mary Elizabeth Williams writes an excellent piece about Gawker and its harassment of individuals

– NASA announced it found the “closest twin to Earth” in the solar system so far

Break Time

The New Pollution [Beck]

The Roundup for July 23rd, 2015

I have returned. What did I miss?

International Politics

Overall

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: I will “kill myself” to ensure the P5+1-Iran is stopped

– Journalist Nick Fillmore joins The Real News to explain the financial deficits behind the Pan-Am Games in Canada

– The U.N. envoy to Syria blamed the government for air strikes causing destruction in one Syrian town

Middle East

– Remember a few months ago how the U.S. built an extremely expensive facility in Afghanistan that was never used? Well, it was not the first time they did that

– The U.S. government is still covering up alleged sexual abuse of Iraqi children at Abu Ghraib (more…)

The Roundup for July 5-6th, 2015

Special Message

Hello folks, thought of doing something a little different in terms of the song by using a favorite from a live album I have.

As a side note, the Roundup will be on hiatus from July 7-22 as I’ll be out of the country. In the meantime, I sent three posts to Kevin to use for the rest of the week.

Once I return, things will be back to normal. Until then, enjoy today’s roundup and see you in three weeks. (more…)

The Roundup for July 4th, 2015

A fitting song for today.

Greece And The Giant Grexit, Day 5

A new poll found 44 percent of Greeks favoring “Yes” and 43 percent favoring “No”

– Greece is on the edge of collapse with capital controls implemented and shortages across the country

– Greek banks dismissed a report saying they were looking into a “haircut” of deposits

Part one with professors John Weeks and Ozlem Onaram on the Greek referendum and the troika’s response

International Politics

Overall

Part two of two with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and former Sergeant Bryce Lockwood on Israel’s attack against the U.S.S. Liberty 48 years ago

– France declined to offer Julian Assange asylum after reviewing his request

– A coalition of former British officials, along with other Britons, called for the U.S. to release Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay (more…)

The Roundup for July 3rd, 2015

Hooray, it’s Friday!

Greece and The Giant Bailout, Day 4

– The International Monetary Fund admitted Greece needed 60 billion euros, in the next three years, and major debt relief to survive

– German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: Alexis Tsipras is a threat to the “European order”

Remember that time Greece forgave Germany’s debt?

– There are two sides in regards to the Greece crisis: Those for Greece and those against. We must side with Greece

– The Independent Greeks, a party in the coalition government with SYRIZA, are angry with Tsipras’ recent decisions and protesting against SYRIZA

– Previous Greek prime ministers called for a “Yes” vote on Sunday; Of course, the elites who caused this mess in the first place would decide to side with the bourgeoisie

– Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis: If Greece votes yes, then I will resign (more…)

The Roundup for July 2nd, 2015

Rest in peace Nicolas Winton

Greece And The Giant Grexit, Day 3

– Greece is still in default and it must go to step two: a Grexit

– Germany is very angry with Greece and say the Greek government is using scapegoats for its own problems

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: We are being “blackmailed” by the troika and must vote no in the referendum

– Eurozone leaders refused to meet with Greece before the referendum vote

– Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis: There is no way we can leave the euro even if we vote no

– Moody’s, the credit rating firm, downgraded Greece’s credit rating (more…)

The Roundup for July 1st, 2015

A new month!

Greece and the Giant Grexit, Day 2

– Greece missed its June 30 payment to the International Monetary Fund

– Mark Weisbrot: “Are the European authorities trying to get rid of the Greek government?“; Good question

In general, this crisis was expected and European officials are seriously considering a Grexit

– President Barack Obama: While Greek crisis will not affect U.S. financial system, it will affect Europe’s

– Some Greeks marched in the capital for a “Yes” vote, who may reflect the conservative side of Greece

Part one of two with professors William Black and Michael Hudson on why the troika insists on getting Greece to a deal, which would help out foreign banks 

– It is right to say the Greek referendum holds significant consequences for the future of the euro

– Dean Baker: “The NYT Is Wrong: Greece Shouldn’t Accept Endless Depression Because Default Might Be Painful(more…)