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…)

The Roundup for June 30th, 2015

Goodbye June!

Greece And The Giant Grexit

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: Greece will not be kicked out of the euro

– Meanwhile, leaders throughout Europe say otherwise if the referendum comes back as “no”; Vote no anyway

– European Council President Donald Tusk: No EU member state is willing to bailout Greece

A new poll found 57 percent of Greeks favor what the creditors are proposing

Part one of two with attorney Dimitri Lascaris and professor Leo Panitch about the Greek referendum

– International Monetary Fund head Christina Laguarde: If Greece does not give our payment on June 30, then there will be no more lending

– The White House, in regards to Greece, said the Greek government must “keep their commitments”

– What does China think about Greece? They want it to stay in the euro (more…)

The Roundup for June 28-29, 2015

Another week folks! Looking forward to the end!

International Politics


– Journalist Glen Ford and policy analyst Robert Naiman join The Real News to discuss whether the United Nations is able to effectively act on anything

– Sepp Blatter: Leaving FIFA is “liberating” not only for me, but the organization too

-France is considering, once the P5+1-Iran deal is signed, sanctions against Israel over settlements

– A European Union official praised the “political will” for an international deal

Middle East

– Activist Robert Lovelace and Robert Naiman join The Real News to talk about another flotilla heading to the Gaza Strip

– Israeli lawmakers are starting to, once again, marginalize Palestinian culture

An interview with journalist Max Blumenthal about his new book on the bombings of the Gaza Strip last year and the future of Gaza

– The Kuwait government detained a Saudi national, who they say helped the suicide bomber who killed 27 people at a mosque

-The Islamic State, in just one year, killed more than 3,000 people in Syria (more…)

The Roundup for June 27th, 2015

Almost the end of the month? Yikes, there went by fast. Almost there to July!

International Politics


– The Islamic State attacked in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, which led to many deaths. Israel called for Jews in the former to “come home

– A new report found, among United Nations member states, authoritarianism is growing

– It is exciting different faiths are working together on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign

– NATO and Russia are butting heads to the point where tensions may lead to war

– The U.S. hopes for a final deal between the P5+1 and Iran

– France and Spain will push the U.N. to end barrel bombings in Syria

Middle East

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to discuss the latest U.N. report on war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip

– Israel is furious the Vatican signed a treaty with Palestine

– Four teenagers walking in the Gaza Strip were shot by Israeli soldiers

– Doctors in Israel, meanwhile, disagree with a proposal bill to force-feed Palestinian prisoners

– Saudi Arabia seeks new alliances and nuclear projects to counter Iran (more…)

The Roundup for June 26th, 2015

It’s Friday folks!

International Politics


– The U.S. denounced Palestine for charging Israel with war crimes at the International Criminal Court

– Despite criticizing Israel’s operations in the Gaza Strip last year, the State Department believes nothing needs to be done on war crimes committed by Israel

– A NATO commander accused Russia of more future involvement in eastern Ukraine

– Meanwhile, a U.S. official criticized Russia for “playing with fire”

Middle East

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the air force is key to protecting Israel from Iran

A new poll found 51 percent of Palestinians and Israelis support a two-state solution

– Juan Cole: “Are Leftist, Feminist Kurds About to Deliver the Coup de Grâce to ISIL in Syria?

– A U.N. official said it would take decades to rebuild Gaza because reconstruction is very slow

– The CIA is unsure what to say to the press about its drone program

– Peter Van Buren: “Five Things That Won’t Work in Iraq(more…)

The Roundup for June 25th, 2015

Phew, almost there to the end of the week.

International Politics


– President Barack Obama: We have let down the families of terrorist hostages

– The United Nations’ envoy to Yemen said a ceasefire in the country must be implemented

– The Israeli Defense Force denied it works with Syrian rebels

– NATO will review its nuclear weapons strategy in light of recent incidents with Russia

Middle East

It shows a lot about the Israeli state for it to block a filmmaker from leaving the West Bank for a premiere of his film

– Kurish forces in Syria said other rebel groups should lead the charge against the Islamic State to take over Raqqa

– ISIS, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that left 14 dead in an Iraqi province (more…)

The Roundup for June 24th, 2015

Good day folks!

International Politics


– Gallup: Sixty-nine percent of citizens polled across the world view the U.S. favorably

– Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: There are red lines we will not cross with the international deal

– A Pentagon official said China seeks to challenge the U.S. military in the air

– The French seek to strengthen its ties with Saudi Arabia with a potential economic deal

– The United Nations called for the European Union to protect migrants in the latter’s military operations

Middle East

– Israel criticized France’s proposal for peace with Palestinians as anti-Israeli

– NATO, after leaving four years ago, will return to Iraq to help the government’s fight against the Islamic State

– Kurdish forces took over another town from the Islamic State in Syria, which is near the entity’s “capital”

– Saudi Arabia provided millions of dollars to news organizations across the world in return for favorable coverage

– The U.N. said more than 3 million Iraqis have been displaced because of ISIS (more…)

The Roundup for June 23rd, 2015

Thank Kevin again for the above video!

Charleston Shooting, Day 5

– The FBI said Dylann Roof should not be labeled a terrorist; Wh-what?

– It’s thanks to two people, one of them a communist, that Dylann Roof’s website was found; Another reason why we need #FullCommunism

– South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) also called for the removal of the Confederate flag

– Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., criticized those calling for removal of the flag as “people that have an agenda seeking to exploit a tragedy”

– It is good to keep focus on Roof, but we need to keep in mind the system allowing such hatred to bred; Personally, the outrage about Roof getting Burger King is an example of neglecting the system

– Dave Zirin: “Steve Spurrier Was Right: We Need to Get Rid of ‘That Dang, Damn Confederate Flag’

– Wal-Mart announced it would no longer sell the Confederate flag; Wait, who decided that was a good idea?

– The creator of a white supremacist website and aspiring vice presidential candidate lives in the same hometown Roof lived

– Someone identifying as Roof’s cousin said Roof changed once he listened to white power music and saw a girl he liked date a black person (more…)

The Roundup for June 21-22nd, 2015

A brand new week folks! What are you looking forward to?

Charleston Shooting, Day 3-4

– The site registered by Dylann Roof was discovered and it is very scary considering how racist he is

– Community organizer Kevin Alexander Gray joins The Real News to explain why white supremacy is relevant in discussion in regards to Roof’s attack

– Hillary Clinton: Our “long struggle with race is far from finished”

– President Barack Obama: Both the NRA and public apathy are to blame for failed efforts on gun control

– A Republican lawmaker in South Carolina wants the state to take down the Confederate flag around the Statehouse courts

– Mitt Romney: The Confederate flag is a “symbol of racial hatred” and must be removed

Worth repeating how South Carolina used its state-owned monopoly on violence to kill members of the AME Church in 1822

– The conversation should not focus on how society can be safe and secure as that contributes to the systemic causes of the AME Church shooting (more…)

The Roundup for June 20th, 2015

Listening to these songs the past two days reminded me of when I played guitar. Gosh, I miss playing it. Not sure I have time to pick it up again

Charleston Shooting, Day 2

– The daughter of one person killed by Dylann Roof said in a bond hearing that she forgives Roof

– Efia Nwangaza, founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, joins The Real News to talk about the attack at the AME church as well as the history of it

– President Barack Obama: Mass shootings must not be the “new normal”

– For blacks across America, they are always under threat as a result of racism along with other factors

– A board member of the NRA blamed Pastor Clementa Pinckney, one of those killed by Roof, for his own death over the latter’s opposition to a bill allowing concealed carry in South Carolina

– Jeb Bush: I am not really sure whether racism was a factor in the shooting

– Rick Perry: What happened in Charleston was an “accident“; His campaign team later said Perry wished to say “incident”

– As noted by a reader yesterday, Jon Stewart comments here over what happened in Charleston

– Glenn Greenwald: “Refusal To Call Charleston Shootings ‘Terrorism’ Again Shows It’s a Meaningless Propaganda Term(more…)