The Roundup for June 24th, 2015

The song that made me fall in love with Atmosphere. Darn good duo from Minneapolis.

International Politics

Overall

– 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

Asia and Oceania

– With a heatwave in Pakistan leading to the deaths of at least 700 people, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif implemented emergency measures to prevent more deaths

Africa

– An investigation found U.N. peacekeepers sexually assaulted children in the Central African Republic

Europe 

– A SYRIZA official said a reached deal must match the party’s manifesto

– Meanwhile, the Greek government defended the “harsh” measures it implemented because of creditors talks

– The troika will make sure, by any measure, the anti-austerity force in Greece does not succeed

– Hungary suspended its asylum program as it said there were too many migrants entering the country

Surveillance Planet

– The NSA spied on the past three French presidents even though their cell phone calls. French President Francois Hollande called an emergency meeting with the defense council

– Google installed a tool on computers to listen to users despite not asking for their permission

– Former Google engineers behind the Disconnect app sued their ex-employer over “abusive behavior” with the app

– The Council of Europe called for the U.S. to allow NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to return home with a fair trial

– Even other federal agencies have very poor security and can be easily hacked

Financial Matters

– There will be an emergency meeting in Brussels today over the Greek situation

– In 2012, Francois Hollande held a secret meeting with officials on a possible Grexit

A new report from the ACLU found banks targeted blacks to offer bad loans before the 2007-08 financial crisis

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Despite it being the summer, job prospects for teenagers are very low compared to previous decades

Politics US

Washington USA

– The Senate voted 60-37 on a final vote for fast-track, which will begin tomorrow

– Pew: While 49 percent of Americans say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be good, 29 percent say it would be bad

– Should the TPP pass, Medicare will provide the funding for key components because democracy or something

– Does President Barack Obama know if TPP will help tobacco companies? Uh…well…he’ll get back to you on that

Part one of four with Doctor Salvador Babones about 16 proposals he released to help the American economy

– Jeb Bush may be struggling, although bankers and CEOs still massively support his candidacy

– Hillary Clinton: The Charleston shooting was “racist terrorism

– Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said he’ll run for president if he can find big money donors; Noteworthy is that he lives in a neighborhood where more than 90 percent of residents are white

– Democratic lawmakers vowed to act if the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Affordable Care Act; If only they showed the same energy to stop fast-track

Anytown USA

– Race and economics consultant Algernon Austin joins The Real News to explain the consequences of being black in today’s society

– Thanks to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), Planned Parenthood is no longer able to provide cancer screenings for women with low income

– Amazon removed the Confederate flag from its store after a massive jump in sales

– In New York City, a man wrongfully convicted of a murder was released after spending 25 years in prison and was paid $6.25 million

– The autopsy of Freddie Gray revealed he died because of a “high-energy injury”

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: At least two-thirds of Americans cite four-year colleges and community colleges as excellent/good

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– There is hope in Great Britain to sell genetically modified animals such as piglets

A new study found an increase of obese Americans over the past few years

The Second Sex

– A new study found sports networks are reporting less on women’s sports

– Actor Meryl Streep sent a letter to each Congressional lawmaker to revive the Equal Rights Amendment

Planet Earth

– Professor Mark Jacobson and Rep. Chris Lee, R-Hawaii, join The Real News to talk about Hawaii’s commitment to fully depend on renewable energy

– Should the U.S export liquefied natural gas, it will not bode well for the environment

A new study found, because of a weak sun, global warming will be somewhat offset

– Experts warn there will be catastrophic health risks because of climate change

Mixed Bag

– Current and former editors of The New York Times took bizarre photos with each other referring to massacres in history

– Chris Hedges: “America’s Slave Empire

– Journalist Chuck Todd finally apologizes for the video on gun violence seen on Meet the Press Sunday

Break Time

Pour Me Another (Another Poor Me) [Atmosphere]

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