The Roundup for June 28-29th, 2015

Another week folks! Looking forward to the end!

International Politics

Overall

– 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

Europe 

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not worried about the consequences of a Greek crisis as she is politically safe

– Yet Merkel and President Barack Obama agree Greece must not leave the euro

Here is the text of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announcing a referendum on the creditors’ demands, “free from any pressure and blackmail”

– The Financial Times blames Tsipras for the Greek fiasco now

– German politicians accused Greece of dividing Europe; Keep in mind this is to gain votes from the German citizens

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The Venezuelan government will use celebrities to get youths on their side for the elections

– The Dominican Republic provided citizenship for 55,000 people, but there are still those at risk of deportation

– Clientelism saved the day for Enrique Pena Nieto and his party in Mexico’s recent elections

– Mining in Peru often leads, as seen in this community, to conflict between capital interest and local communities

Surveillance Planet

– There’s money to be made off of student data, which is not good

Financial Matters

– Michael Roberts: “Syriza, the Troika and the ironies“; Roberts does an excellent job in laying out the issues in Greece

– All banks in Greece, starting today, will be closed until July 5 and capital controls were implemented; Why were they not placed before? Millions of euros by the rich have already left

– There are towns open to offer broadband services, although states and telecommunication companies have other ideas

– A judge in Argentina ruled assets of oil companies, operating in the Falkland Islands for oil, are frozen

– A new report found very low interest rates will be the norm unless something happens

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Some labor unions are mobilizing to support Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his presidential campaign

– Starting in July 2018, home care workers in Massachusetts will receive $15 per hour

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Cuba implemented some good reforms, but more needs to be done

– Jeb Bush: We do not need gun restrictions because they will not stop mass shootings

Part seven of 10 with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer about the two-party system along with how the elites operate

– David Sirota: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s glaring double standard

– Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., believes the Republican Party should change its platform in regards to gay marriage

Anytown USA

– Writer and activist Yasmin Nair joins The Real News to explain rich, elitist forces behind the push for gay marriage and why marriage is really about economics; Couldn’t this be a victory to build off of? Why not just introduce radical slogans like 15Now into the LGBTQ community to ensure the overthrow of capitalism

An interview with writer Victoria Law about activism within women’s prisons

– A trip down memory lane on how Chicago activists won reparations for people tortured by police

A new poll found 89 percent of Americans support the Olympics hosted in the U.S.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Research finds being humans may lead to schizophrenia to develop

– The police cannot help any family with a mentally ill family member, especially with how officers can fatally shoot them

Planet Earth

– Scientists are confused as to why, on both sides of the U.S., mysterious bursts of warm water appeared

– Renewable energy around the world doubled in the size it was just 10 years ago

– In Rome, activists gathered and urged world leaders to act on climate change

Mixed Bag

– The father of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, used to be a Cuban revolutionary hoping to join Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution

– President Barack Obama wants you know The White House is The People’s House, except when you protest him during a speech

– Eileen Jones: “Dreams of the Fifties

– CNN seriously reports an ISIS flag at a gay pride parade in London that is actually a flag with dildos and plug holes on it; Favorite part is journalist who reported on it said, “No one seems to be raising any questions or pointing it out”

Break Time

The Blast [Talib Kweli]

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