The Roundup for July 31st, 2015

1960s songs are another thing not posted here much. Even 1950s too are under-appreciated.

International Politics


– Journalist Patrick Cockburn joins The Real News to talk about Turkey’s role in the West’s fight against the Islamic State and the potential of it to jeopardize the situation

– The Pentagon denied allegations that U.S.-trained rebels were captured in Syria

– Private military contractors are the ones in charge of the U.S. military’s drones

Middle East

– At a gay pride rally in Tel Aviv, Israel, an ultra-Orthodox man stabbed six people before being arrested

– Israel passed a law allowing the force-feeding of Palestinians prisoners

– The PKK is prepared to fight against Turkey as the writing on the wall is clear Continue reading “The Roundup for July 31st, 2015”

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 PainfulContinue reading “The Roundup for July 1st, 2015”

The Roundup for June 30th, 2015

Goodbye June!

Greece And The Giant Grexit, Day 1

– 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

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The Roundup for June 28-29th, 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 Continue reading “The Roundup for June 28-29th, 2015”

The Roundup for June 24th, 2015

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

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 Continue reading “The Roundup for June 24th, 2015”

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 TermContinue reading “The Roundup for June 20th, 2015”

The Roundup for June 17th, 2015

A good song to listen to if you had a long day.

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s piece on crude oil! Hoping to do more pieces like that in the future in spite of my limited time.

International Politics


– Secretary of State John Kerry: We are “absolutely certain” the Syrian government used chemical weapons

– Meanwhile, Kerry said a nuclear deal with Iran does not require looking into the country’s past with nuclear weapons research

Middle East

– So much soccer going on now, although it is worth exploring soccer in the Gaza Strip

– Rania Khalek: “Why has Israel embraced al-Qaida’s branch in Syria?

A bill in Israel would allow force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike

– Israel and Hamas are indirectly communicating with one another for a truce in the Gaza Strip

– Gallup: Fifty-seven percent of Yemenis say they feel safe when they walk alone at night, the lowest in the past eight years Continue reading “The Roundup for June 17th, 2015”