The Roundup for July 29th, 2015

Been a while since punk was on the Roundup.

International Politics


– Secretary of State John Kerry said, if Congress stopped the agreement with Iran, Iran would seek nuclear weapons; FOR THE LAST TIME THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY INTENTIONS

– Of course, Kerry said it would be “the easiest decision in the world” to bomb Iran if they violate the agreement

– Peter Van Buren: “It’s Not a Nuclear-Armed Iran That Israel and Saudi Arabia Really Fear

Middle East

– Because of the Syrian Civil War, it is difficult to come across clean water to consume

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he looked forward for the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in November

– It was thanks to Israel, not Iran, that an arms race began in the Middle East decades ago

– An Iraqi Shi’ite militia leader criticized the U.S. as not being serious in the fight against the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, militias in the country are training teenagers to fight against ISIS Continue reading “The Roundup for July 29th, 2015”

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 … Continue reading The Roundup for July 28th, 2015

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 … Continue reading The Roundup for July 26-27th, 2015

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 … Continue reading The Roundup for July 25th, 2015

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 … Continue reading The Roundup for July 24th, 2015

The Roundup for July 23rd, 2015

I have returned. What did I miss?

International Politics


– 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 Continue reading “The Roundup for July 23rd, 2015”

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 four 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. Continue reading “The Roundup for July 5-6th, 2015”