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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,...

The Roundup for June 18th, 2015

Heard this on the radio on Tuesday. Liked it. International Politics Overall – FIFA President Sepp Blatter hired a former U.S. federal prosecutor to deal with a corruption probe – A United Nations official pledged the UN would help Lebanon repel any militant attacks – The U.S. said it is not giving concessions to Iran over...

Time for China and the Philippines to Talk: Resolving the South China Sea Conundrum

Among American foreign policy hawks, President Ronald Reagan has been continuously portrayed as the tough, principled leader, who stood up to an "evil empire" (Soviet Union) and facilitated its demise by employing a combination of uncompromising diplomacy and rapid military buildup. Show More Summary

Why Conservatives fear Pope’s Climate Letter: A Radical Attack on the Logic of the Market

Steffen Böhm | (The Conversation) | – – What makes Pope Francis and his 187-page encyclical so radical isn’t just his call to urgently tackle climate change. It’s the fact he openly…

Palestinian child in occupation is seriously injured by explosive he thought was a toy

9-year old Qoteiba Sawafta suffered serious burns and injuries when he picked up an Israeli explosive object, thinking it was a toy, and it detonated in his face. The incident took place in Tubas, in the central part of the occupied West Bank, per IMEMC

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

Women’s Voices Matter, especially in the Middle East

By Lauren Feeney | (Informed Comment) – – Before there were nine million Syrian refugees, civil wars in Yemen and Libya, mass death sentences being handed down in Egypt, there was a…

Watch: Video Highlights Police Abuses in Burundi

(Nairobi) – Human Rights Watch today released a short video on police abuses during demonstrations that began on April 26, 2015, in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. Burundian police have used excessive force against people protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza’s election bid for a third term. Show More Summary

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis. Though Iran and the world powers...Show More Summary

The Roundup for June 16th, 2015

Good day folks! Weather here in NYC is very strange. Very hot one day and rains the other. International Politics Overall – Amnesty International criticized global efforts in helping refugees – Interesting look into what happens in Libya because of the Islamic State can affect a community in Egypt Africa – At least 23 people died...

Video: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs ridicules foreign press in cartoon defending Gaza attack

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a satirical cartoon video today ridiculing foreign journalists and their coverage of the Gaza Strip for failing to report, and notice that “terror rules Gaza,”—not Israel.

The Roundup for June 14-15th, 2015

A new week begins folks! International Politics Overall – An official for the South Africa delegation that got the 2010 FIFA World Cup said he believes the FBI’s recent claim that a $10 million bribe was used to secure the cup – There was a major meeting between Venezuelan and U.S. officials in Haiti to...

Nothing but net from 415 feet above

A group of Australian basketball trickshot artists nailed a shot from 415 feet above the basket, atop the Gordon Dam in Tasmania. They broke their own world record. Norah O'Donnell reports.

Woman Finds Her 'Twin'—Again

Niamh Geaney was understandably "freaked out" when she found a woman that looked just like her living only an hour away in Ireland. But Geaney, who set out to find her doppelganger through project Twin Strangers, was even more astounded when she found a second doppelganger, this one living in...

Munayyer-Beinart debate revealed toothless sentimentalism of liberal Zionism

Rob Bryan writes, "If I had to point to the exact moment at which Peter Beinart lost last week’s debate with Yousef Munayyer, it was when he uttered the two words "Nakba museum." Speaking to a packed crowd at the New York City office...Show More Summary

The Roundup for June 12th, 2015

Our next stop is Brazil. Working on a story for Monday. Keep your eyes open for that one. Really excited for it too. Rest in peace Ornette Coleman and Dusty Rhodes International Politics Overall – Israeli officials monitored a scholarly conference in the U.K. where folks like journalist Max Blumenthal spoke – A Qatari official said...

A Year after the Fall of Mosul, Yazidi Kurdish Survivors of ISIL Massacres Struggle On

VICE News | (Video Report) | – – “A year after the Islamic State’s lightning conquest of Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul, the poorly-trained and equipped Kurdish peshmerga forces are the international…

When Selfies Kill

It looks like some members of ISIS are on the JV team after all. From Gizmodo: Many of us know the feeling of posting a regrettable pic or two online. But while your thoughtless photos might be an embarrassment, they (typically) aren’t offensive enough to merit a US Air Force strike. Show More Summary

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