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June 28, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:



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Wall Street losses deepen after Brexit vote (Australian)

Losses deepened in US and European stocks overnight, as the UK’s vote to leave the European Union continued to shake financial markets.

FBI didn’t inform some Americans they were on ISIS kill list (Circa)

The FBI did not alert numerous Americans that they were placed on secret Islamic State kill lists or notify their local police about the potential dangers, a lapse in the government’s efforts to combat the terrorist group’s evolving strategy to target everyday citizens. To date, the terror group that goes by the acronym ISIS has published on encrypted web sites several hit lists naming more than 15,000 people it would like to see killed by sleeper cells or lone wolves in New York, Texas, Florida and California.

My four months as a private prison guard (Mother Jones)

Inside the Corrections Corporation of America, an undercover journalist reveals a horrific pattern of abuse, neglect, and corporate greed with devastating consequences.  Editor’s note:  Legal intimidation has made investigations like this rare. It’s time for journalists to reclaim our roots.

GOP’s Zika bill limits contraceptive access (Huffington Post)

The rapidly spreading Zika virus — which can be transmitted sexually and by mosquitos — is most dangerous for pregnant women. But Republicans in Congress on Thursday released a funding proposal limiting the distribution of contraceptives and preventing family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood from participating in the effort to help women in Zika-affected areas delay pregnancy. 

Thousands of ancient petroglyphs, dramatic solar calendar reported in N. Arizona (Western Digs)

Archaeologists exploring the remote mesas of northern Arizona have uncovered a trove of previously undocumented rock art, including more than 1,500 petroglyphs, and confirmed the presence a prehistoric solar calendar, which has been marking the seasons for more than 700 years with a striking “shadow dagger” that travels across its sandstone face.

Clinton and Warren demonstrate power of their new alliance (NBC)

Locked hand-in-hand in front of a rapturous Ohio crowd, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren sealed a powerful alliance Monday that could help unify the Democratic Party and give Donald Trump nightmares. The Massachusetts senator is on Clinton's shortlist of potential vice presidential running mates, but campaigning with the presumptive Democratic nominee in Cincinnati, Warren demonstrated she will be a vital ally in any capacity.

Defecting Democrats, Trump and bitterness: Why Jill Stein just might turn November upside down (Salon)

We’re in something of a lull in the news cycle now, with primaries over and the convention a month away…But there’s an unauthorized narrative that is quickly taking shape online: rumblings of defection from the Democratic Party, a surge in registration for the Green Party, and a serious bid come November by Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

Think you’ve got it locked, Hillary? Meet Jill Stein (Real News Network)

The Green Party candidate insists it’s her year to get noticed—and she may make it onto 47 state ballots… with a recent Bloomberg poll showing that only 55 percent of Sanders voters are ready for Hillary, the conditions exist for Stein to spark a larger exodus…And while the Greens have been under the radar in America for the past several years, they proudly claim at least 100 municipal officeholders ...Now, like the Libertarian Party, the Green Party sees its moment in this season of widespread discontent, when both Clinton and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump begin the general election campaign with record-high unfavorables.

How well can Gary Johnson and Bill Weld actually do in the presidential election? (Newsweek)

It’s been 48 years since a third-party presidential candidate managed to win votes in the electoral college..The Libertarian Party has been around since 1971, and it's usually an afterthought in American politics...This year, it’s obviously different. The Libertarian Party has nominated two former two-term governors, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, and on Wednesday night the two took questions at a CNN Town Hall hosted by Chris Cuomo.

Why the Clinton Foundation and foreign money are an issue (McClatchy News Service)

The Clinton Foundation, long overshadowed as a campaign issue, is in the spotlight and likely to remain a billion-dollar question mark there. The operation has done countless acts of good, helping millions get HIV/AIDS treatment and delivering healthier food to schools, for example. But it financed that work in part with tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments, including some that mistreat women and gays. Watchdog groups have challenged it to open its books, without success. And now bipartisan voices – from Donald Trump on the right to Bernie Sanders on the left – are questioning whether foreign donors ponied up the big checks expecting something in return should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton become the next president of the U.S.

Thrilling conservative audience, Trump vows to lift ban on politicking, appoint antiabortion judges (Washington Post)

… the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said he would end the decades-old ban on tax-exempt groups’ — including churches — politicking, called religious liberty “the No. 1 question,” and promised to appoint antiabortion Supreme Court justices.


UK votes to leave EU, Cameron quits (BBC)

A round-up of the top stories on a day that can be described - without exaggeration - as truly historic:

Scotland seeks to remain in EU, ready for new independence vote (Reuters)

… on Thursday, the United Kingdom voted overall to leave the EU, but Scots voted by 62-38 percent to remain. [First Minister] Sturgeon's SNP says many Scots opted against independence in 2014 because they believed that was the only way to guarantee EU membership.

Iraqi general:  ‘The battle for Fallujah is over.’(CNN)

A senior Iraqi general has announced on state TV that the battle for Falluja is over as Iraqi troops retook the final ISIS holdout in the city.

A yellow fever epidemic in Angola could turn into a global crisis (Washington Post)

Hundreds are dead and vaccine supplies are insufficient as the disease spreads.



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