Ethereum wasn’t designed to fight the system, it’s a technology and not a political statement.
As you well know about the DAO attack that happen while a go, i made a post with full details here. The soft-fork should be applied on 16 July, this what “they said”, but still we cannot find an update anywhere regarding this.
There’s no news. I believe the date is the 21st, though, although I seem to read a different date every other day. I think you can plan on ETH slipping each day that goes by without some definitive news on what’s going to happen. Even when that happens, which will likely be an announcement of a proposed hard fork, the uncertainty of whether the fork will be actuated by the network will likely keep ETH volatile until this whole things is over, one way or another. Just my take.