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The Roundup for May 27th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing this Tuesday?

International Politics


– Despite protests last fall by American citizens against intervention in Syria, there are still governmental elites seeking to intervene in the country

– China called for the U.S. to stop with its cyberattacks after it found it was a major target of the attacks

– The White House announced, in vague terms, President Obama will be meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week during the former’s tour of Europe

Middle East

– Oren Yiftachel, an Israeli academic, talks to The Real News on the recent debate in Israel about the new “Jewish State” law proposed by Benjamin Netanyahu

– In contrast to reports where Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons members were kidnapped in Syria, the organization says it was untrue

– Juan Cole: “Did a Karzai No-Show Spoil Obama’s announcement of end of Afghanistan War?

– 40 Palestinians on hunger-strike were hospitalized by the Israeli government as 240 Palestinians continue their hunger strike of unfair policies and demand their release

– A suicide bomber killed at least 17 people in Baghdad, Iraq with no group accepting responsibility


– Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declined a deal with Boko Haram to trade the 276 kidnapped girls with captured Boko Haram miltants

– With a low turnout for the Egyptian presidential elections, the government extended it an extra day

Asia and Oceania

– A fishing boat from Vietnam was hit by a Chinese fishing boat in the South China Sea, which will surely increase such tensions

– Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi states Pakistan should crack down on militants; And so it begins

– It should be noted China is interested into talking with Modi to improve relations between both countries


– A quick article that states there are three points to remember about the situation in Ukraine

– Dozens of separatists were killed in a battle over an airport in Donetsk, which the Ukrainian government says they now have control over

– Pope Francis: The Catholic Church has “zero tolerance” for priests who are pedophiles

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Plan Colombia, an effort between the U.S. and Colombia to curb drug production, led to the decline of indigenous groups in the country as a result of genocide

– With less than three weeks until the World Cup begins on June 12, protests are set to continue throughout the tournament against the pro-corporate deal the Brazilian government scored

Surveillance Planet

– A lengthy, yet important article on how the latest on the NSA shows it being a major threat to our democracy

– The Federal Trade Commission requested more transparency from data brokers since they purchase a lot of information—including personal—on consumers

Financial Matters

– Gallup: 66 percent of Americans say big businesses create “good jobs” overseas, while 43 percent say the same domestically

Part five of eight with Costas Lapavitsas on how financialization for contemporary capitalism is not necessary for the rest of us

– IMF: Current efforts on banking reform throughout the world are too slow

– Dean Baker: “Don’t buy the ‘sharing economy’ hype: Airbnb and Uber are facilitating rip-offs

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A great article about Jorge Mujica, an independent candidate running in Chicago, and a bike ride/history of labor in Chicago lesson

– With so many stories finding issues a bout work, Kathi Weeks states there needs to re-evaluation on what work is and what work today represents

– The International Labour Organization reports half of the workers in developing countries work in vulnerable jobs

– Mike Elk: “Verizon Wireless Workers Make History in Brooklyn

– Despite Switzerland failing to pass a referendum to implement the first minimum wage in the nation, Germany seems likely to do so for next year

Politics US

Washington USA

– The Supreme Court ruled Florida’s law setting a standard for the intellectual disabled is unconstitutional, Justice Anthony Kennedy writes in the opinion it is a “condition, not a number.

– New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asked the American Red Cross about its $300 million raised for Hurricane Sandy victims, yet did not press on as the information about the money was never released

– President Obama’s top lawyer will be investigating how a CIA officer’s name was leaked to the public

In These Times talks to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about a possible presidential run, the way forward and why the South is still important

– In her new, upcoming book, Hillary Clinton states, despite wishing she made different decisions, her tenure as Secretary of State was a “proud” achievement; These elites really feel proud of their ventures on behalf of the bourgeoisie

Anytown USA

Part one of four of a very interesting report by The Real News on the dangers of a new incinerator built in Baltimore, Md.

– In California, the 33rd district is open to Democrats and Republicans to get a bunch of wealthy donors on their side with Democrat Henry Waxman retiring

– Activists in Los Angeles hope their efforts to have permanent civilian oversight of the police can spread throughout the country

We Don’t Need No Education

– Jessica Valenti: “How to end the college class war

Top Gun (Stories)

– The gun industry uses its advertising powers to get individuals like Elliot Rodger to purchase more weapons, which is wrong to do

– Richard Martinez, the father of a college student murdered in Isla Vista, Calif., calls for politicians to act rather than express their sorrow

– To discuss gun control, we also need to discuss our government’s own efforts to use violence to solve problems

– In response to these tragedies, communities could start to divest from companies making guns 

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– An extensive and special report by The Guardian on families in the U.S. filling the void on mental health since their officials refuse to help

– Hadley Freeman pens a great op-ed on how misogyny was an outlet for Elliot Rodger’s frustrations that he could not control nor did anyone else

A study found nine in 10 Wikipedia articles on health contain errors, so readers should be cautious when reading

– The Associated Press talks to experts about mass murderers, which they say is very difficult to predict

The Second Sex

– A Brown University student files a federal sexual assault complaint against the university for failing to handle a case with her rapist

– Dave Zirin: “Pure Poison: The UCSB Shooting, Ray Rice and a Culture of Violence Against Women

– A database of stories on the social media site Tumblr reveal “When Women Refuse” to have sex with men and get attacked or killed as a result of it

– In Pakistan, a 25-year-old woman was stoned in an “honor” killing by her family after marrying someone she loved

Planet Earth 

– It seems the governmental agency in the EU in charge of the health in Europe wants to make an “escape route” for companies when a pesticide is banned

– The World Meterological Organization reported CO2 pollution in the Northern Hemisphere broke a record in terms of the high amount

– Water usurped oil as a valuable resource the U.S. views to protect and go after in its imperialistic ventures overseas

– Dahr Jamail: “The Future of Food?

Mixed Bag

– Militia Leader Sentenced To 6 Months’ Probation For War Misdemeanors

– What can make famous paintings better? Cats.

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