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The Roundup for May 15th, 2014

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International Politics


– There is most definitely a lot to learn from what is happening in the Ukraine. Unfortunately, the mainstream narrative covers up or confuses what is happening in the country, allowing for government sources to take the lead of discussion. Plus, it has consequences for fascists in Europe

– As Western and Arab nations pledged to help the moderate opposition in Syria, the U.S. claimed “raw data” was found for the Syrian government using chemical weapons

– The Secretary General of NATO stated Europe should not rely on the U.S. for protection and should build their own defense

– Detainees at Guantanamo Bay accuse the U.S. government of manipulating data on those on hunger strike and force-fed

– As Vice President Joseph Biden warns China over dispute with Vietnam, China responds by cautioning the U.S. over inflaming tensions

Middle East

Part three of five with Ali Abunimah explains Israel does not have the right to exist as a Jewish state with claims of an absolute right to exist

– An increasing number of Palestinians are sent to solitary confinement in Israel to be interrogated according to a new study

– A car bomb on the border of the Turkey in Syria killed 43 people


– With the corrupt African National Congress still gaining power in the recent election, it shows how weak opposition parties are against ANC

– The rise of Boko Haram is definitely related to the fall of Gaddafi’s Libya as the fallout from that produced severe consequences for Africa

– General Sisi in Egypt requests U.S. help in combating terrorism in the country

Asia and Oceania

– With anti-Chinese riots becoming violent, Chinese civilians escape from Vietnam into Cambodia to stay safe; China, meanwhile, refuses to give up any territory and blames all on Vietnam

– Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his plans to turn Japan away from its pacifist stance to one fighting in conflicts

Up to three people were killed in Bangkok, Thailand after an explosion and gunfire took place against anti-government protesters


– Very compelling analysis by journalist Mark Ames on how Russia, specifically Vladimir Putin, is using Ukraine for his own advantage to get support

– Protests in Turkey grow over the outrage of the explosion at a mine killing nearly 300

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Dave Zirin talks on the resistance brewing in Brazil against the World Cup, which is controlled mainly through private corporations with other figures promoting neoliberalism. Dave Zirin will be here at the FDL Book Salon on July 5, a Saturday.

– Medea Benjamin: “10 Reasons to Love Uruguay’s President José Mujica

Surveillance Planet

– David Sirota: “American journalism needs more Edward Snowdens

– One Dutch student sold his personal information to the highest bidder, which was $480, to show how important privacy is

– David Miranda was allowed to appeal court decision justifying his detention at Heathrow airport in the UK

– Yes, the NSA is spying into our lives, but the private industry is also doing it with the motive of profit 

Financial Matters

– Thomas Piketty talks to The Real News about why it is important to control the structure of the market and of private property as well for democracy

– The example of Chevron’s environmental destruction in Ecuador is just one of many where multi-national corporations place profit over the livelihood of all

– General Motors just added five recalled models to its list of recalled cars, which pushes it up to 11 million cars

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In 230 cities across the world, fast food workers went on strike to protest their living conditions and demanding a better working condition

– A Danish worker who makes $21/hour at McDonald’s asks why American workers cannot a higher salary as it does not seem right

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Leaders from both parties in the House and the Senate are viewed more unfavorably than favorably

– Glen Ford reflects on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court

– In a three to two vote, the FCC passed a proposal weakening the “Open Internet” as three people were arrested from a meeting yesterday for protesting; Glad to see where they stand

– For the Obamas, their assets for the previous year were $1.8 million to $7 million; Well then…

– Amy Goodman: “Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

– Uranium weapons still are valuable in this day and age as new contracts are formed to purchase such weapons

Anytown USA

– Gallup: 61 percent of Americans believe capital punishment is morally justified versus 30 percent who do not think so

– Police unions in New York want to repeal the End Discriminatory Profiling Act because it could hinder their work; The police is telling me a law stopping their discrimination is hurting their work? Am I on Mars?

– Papers like the Associated Press and The Guardian challenge the secrecy drug law in Missouri with a lawsuit

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– At an annual conference of nutritionists, the sponsor was McDonald’s, which is not ideal for nutrition.

– “Gluten sensitivity” may be too vague to describe the problems with some Americans consuming wheats 

The Second Sex

– Despite the Pentagon claiming it will achieve action against sexual assault in the military, the reforms still do not go far enough and act to save face

– Jessica Valenti: “Rape victims shouldn’t have to suffer in silence and keep their rapists’ secrets

– Rabid gun owners go after women who want action on guns and it is the most vile stuff you can imagine

Planet Earth 

– It seems the water shortage in California could produce earthquakes throughout the state

– A USDA report stated there were a very significant rate of honeybee deaths in the U.S. last year

Mixed Bag

– Scientists discovered a new plant in the Philippines that can eat nickel without any problems

– Congress Splits Into Male And Female Senators To Discuss Newest Reproductive Bill

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Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.