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The Weekend Roundup for May 24-25th, 2014

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International Politics


– President Obama: I praise the voters in Ukraine who go out to choose their president “despite provocations and violence

– On Wednesday, President Obama will make a speech outlining his “limited” foreign policy goals for his final two years; I’m guessing it involves giving responsibility to private contractors

Middle East

– Juan Cole: “Pope Francis in Jordan Reaches out to Forgotten Syrian Refugees, Christians and Muslims

– The Yemen government stated a senior al-Qaeda leader wanted for attacks was killed by security forces

At least 10 people died as a result of a car bomb explosion in Homs, Syria

– The head of Hezbollah warned of foreign fighters in Syria and blamed Europe for allowing their entrance into Syria

– In northern Iraq, a car bomb exploded outside a liquor store during the nighttime and killed at least 12 people and wounded 29


– Journalist Susan Zakin interviews to well-respected journalist Corinne Dufka about West Africa, Nigeria, the kidnapped girls and what is important in understanding in the country

– Against the wishes of the renegade general, the Libyan parliament gave a vote of confidence for Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq

– Hamdeen Sabahi, the only leftist challenging General Sisi in the Egyptian presidential elections, believes he can inspire hope

At least seven people were killed when Al-Shabab militants in Somalia attacked the parliament in Mogadishu

– Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 28 people across three villages in Nigeria

Asia and Oceania

– After a close call, China and Japan demanded each other stop their efforts in the disputed territory

– With the Thai junta dissolving the senate, the king in the country is expected to voice his approval of the junta; Meanwhile, bombings in Thailand killed at least three and wounded 63


– Volodymyr Ishchenko, a Ukrainian sociologist, explains the presidential elections are a way for the oligarchs to continue their rule after Viktor Yanukovich’s removal; Petro Poroshenko, the “Chocolate King,” won more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round of the election

– For European Parliament, a number of far-right parties were able to gain support with Front National in France getting the most

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Subcomandante Marcos announces he will step down from the Zaptistas because of “internal changes

Surveillance Planet

– Emptywheel: “Four Reasons USA Freedumber is Worse than the Status Quo

Financial Matters

– Part four of eight with Costas Lapavitsas on how capitalists are able to produce nothing of value yet produce massive profits at the expense of others

– China continues its economic dominance in Africa with its growing exports to the continent along with its investments

– Days after the U.S. charged five military officers, China announced to its state-owned companies to cut ties with U.S. consulting firms

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In Turkey, protesters marched in the streets to say “No to subcontracting” in reference to the Soma disaster

Politics US

Washington USA

– In a surprise visit to the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, President Obama pledged to have a “responsible end” to the Afghanistan War; I’m guessing it ends with companies exploiting all the resources in Afghanistan

– An article reviewing jury nullification and why it is important to understand this in contemporary times

– The Obama administration to allow veterans to get care at private hospitals

Anytown USA

– After 9/11 and the Boston Bombings, America did not critically think about its policies, but turned to retribution and vengeance. Its ignorance only fuels fear and hatred.

– The approach to the Santa Barbara murder is different based on Elliot Rodger’s race since it changes the narrative the media will use [Rodger was actually Eurasian]

– Robert Gates, the new president of the Boy Scouts, states he would have let gay adults be scoutmasters, yet he opposes current efforts to do so

– New York State wants to hide documents relating to the murders committed at Attica State Prison in 1971; Shameful

– A victim of police brutality in Chicago, Ill. explains how he found justice in the sense of organizing and community after experiencing the attack

We Don’t Need No Education

– Thomas Frank: “The trigger warning we need: ‘College is a scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent’

Top Gun (Stories)

– Last Friday, seven people were killed and 13 were injured in Santa Barbara, Calif. by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who was angry at being unsuccessful with women; Rodger had more than 400 rounds of ammunition in his car and three types of guns, all legally purchased in different states

– Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wants to revive gun control legislation in Congress in response to the Santa Barbara shooting

Three people were killed and one was injured in a shooting in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Bill Brown, the country sheriff of Santa Barbara decries lack of resources in community treatment centers for the mentally ill in the wake of the Elliot Rodger murder spree

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Elliot Rodger’s California shooting spree: further proof that misogyny kills

– Beatrix Campbell asserts another women’s revolution is needed to fight back the patriarchy in society

Planet Earth 

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “New Environmentalists Are Taking Bold Actions — and It’s Working

– There is a rise in the amount of neonatal deaths in Utah with the cause being the drilling for oil

– Scientists report the ice in Greenland may melt at a faster rate as a result of climate change and other events such as the Antarctic ice melting

– A quick article on how military researchers warn climate change threatens the fabric of security in the future

– A Cornell University researcher explains how methane makes natural gas worse for the climate than coal

– Both Arizona and Alaska are dealing with their own massive wildfires as the summer begins to start

Mixed Bag

– What happens when you combine cats and Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century? Catipal!

– There is an event where people display tarantulas the way dogs are displayed in the Westminster Dog Show

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Brandon Jordan

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.