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The Roundup for May 30th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you this Friday?

International Politics


– Ugandan President Yoweri Musevani—who passed the anti-gay crime law earlier this year—seems likely to become the next UN President; Funny how international politics works

– According to Pentagon officials, the U.S. plan to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2016 means two more years for detainees in the secret Bagram facility

An interview with scholar Henry Giroux about the perils in democracy in contemporary times

– With the elites as powerful as ever, what does it mean for us, the people who are the “alternative media,” to combat this? While we may be doing good, there is still apathy and living within the system

Middle East

– The U.S. confirmed a U.S. citizen was a suicide bomber in Syria as stated by rebels

– The Iraqi Kurds stated they were making an “oil weapon” —i.e. becoming independent—against the Iraqi government

– Israel announces it prevented a suicide bombing at a checkpoint, which would have been the first in six years

– In Yemen, clashes between rebels and tribesmen, backed by the army, left at least 12 people dead 


– The Jordanian government said Jordan citizens living in Libya should leave “as soon as possible

– Sudan announces it will not install Iranian anti-aircraft missiles against suspected Israeli air strikes after stating it could be “misinterpreted

– In a second week in a row, thousands came out to support General Hifter in Libya

An insight into the fundamentalism and terrorism conducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria

Asia and Oceania

– General Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the coup in Thailand, said it will be a year before elections happen in the country; The U.S. said it will not accept this


Part seven of eight with Costas Lapavitsas on what the effects of neoliberal social democracy has been for Greece

– John Major, former Conservative Prime Minister, states full letters rather than the “gist” by Tony Blair to George W. Bush should be published to avoid suspicion

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Ronaldo, a striker legend in Brazil, said he was “appalled” by the preparations made by Brazil for the World Cup

Surveillance Planet

– Kirk Wiebe, an NSA whistleblower, explains the Edward Snowden interview on NBC did not go into detail on how the NSA collected information before 9/11

– Daniel Ellsberg: “Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong

– An upcoming piece by Glenn Greenwald, based on Edward Snowden’s documents, will reveal Americans who were spied on by the NSA

– Jesselyn Radack: “America’s leak hypocrisy: The double standard for exposing undercover identities

Financial Matters

– David Sirota: “Are You Sick of Terrible Service from Comcast and Time Warner? It’s About to Get Much Worse.

– Los Angeles, Calif. sues JPMorgan Chase over discriminatory loans given to residents in the city

– It seems “Too Big to Fail” is not appropriate anymore when referring to these large banking institutions. The new term should be “Too Big to Sue

– The Chief Executive of Google, Larry Page, states the “right to be forgotten” could be abused by repressive governments

– The Justice Department wants to fine $10 billion against BNP Paritas, a French bank, for not following sanctions against countries the U.S. said cannot be  traded with

– India’s economy grew at 4.6 percent last quarter, which is lower than before as the manufacturing sector slowed down

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In 20 cities throughout the country, Wal-Mart workers, mostly mothers, went on strike for better working conditions

Politics US

Washington USA

– Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki announced his resignation today with Sloan Gibson taking over as interim secretary; It still does not change all the problems in the VA

– Moreover, it is interesting Shinseki had support from a number of veterans’ groups and still does

– With civil liberties continuing to deteriorate without any signs of a recovery, it seems the policies made by Bush continue under Obama’s term (I would say it’s much worse)

– White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is resigning as well, which is a surprise

– Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) states John Kerry is avoiding to testify on Benghazi in Congress

– A change in Medicare policy allows transgender people to apply for sex-reassignment surgery

– An insight into the fake populism by a wing in the Democratic Party seeking to change the narrative in their favor

Anytown USA

– Gallup: 63 percent of Americans say it is right for same-sex couples to adopt a child

– In Georgia, SWAT officers broke down a door of a house looking for a suspect, who ultimately was not there, and threw a stun grenade in a crib with a 19-month-old child. The child has a 50 percent chance of living, doctors say.

– Dave Zirin: “Lance Stephenson’s Daring, Careless Whispers

Part three of four with two activists in Baltimore, Md. on efforts to stop the construction of an incinerator

– The Missouri District Attorney proposed the state create its own lethal drug to use for execution; It’s a sick thing

We Don’t Need No Education

– “Globalized academia” — Where colleges and universities decide to exploit workers for profits, which is the ultimate goal above education

– Despite Ras Baraka getting elected in Newark, N.J., the devastation wrought by Cory Booker on schools in the city is deep and requires a lot of time to fix

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: 21 percent of families with children in OECD countries experience food insecurity, while 15 percent of families with no children in OECD countries experience the same

– Lyme disease patients protested in front of the Infectious Diseases Society of America headquaters in Arlington, Va. to demand care and to stop the IDSA’s neglect of them

– A tragic case where a mother with mental illness lost her daughter and still has not gotten her back despite having a son and getting better

Top Gun (Stories)

– In contrast to earlier claims, authorities in California were aware of Elliot Rodger’s video online, but did not view them

– A college and an occupational center were evacuated and locked down after reports of a man with a gun in the vicinity

The Second Sex

– It was reported 38 men gang-raped a 15-year-old girl in Malaysian. Police arrested 13 men involved.

– Elliot Rodger was not just a murderer, as this article argues, but rather was a product of our society filled with such misogyny and racism

– After two police officers in India refused to help search for the missing girls hanged in India after a gang-rape, they were fired

– A look into the online world where Elliot Rodger was when talking about women and where misogyny reigns among users

Planet Earth 

– President Obama: I urge all citizens to get ready for hurricane season; You think this is a joke, but this is what he actually said instead of giving supplies

– A segment on The Real News where companies and groups like ALEC worked together in an attempt to stop renewable energy standards in Ohio and seek to replicate it in other states

– Underneath the Great Plains in the U.S., geographers identified a potential dangerous source of carbon dioxide that, if released, cause more climate problems

– With new climate plans to be introduced by the Obama administration Monday, corporations and corporate interest groups are trying to stop it 

– Can a “green capitalism” provide solutions to our climate problems? The truth is it is still capitalism and cannot solve our issues

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: The issue most considered morally acceptable in the U.S. is birth control at 90 percent. More can be found here.

– Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, will buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion as Donald Sterling will sue the NBA for $1 billion over suspension

– Budget Cheat Day Lets Government Splurge On Anything It Wants Once A Week

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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.