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International Politics


– Authorities state they were able to stop a malignant virus online and found the person who created it

– The UN may make refugee centers in northern Africa and the Middle East based on estimates of a “colossal humanitarian catastrophe” of incoming refugees

– FIFA’s Vice President denies he took any bribes to give the 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Middle East

– Pew: Countries surrounding Syria have unfavorable opinions of Bashar al-Assad

– A great sight with the Palestine’s soccer team qualifying for its first tournament—The 2015 AFC Asian Cup

– A Palestinian man fired on Israel forces and was killed as a result

– In Iraq, companies from Iran are in charge of rebuilding the infrastructure needed for transportation for better trade between both countries

– The new government, a joint-effort between Fatah and Hamas, in Palestine was sworn in, which the U.S. says it will work with and fund

– As the Obama administration defends its swap deal with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is angry at not being told


– The Canadian government said citizens living in Libya should leave immediately before the situation deteriorates

– For “security reasons,” the Nigerian police banned demonstrations to get the kidnapped girls

Asia and Oceania

– The criminal justice system in Japan is not a perfect system as it allows for the violations of human rights

– It seems Russia lifted its arms embargo to Pakistan, perhaps in response to India (a former client) deciding to get weapons from the West

– Google Maps is considering its strategy if it’s going to take pictures inside of North Korea


– In the EU elections, despite gains in Greece and Spain, leftist parties had a poor showing at the polls with consequences following

– In France, the police arrested four jihadists accused of recruiting nationalists

– King Juan Carlos of Spain will abdicate his throne and hand it to his son

– At least five pro-Russia separatists were killed and eight injured in a battle in Ukraine

– Russia and Ukraine stated they will work out a plan for Ukraine to pay off Russia for its gas debt

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The only anti-cannabis candidate in the Uruguayan presidential primaries lost as all other candidates from across the spectrum backed the new law

Surveillance Planet

– Noam Chomsky: “Edward Snowden, the World’s “Most Wanted Criminal

– Emptywheel: “Why Is DOJ Hiding Three Phone Dragnet Orders in Plain Sight?

– NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden states he applied for asylum in Brazil since his asylum in Russia expires in August

– On June 5th, some websites will be a part of “Reset the Net,” which intends to teach users how to use encryption

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Consumer spending in the U.S. reached a six-year high for May with $98 reported

– A short article explaining how Thomas Piketty’s new book, despite being great (I strongly agree with this), does not do enough to talk about the major problems with capitalism (I strongly agree with this)

– The space race, once a battle with public investment, becomes a commercialized effort between privatized companies with governments in the back seat

– In an effort to prevent offshore tax evasion, 77,000 foreign banks will share its data with the IRS

– It seems foreign aid from the World Bank is going to constructing luxurious hotels in Myanmar instead of actually helping out working people

– A short piece about how the wheels of capitalism continually consume victims like Greece to profit the rich on Wall Street

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Robert Reich shows parallels between the “Freedom Summer” movement in the 1960s and the contemporary movement for better wages

– There’s always been a lot on worker cooperatives, there is a good amount of information about African-American cooperatives

– Huge news out of Seattle: The City Council approved $15/hour despite loopholes in the deal

Politics US

Washington USA

– Katrina vanden Heuvel: “The Real Benghazi Scandal

– Pew: 55 percent of American voters state education is an “extremely important” issue for them, while 34 percent say it is immigration.

– President Obama placed FEMA in charge of handling aid to undocumented children coming into the U.S. alone

– Dean Baker: “The Veterans Affairs Scandal and Plans for Downsizing the Social Security Administration

Anytown USA

– Chris Hedges: “We All Must Become Zapatistas

– A man in New Jersey received a nearly $106 million subsidy for a property venture. He was also a donor to Chris Christie.

– Television and film industry might get the okay by the federal government to use drones

We Don’t Need No Education

– Michael Ratner talks on how he resigned from the ethics board in Brandeis University over its action against a Palestinian organization

Top Gun (Stories)

– The lobbying group of the NRA released a statement calling for gun owners to be wise in their decisions in response to gun owners showing off in Chipotle

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The New York Times had an informative piece on Elliot Rodger’s history, which the summary of it can be found here

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a task force to help the mentally ill after two deaths at Rikers Island

The Second Sex

– A new survey released found nearly 60 percent of Americans want their employer to offer insurance for contraception coverage

– On June 2, women in India protested rape in society being so prevalent and police responded by firing water hoses on them

A new report found female retail workers make $4 less than men do

Planet Earth 

– An insight into students at the University of Toronto getting petitions to get their college to divest from fossil fuel companies

– The new environmental plan by the Obama administration, according to two organizations, could potentially create 274,000 jobs by 2020; The EPA says it could save up to $90 billion in climate and health benefits

– As a result of increasing temperatures in Europe, the continent faces a decline in yield of 40 percent in its wheat and barley by 2040

– The latest plan by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) does not do enough to assist the environment nor produce anything productive

Mixed Bag

– “Modernized Space Camp Allows Kids To Simulate Frustration Over Lack Of Funding

– Meanwhile, NASA and MIT were able to get Wi-Fi on the moon

Break Time

Smoke on the Water

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.