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Hey folks, how are you this (I hope) warm day?

International Politics


– Russia, Belarus and Kazahkstan signed a deal to make the Eurasian European Union. No doubt this is to counteract the power of both the EU and the U.S.

– President Obama: We will give Europe $1 billion for their military defense; Is this the “American exceptionalism” touted by Obama?

– Also, President Obama said trust was possible with Putin, but it would take time

– Meanwhile, NATO pledges to offer protection for Ukraine in case of an attack by Russia as new fighting breaks out in the east

Middle East

– Iraqi government troops are ready to “retake” Falluja from Islamic State in Iraq and Levant

– Benjamin Netanyahu: I am “troubled” by the U.S. decision to work with new government in Palestine

– The U.S. government called the current elections in Syria as a “disgrace

– With the support of the public behind them, troops in Yemen are gaining more success against Al-Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula


– Activist Kambale Musavuli and journalist Glen Ford talk about U.S. involvement in the Congo and how it is a microcosm of the U.S. involvement in Africa in general

– After “enormous” pressure, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef cancelled his show after three seasons; Meanwhile, General Sisi is now president-elect of Egypt after getting 96.9 percent of the vote

– 15 Nigerian officers, including 10 generals, were found guilty of help arming Boko Haram


– Pew: 45 percent of Ukrainians think the country should accept aid from the West with 60 percent in the West believing it and 33 percent in the East

– Days after a court in Turkey ruled a ban against YouTube was unconstitutional, the government lifted its ban

– The recent elections for the EU showed Euroscepticism, but it also showed France as the headquarters for this feeling

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Pew: On June 12th, the World Cup will commence in Brazil. Meanwhile, 72 percent of Brazilians are dissatisfied with things in the country

– What is occurring in Latin America is interesting for those who understand that business works with the right. The right-wing in Latin America is failing and businesses understand this as they work with the left. Certainly the interests of the capitalists with the left won’t be good for the working class.

– To avoid a strike (and I assume to get protection for the World Cup), federal police officers experience a 16 percent pay increase by Brazil

Surveillance Planet

– Michael Rogers, the new NSA director, states Edward Snowden is not a spy; Meanwhile, he said the agency was not collecting visual images of U.S. civilians

Financial Matters

– There is no better indication of class discrimination than looking into our housing market, which is not highly regulated

– Companies are now required to show how much their CEOs make in contrast to their workers, which will uncover the structure of contemporary capitalism

– A piece by journalist Mark Ames on Pierre Omidyar and his desire to make a profit no matter what

– France calls the $10 billion fine by the U.S. against BNP Paribas “not reasonable

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Continuing off the Pew poll in Brazil, a number of strikes and protests are still going on and more are expected during the World Cup

– In San Francisco, Calif., hundreds of transit city workers staged a “sickout” to protest pension cuts and it is the second day of this protest

– To get more funds for strikes, the United Auto Workers will raise their dues by 25 percent

Politics US

Washington USA

– The House of Representatives voted 321 to 87 to increase funding for the National Science Foundation, but also to cut social sciences inside of the program

– The FCC website crashed just days after John Oliver called for trolls to flood the organization to save net neutrality

Anytown USA

– A debate on The Real News on whether the new curfew law in Baltimore, Md., would protect anyone and whether it is necessary in the city

A new report revealed the relationship between a judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a prosecutor in the borough

Top Gun (Stories)

– Stephen Colbert reports on one man in Florida who takes barely any safety precautions when firing his gun in his backyard and the law prohibits anyone from doing anything [autostart]

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Samantha Bee of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart uncovers the inane liberals with their anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and the consequences

– Dahr Jamail: “On Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture

The Second Sex

– A new survey uncovered 65 percent of women experienced a form of street harassment in their lives

– There is a bill in Tennessee giving the state government such powers to restrict abortion that a majority of the state is against it

– The New York Times declined to run a cartoon criticizing sexists and misogynist men

A short piece on what rape in general means in India in politics and society

Planet Earth 

– A discussion on The Real News reviewing the EPA’s new rules on power plants and the flaws associated with the plans; The plan, by the way, has different rules for states and may increase emissions

– China announces it will institute its own CO2 emission cap starting in 2016; Update: It was the “personal view” of He Jiankun, not actual policy to be implemented

– A trial is underway in Canada in the Lac Mégantic train disaster, a runaway train carrying oil crashed downtown killing 47 people

– There is still a disaster occurring after Fukushima and it’s not over yet

– Juan Cole: “Faced w/ Global Warming Threat, Obama fudges EPA Carbon Reduction

– A bill to ban fracking in California was defeated despite a majority of civilians in the state favoring it

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: 42 percent of Americans still believe creationist view of human origins, while 19 percent believe in evolution

– New EPA Regulations Would Force Power Plants To Find 30% More Loopholes By 2030

– Inequality has its roots before farming with some elite hunter-gatherers as the earliest indication of this

– Gallup: Iraqis report the least happiness with Iranians behind them in second place

Break Time

Yellow Ledbetter

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.