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The Roundup for June 5th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing this Thursday?

International Politics


– Leaders of the G7 warn Russia more sanctions are coming if Ukraine is not stabilized

– It is all but 100 years [actual date June 28, 1914] since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which started decades of wars, destruction and conflict. But peace can be attained

– President Obama declines to hear France’s appeal of the fine against BNP Paribas as he meets President Francois Hollande

– Ray McGovern talks about the true villains in the Bowe Bergdahl case as the media is failing to report on the much larger issue at play

Middle East

– As the hospital in Falluja continues to take mortar fire, there is an upsurge in dead bodies at the hospital

– With the effects of sanctions hurting civilians in Iran, civilians think it is better to work out a compromise with the West

– The Housing Minister in Israel announced the state would create 1,500 more settler homes

– Al-Qaeda-tied militants attacked a post in Yemen killing at least 12 people

– North of Baghdad, Iraq, militants launched an attack against Sunnis leaving seven troops dead


– Amid a power struggle in the Libyan government, the intelligence chief resigned in frustration over the lack of effort from parliament to appoint a prime minister

– Boko Haram militants killed at least 200 civilians in Nigeria after dressing up as soldiers; Furthermore, suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 45 in a village near Maiduguri

– Prosecutors in Egypt sought 15 years for three al-Jazeera journalists for making a “devilish pact” with the Muslim Brotherhood


– Mark Weisbrot: “Ukraine’s IMF Agreement Could Worsen the Country’s Problems

– On the issue of Scottish independence, President Obama said the U.S. was committed to a unified U.K. but it was the decision of the Scottish people whether or not to become independent

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Canada, a 24-year-old man, who has a history of anti-gun control and anti-police talk, killed three police officers and is still on the run

Surveillance Planet

– A year after the relevations on the NSA, Edward Snowden calls for action to get back our privacy rights

– A German committee is interested in meeting Snowden in Moscow to talk more about the NSA

– Trevor Timm: “Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world – and why the fight’s not over

Financial Matters

– An interview with Dean Baker of Center for Economic Policy and Research and Robert Pollin of Political Economy Research Institute on the recent economic events happening in the U.S. and how it shows there still a lot needed to be done

– Robert Reich: “The Way to Stop Corporate Lawbreaking is to Prosecute the People Who Break the Law“; Meanwhile, GM fires 15 employees for its role in the ignition failure

– The recent revision of the GDP for the first quarter, which is now at -1 percent, is not due to “bad weather.” It is because of the economy itself

– To help the economy, the European Central Bank announced a negative interest rate

– Gallup: The payroll-to-population rate for May is 44.5 percent, which is up from 43.9 percent in May

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Whole Foods has a history of stopping attempts of its workers to unionize

– With a week before the World Cup in Brazil, subway and transit operators went on strike for better pay

Politics US

Washington USA

– In the Senate, a bill passed with bipartisan support to give veterans treatment outside the VA system

– Gallup: The uninsured rate for the second quarter in 2014 is at 13.4 percent

– With the Veterans Affairs scandal, it shows a department that is failing to help its veterans in general

– An Obama administration official said President Obama will continue efforts to close Gitmo

Anytown USA

– Immigrants who return to the U.S. after getting deported experience problems getting due process

– The Real News interviews residents and activists in Baltimore, Md., to see if coverage of news in the city is biased

– Pew: There is a rise in the number of fathers staying at home with their children in recent years

Top Gun (Stories)

– ProPublica has an interactive map of each state showing how many guns are imported

The Second Sex

– Yes there is violence against women in the Muslim world, but that does not mean a “hero” mentality by Westerners should be formed. We should listen and watch what is happening to understand; Meanwhile, here is a post uncovering the “roots” of misogyny not only in Pakistan, but also the U.S.

– A state minister from Narendra Modi’s party in India said rape was sometimes good or bad; Sickening

– Jessica Valenti: “After progress on college rape, why ignore sexual violence in high school?

– Stephen Colbert jokes about how sexism also slips into our reaction into hurricanes

Planet Earth 

– Gallup: A majority in the U.S. favor not only higher emission and standards for enterprises, but also mandatory controls on greenhouse gases

– Scientists in Britain discovered three new greenhouse gases that, while not as dangerous as the other major ones, can affect climate change

– While the EPA is focusing on reducing coal usage, it may end up increasing natural gas usage

– Gallup: 96 percent of residents in South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming are satisfied with the air quality (the highest), while 65 percent of residents in Utah are satisfied (the lowest)

– Scientists state El Niño is 70 percent likely to arrive this summer, but it will probably be moderate

Mixed Bag

– World’s Supercomputers Release Study Confirming They Are Not Powerful Enough

Break Time

– Light and Shadow

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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.