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Hey folks, it is the start of a new week! Hope it starts out bright for you!

International Politics


– An American envoy with close ties to pro-Israel groups resigned from his post as a mediator between Israel and Palestine

Middle East

– One aspect not talked about in the sectarian crisis in Iraq is the issue of class where the have-nots are becoming a growing issue in the country

– In northern Iraq, the Iraqi army clashed with the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant militants to retake Tikrit

– ISIS militants, meanwhile, declared the establishment of the Muslim caliphate and demand that Muslims follow them

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states there should be Kurdish independence

– The Kurds, meanwhile, are viewed with suspicion by those in Iraq who are cautious or disagree with independence


– An Amnesty International report found the new “disappeared” (dissenters) under Egyptian President al-Sisi

– Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 30 people in a church in Nigeria

Asia and Oceania

– Airstrikes by the Pakistani government killed 16 terrorists in North Waziristan

– During the monsoon rains in India, two buildings that were undergoing construction collapsed and trapped dozens of people. At least 19 people died as a result.


– Despite a ceasefire between the two sides in Ukraine, protests independent of the separatists still appear and show violence will continue in the country

– Meanwhile, Ukrainian citizens crowdfunded enough to get the “people’s drone” to help the Kiev government

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Journalists Alan Minsky and Meleiza Figueroa explain how neoliberalism is being rejected by Brazilians and what the 2014 World Cup will show for the world

– The problems in Honduras force families and children to escape from the country and unfortunately end up in camps set up by Homeland Security

– A horrible week of weather allowed floods to force more than 50,000 Brazilians to evacuate

– Truth-out interviews journalist Dave Zirin on the World Cup in Brazil, the Olympics and how neoliberalism pushes these sports. FDL Book Salon will host Dave Zirin this Saturday on June 6.

– Speaking of Zirin being here on Saturday, a new poll found audiences at the World Cup are overwhelmingly white and rich Brazilians. For anyone who has been following what Zirin wrote on the World Cup, he correctly stated the World Cup is accessible only to the rich, while taking away from the poor.

Surveillance Planet

– The Minister of Justice in Germany suggested Google should be broken up as a result of its abuse of power in terms of surveillance

– Trevor Timm: “Is this the start of the end of the age of warrantless government spying?

Financial Matters

– Salon interviews economist Gabriel Zucman, a young economist who worked with Thomas Piketty, about money being placed into offshore accounts and its significance

– The head of BNP Paribas stated U.S. authorities will give a heavy fine to the company

– Years after the Dodd-Frank reform bill was passed, the financial sector still is not as regulated as it should be

– The latest reports by economists (I would say mainstream economists) are incorrect and show the field to be as flawed as its hypotheses

– Thomas Frank: “Free markets killed capitalism: Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, Wal-Mart, Amazon and the 1 percent’s sick triumph over us all

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In Britain, trade unionists marched to demand equality for LGBTQ workers there as they face discrimination in their workplace

Politics US

Washington USA

– Lawyer Michael Ratner talks to The Real News about the 10 year anniversary of a court case that limited torture in Guantanamo Bay

– Peter Van Buren writes on what the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq was for in relation to what is currently happening

– A former executive of Procter & Gamble was nominated by President Obama to head the Department of Veterans Affairs

– What the FCC is proposing in terms of its pay-to-play is another example of the elite trying to get money from us

– Journalist Jason Leopold reports on how a CIA whistleblower went through the system and failed

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is not the politician to radically change the system if he runs the presidency as his record shows he still will work within the capitalist system

Anytown USA

– Three years ago, Vermont was able to get single-payer health care for all its citizens. The effort is thanks to activists who worked tirelessly to achieve such a victory.

New research found politics can interfere with our belief in things such as climate change or evolution

– In what shows the consequences of an oppressive capitalist system, new research found people who are stressed out do not vote

– In contemporary times, Karl Marx, an extraordinary thinker, is coming back into the narrative

– Natasha Lennard: “Predictive Policing Is Not Like ‘Minority Report’ — It’s Worse

We Don’t Need No Education

– With the latest ruling in California against teacher tenure, it shows the attack against public education

– Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel laid off nearly 2,000 teachers and staff members as a result of a decrease in enrollment in a school district

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) says New York will be able to stop HIV by the year 2020

The Second Sex

A number of studies asserted the methods by the UN to assist the lives of mothers in developing countries are flawed

– The death of a well-known human rights activist in Libya is just one example of the attack against women in the country

– A new poll found 53 percent of Americans were against their employers restricting contraceptive use for their workers

Planet Earth

– Trains carrying crude oil pass through populated areas are at risk of catastrophe they are not prepared for

– The natural gas industry has been hiring family members of politicians in Washington D.C., as journalist Lee Fang reports

– Paraguay is just one of the next countries in Latin America where oil companies are excited to enter to get some oil

Mixed Bag

– The Internet was concieved of decades ago by a Belgian bibliographer named Paul Otlet, who was not able to fully accomplish his dream

– Public Opinion On Net Neutrality Fiercely Divided Into One Side

Break Time


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.