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The Roundup for May 1st, 2015

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Happy May Day folks!

Rest in peace Ben E. King.

Baltimore Coverage, Day 4

– The state prosecutor in Baltimore announced the six officers involved with the murder of Freddie Gray will be charged

Sure wasn’t a good idea for President Barack Obama to blame protesters in Baltimore first; If only he was in charge of something, may then he could help those protesters

– Baltimore residents are cautious of the medical examiner who looked into the killing of Gray as they do not trust the examiner’s intentions

– Michelle Chen: “Baltimore’s Inescapable Inequality

– Investigative journalist Stephen Janis speaks with The Real News over the death of Gray in light of the conflicting reports on his death

– President Barack Obama: It is vital the truth comes out over what happened in Baltimore

– Dave Zirin: “Makayla Gilliam-Price and Baltimore’s Debt to a Remarkable Family

International Politics


– The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting over Yemen, which some U.N. folks warn may experience fuel shortages

Middle East

– An interview with Dean Spade, a professor at Seattle University, about “pinkwashing” and Israel’s “paradise” for gay Palestinians

– The Islamic State took credit for car bombings in Baghdad and said it was revenge for the displaced people of Anbar

– Meanwhile, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is severely wounded after an air strike and doctors are treating him

– A delegation from the Afghan government will meet a delegation from the Taliban in Qatar to begin peace talks

At least eight to 10 people were killed in Sana’a, Yemen, as a result of air strikes

 Asia and Oceania

– It was a U.S.-led invasion of Libya that led to its current state of anarchy. Yet the U.S. refuses to do anything to help; Actually was more European than U.S., but the criticism is still fair

– It was thanks to U.S. foreign policy that the Khmer Rouge regime gained power in Cambodia

– John Pilger: “The Anzac Message: Put Out More Flags, or Shut Up”

– Thousands of people are still missing in Nepal after the devastating earthquake


– German President Joachim Gauck: Maybe we should provide war reparations to Greece

– Two Ukrainian soldiers and a rebel were killed in a skirmish in eastern Ukraine

– Rania Khalek: “Europe’s border policy is designed to push refugees into the sea

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In 1965, then-President Lyndon B. Johnson invaded the Dominican Republic to “protect American lives.” That turned out well

– The stadiums constructed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are not profitable for local soccer teams throughout the country

Financial Matters

– Gallup: While 28 percent of Americans said they were spending more in recent months, 39 percent said they were spending less

– A paper of Merrill Lynch examined the right amount of money to leave to children of rich people. Also said it was normal to leave millions of dollars to them.

– Zephyr Teachout writes on a potential movement to fight mergers and looks at the cancellation of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger as an inspiration for activists

– It is thanks to the discriminatory housing policy originating from the early 20th century that we see riots in Baltimore and Ferguson

– The Kiev government wants $16 billion from Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy company, at an arbitration court

– Restaurants are always a reliable source of income for those living in Gaza

Manufacturing is barely growing in China, which does not bode well for the country

– Ratings agencies believe Greece will not default if it missed its payment to the International Monetary Fund or the European Central Bank

New research found one in four renters in the U.S. use half of their income to pay for housing

Labor’s a-Brewing (May Day Edition)

– Natasha Lennard: “Let’s not have ‘successful’ protests: May Day should be for real dissent

An insightful piece from an anonymous person working in a customer service center on how the culture of success is forces folks to do things very fast

– May Day protests across the U.S. will surely take into account police brutality as a major issue to fight against

– Turkish police fired tear gas and broke up May Day demonstrations as it is banned in the country

– In South Korea, thousands rose up and demonstrated against the repressive labor policies of the government

Politics US

Washington USA

– Steve Horn: “Brother of Hillary Clinton’s Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar“; Hydrofracking firms are Ready For Hillary

– Looks like Senators on the armed committee of the Senate want a confrontation with Russia over Ukraine rather than, you know, letting cooler header prevail

– The National Petroleum Council may act like a lobbying group, but it technically isn’t 

– Americans support a drone program that kills terrorists, although we all know drones don’t do that

– The Obama administration will provide $20 million to local police departments for body cameras

– David Sirota: “In Defense of Hillary Clinton, Democrats Embrace ‘Citizens United’

Anytown USA

The first part of an interview with the mother of Tamir Rice who describes who her child was before his death by officers

– Musician Talib Kweli talks to The Real News about the Black Lives Matter movement and its importance now

– The technocrats don’t have the solution to policing issues. We do

– Fenyanga Muhammad, a victim of police brutality in Baltimore, sits down with The Real News to discuss his case and why he doesn’t feel he received justice
– New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton believes broken windows works and doesn’t want NYC to go back to 1970s/80s crime rates

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Research finds obesity, chemicals in the environment and family stress to be causes of early puberty in boys and girls

A new study found chemicals commonly present in products we use might disrupt our endocrine system

Planet Earth

New research finds there will be warmer years for England thanks to global warming

– The world is changing and shifting to other resources, which is making the coal industry very scared

– DeSmogBlog covers massive corrosion of Keystone 1 pipeline that made it “dangerously thin” in some areas

Mixed Bag

– The Motion Picture Association of America ordered all piracy sites to shut down in 24 hours or face legal action

– The presidential library for Obama will be in Chicago, according to insiders close to him

Break Time

–  Fire In The Hole [Hazel Dickens]

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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.