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The Weekend Roundup for May 2-3rd, 2015

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Two more weeks of classes before finals. I’m sure I can do this.

Baltimore Uprising, Days 5-6

– The Real News is uploading a series of interviews it held with folks in Baltimore demonstrating, which can be found here, here and here

They even speak with students in the city about what changes they want to see. Indeed, youths feel intimidated by police and soldiers

A personal account from journalist Shawn Carrié, who was arrested and jailed in Baltimore despite reporting

– In a 40-minute segment, The Real News hosts a discussion between TRNN editor Paul Jay, attorney A. Dwight Pettit and professor Doug Colbert on the curfew in Baltimore and the arrest of Freddie Gray

– The curfew, by the way, is now lifted due to a decision by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

– To understand tensions in Baltimore, the history of the city provides answers to modern-day conditions. More can be found here

– Police in Baltimore felt “stunned” at the announcement of charges for the six Baltimore officers who murdered Freddie Gray

International Politics


– Former President Jimmy Carter: The situation in Gaza is just “intolerable

– The U.S. announced it would look into claims its air strikes killed at least 52 civilians in Syria

– Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel should not worry about the deal with Iran as the U.S. will deal with Iran’s nuclear prospects

– Human Rights Watch said Saudi Arabia used cluster bombs in their air strikes of Yemen

Middle East

– Twenty-five captured Yazidis were executed by the Islamic State in Iraq, according to a Yazidi lawmaker

– Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to support Iraq against ISIS as at least 30 people were killed by bombs across the country

– Jewish Ethiopians in Israel demonstrated in Tel Aviv on issues like racism and police brutality

Asia and Oceania

– A new survey found three-fourths of buildings in Kathmandu, Nepal, the capital of the country, are either unsafe or uninhabitable; Yikes, keep in mind Maoists entered power a few years ago

– Kazakhstan is now worried, after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, about losing territory to the Russians

– As a result of an operation by the Taliban, thousands of people in Afghanistan ran from their homes


– China continues its investments in Africa with a new partnership with Algeria

– A court in Egypt found 14 police officers and one doctor guilty of torturing two inmates in 2006

– In a separate note, a prosecutor in Egypt charged 40 people of having ties to the ISIL


– With more Ukrainian soldiers killed and wounded, the ceasefire in Ukraine may be over soon

– Some German officials are concerned about Russian bikers passing through Germany honoring the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Jalisco New Generation, a Mexican drug cartel, displayed its power in the state of Jalisco by killing seven people and even bringing down a military helicopter

Financial Matters

– Saudi Arabia is just going through its foreign reserves since the price of oil fell dramatically

– In spite of the price of oil still lower than its price a year ago, Iraq exported a record number of oil barrels last month

– France is heading to the Middle East to strengthen alliances with oil-rich states since the U.S. isn’t so active there as before

Labor’s a-Brewing

The Real News speaks with workers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in Oakland on May Day about the Black Lives Matter movement

– Let’s train workers on how to fight and organize because that is the best strategy to do at the current moment

– A union representing train drivers in Germany called for a five-day strike after not receiving their demands from management

Politics US

Washington USA

– In just one day, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) raised at least $1.5 million and gained 100,000 supporters

– Bernie Sanders: We need a “political revolution” against the “billionaire class” in this country

– Gallup: While 53 percent of Americans say President Barack Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” only 36 percent say he knows how to solve America’s problems

– Speaker of the House John Boehner: Hillary Clinton should rally Democrats behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– The head of the Federal Election Commission admitted it is impossible to reign the excess of money and said the FEC is “worse than dysfunctional”

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Considering farmers in Asia and Africa were able to both reduce pesticide use and increase crop yields, it would be a good idea to do the same in the ‘States

Planet Earth

– Seven years after it caused an oil spill in Nigeria, Shell agreed to clean it up

– Essentially, if the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest continues, then it becomes very difficult to avoid the worst of global warming

– What’s the worst part of the summer? Wildfires. Especially for a state like California suffering from a drought

– Speaking of a water crisis, Iran is also facing a similar issue with water use and they need to come up with a quick solution

An inspiring article about current efforts by activists helping communities preserve their oceans one step at a time

– Looks like the Obama administration will be fine with bomb trains staying until, at the latest, 2020. It is basically a victory for oil companies

Mixed Bag

– Capitalism could have not developed without relying on slavery in expanding it throughout the world

– Just a clarification, the Armenian genocide was not the first massacre of the 20th century. Rather, it was the killings of the Herero and Nama in modern-day Namibia caused by the Germans

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Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.