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The Roundup for May 6th, 2015

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Quite a roundup, hope you enjoy it!

International Politics


– We should be careful in saying the United States exports democracy to countries overseas because the U.S. truly is not a democracy; Although, we certainly are aware of that

– U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, to establish safe zones in Syria, American military presence would be needed

– Gareth Porter: “The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’

– The U.S. is pushing, in the United Nations, to hold the Syrian government accountable over chlorine attacks in the country

Middle East

As 120 die in Yemen due to a mixture of Saudi-led airstrikes and on-the-ground fighting, five people were killed in Saudi Arabia due to shelling from rebels; Chilling to think what may happen next

– The U.S. said the largest oil refinery in Iraq was under threat from the Islamic State

– Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: We will not negotiate under the “specter of threats

– It’s not only Israeli forces causing human rights violations in the West, but the Palestinian Authority too

– An unfortunate reality of the Arab states in the Middle East is that it will become even more chaotic in the future; Indeed, I would say global warming would fuel this

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was able to make a coalition government, but at the last minute


– The origins of xenophobia in South Africa lie with class warfare and economic conditions


– Economic professor Bill Black joins The Real News on how bankers will win should the major parties in the United Kingdom emerge victorious

– Police in Scotland are warning election officials to keep an eye out for nationalists rigging the vote

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Latin American countries, often said to be unsafe with high crime rates, have been able to lower its homicide rates in recent years

– Venezuelan military officers involved in a failed plot to overthrow the government were sentenced to prison

Surveillance Planet

– The American Civil Liberties Union in Virginia sued the state’s county police over officers storing data on license plates

– The FBI was caught flying surveillance planes over Baltimore, although the White House doesn’t want to comment on that

Financial Matters

A new survey found 38 percent of Millennials willing to move overseas should they receive an opportunity with better paid family benefits

– Foreign reserves are growing in Egypt; in fact, it grew by more than five billion dollars in one month

– Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen: We are watching the stock market as it contains “potential dangers

– A survey found hiring by private businesses last month was the slowest in the past year

– Fast food companies, like McDonald’s, will now take fast food to new level—delivery at your door

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “Could Yale Graduate Students Be the Next to Unionize?

– Sectors like service, fast-food and even home care are usually full of workers making less than $15 per hour

A new report found tech companies like Google or LinkedIn are likely to hire Asians as programmers rather than executives

– Dean Baker: “Curbing the New Corporate Power

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Forty-three percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the government’s role with health care, up from 29 percent in 2013

Part nine of 10 with John Kiriakou about how the CIA first went after him after talking with ABC News about torture

– By the way, John has a “Letter to Loretto,” which documents everything after being released in February

– Sam Knight: “A Victory for Bipartisanship, a Defeat for the First Amendment

A new watchdog report found nearly 1,600 Internal Revenue Service workers did not pay taxes

Another watchdog report warned aging inmates in prison face neglect by the Bureau of Prisons

– Unsure about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his run for president? Here is an article critically supporting his candidacy as well as a piece critical about his run. Moreover, here is a piece by journalist Bruce A. Dixon criticizing Sanders

– Chelsea Manning: “We’re citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear

– While President Barack Obama was hesitant about Super PACs, Hillary Clinton loves them!

Anytown USA

– The Real News continues its coverage of Baltimore by speaking with youths about the term “thug,” the legality of holding demonstrators behind bars for more than a day and even the accusation that the six Baltimore officers charged with the murder of Freddie Gray were overcharged

– Speaking of the legality part, one person was arrested in Baltimore and held for 44 hours. For what? Filming the police

– If cops are bothering you, then make sure to get out a camera as this citizen in Baltimore did that led to someone else avoiding arrest; Also, it’s chilling to see a still of what happened in Baltimore. Yikes

An interview with author Eric Burns about similarities and differences between 1920s and 2010s Americas

– A case involving disorderly conduct in Seattle against Councilmember Kshama Sawant, and two others, ended with the judge dismissing the suit

– For youths in Baltimore, and for those living with Baltimore-esque conditions elsewhere, they have never experienced a period without crises

– Let’s use restorative justice to ensure, slowly but surely, what happened in Baltimore to Gray does not happen again

– Overall, though, Baltimore residents still have not enjoyed the justice they deserve

– Residents in Chicago, especially therapists, are angry over the closure of a necessary and major mental health clinic

– Glen Ford: “Bringing the Crisis to a Head in Baltimore

– Damn, the autopsy of the three Chapel Hill victims found two were killed after a gun was put to their head

– Natasha Lennard: “Why the Texas shooting does not deserve the Charlie Hebdo treatment

We Don’t Need No Education

– You would figure rigorous testing for young children over physical education would be a bad idea for educators, but it doesn’t seem like they’re aware of that issue

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found both gay and bisexual kids are likely to be bullied, even at an early age

The Second Sex

– Dave Zirin: “James Dolan’s Epic WNBA Fail

Planet Earth

– Good to see our cousins to the north in Alberta elect lawmakers not interested in pushing for oil

– Another bomb train exploded in North Dakota, leading to residents of a town evacuating as a result; *Sigh*

– Carbon emissions are still alarmingly (is that even the appropriate word anymore?) high and are surpassing 400 parts per million

– A report by the Government Accountability Office found the government is wasting natural gas, which is costing us money

Mixed Bag

– The National Comedy Center is interested in creating holograms of dead comedians with their famous bits

– Something’s gotta give with the auto industry considering it is losing tremendous influence, which is good considering there are eco-friendly alternatives

– New York City officials were told by federal authorities to remove the large neon signs in Times Square as they violate a federal law

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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.