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The Roundup for May 7th, 2015

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Such a lively, lovely day.

Argh, if only the live version of today’s song from their performance at Los Angeles in 2004 was available, then I would place it.

International Politics

Overall

– Pew: Despite both German and U.S. citizens saying they are both reliable as an ally, they do not agree on issues like Russia or global leadership

– Hold on to your seats: Those who pushed for the Iraq War in 2003 from the military wing are now pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– The German ambassador to the U.S. admitted alternatives to the current deal with Iran were “not very attractive”

Middle East

– Journalist Lia Tarachansky explains to The Real News what the new coalition government of Israel is made up of and what to expect

– Palestinian officials criticized the new Israeli government as a “government of war”

– Officials of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi in Yemen pledged to retaliate after the latter’s attacks against Saudi Arabia

– Human Rights Watch criticized Palestinian officials for silencing the views of dissenting students

Africa

– With the money not rolling in, independent media organization in Egypt either are going out-of-business or pushing the government’s propaganda

Europe 

– Can we expect the major parties of Britain to deal with the issue of income inequality? Nah

– Exit polls reveal Conservatives are likely to edge out Labour in the election

– British Prime Minister David Cameron: I will govern in our nation’s interest

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Mark Weisbrot: “Obama’s Treatment of Venezuela May Indicate How Serious He is About Normalizing Relations with Cuba

– Good news as Omar Khadr, the Canadian held at Guantanamo Bay, is now free

Surveillance Planet

– Marcy Wheeler, journalist and FDL alum, speaks with The Real News about the recent court decision finding NSA surveillance illegal

Financial Matters

A new poll found 67 percent of Greeks prefer to keep the euro than switch with the drachma

– The International Monetary Fund believe Asian countries, like India and Japan, will drive the world’s economic growth, although are cautious this can continue without changes

Labor’s a-Brewing

– New Democracy Party in Alberta, the leftist one recently elected up north, is toying with a $15 per hour minimum wage

– One thing to keep in mind with female workers who clean is that they are at risk when using products with chemicals

Excellent analysis of the role of freelancers in our society, the American precariat

– Nervous about the presence of the Fight for 15 movement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) called for a panel to investigate raising the minimum wage

Politics US

Washington USA

– How do lawmakers intend to combat the Islamic State’s presence online? More memes! No seriously

– The Department of State does not have a process for transgender folk to obtain passports, which is a major problem

– They say you can tell a person based on their friends. Since the friends of Hillary Clinton include bankers, then you can say she is friendly with Wall Street

– Chelsea Manning wrote a potential bill to send to lawmakers across the U.S. to protect whistleblowers and journalists, while making the government more open

– Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged to tackle the issue of gangs and increase the crackdown on them

– In a vote of 98-1, the Senate passed legislation to review the international agreement between Iran and the P5+1

– Lee Fang: “Congressmen Blame Drugs, Gay Marriage, Welfare, and Immigrants for Unrest in Baltimore

– According to Congress, they cannot investigate themselves for insider trading because they are Congress

Anytown USA

– Pew: For highly educated women over the age of 40, they are likely to have more than two children

– New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) believes the New England Patriots deflating controversy is only happening because people are jealous of Tom Brady

– The answer to out-of-control policing not only in Baltimore, but everywhere else lies in the community

– Rania Khalek: “Israeli-trained police invade Baltimore in crackdown on Black Lives Matter

– Turns out the FBI warned officials in Texas about one of the extremists in the Garland shooting hours before

– Black writers are doing what they know best against racists online, using the power of the pen to fight back

We Don’t Need No Education

– A new study found college affordability is at risk thanks to a decline in state funding

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Sixteen percent of Americans are satisfied with the federal government’s efforts in reducing poverty

The Second Sex

– Some anti-abortion organizations in Washington D.C. vowed to fire women using birth control despite a law saying not to

– Wisconsin is considering banning abortions after 20 weeks and Governor Scott Walker (R) pledged to sign the bill if it passes

Planet Earth

New research found Antarctica is melting at a rapid pace and scientists don’t know what specifically might happen

Mixed Bag

– Strange sounds were recorded from more than 20 miles from Earth

– An hour and a half discussion hosted by The Real News about the youth in Baltimore and recent events in the city

Break Time

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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.

  • PCM

    British Prime Minister David Cameron: “I will govern in our nation’s interest.”

    Translation: “I will privatise the National Health Service.”

  • Brandon Jordan

    Folks, I’ll be a little more active in comment section in spite of the work I have. I’ll keep watch to see if there’s anything I should note.

    I’m learning the new site just as you are, especially by changes like with the video for today.