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The Roundup for May 8th, 2015

Folks, bear with us in terms of these changes. I’m sure it’s new and, in some cases, still tedious at times. However, if we are to make changes going forward, then this is the best to ensure our efforts can still be strong.

International Politics

Overall

– Inspectors of chemical weapons said they found traces of sarin gas at a site of the Syrian government

– The revolving door goes international as a former U.S. intelligence official will now lobby for Turkey

– The Libyan ambassador to the United Nations declined a plan on the refugee crisis by the European Union and criticized the EU for not talking with the Libyan government

Middle East

– Sonali Kolhatkar, a journalist, speaks to The Real News on what is happening in Afghanistan with the Taliban

– As Bilal Ahmed, a writer, explains to The Real News, Saudi Arabia failed to accomplish its major goals in Yemen

– Starting May 12, a humanitarian ceasefire will begin in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition pledged not to fire any air strikes

– How would one describe the new coalition government in Israel? Even more right-wing than before

– For youths living in the Gaza Strip, it is difficult to get their message across without it being co-opted

Asia and Oceania

– The Pentagon fears China’s ambitions in the South China Sea are related to the military

Africa

– Gallup: Sixty-seven percent of Burundi citizens say the country is a good place for immigrants, down from 77 percent last year

Europe

– The United Nations is worried about xenophobic demonstrations in Hungary, especially for refugees escaping their war-torn regions

– Professor John Weeks joins The Real News to discuss the victory of the Conservatives in the United Kingdom and what it means for the British

– Fear works, just ask those who are living in Britain after the elections there

– At least Nigel Farage will resign as the head of the UK Independence Party

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: For us, there is a “happy ending” to our woes; Like Tears for Fears once wrote, everybody loves a happy ending. Question is whether it will truly happen

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Despite evidence showing authorities in Mexico involved with violence, the U.S. is sending aid with their eyes covered

Surveillance Planet

– There’s new group fighting NSA surveillance: Librarians

– Essentially, the U.S. government bragged in court it can censor any document it wants and judges can’t do a thing about it

– Lee Fang: “Debt Collections Fight Privacy Advocates Over Limits For Automated License Plate Readers

– The U.S. asked China to investigate cyber attacks against site and the Americans allege the Chinese are involved

Financial Matters

– The April jobs report found 223,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent

– A court ruled BP can review all the damages it must pay for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill it caused

– For living in Nepal, another disaster affecting the populace was the effects of neoliberalism

– A top U.S. official admitted it was difficult to know what may happen to oil prices with the influx of Iranian oil

– At the headquarters of Nike, President Barack Obama pleaded for Democrats to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– Saudi Arabia is spending thousands of dollars for new projects to ensure it can provide oil throughout Asia

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Gallup: While the elderly say they are not being employed at a high rate, youths say the opposite

– So will Baltimore provide more funds for youths without a job in order for them to get one? Not really. It’s a shame considering, especially for youths of color, they are affected by the school-to-prison pipeline

Politics US
Washington USA

– The Obama administration does not support a Canadian court’s decision to free an inmate at Guantanamo Bay

– Gallup: Americans are most satisfied, in terms of government handling over major issues, with how labor and employment is handed

– Turns out the U.S. government believed a journalist with Al-Jazeera America worked with al-Qaeda

Part 10 of 10 with John Kiriakou on his case along with his motivation to fighting those who silent dissent

– Arun Gupta: “The Only Article You Need to Read About the 2016 Election

Anytown USA

– A discussion on The Real News about whether the curfew in Baltimore was constitutional and legal

– David Sirota: “Christieโ€™s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Some folks in Latin America want to bar Glyphosate, which is potentially carcinogenic

– The World Health Organization is set to announce Liberia as Ebola-free

The Second Sex

– The Chicago Sky will replace their two female announcers with male announcers, who will be paid even more

– Jessica Valenti: “Success comes at a cost: I put work first and my friendships suffer

– In Uruguay, a judge ruled an 11-year-old mentally disabled girl cannot obtain an abortion

Planet Earth

– In Pennsylvania, a fish with a tumor on its mouth was found in the the Susquehanna River, which is worrying folks living near the river

New research found planting trees can provide the best benefits for the environment and us

– Can the left in Alberta, through the New Democracy Party, push through changes to protect the environment? The answer lies in NDP’s future

– Steve Horn: “Dimock, PA Lawsuit Trial-Bound as Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination in Neighboring County

Mixed Bag

– We must not forget how important Mumia Abu-Jamal is, especially with recent events that have affected him

Break Time

Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) [John Lee Hooker with Carlos Santana]

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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.

  • jo6pac

    [John Lee Hooper with Carlos Santana
    John Lee Hooker;) It’s nice to be able to listen to the song and type this out. Thanks. Then add the comment and the music plays on:)

  • Alice X

    VE day +70. May 7 or 8 or 9, depending.

    The allied armies final positions.

    :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_in_Europe_Day#/media/File:Allied_army_positions_on_10_May_1945.png

    Where is eCAHNomics and any other Russophiles. The victory of the Russians/Soviets in the second war is barely understood in the US.

    It is universally understood in Russia. They faced eighty percent of the Nazi’s killing machine. They lost twenty five million. The US, UK and France combines lost one and a half million.

    From Aljazeera

    Inside Story – Western nations boycott Russia’s Victory Day parade

    :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6FeanLHS08

  • Brandon Jordan

    There’s always a silver lining with new changes ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Molly

    Brandon, your first sentence should be “Bear with us” (not BARE) unless you think we should go bare into this new version of the Lake! (LOL)

  • Alice X

    we could lie on bare blogger bedding

    but still lay bare truths not previously known

    or do something barely sufficient

    which others might not bear at all

  • Chris Maukonen

    Yea…take it to alt.sex ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brandon Jordan

    Argh! And I doubled check the word too since “Bare” was too weird.

    Thanks for catching it Molly!

  • jane24

    Thanks, Brandon, for the link to “Fear Wins Big in Britain.” (A great help in understanding what went so terribly wrong!)

  • kimsarah

    How nice of Saudi Arabia to cease fire for a day.

  • Brandon Jordan

    Anytime! My coverage of Britain in the past week has been weak so I’m trying to make up for it with post-election articles.

  • jane24

    Thanks again.