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The Weekend Roundup for May 9-10th, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!/Feliz Dia de Madre!

International Politics

– The U.S., in spite of a Conservative victory in Britain, is a little hesitant to join with British Prime Minister David Cameron over the latter’s refusal to deal with foreign policy

– The rebels in Yemen agreed to a five-day ceasefire with the Saudi-led coalition, but pledged to respond should attacks occur

– Saudi Arabian King Salman will pass on a U.S.-organized summit with Gulf states

– Despite pledging not to use the military, the European Union will create plans to attack targets in Libya to slow migrants . Moreover, they will institute migrant quotas

Middle East

– Professor Vijay Prashad joins The Real News to explain the victories of al-Qaeda in Syria and what’s happening with Bashar al-Assad’s government

– Journalist Lia Tarachansky speaks with The Real News about the demeaning role of Ethiopian Jews in Israeli society

– Ayelet Shaked, an Israeli politician, believes Palestinians should be killed as they are “the enemy.” She is also the new Minister of Justice and even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hates her

– The Palestinian Football Authority wants FIFA to ban Israel until it recognizes Palestine as an equal


– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to talk about the Sahawari people in the Western Sahara and their livelihoods in refugee camps

– Residents who escaped from the clutches of Boko Haram now return to their livelihoods with another problem: hunger


– Some Turkish citizens and lawmakers fear Turkey will be dragged into the Syrian conflict

– Hooray! Five more years of Tories in government! I’m sure they’ll know what to do to help the working class; On second thought…

– Demonstrators against the re-election of Cameron in the United Kingdom were confronted and clashed with riot police

– Natasha Lennard: “UK election is a reminder that we need to get out of the ballot box and into the streets

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: Peace in Ukraine is moving well, although problems remain

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for Putin to pressure Ukrainian rebels to uphold the ceasefire in Ukraine

– Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army over the situation in Ukraine

– In Switzerland, a man killed four people, including three family members, in his village before committing suicide

– Macedonian authorities said they killed at least 14 Albanian “terrorists” in a raid, although there’s some doubt with the official word

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Just imagine a victory in Alberta with the New Democracy Party reciprocated across Canada. Now that’s something to fight for

– Due to a corruption scandal involving a secretary, the vice president of Guatemala announced his resignation

– We must not forget the members of the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil, where some were killed in 1996 by Brazilian police. Indeed, there are lessons to learn for today

– The Peruvian government sent troops to locations where there have been anti-mining demonstrations, they deem violent

Surveillance Planet

– Had Edward Snowden not come forward, the system we live under may have been deemed a failure; It still is though

– So desperate are pro-surveillance lawmakers that they will take the incident at Garland to defend the NSA

Financial Matters

– Some states are considering dealing with their budget deficits, which may result in austerity

– China announced it cut its interest rate to 5.1 percent to help the economy

– It’s so inspiring to see Oprah Winfrey, another capitalist who pretends to care for everyone. The reality is she is okay with upholding our structure

Labor’s a-Brewing

– If the minimum wage went up to $12 per hour, then one in four working mothers would receive a raise

– Teachers in Oakland are ready to go on strike if they don’t get the contract they deserve

– If any nail salon think it is fair to abuse workers to make ends meet for themselves, then that’s utterly disgusting and they shouldn’t be in business

A vital history lesson for anyone interested in understanding labor during the 1960s and 1970s in New York City, especially around the time of the bankruptcy crisis

Politics US
Washington USA

A new poll found only one in 10 Americans believe the Supreme Court can rule fairly on a case involving the Affordable Care Act

– Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ): China under President Xi Jinping does not engage with the U.S. as it did before; Keep in mind Salmon is on the House’s committee on foreign relations

– Jesselyn Radack: “The shocking court case that proves the government’s shameful Petraeus hypocrisy

Resistance is growing against efforts at the Department of Agriculture where scientists studying the deaths of bees and use of pesticides are harassed by higher-ups

– President Barack Obama: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is wrong when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– Who wants to remind presidential candidates about war? Military contractors of course!

Anytown USA

– Neil Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, speaks with The Real News to discuss necessary changes to the police department in Baltimore, including removing the non-serious officers

Stop and frisk is not a new concept as it origins begin in the 1950s and 1960s where police departments adopted similar tactics to use in urban communities against people of color

– Hundreds of demonstrators marched in New York City to demand tougher gun control

– Rania Khalek: “PolitiFact denies Israeli ties to Baltimore police despite evidence“; Hooray! Journalism!

– Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R): President Obama is dividing us when talking about race; Ha!

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Turns out the Food and Drug Administration never knew there was an outbreak of listeria at a Blue Bell factory

– Colombia will no longer use glyphosate, a herbicide, to prevent the growth of coca crops

– Did you know talcum powder may increase the likelihood of ovarian cancer? Companies behind the powder sure don’t want you to know

The Second Sex

– Yikes, this personal story of a poor single mother jailed for leaving her children in the back of the car while going for a job interview is really depressing. It is a necessary read

– Paraguay is now dealing with the question of abortion after a 10-year-old girl was denied one

Planet Earth

– French President Francois Hollande called for a fund made by the United Nations to help Caribbean nations with the woes of climate change; Or, or, now hear me out, stop with the status quo!

– Australia will lose billions in terms of productivity as a result of global warming, based on a new study

– As a result of an explosion at the Indian Point nuclear reactor in New York, oil leaked into the Hudson River

– Belize wants to allow offshore drilling, which would greatly affect the marine life and ecosystem. Indeed, the Great Blue Hole would definitely be affeted

Don’t forget the whales in the Gulf of Mexico should offshore drilling come true!

Mixed Bag

– It is a major problem to see capital still dominating the music scene through draconian policies

A new study found one in four gay men were discriminated against when playing sports

– How about we not protest over cops killed? Because that’s dumb

– We would need 136 billion sheets of paper to print out everything on the Internet

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  1. Thurb
    May 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Lost track trying to count the lies in the Obama interview where he demonizes Elizabeth Warren. The man is working harder to get these global corporate domination pacts passed then I have see him work his entire administration. The retirement money from the insurance company and big Pharma must not be able to stretch enough, and we all know the banks are ‘what have you done for me lately’.

    I guess I’m feeling a bit optimistic this might be derailed in that the stench of desperation is increasing daily.

  2. karenjj2
    May 11, 2015 at 10:46 am

    “Hint of desperation” is too true, Thurb! Especially note radio hourly news is repeating his lies in every broadcast. good reminder to call senators and just say no to fasttrack.

    NO longer listen to national Propaganda radio but expect heritage foundation, brookings and cato institutes, et al are becoming hoarse from shilling the corps’ tpp contract that bestows sovereignity upon them.

    Thanks, Brandon, for another excellent roundup — you are so consistently outstanding, i’m beginning to think i’ll have to get an app for stamping “outstanding roundup, Brandon!” and be done with it. ;o)


  3. Brandon Jordan
    May 11, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Thanks karen! I’m so excited when finals ends because I can do way more with the roundup!

  4. ThingsComeUndone
    May 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Football or Soccer as Americans call it is a big deal everywhere but America so if Palestine gets Israel banned from international football well imagine what would happen in America if the Patriots had their super bowl taken away because of deflated footballs? Low information voters don’t care about politics in every country but they do care for sports…heck when was the last time an American football game ended in in a riot? Riots with violence and property damage are normal at soccer games for much less important reasons.

  5. ThingsComeUndone
    May 11, 2015 at 11:42 am

    “I guess I’m feeling a bit optimistic this might be derailed in that the stench of desperation is increasing daily.” Damm I miss the quote function anyway I agree when we smell desperation then we are winning Obama’s constant public trying without engaging or even letting us see the trade deal facts reminds me of Bush’s push to Privatize Social Security Hubris has been reached the more effort Obama spends on this the more his popularity will crater if Bush’s fall was any indication.

  6. Screwtape
    May 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Earlier today, it seemed German PTB were all about floating the idea of a Greek hreferendum on bailout. . . .Or not.

    Turns out it wasn’t about whether the vultures ought to pony up at all. Instead, would Greeks choose the existing bailout crieteria or a Grexit alternative? Nothing hidden on the back of the sheet, which is blank.

    Schuble is behind this, no surprise. He doesn’t seem isolated as a scold this time.

  7. Screwtape
    May 12, 2015 at 7:34 am