Made two different cakes today! Quite proud of my baking ability. You can be find what I made, for both, here.

International Politics


– The U.S. is scrambling to reassure its allies in the Gulf things are fine

– As a result of bombardment from Yemen, a Pakistan and a Saudi were killed

Middle East

– Dave Zirin: “Israel and Palestine Agree: Keep Politics Out of Soccer

– In Hamas, the military section of the organization is successfully pushing its demands forward

– Four individuals, assumed to be suspects tied to al-Qaeda, were killed in a U.S. drone strike

Asia and Oceania

– The West supports Libyan “national unity,” which is really vague five years after


– In a 4-1 decision, a Swedish court declined to hear Julian Assange’s appeal over his arrest warrant

– Wait, Nigel Farage won’t really resign from his position in the UK Independence Party

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Glenn Greenwald: “Canadian Government Says Free Speech is for Offending Muslims — Not Opposing Israel“; O Canada!

Surveillance Planet

– Gallup: Millennials are most trusting out of all generations when it comes to giving personal information to private businesses

– Kit O’Connell: “Why The Media Ignores Jeremy Hammond While Praising Edward Snowden

– Ever hear of Scitor? It’s heard of you. No, seriously, they spy on you

– If it’s not Scitor, it’s probably the NSA spying on you by storing all the speech you say into your phone

– Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): It is wrong to reauthorize surveillance tools for the NSA when it is illegal

Financial Matters

– Part one and two of six with economist Ha-Joon Chang about neoclassical economics; Personally recommended as Chang is one of my top five economists

– The elephant in the room, especially with the release of the April jobs report, is income inequality

About one-fifth of all Americans do not have a credit history

– As a result of the Israeli bombings, production of honey in the Gaza Strip has been on the decline

– Mexico opened up bidding for oil and gas drilling to foreign companies

– Greece paid $535 million to the International Monetary Fund hours before it was due; Just like me, a true procrastinator

– Greek Financial Minister Vanis Varoufakis: We are quickly running out of money and, possibly, we will face a major crisis

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Pew: Not only are one-in-third American workers Millennials, but they comprise the largest share of the workforce

– Michelle Chen: “How Can You Get an Ethical Manicure? Support Worker Organizing

– Nurses in New York City vow to strike should their grievances not be addressed

Politics US

Washington USA

– Jason Leopold: “The CIA Did Not Drug Detainees Before Interrogations, Says the CIA

– Marcy Wheeler provides her insight on the latest conviction of Jeffrey Sterling, which you may have heard about through Kevin’s post

– Another person, in 2011, reported a similar story close to journalist Seymour Hersh’s story; Mainstream media just jealous

Good news as migrant families held under federal custody may be able to leave should the U.S. not intervene with a judge’s decision

– Michelle Obama: I was held back due to my race and such problems still exist; So if she can say it, why can’t Barack Obama? I mean, there is obviously a resurgence in racial tensions

Anytown USA

– Lauren Taylor, an organizer with We Charge Genocide, and Darrell Cannon, a torture survivor, explain to The Real News what the reparations given by the city of Chicago mean and why it’s still important to fight

Another debate on The Real News on whether Freddie Gray should have run from the police on the fateful day

– Thanks New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) for spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on snacks at NFL games!

– Here’s an idea: Eliminate bail; It’s discrimination against the poor

– So let me get this straight: White people think cops are fair to all races. Are they nuts?

We Don’t Need No Education

– The Department of Education gave more than $3.3 billion to charter schools in the past decades. Spent for what? I dunno

The Second Sex

– United Nations officials said Paraguay failed in the case of an 10-year-old girl who wanted an abortion after being raped and was denied

Planet Earth

New research found the sea level rose at a quicker pace than expected

– Jamie Henn, a co-founder of, speaks with The Real News about how we have surpassed 400 parts per million, which means bad news if it continues to rise

– Now it’s Wal-Mart taking advantage of the drought in California and selling bottled water

A new report found the Atlantic Ocean can be used to power new renewable energies for European countries

– Not only is it inspiring, but right to see labor work with climate activists 

A new report found fossil fuels from federal lands contribute one-fourth of all U.S. carbon emissions

– Shell was given the a-okay from the Obama administration to drill in the Arctic; Thanks Obama!

– Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz needs help from oil companies. For what? Drilling in the Arctic for oil

– Bank of America will begin to reduce funding for coal companies worldwide

Mixed Bag

A new study found couples having more sex did not lead to more happiness

– Chris Hedges: “A Nation of Snitches

– Jessica Valenti: “It’s great to have a vacation. And even better when you leave kids at home

Break Time

Strangelove [Depeche Mode]

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.


  1. Screwtape
    May 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

    OOPS. I had posted this in the wrong slot. Hard finding stuff here . . .

    Your tax money at work, NOT

  2. oldhippiejan
    May 12, 2015 at 10:54 am

    fka oldhippiejan. Once again I do not have sufficient permission to enter this web site under oldhippiejan but can under social misfit. So fuck it, i don’t know what the hell else to do. oldhippiejan

  3. TalkingWarrior
    May 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Does anyone know why the Roundup headline says May 11th when the date of article below the headline says May 12 (which is the day it was posted)?

    The headers for Roundup have been for the day before the article is posted ever since “the change.” Does this mean the news roundup is for yesterday’s news?

    I’m confused.


  4. Brandon Jordan
    May 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I can explain the confusion.

    Essentially, in the old system, I posted up the roundup at 7/8ish EST. I then did a draft post for the front page where it was linked to the full roundup.

    Underneath the new system, I can post it only once since all the sections are (temporarily) gone. So I think it is best to put it every morning the day after than every afternoon the day of. Eventually, we’ll fix it.

    Hope that helps.

  5. TalkingWarrior
    May 12, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you. Your explanation makes sense, and I agree with your decision to post the Roundup early with mismatched dates – until there’s time to fix it.

  6. Brandon Jordan
    May 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Anytime! I’ve spoken with Kevin about it and sections will return. When? We don’t know.

  7. Andy_Lewis
    May 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    FDL rocks. After all,

    Canadian Government Says Free Speech is for Offending Muslims — Not Opposing Israel

    whereas here it’s just the opposite.

  8. Brandon Jordan
    May 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Yeah, unfortunately it’s a drawback with Disqus.

  9. Brandon Jordan
    May 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    What do you mean?

  10. PCM
    May 12, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I also like Ha-Joon Chang. He recommends asking “Cui bono?” when listening to economists’ opinions. To that I would add “Qui est reddens?” (Who is paying?) and “Qui persolvetis diliget?” (Who will pay the most?). It works great with think tanks, “journalists,” politicians, and regulators, too.

  11. Andy_Lewis
    May 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Here Free Speech is for Opposing Israel — Not Offending Muslims.

  12. PCM
    May 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Like at least some French prosecutors, you seem to be conflating opposition to a certain government’s policies with inciting hatred toward a certain class of people.

  13. Brandon Jordan
    May 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    It sounds sarcastic. Are you suggesting we (FDL) allow the former and not the latter? If so, this is wrong. Especially as someone who has written articles on Islamophobia.