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The Roundup for May 12th, 2015

Good day folks! Almost done with classes! Just three days and then finals next week.

International Politics

Overall

– The West is worried about a conflict brewing over Libya’s natural resources; I wonder how we could have avoided this…

– Neither the U.S. and Russia have been able to agree on major global problems

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the world

– Turkey called for its NATO partners to deal with the threat of the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, an official of the International Criminal Court vowed to investigate crimes committed by ISIS in Libya

Middle East

A new report shows how chilling and inhumane the bombings in Gaza was last year with testimony from IDF soldiers

– Civilians in Aleppo, Syria, were killed as a result of bombings and fighting. How many? No one truly knows

– The death of a Canadian soldier by a Kurdish soldier was, according to Canadian officials, an accident

– Since 2014, nearly three million Iraqis have been displaced as a result of the chaos; Whoa

– The opposition in Syria are arguing over a revolutionary flag because some do not want to alienate Syrians

– It now seems possible, after a sufficient amount of documents were smuggled out of Syria, to prosecute Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Asia and Oceania

– Malaysia announced it would turn away any boats full of migrants, unless the boat is sinking

– Damn it. Another earthquake, 7.8 to be specific, hit Nepal and dozens were killed as a result

Europe 

A new report by a foundation in Russia reveals use of torture by Ukrainian forces

Another report by Russian opposition found 220 Russian soldiers died in Ukraine

– The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations called for Israel be punished for its treatment of detained Palestinian children

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– One tragedy of the migrant crisis is how the U.S. is okay with state violence being used in Mexico for those passing through

Surveillance Planet

Part one of seven with Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, on his new book about surveillance

– It is definitely important to ask, after the purchase of AOL by Verizon, what may happen to The Huffington Post

– Turns out most of the supporters of NSA surveillance are tied to contractors working with the NSA

Financial Matters

Part three of seven with economist Ha-Joon Chang about how economics and politics can never be divorced, even if neoclassical economists say they can

– Lillie Harden was paraded by the Clinton administration as evidence for why welfare should be reformed. Turns out, however, the system failed Harden

– Guess what? The social safety net actually works!; Someone call the GOP and let them know

– Middle-class? In the U.S.? In the present day? Yeah, that’s very hard to imagine

– Now let me understand this. I cannot read the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. You cannot read it. But corporations can

– President Barack Obama played up the class rhetoric and called for hedge funds managers to remember about helping the little people; What a communist

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A woman in California sued her former employer after being fired for removing an app from her phone detailing her every move

– A court in Egypt ruled workers do not hold the right to strike; What?

Politics US

Washington USA

– Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, talks with The Real News to discuss who’s who with Jeb Bush. Spoiler alert: They are neoconservatives

– Bush since admitted the Iraq War had its share of mistakes

– A lawyer for Hillary Clinton sued the state of Ohio over restrictive policies that would affect the Clinton campaign’s chances in 2016

– The FBI worked with foreign firms to spy on activists opposing the Keystone XL pipeline

– A right-wing think tank, tied to Wall Street, advocated for more de-regulation and to gut the Dodd-Frank law in a new report

– Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) criticized the secrecy behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Senate vote where fast-track was shot down

– The Obama administration and White House press pool would be more interested in talking about Tom Brady than the explosive piece on Osama bin Laden

– Good news as Stephen Kim, a former State Department official, was released from prison; Readers may remember him as someone prosecuted for a leak

– The U.S. government announced its biggest budget surplus in years

Anytown USA

– Retired Baltimore detective Stephen Tabeling joins The Real News to stress the importance of following the rules for police officers working

– So wait, after more than 170 days, the investigation into the death of Tamir Rice is still going?

– The officer who killed Tony Robinson, an unarmed black youth, in Madison, Wis., will not face any charges

– Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) may hate “hyphenated Americans” terms, but he used them in his political career

We Don’t Need No Education

– A dean of the University of Virginia announced she would sue Rolling Stone for defamation

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found nearly 95 percent of parents with overweight children believe their weight is normal

The Second Sex

– Funny how Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will not defend the privacy of women when it comes to abortions; In fact, he’ll probably run away

Planet Earth

– Journalist Paul DeRienzo joins The Real News to talk about the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York State and its history

– The waste of food is a known characteristic of restaurants, something that happens to ensure high-quality food

– One externality of consumption for tech products can best be seen at a lake in Mongolia where toxic sludge is constantly dumped into

– Juan Cole: “Hawaii Goes Green and Other Big Renewables Stories

– Just because California is suffering from a drought does not mean public ownership of food in out of the question

An interview with Susana de Anda, an activist in California dealing with the issue of the drought and water distribution

Another interview, the first part actually, with journalist and author Christian Parenti on capitalism and climate change

– An investigation found American taxpayers are, essentially, subsidizing fossil fuel projects

Mixed Bag

– Pew: Among Hispanics living in the U.S., they are more likely today to be speaking English and a little less likely to be speaking Spanish

– Funny how some journalists would call journalist Seymour Hersh’s latest piece “conspiracy“; Have they actually looked that word up or did they think the cool kids down the block would look at what they had to say?

– Pew: Far more folks in the U.S. identify as unaffiliated when it comes to religion. Millennials are the ones most likely to identify as unaffiliated

– Elon Musk, a darling for supporters of capitalism, is really harsh when dealing with workers and does not care about important life events they have

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  • NightriderXP1

    Very strange. The layout is again broken in Opera. I mentioned this a couple days ago, then it appeared to be fixed almost immediately. Then the next morning, it was broken again. Then last night, I reported the problem again and it was fixed very quickly again. Now the layout is broken again today when viewed in Opera…

  • ThingsComeUndone

    “– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the world” All of it is Bibi’s fault of course resulting from how he treats Palestianians.

  • Brandon Jordan

    Hm, I tried Opera and everything worked fine with the site. Keep in mind my browser is White Hat Aviator so I’m able to jump to different browsers. Are you still experiencing problems?

  • NightriderXP1

    Nope, it’s working again. This is the 3rd time that it seemed to be fixed after I reported it in the evening. Then the next day, it’s not displaying properly again. It seems like someone fixes it at night, then someone else overwrites those changes the next morning. I wonder if there is more than one person managing the code here? If 2 people have the code, one could be uploading and overwriting files that the other had already modified the previous evening and they would continue overwriting each other’s changes day after day. I’ve seen this weird symptom before with sites that have had multiple admins who were capable of making coding changes…

  • Brandon Jordan

    To be honest, I’m not really sure. I know they’re still working on the coding issues backstage. Thankfully, outages are being addressed immediately, in contrast to how it was previously.

    I think it should clear up soon. Hopefully you have anymore issues with the Opera browser

  • NightriderXP1

    I have been pretty impressed at how quickly the problem has been fixed soon after I report the problem each time. Someone was definitely paying attention to the complaints and was acting quickly. Hopefully now that it’s fixed again tonight, 3rd times a charm and tomorrow it will still display correctly. Just in case it matters, I’ve got my fingers crossed this time…

  • Screwtape

    Getting late on this thread, but here we go again with feckless ICC. . .

    No doubt ISIS has gone to school on ICC, war crimes, jurisdiction, etc. Neither Libya nor ISIS are state parties or signatories to the Rome Statute. Furthermore, the ICC doesn’t prosecute states. Only individuals can be hauled before ICC, and that assumes they can be identified and apprehended. It’s my understanding the UNSC would have to make a referral this time — it’s not about the horrific nature of what ISIS did and does, but about the mostly mismatch with what ICC has to operate under. I suspect the perpetrators have gone to some lengths to conceal their whereabouts and identities. Could be the ICC talk is intended as a deterrent, but unless the PTB can follow through successfully that way it could be counter productive

  • Screwtape

    Regarding prosecuting Assad link. . .

    It’s similar here, except that Assad’s whereabouts and identity are known. Link gives details but with only a passing reference to Russian veto at UNSC. It’s a show stopper. Success might hinge on a very imminent collapse of Assad’s regime, where the Russians decide there is no further interest in blocking referral to ICC. Or, a bizarre situation could be Assad turning himself in at the last minute, mindful a cushy jail cell awaits at The Hague

  • Screwtape

    Regarding link about boats full of immigrants. . .

    So now it’s Malaysia. There’s more negative action looming among Europeans as well.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2015/05/13/heres-europes-military-plan-to-counter-people-smugglers/

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/eu-lays-out-quota-plan-for-migrants-1431525367