The Weekend Roundup for May 23-24th, 2015

Starting my first week of summer. This will be some exciting three months.

Rest in peace John Nash

International Politics


– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: We need to deal with the causes of the migrant causes first

– After Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter criticized Iraqi troops as having “no will to fight,” an Iraqi lawmaker responded that such accusation was “unrealistic and baseless

Middle East

– Syrian rebels say they are learning tactics from soldiers in Hamas in their fight against the Syrian government

– After the capture of Palmyra in Syria, Islamic State militants killed at least 400 people

– King Salman of Saudi Arabia said those behind the suicide attack that killed 21 people would pay

– An Iranian general asked for more funds for the army to counter the ISIS threat

– Syrian organizations accused the government of using chlorine bombs against civilians


– The “hearts and minds” strategy in Africa by U.S. forces has failed. That’s the truth

– A United Nations official warned the ISIL may become a dominant force in Libya if left unchecked

– Nigerians troops killed militants from Boko Haram and rescued victims of the group


More than 60 percent of Irish citizens legalized gay marriage in a national referendum

– Now all eyes are on Northern Ireland to do the same

– President Vladimir Putin signed a law barring all foreign non-governmental organizations deemed “undesirable

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Who is the best symbol of resistance against neoliberalism in Mexico? Teachers

– The Peruvian government suspended civil liberties in a southern coastal valley of the country after a death due to protests

An interview with author Nelson Denis about the role of the U.S. in Puerto Rico

Surveillance Planet

– The National Security Agency will wind down their collection efforts

– A British intelligence official said it is okay to spy on Muslims because of dangerous Islamic propaganda

Financial Matters

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: We need to join hands to “free” our economy from sanctions

– Essentially, it is mathematically impossible to pay off all of our debt

– German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Greece should look into creating a “parallel currency

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: We will not accept any “humiliating terms

– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris joins The Real News to discuss the potential of a default in Greece

– Centrism is both a failed ideology and completely out-of-tune with reality

Labor’s a-Brewing

– For workers in Argentina, capitalists leaving the country meant an opportunity to create worker co-ops rather than enter the reserve army of labor

– Essentially, for every game set to be played at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, more than 62 workers died to ensure the stadiums were built

Politics US

Washington USA

– Trevor Timm: “McConnell can’t save the NSA’s surveillance program

A fair and mostly mixed view by veterans of the Iraq War on presidential candidates talking about their views on the war

Thank you lobbyists for spending millions to protect industrial chemicals and not us

– Turns out the government is a-okay with the hunting of protected birds

– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): President Barack Obama should be more worried about ISIS than climate change

Anytown USA

– A police officer in Cleveland who fatally shot a couple 26 times was found not guilty of manslaughter. There were protests in the city and 71 were arrested

– To ensure police accountability there needs to be more done than provide body cameras

– At a hearing about the potential of hosting the Olympic games in Boston, a woman was shouted down by the cousin of Boston’s mayor

– New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) relies on prison labor to fix his office

We Don’t Need No Education

A new report find New York University more obsessed with making money than providing housing for students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Pew: Forty-seven percent of post-Sept. 11 veterans served with someone who died

– Cancer patients in Russia are likely to commit suicide and the health care structures there are to blame

The Second Sex

– Despite not crossing the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, female activists traveled by bus and called it a success

– A U.N. official warned ISIS was “institutionalizing sexual violence” after she toured Syria and Iraq

Planet Earth

– Louis Proyect: “Christian Parenti, William Cronon, and the Abbeyist agenda

Turns out the pipeline that ruptured in California was the only one without an automatic shut-off valve; Efficiency!

– Japan pledged to provide millions for Pacific nations under threat of climate change

– Journalist Antonia Juhasz talks with The Real News about resistance against Shell’s drilling in the Arctic

– Mexico finally sold a natural gas pipeline to a foreign investor, the first ever privatized energy deal in 76 years

– Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, joins The Real News to talk about the mayor of Portland, Ore., who decided, under public pressure, against the shipment of propane gas to markets in China

– The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will now review a tar sands oil heating facility

– Vandals in California led to 50 million gallons of water to be dumped

Mixed Bag

– There’s something to say about photographs, especially when it documents the life of people

– Anarchism provides an alternative way of life for us compared to our contradictory and unstable capitalist structure; I guess

– The life of Takiji Kobayashi, famous as a Japanese author and noted communist, provides insight into what literature can do for the working class

– Perhaps our memories can’t be lost as new research finds traces of memories to be in our cell’s nucleus

An interview with cartoonist Stephanie McMillan about keeping the spirit of resistance alive through art

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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.


  1. Alice X
    May 25, 2015 at 10:33 am

    A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  2. Alice X
    May 25, 2015 at 11:20 am


    War is a racket. It always has been… A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can’t end it by disarmament conferences. You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can’t wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.

    Smedley Butler

    I served in all commissioned ranks from a second Lieutenant to a Major General. And during that time, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.

    Smedley Butler

  3. dubinsky
    May 25, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Muslim Mob Sets Sharia Court On Fire In Nigeria After The Release of Defendant Accused Of Insulting Mohammad
    There was a bizarre twist on an all-too-familiar story in Nigeria. An irate mob of Muslim protesters set a court on fire for releasing a man, Malam Abdul Nyass, after he was accused of insulting Mohammad. The crowd demanded his death. What is a bit different is that the court was actually a Sharia court imposing Islamic law and the accused was a cleric.

  4. Screwtape
    May 26, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Regarding the migrants at sea in SE Asia. .

    I noticed the link had not a peep about Australia, let alone the whopping fair share they should take in. The money, resources, open spaces, and geographic location make this a no brainer.