The Roundup for May 26th, 2015

Still waiting on those grades…

International Politics


– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff for Colin Powell, joins The Real News to discuss the dangers of Syria ending up like Afghanistan, essentially no stable government

– Juan Cole: “What’s Wrong With Robert Kaplan’s Nostalgia for Empire

– The U.S. admits it blocked a treaty restricting proliferation of arms to protect Israel and its nuclear arsenal

– President Barack Obama: We must view how effectively we are using our assets against the Islamic State

Middle East

– An Israeli Defense Force soldier who criticized the occupation of Palestinian will be imprisoned by Israel

– A French official warned Syria and Iraq would be divided should anti-ISIL forces fail to be supported

– Iraqi forces, meanwhile, launched a new offensive to retake land under ISIS control


– The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya escaped an assassination


– It is indeed fair to say the victories seen in Spain in the most recent elections are an  example of David beating Goliath

Surveillance Planet

– The Internal Revenue Service said hackers stole information from more than 100,000 taxpayers

– Ardent defenders of the NSA in Congress are still seeking to protect all of the NSA’s authority, while reformers still want reform

Financial Matters

– Michael Roberts: “Clinton, Atkinson, Stiglitz and reducing inequality

– The Obama administration argued Java shouldn’t be free and, thus, a case involving its restrict use should be thrown out by the Supreme Court

– Nigeria is currently in a fuel crisis, ironic considering it exports oil, and is desperately seeking to solve it

– Richard D. Wolff: “Critics of Capitalism Must Include Its Definition

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Economist Heidi Garrett-Peltier joins The Real News to talk about the benefits of providing clean energy jobs for not only workers, but the U.S. economy as well

– Michelle Chen: “Why the Philippines’ Deadly Factory Fire Will Not Be the Last

– Emeryville, Calif., will raise the minimum wage to $14.44 per hour by July

Politics US

Washington USA

– The city of Cleveland announced a deal with the Justice Department involving police reforms

– Glenn Greenwald: “NYT Trumpets U.S. Restraint against ISIS, Ignores Hundreds of Civilian Deaths

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) officially announced his candidacy for president

– Sen. Sanders: Our tax rates must be the same as it was under the Eisenhower administration

– Remember former Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana? After failing to be re-elected, she now heads to a lobbying firm for TransCanada

– The Obama administration accused a federal appeals court of “misinterpreting” Obama’s federal immigration plan

Anytown USA

– In Georgetown, Texas, SWAT officers broke the hip of an 81-year-old man after breaking into his house and left him on the floor for hours, a lawsuit alleges

– Henry A. Giroux: “The Fire This Time: Black Youth and the Spectacle of Postracial Violence

– When combining Baltimore, Chicago and New York, at least 108 people were shot over the past three days

Vicious floods in Texas and Oklahoma led to the deaths of 15 people and more missing

We Don’t Need No Education

– The University of Arizona is a case study of what can happen when state governments eagerly cut massive funds 

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– An organization in the United Kingdom helping men affected by sexual assault lost major funding from the state despite a rise in sexual assaults for men

– Taco Bell and Pizza Hut announced it would no longer use artificial ingredients and, as a result, utilize “natural alternatives”

– Actually, online discussions can sometimes can better than face-to-face, especially on sensitive issues like mental health

The Second Sex

– For transgender women, being more feminine comes with a major cost—living

– A program in Colorado that successfully provided contraceptives to low-income teens is not one conservatives love to talk about

– West Virginia now has a new law banning abortions after 20 weeks

Planet Earth

– Kit O’Connell: “How To Protect Communities From Climate Change

– Pemex, the state-owned oil company in Mexico, suffered this month from offshore explosions and spills. Meanwhile, it’s getting privatized

– One company in Pennsylvania paid thousands of dollars to police officers to “deter [environmental] protests”

– Now immigrants are the scapegoat for California’s drought problems

– Wildfires in Alberta, Canada led to oil firms to evacuate their staff

– Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ): “The climate change fight cannot be won with white liberal America alone

– The death toll in India as a result of a major heat wave is more than 1,000

Mixed Bag

Part one of five with author Christian Appy about his upbringing and learning about American exceptionalism

– Vox Media purchased Re/Code, a media site, in a deal worth millions

– Dave Zirin: “Montreal: Adopted Home of Jackie Robinson, John Carlos, and Now Michael Sam

Break Time

This Is A Call [Foo Fighters]

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  1. bsbafflesbrains
    May 27, 2015 at 11:54 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks’ earnings rose 6.9 percent in the first
    quarter from a year earlier as revenues increased, delinquent loans
    continued to fall and the number of “problem” banks reached a six-year

    Enuf said.

  2. disqus_tu7SEHpgGp
    May 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    “– The Obama administration argued JavaScript shouldn’t be free and, thus, a case involving its restrict use should be thrown out by the Supreme Court”

    Java and JavaScript are not the same thing. Not really even very close. Most everyone makes this mistake.

  3. ThingsComeUndone
    May 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    ” Juan Cole: “What’s Wrong With Robert Kaplan’s Nostalgia for Empire””

    “Robert David Kaplan (born June 23, 1952 in New York City) is the author of many books on foreign affairs and travel, whose work over three decades has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs and The Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers and publications. His more controversial essays about the nature of US power have spurred debate in academia, the media, and the highest levels of government” “From March 2008 to spring 2012, Kaplan was a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, which he rejoined in 2015.[1] Between 2012 and 2014, he was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a private global forecasting firm. In 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Kaplan to the Defense Policy Board, a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Defense. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan as one of the world’s “top 100 global thinkers.””

    A B.A in English if you are a NeoCon gets you more influence than Juan Cole even though Juan has been right about the Middle East much more than Kaplan.

  4. ThingsComeUndone
    May 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    “notes approvingly that in today’s military the spirit of the Old South lives on, with the very best captains and majors finding their role models in “the gleaming officer corps of the Confederacy.” Indeed, Kaplan locates the “true religious soul” of present-day professional soldiers in “the martial evangelicalism of the South.””

    He does know the South lost right?

    “The targets of his wrath include, but are by no means limited to, narcissistic intellectuals, risk-averse politicians, micromanaging generals, bean-counting bureaucrats, wimpy journalists who have never visited Djibouti or Mongolia, the entire “policy nomenklatura in Washington and New York–in its cocoon of fine restaurants and theoretical discussions,” and all manner of effete civilians, especially those residing in New England, which Kaplan, who makes his home in Massachusetts, describes as awash with pacifists.”

    I’ll believe Kaplan thinks war is important when he and his kids volunteer to fight and pay higher taxes to pay for the war. Chicken Hawks lecturing others about war are like eunuchs giving marriage advice lots of theory but with an angry edge over their lost manhood war has emasculated Kaplan much like it did Cheney and now they like haunted ghosts spend their days chasing after war/looking for their lost manhood. Ghosts in the living world are normally not a good thing and Kaplan is no exception.

  5. Brandon Jordan
    May 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Ah, thanks for catching that. I’m not sure why I thought JavaScript immediately.

  6. Screwtape
    May 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

    So, which one of them functioned as a back door for malware a few years ago?

    I recall severe media about it, and think some penance would include a free-for-all-comers policy forever going forward. Is this off base?