The Roundup for May 28th, 2015

Today’s song for Break Time is thanks to good folks over at The Struggle Bus podcast. Check them out here!

International Politics


– Pew: Fifty-eight percent of Americans support drone strikes

Part two of five with author Christian Appy on mid-20th century and the role of the U.S., especially in Vietnam

– FIFA President Sepp Blatter: I will restore trust in our organization after the “shame and humiliation brought” on the sport; No, he won’t resign

– European nations might boycott the FIFA World Cup if UEFA chairperson Michel Platini is still in charge

– Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said both Russia and the U.S. are slowly coming to an agreement on what to do on Syria

– The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a watchdog group, said at least 90 percent of the world’s chemical weapons are destroyed

A new report found women are joining the Islamic State for reasons other than being “jihadi brides.” Such reasons include dissatisfaction with how the West treats Muslims

Middle East

– Economist Shir Hever joins The Real News to highlight apartheid in Israel

– Dave Zirin: “Will the FIFA Raids Scuttle the Vote to Suspend Israeli Soccer?

– Journalist Reese Erlich joins The Real News to talk about the Islamic State’s victories in Iraq and why the battle is very tough for the U.S.

– Al-Nusra, a Syrian rebel group tied to al-Qaeda, was told by al-Qaeda heads not to attack the West

Asia and Oceania

– A “silent” conflict is being waged in Sri Lanka taking land of Tamils

– What does Qatar say about the FIFA corruption probe? Nothing


A new report by the United Nations revealed Sudan declined to help an injured peacekeeper, who later died


– Russian President Vladimir Putin labeled all deaths of troops as “state secrets” during peacetime

– Meanwhile, Putin accused the U.S. of “meddling” into the affairs of FIFA and believed the probe was to take the 2018 World Cup away from Russia; Yes. Totally that. 100 percent

– Spain will investigate the head of Boko Haram over charges of terrorism and crimes against humanity

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Folks in Paraguay will demonstrate against the recent rejection of an abortion for a 10-year-old girl who was raped

Surveillance Planet

– Kit O’Connell: “Department Of Justice Flying Secret Airplane Fleet Over American Cities

A new report found the generation most at risk for hacking is Millennials

– There are even some within the NSA that do not support the “collect it all” mentality

Financial Matters

– Economist Michael Hudson joins The Real News to explain why it’s important to shoot down fast track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Also, in this separate video, Hudson speaks about what’s happening in Greece

– Visa, a sponsor of the FIFA World Cup, threatened to end their partnership if FIFA did not make any changes

– Uber and Lyft oppose new regulations by authorities in New York City

Politics US

Washington USA

– ExxonMobil denies it ever lobbied the government to lift Iran sanctions because come on that’s ludicrous

– The American Petroleum Institute is pleased with a bill introduced in Congress to lift the ban on crude oil exports

Part two of a series about the 30th anniversary of the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia

– Glenn Greenwald: “Anonymous Fear-Mongering About the Patriot Act from the White House and NYT

– George Pataki, former governor of New York, announced his bid for the 2016 presidency for the Republicans

– It might have been a faulty technical process, rather than human error, that led the Pentagon to accidentally ship anthrax to laboratories in the U.S.

Anytown USA

– Will the deal with the Justice Department help Cleveland. Eh, it is doubtful

– Also, it is doubtful policing can make an impact in Baltimore. The situation is more systemic

– Dahr Jamail: “Oscar Lopez Rivera: Will Obama Pardon This Political Prisoner?

– The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will no longer delete emails after 90 days

A new report by the ACLU found blacks in Minneapolis are nearly nine times more likely to be arrested for petty crimes than whites

We Don’t Need No Education

– Canary Mission, a right-wing group, seeks to ruin the lives of Palestinian supporters by revealing their affiliations

A new report finds job prospects for college graduates are poor and it’s worse for women in terms of pay

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Sixty-eight percent of Americans support doctor-assisted suicide

– Scientists may have found a potential treatment to deal with breast cancer

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Worldwide sexism increases suicide risk in young women

– FIFA 2016, a best-selling sports franchise owned by EA Sports, will include, for the first-time, women’s national soccer teams

Planet Earth

A report from the UN called for finance to undergo a major change due to climate change

– Farmers are not only resisting the behemoth known as Monsanto, but global warming as well

– A campaign was announced in India to warn people about the heat wave as more than 1,500 people died as a result of it

More flooding may hit Texas as the National Weather Service warned

A new report estimated there would be a drop in West Virginian coal production

– Norway will no longer invest in coal companies due to concerns over global warming

Mixed Bag

– There still is snow in Boston despite the summer almost near

– The head of Chobani announced he would donate half of his wealth to charity

Break Time

17 Again [Eurythmics]

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  1. bsbafflesbrains
    May 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Pew: Fifty-eight percent of Americans support drone strikes – another bullshit propaganda poll. Are you in favor of using drone strikes to kill suspected militants who are in foreign Countries based on historically faulty intelligence that result in the deaths of dozens of innocent civilians? Poll that question Pew.

  2. Bluedot
    May 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Greece seems in real trouble. Unemployment is insane. Michael Hudson’s summary was nice. He mentioned parallel currency. Naked capitalism has a write up on several schemes. I wish he had explained them more, like if they could work or would they fall apart. A lot of credit to the Greeks but they are paddling against a strong current. Bondholders (aka banks) gotta be paid or the credit default swaps come due and the bubble bursts, I suppose. Who really speaks for the people?

  3. Alice X
    May 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    So 17 Again – not me but don’t I wish.

    Annie Lennox was a flute player and had traditional training as a musician. That has shown through some years as her intonation was way better than most pop types. It sags a bit in the vid.

    Oh right, back to reality:


    Vote Hillary for Slavery Queen! /s