The Weekend Roundup for May 30-31st, 2015

May Beau Biden rest in peace

International Politics


– A theorist associated with al-Qaeda recommended the organization work from inside government to accomplish their goals

– Jules Boykoff, a former soccer player and scholar, joins The Real News to discuss the latest events happening with FIFA from corruption to the 2022 World Cup

– FIFA President Sepp Blatter: Nah, that corruption probe won’t affect me

– South Africa admitted it did pay $10 million to a organization connected to a FIFA official

– Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt said they shared a “common vision” when dealing with the situation in Yemen

– Meanwhile, the State Department said “several” Americans were being held in Yemen

– The P5+1 agreed sanctions on Iran will be restored should the country walk back on a potential nuclear deal

Middle East

– To best define apartheid in Israel, it is important to review what apartheid was in South Africa

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: There is an “international campaign to blacken [Israel’s] name” and this must be stopped

– An Iranian commander was killed in Iraq after fighting the Islamic State

– A U.N. official condemned the use of barrel bombs by the Syrian government that killed civilians

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the army lost 2,300 armored vehicles in the fall of Mosul

Asia and Oceania

– U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: The U.S. opposes any “further militarization” in the South China Sea


– A suicide bomber, possibly tied to Boko Haram, killed at least 30 people in Nigeria

– Militias fought with police officers in Somalia, which led to the deaths of at least 35 people

– The international recognized government in Libya called for a mobilized effort against ISIS


Five people were killed in Ukraine after fighting between rebels and government soldiers

– An international-led effort led to the rescue of 5,000 refugees in the Mediterranean

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Guatemalans are still angry with the corruption in government and demand the president step down

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to talk about Cuba and his most recent visit there

– Elections this year in Latin America will revolve around a major issue: water shortages

Surveillance Planet

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel: The U.S. did not lie in 2013 about a no-spy agreement

Financial Matters

– Rather than focus on capitalist stagnation, it is far better to focus on building an alternative regardless of what’s happening with the economy

– The textile industry in Ghana is being destroyed by China’s products

– To stop poverty in the U.S., it is important not to rely on the wealthy on spearheading the change

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras criticized creditors for their “absurd proposals” and the lack of a good deal

Politics US

Washington USA

– Martin O’Malley announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential elections for the Democrats, although Black Lives Matter demonstrators are not happy considering O’Malley’s history on policing

– A government watchdog found $20.2 million were given to Nazi war criminals

– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): We should provide more defensive weapons to Vietnam in response to China

– If history provides any indication of what left Democrats do to us, then it is fair to say we will be disappointed by a Sanders-like figure running for president

Anytown USA

– It is true that there is a gang problem in the U.S., although not the one discussed in the mainstream narrative

– Police officers in the U.S. kill more than two people per day

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study finds the best solution to stopping homelessness is to provide homes

The Second Sex

A new report found black women in San Francisco, despite making up six percent of the city’s population, are 50 percent of arrests

Planet Earth

– Reverend Sekou joins The Real News to discuss how climate change can affect black communities

– Edward Hanna, a professor, joins The Real News to explain studies connecting extreme weather to climate change

– Chinese renewable energy investment grew more than 30 percent in the past year

New research finds pumping aerosols into the stratosphere may be a lifeline to coral reefs threatened by global warming

Mixed Bag

– Our military operations go hand-in-hand with the way our media operates

– It might be fair to say a caste system exists in the U.S. due to neoliberalism

Break Time

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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. Beverly Lawson
    June 1, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Good Morning All. Wonderful sun, bright here this morning. Lovely. So sad about the young Biden….he really seems like such a nice person, never mind that history of losing his mom so early. The Vice Pres. must think he’s had enough….Makes my heart ache. Good Morning Box and thanks for the post. Hope all is well in your world.

  2. bsbafflesbrains
    June 1, 2015 at 11:52 am

    WTForeignPolicy ™ of the USA is being directed by Corporate CEO shortsighted decision makers that have at best rudimentary knowledge of Foreign lands, people, history and politics. It’s the only explanation as to how effed up everything is all around the World. Those Enronlike “smartest guys in the room” are preternaturally stupid.

  3. Alice X
    June 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    What a long list today. Thank you!

  4. Hugh
    June 1, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Shorter Netanyahu, our hasbara isn’t working like it used to, and yes, Israel is an apartheid state. The two state solution does not exist. There is only one state with a large number of its citizens disenfranchized, restricted to marginal lands, and kept there through the use of naked force.

    The rich and elites form the Establishment, our ruling class. They chose the criminality of kleptocracy, and the poverty and massive inequality in wealth it produced, precisely because it increased their power and wealth. So not looking to them, or their pet parties, the Democrats and Republicans, for solutions is something of a no-brainer.

    Syriza, Tsipras, and Varoufakis lambaste the absurd arrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic, but as they are willing to come up with a reasonable compromise, we should support them, right?

  5. Brandon Jordan
    June 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm