The Roundup for June 5th, 2015

Ugh, all of these transphobic attacks against Caitlin Jenner are really out-of-hand. So easy to hide transphobia through articles and silly, ignorant memes on how other people should have gotten an award.

Sorry for the rant, I cannot stand transphobia. It’s horrific, disgusting and the person needs to feel shame.

International Politics


– Part five of five with author and professor Christian Appy on how Israel inspires U.S. foreign policy

– Former FIFA official Jack Warner said he holds documents tying FIFA to corruption and graft

Middle East

– Journalist and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada Ali Abunimah joins The Real News to talk about Israeli fears of the BDS movement and what they fear greatly about it; It’s isolation because of abuse toward Palestinians

– Mike Huckabee, a Republican candidate for president, believes life for Palestinians under the Israeli occupation is wonderful; “Full of rainbows and gumdrops!” said the transphobic defender of pedophiles

– A U.S.-led airstrike led to the deaths of Iraqi civilians in one town under the control of the Islamic State

– Officials with Hamas are not happy with an Amnesty International report revealing the organization torturing Palestinians suspected of ties to Israel

– ISIS reduced water supply to areas in Iraq under government control

Asia and Oceania

– The Real News interviews Harsh Mandar, an activist in India, who explains the first year with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in charge

– The death toll of people who drowned along with a cruise ship in the Yangtze River, in China, is now at 82


– At least eight Nigerian soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber, tied to Boko Haram, attacked a barracks

– In Ghana, at least 150 people died after both flooding and an explosion at a gas station


– Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned of an invasion by Russia; W-what?

– The White House is worried Europe may lift sanctions against Russia

– Some officials and figures view the French prison system as ineffective and weak in stopping terrorists

– It’s not just the U.S., but Russia also suffers from racism based on a new report

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– An overview of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa in The Nation, which features his upbringing and his efforts while in power

Surveillance Planet

– Suspected Chinese hackers obtained information of four million current and former government employees

– David Greene, an attorney, joins The Real News to talk about the positives of the law passed to reform the NSA

– Documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal the U.S. government using secret memos to expand power of the NSA

– Some lawmakers, based on the above, believe more reforms will come

– Jason Leopold: “Inside Washington’s Quest to Bring Down Edward Snowden

Financial Matters

– Michael Roberts: “Bubbles, profits and debt – look out!

– To see our future with free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we must look back in the past with other pacts like NAFTA

– Meanwhile, Wikileaks will offer $100,000, if they can raise it through funds, for the full, leaked text of the TPP

– Orange, a French telecommunication firm, decided to leave Israel, which infuriated Israeli officials

– Ali Abunimah: “Don’t buy Orange’s excuse for why it can’t end its complicity in Israeli crimes

– HSBC will pay 28 million euros for its involvement in money laundering

– The International Monetary Fund warned the Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates after the IMF cut its future U.S. growth rates

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Four former employees of CVS are suing the chain after being told to racially profile customers

– It’s official: Gawker employees voted in a 3-to-1 ratio to unionize

A new report found authorized guestworkers do not make more money than undocumented immigrants

– Teachers at a charter school in Chicago voted to join a union

Politics US

Washington USA

– Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, officially announced he will run for President of the United States for the Republicans

– Pew: Seventy-two percent of Americans support a method to keep immigrants here legally

– The Federal Communications Commission can be an institution that can help keep democracy in the U.S. afloat

Salon interview with journalist Chris Hedges about the crises on Earth and the conditions for a revolution

– Natasha Lennard: “The Supreme Court should probably figure out what constitutes threatening speech on Facebook

– Senators criticized the presence of the U.S. throughout Africa and the problems with U.S. foreign policy

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Sixty percent of Americans say the death penalty is okay

– Max Blumenthal: “Could the Possible Sale of Huffington Post to Right-Wing Company Affect Its Editorial Line?

– A teenager won a settlement against the New York Police Department after a police officer arrested her after refusing his advances

– Kali Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, joins The Real News to talk about mainstream press and their coverage of police killings

– The family of Usamaah Abdullah Rahim, killed by police in Boston, denied Rahim was an extremist

The Second Sex

Inspiring to see other trans people posting their photos on Vanity Fair-like covers to share with the world

– Barnard College, an all-women’s school, will accept transgender students starting next semester

– Folks in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile marched to raise awareness of domestic violence against women

Planet Earth

– Bad news as there is a stronger ag-gag law that was passed in North Carolina

– A group released a report persuading world leaders that it is possible to switch to renewable energy both quickly and cheaply

– A new study debunks the hypothesis that global warming is on “hiatus”

– Ecuador is holding the line against Chevron over the latter’s oil scandals in the former; A little exaggerated

– A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed hydrofracking leads to tainted water

Mixed Bag

– Eileen Jones: “Why Some Vets Want to Relive Vietnam

– The International Olympic Committee rightfully rejected a petition calling for Bruce Jenner’s medals to be returned

– Amy Goodman: “The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed to Hear

Break Time

Ordinary World [Duran Duran]

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  1. Alice X
    June 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    So I thought there was a Caitlin free zone. I am delighted she has resolved her own personal identity crisis.

    She has the resources to transition that very few others have. She will weather the storm.

    For the others, not so much, not yet.

    The problem for so many people is recognizing the exceptions they make to their statements on tolerance and equality.

    There cannot be exceptions to equality.


    Just listening to Amy Goodman with Ada Colau. What a joy.

    From Occupying Banks to City Hall: Meet Barcelona’s New Mayor Ada Colau

  2. Screwtape
    June 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I’m too old to begin writing novels, especially any having to do with Greece.

    Yesterday Athens did a clever move, invoking an almost never used IMF provision to bundle all of Athens’ June IMF payments into one proposed payment at the end of the month. Sounds reasonable, and a clever stick to shake at IMF, I think, since it’s not a default, technically speaking.

    It’s like the cliff suddenly got higher. Good strategy if it works. If not, . . .

    And now, this. All of it it could be for the locals to savor. More shenanigans from the lot of PTB maybe.

  3. Charles Wolf
    June 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    – Eileen Jones: “Why Some Vets Want to Relive Vietnam”
    Umm, because it was so much F’n fun??? /s