The Roundup for June 6th, 2015

International Politics


– Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, joins The Real News to explain why current actions by the West against the Islamic State are failing

– A U.S. general denied the current strategy of air strikes against ISIS is failing

– The United Nations Security Council expressed “outrage” over the use of barrel bombs in Syria

– The 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany may have involved some deals including arms exports

– French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the country was opposed to a boycott of Israel

Middle East

– Despite finding evidence of Palestinian children killed during last summer’s Israeli bombings, the U.N. is unsure whether to put Israel on a list of violators of children’s rights

– It is true Israeli soldiers are helping the Nusra Front in Syria

– Saudi forces were attacked on the border with Yemen by forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh

– There’s a growing, yet morbid market in Iraq—graves

– Politics makes for strange bedfellows as seen with Israel and Arab states on the issue of Iran, which are usually against each other

– A former Mossad agent admitted Israel thought of assassinating Ayatollah Khomeini

Asia and Oceania

– Eight of the 10 men who were involved in shooting Malala Yousafzai have been acquitted

– Tim Shurrock: “The Kwangju Uprising and American Hypocrisy: One Reporter’s Quest for Truth and Justice in Korea

– The death toll for those who died when a cruise ship capsized now is at 331


– Patrick Bond, a director at the Center for Civil Society, joins The Real News to discuss corruption behind the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and why it is not surprising considering South African politics

A personal letter from one of the individuals sentenced to death in Egypt. He explains why he finds the position of the U.S. so weak in response to the sentence

American support for Egypt is definitely not for democracy in a country ruled by a dictatorship


– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: The deal by lenders is just “absurd

– SYRIZA is having a tough time dealing with its promises to the Greeks and negotiating with the troika

– A bomb went off at a Kurdish rally in Turkey where two people died and 100 were injured

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– To escape from violence, young girls in Central America are marrying gang members 

– The Dominican Republic is committed to deporting anyone it suspects of having Haitian blood

Surveillance Planet

– Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner met with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden last April, although very little is known what happened

– Kit O’Connell: “How Glenn Greenwald & Facebook Learned To Stop Worrying & Love Encryption

– U.S. officials said stolen data about government employees was from 1985 on. Also officials want more surveillance powers because you never know

– Glenn Greenwald: “Did Max Boot and Commentary Magazine Lie About Edward Snowden? You Decide.

Financial Matters

– At least 280,000 jobs were added last month, yet the unemploymen rate rose to 5.5 percent. Dean Baker writes more on it here

– If the Trans-Pacific Partnership passes, then our courts will be unable to deal with disputes between businesses and states as the former can just nullify any decision it dislikes

– The International Monetary Fund will send $833 million in emergency aid to Iraq

– There’s money to be made in Israel. The catch is that it is anything related to war

– A former BP executive was found not guilty for lying to investigation over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill

– Mexico and Canada want sanctions against the U.S. over meat-labeling rules

A new report found Social Security overpaid recipients $17 billion in the past decade

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “Here Are All the Reasons Walmart’s Business Is Not Sustainable

– Virgin America pilots successfully voted to join a union

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation designed to provide millions of jobs to youths

– David Sirota: “Can Jeb Bush Be His ‘Own Man’?

– A lack of accepting Medicaid expansion in Kansas is putting residents at risk of life or death

– Democrats sure do like to talk about getting money out of politics. They said it for decades so they are very committed to dealing with the problem. Right?

– Lee Fang: “A Preview of Jeb Bush’s Super PAC Donors: Titans, Tycoons and Lobbyists

– The U.S. Air Force said being transgender is no longer a reason to be discharged

Anytown USA

– The deaths of Rodney Todd and his family, due to carbon monoxide poisoning, in Baltimore highlights how terrible this system is in providing services for those in need

– A jury in Los Angeles found an LAPD officer guilty for assaulting an unarmed black woman, who later died

– Sure, Oakland can ban all demonstrations at night, but that won’t stop people from marching for justice

– There is still a way forward for those living in Cleveland when it comes to police accountability

– San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is not interested in investigating the local police for racism and homophobia

– Two friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were sentenced to prison after found guilty of interfering with a federal investigation

We Don’t Need No Education

– Standardized testing in America also are ap art of the issue of inequality between the rich and the poor

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– America ingests far too much sugar, which explains why there is a major crisis of health problems

– In spite of the huge coal boom in China, there is a bust in terms of health

The Second Sex

– Emma Sulkowicz, a recent graduate of Columbia University known for carrying her mattress around campus, released an art piece about rape

Planet Earth

– Katharine Hayhoe, a professor, joins The Real News to discuss climate change, flooding and methods the federal government can do to limit carbon emissions

– An organization chaired by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan believes all fossil fuel subsidies should end all

– Is it possible for Big Oil to go “extinct”? Perhaps; Although, I won’t hold my breath

– More and more California residents are deciding to rip out their front lawns due to the devastating drought affecting the state

– Naomi Klein: “Canada’s New Climate Movement

– Akon, a R&B musician, announced his organization will power 600 million residents throughout Africa with solar energy

Mixed Bag

– Tom Engelhardt provides his commencement speech for the Class of 2015 about their mostly gloomy future

– Miss Piggy, from “Muppets” fame, was honored as a feminist by the Sackler Center

– Another man was robbed of his Bitcoin in Brooklyn

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  1. metamars
    June 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    No only is disco NOT dead, it never died. I kid you not! So says a member of Sister Sledge, on BBC.
    So, you see, there is hope for this sorry world, yet!!

  2. metamars
    June 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Din Dah Dah here->

    More energy in this one piece than in all of Hip Hop, in all of Human History. Maybe if the Hip Hoppers started taking vitamins, they could produce something exciting.

  3. Alice X
    June 6, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you Brandon. I have come to count on your lists.

  4. dubinsky
    June 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    ” A former Mossad agent admitted Israel thought of assassinating Ayatollah Khomeini”

    half of Americans citizens would have approved that. Khomeini was a vile and malevolent thing.

    of course “We can do that, but it would be wrong” sorta applied.

  5. Hugh
    June 6, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    *Sigh* 280,000 were not created in July. This is a trend number, not a real number. It represents a smoothing of the data over time and depends in part on future economic activity to justify it. In May, a net 970,000 jobs were created in both the public and private sectors, and 995,000 were created in the private sector alone. Since economic forecasters concentrate on the private sector, let’s look at that. March-June are the big months of the Spring rebuild (April tends to be the largest) after the big post-holiday drop off (-2.324 million December 2014-January 2015). Year to date, that is January through May 2015, 3.203 million private sector jobs have been created. That is still 40,000 fewer than the same time period in 2014 (3.243 million). At the same time, May’s 995,000 jobs is 22,000 better than May 2014’s 973,000. Still pretty similar. Most of the jobs came in low wage sectors like retail, leisure and hospitality, healthcare, and temp services. Overall, to date and in May, 2015 is looking a whole lot like 2014. But as the media and powers that be are always ready to use any excuse to cheerlead a recovery that never quite arrives and jack up the stock market, convenient numbers will always trump real numbers.

    Re Bernie Sanders filing phony bills to up his progressive cred, he shouldn’t just be promising youth jobs but all of us ponies because when you are conning us rubes, there should always be a pony.