The Roundup for June 10th, 2015

To France!

International Politics


– Despite all the rhetoric, the West is not interested in helping Ukrainians

– The Obama administration will be known as, in terms of foreign policy, very aggressive and violent

– The White House denies President Barack Obama snubbed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

– The United Nations Security Council voted to keep the Iranian sanctions as is

Middle East

– Gareth Porter: “Sunni Alliances Trump Obama Administration Terrorism Concerns in Syria

– Hezbollah successfully turned back Islamic State forces in Lebanon after fighting with them, which led to at least 20 deaths

– Palestinian men are facing prison time for posting statuses on Facebook deemed unsuitable by Israeli authorities

A new poll found 52 percent of Israelis supporting segregation of Israelis and Palestinians on buses

– At least 18 people died in Baghdad as a result of bombings

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Other leaders of Arab countries side with me when saying Iran will still aim to get nuclear weapons even with a deal


– ISIS is reportedly in control of Sirte after taking it from the Libyan Dawn government

– Libya is unhappy with the latest peace deal proposed by U.N. negotiators


– There’s now a “Scottish SYRIZA” in Scotland and it is gaining international support

– Scholar Edmund Ghareeb joins The Real News to talk about the latest election results in Turkey and another possible election should a coalition government fail

– The pro-government media in the country, meanwhile, blames external forces for the failure of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)

– The country’s prime minister resigned in light of AKP’s failure to achieve a majority

– A British referendum on European Union membership may be close after

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras seeks united support from SYRIZA in a dire time

– A court in Spain will no longer investigate the death of journalists killed by U.S. tank in Iraq

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A new law in Ecuador will ensure no migrant is treated as an illegal in the country

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “If the FBI has a backdoor to Facebook or Apple encryption, we are less safe”

– Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) criticized an amendment to an amendment in a bill allowing companies to easily sharing sensitive information of citizens

Financial Matters

– The Egyptian government is kicking out street vendors in downtown Cairo

– Prime Minister Tsipras: If there is a Grexit, then the eurozone will be in crisis

– Thanks to the state Supreme Court in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie can cut billions from state pensions

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Applebee’s understands the problem of wage theft for their employees. That’s why they want to limit the latter’s ability to sue over it

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Obama: The Affordable Care Act is now a “reality,” which critics must accept

Only one voter greeted Rick Santorum, a Republican presidential candidate, when the latter visited Iowa

– Ali Abunimah: “US Supreme Court Deals Israel Lobby Big Defeat in Jerusalem Passport Case

– In light of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is worth mentioning Democrats will gladly jump on board with free trade deals if needed

– Speaking of which, Obama pledged Democrats who vote yes on fast track that he will support them in 2016 if needed

– McDonald’s announced it hired Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary, as the Global Chief Communication officer. More can be found here

– Actually, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) purchased an offshore fishing boat; Still an elitest though

– Robert Reich: “The Part of the Dennis Hastert Scandal That No One’s Paying Attention To

– In spite of the immediate dismissal by the establishment, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is getting major crowds and success at his campaign stops

– It is an injustice to remove the right to vote for folks who were imprisoned

A new poll finds the majority of Americans think it is far too difficult to remove money from politics

– The Obama administration does not want to go through with Congress’ plan to send more arms to Ukraine

– An imam in Florida, claiming to be a government informant, is being charged on terrorism

Anytown USA

– Neill Franklin and Stephen Tabeling, two former police officers, join The Real News to explain what happened in McKinney, Texas, and what it reveals about the use of force by police

– Meanwhile, the officer in the video shown to be forceful announced his resignation

– Activists and organizations in Baltimore warn there will be political consequence should no police accountability reform be implemented

– New York Police Department police chief William Bratton said it is tough to hire blacks as cops because “so many have spent time in jail”

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Mental health services in the U.S. for youths is a prime example of the failures of our system to help

– Kit O’Connell: “Epidemic of Suicide By Wall Street Executives Continues With Two Recent Deaths

The Second Sex

– A circuit court upheld a Texas anti-abortion law that will lead to some clinics to shutdown

Planet Earth

– Dahr Jamail: “Oil Trains Don’t Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn

– Secret conservatives elites in the U.S. spent millions of dollars supporting climate change denial

– Meanwhile, a Republican from North Carolina will spend $175 million to get his party serious about climate change

– Juan Cole: “Green Energy Is Surging, and You’ll Never Guess Why

– State government contribute to the Colorado River crisis by giving incentives for folks to use more water than they actually need

– Mexico hopes crude oil from the U.S. can be imported, which requires some loopholes to jump through

– Turns out European fossil fuel companies like Shell are not thrilled with the whole green energy thing

Mixed Bag

– Part one of three with Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, who talks about his upbringing in the U.S. during the mid-20th century

A new study found nearly one in 10 New York City drivers run red lights

Break Time

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  1. Alice X
    June 10, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Fast track (TPA) hits the House tomorrow. Will the Dbots remember where they were at when we were sold down the river?

  2. dubinsky
    June 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

    very interesting essay by Schwenninger about our foreign policy. and how it puts the long-term interests of the US at risk by playing cop for the benefit of dubious allies.

  3. starrynight
    June 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    como no, i’m a dreamer john lennon – -

  4. starrynight
    June 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    can i wear a squirt

  5. starrynight
    June 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    it was 90 yesterday, don’t wuss out on me now

  6. starrynight
    June 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    genital men are you there

  7. Hugh
    June 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Campaign finance reform is not that hard. You can either go with public financing, private, or mixed. Here’s how a private system might work:

    $200 maximum from each citizen of voting age per candidate.
    Contribution to only one candidate per office per race.
    Name and address attached to each contribution.
    No PACs, no corporate contributions
    No “informational” ads two weeks before an election.
    $50 maximum contribution from each citizen to one political party per election cycle.

    Now of course our politically corrupt Supreme Court would declare all of this unconstitutional. Nearly 40 years ago in Buckley v. Valeo (1976), it published its infamous, and Orwellian, formulation that money equals “free” speech. Or to put it into layman’s terms, if you’re rich, you have political pull, and if you aren’t, you don’t. This is the real reason campaign finance reform is impossible. The rich own the politicians, the judges, and the political process. Campaign financing is just a manifestation of the deeper problem, that our system ignores the interests of the many and only serves the interests of the few.