The Roundup for June 11th, 2015

A Mexico amigos!

International Politics


– Pew: Civilians in countries a part of NATO mostly blame Russia for the Ukrainian crisis

– FIFA may not be able to remove the World Cup from Russia and Qatar

A new report found United Nations peacekeepers offered supplies to Haitian women in return for sex

A new report found airplanes to be at risk over the Middle East and North Africa region due to the proliferation of anti-aircraft missiles

– Two top members of al-Qaeda say the Islamic State left it in a very disorganized state

Middle East

– A former Israeli official said those behind the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign are the same as those behind Sept. 11, bombings in Europe and even the civil war in Syria

– A Palestinian photographer said Israeli authorities prevented him from receiving treatment for a wound, caused by an Israeli soldier

– The U.S. will send more military advisers to Iraq to fight against ISIS



– Officials at international organization, like the UN, warn Libya it is facing the “last chance” for peace


– Journalist Glen Ford joins The Real News to dispel myths about refugees leaving Eritrea to Europe

– Radicals youths in Greece realize the future is in their hands and new ideas need to be created for the way forward

– The leader of the People’s Democratic Party, the leftist party in Turkey that achieved success at the voting booths, called for a “new way of life”

– The Vatican will create a tribunal to investigate sexual assault within the church as well as failure to follow-up on those cases

– Norway agreed to take 8,000 Syrian refugees by 2017

– In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis I called for a “peaceful” end to the Ukrainian conflict

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Excellent analysis of the Mexican elections, where citizens are growing increasingly frustrated with a corrupt, violent government in charge

– British Prime Minister David Cameron defended Britain’s claims to the Falkland Islands

– U.N. officials called for Peru to think of new strategies to find those who went missing during the country’s civil war decades ago

Surveillance Planet

– Journalist Joel Handley joins The Real News to talk about surveillance technology that police departments across the U.S. are using to spy on people such as activists

– Construction of a”Western intelligence capital” in the UK is at risk in the defense spending fight between the White House and Congress

Financial Matters

– Is there a chance the crisis in Greece will end? Nope!

– Economist John Weeks explains to The Real News the role Germany plays with the Greek crisis

– It is not easy being poor, especially when the status is constantly stigmatized

– Dean Baker: “Economic Growth and the Environment

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Kit O’Connell: “Disabled Texans Depend On Personal Care Attendants Paid Poverty Wages

– Journalist Reese Erlich talks to The Real News about labor violations in Qatar because of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

– Some workers in Iraq are on strike over the lack of paid wages

Politics US

Washington USA

– Jason Leopold: “Releasing Osama Bin Laden’s Porn Stash: The Public’s Heroic Battle with the CIA Continues

– Gallup: Sixty-five percent of Americans say their civil liberties should not be sacrificed to combat terrorism. Meanwhile, 67 percent of Americans trust the government to protect them from terrorism

– Bill Clinton said he was never approached with favors through the Clinton Foundation. He also pledged not to do any paid speeches if Hillary is elected president

A new investigation found Medicare paid for nearly 40 million anti-anxiety tranquilizers

– The State Department said an American was killed in Syria, but did not provide details

– Glen Ford: “Democrats Hope to Bury Black Lives Matter Under Election Blitz

One lesson to take from events in Cleveland and McKinney is how the Democrats are unable to deal with the issue of police brutality

– The Senate may re-ban torture that can stop torture techniques conducted by the Bush administration

– Lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are undecided about a free trade bill are hearing from both sides before the vote on Friday

– Rep. John Garameldi, D-Calif., warned of the “waste of war” if the U.S. spends more money on nuclear arms

Still lots of questions around the death of Usaamah Rahim by authorities in Boston

– The Washington Post created a site devoted to news for all the ruling elites, which is absolutely needed. Yes, definitely needed

– The Democratic National Committee is sending out emails for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., because they know it will help them with Hillary Clinton

– The Iowa Straw Poll is not as popular as it once was with GOP presidential hopefuls, making organizers behind the poll think of a fresh new way to revitalize it

Anytown USA

– Community organizer Paulo Gregory Harris, a fellow at an organization Don Rojas and activist Sabah Nazer talk to The Real News about the uprising in Baltimore and what it meant for youths

A report from a Californian state agency found the state could save half a billion dollars if marijuana was legalized

Turns out the officer in McKinney, Texas, who pulled a gun at black teens was just stressed after handling suicide calls; Yes, he decided to use a weapon designed to kill or injure after dealing with phone calls relating to death. Totally makes sense

– The Los Angeles Police Department ruled one of the two officers involved in the death of Ezell Ford did not follow the rules, while the other was justified

– It’s legal to discriminate against anyone who identifies as LGBTQ in Louisiana thanks to Governor Bobby Jindal

Investigations by news organizations into folks killed by police are because of major protests happening in the streets

– At least 500 people have died by police this year so far

We Don’t Need No Education

The Real News interviews Marilyn Zuniga, a teacher recently fired over her students writing letters to Mumia Abu-Jamal

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for college-bound students to have a “debt-free option

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found female veterans aged 18 to 29 are 12 times more likely to commit suicide than non-veterans

– There’s a major MERS, which stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, outbreak in South Korea with 122 cases so far

The Second Sex

– In spite of what anti-abortion activists say, women who undergo self-abortions are being charged and jailed

Planet Earth

– Josh Fox, documentarian, joins The Real News to discuss the latest, questionable study by the EPA on hydrofracking and how fracking is generally treated by the media

– Lee Fang: “Fracking Firm Encourages Industry to Imitate Taco Bell’s Twitter Strategy

– Over in Europe, coal is losing to surging, popular renewable energy

– Scientists from the U.S. and Canada called for an end to tar sands mining

– So far the oil spill in California is costing at least $62 million

Mixed Bag

A new survey found nearly half of parents who make over a million dollars do not disclose their wealth to their kids

– A billionaire finally admits he is afraid of the poor rising up for the heads of the rich

– Dave Zirin: “Two Roads: The Politics of David Blatt and the Passion of Steve Kerr’s Father

– Authorities in Switzerland voluntarily received FIFA’s computer data

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  1. starrynight
    June 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

    hola senior

  2. starrynight
    June 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

    why are you still in the northern hemispher. spanish is easy. do it

  3. starrynight
    June 11, 2015 at 10:30 am

    life is way short, go for it

  4. starrynight
    June 11, 2015 at 10:36 am

    by the way, i’m often completely wrong

  5. starrynight
    June 11, 2015 at 10:58 am you for letting me post. Mexican Institute of Sound – Yo Digo Baila – YouTube

  6. starrynight
    June 11, 2015 at 11:08 am

    don,t watch the clip to follow unless you want to have hairy palms or go blind

  7. Bluetoe2
    June 11, 2015 at 11:54 am

    What the fu.k has happened to FDL??? A mere shadow of once what was.

  8. starrynight
    June 11, 2015 at 11:56 am

    there will always be critics

  9. sisterlauren
    June 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Regarding the anti-BDS effort, I wanted to comment on the following assumption made by the Israelis quoted from this link which is well worth reading in full.

    BDS: Turning America against Israel

    For all practical purposes, J Street was created to make it easier for U.S. President Barack Obama to distance himself from Israel, by splitting left-wing Democrats off from the historically bipartisan pro-Israel consensus in Congress. The fact that a quarter of all the Democrats in the House and Senate boycotted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address on Iran is evidence that the effort is succeeding. Will a reasonable number of Democrats vote to override an Obama veto on Congress disapproval of the proposed Iran nuclear deal (the approach adopted in the Corker-Menendez legislation), regardless of how weak the deal is and how much of a giveaway it is to Iran? The answer seems almost certainly to be no. Party loyalty, or loyalty to Obama himself will easily trump any concerns about the deal itself.

    The ‘Maccabees’ are really fooling themselves if they think that loyalty to Obama was the motivation behind the congressional boycott of Netanyahu’s speech. They completely missed the point.

    I am amused by the idea of this well funded power group going up against equal rights. I can’t wait to see what they are going to roll out in their big campaign.

  10. starrynight
    June 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    will it please the court if i exit stage left

  11. sisterlauren
    June 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Boycott movement grows, but Israel fights back

    Haim Saban looks like a Mafia Don.

  12. bsbafflesbrains
    June 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Me too! Definition of Positive is – Being wrong at the top of your voice.

  13. Brandon Jordan
    June 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    What do you mean?

  14. bsbafflesbrains
    June 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A rising stock market and climbing home prices
    boosted Americans’ net worth to a new high in the first three months
    of the year.
    The Federal Reserve says the value of Americans’ stock holdings,
    real estate and other assets rose to $84.9 trillion from $83.3
    trillion in the final three months of last year. Stock portfolios
    rose $487 billion, home values by $503 billion.

    from The Globalist…

    Only one-third of US households owned
    stock portfolios worth at least $5,000, as of 2010.
    The richest 5% of U.S. households owned
    about 2/3rds of all stock in 2010.

    This is why we are a declining
    civilization/empire. A rising tide is only lifting 1/3 of the
    boats. 5% have more than one boat. The rest of us are lazy takers.

  15. Hugh
    June 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Greece has debts it cannot repay. Some of these debts stem from fraudulent financial instruments put together by Goldman Sachs for which Greece is now on the hook and from which Goldman has walked away scot free. Some are to the IMF and ECB and represent a successful shifting of liability from stupid, greedy Northern European banks who originated the loans to these two institutions. In other words, the IMF and ECB sanctioned a stealth bailout of these Northern banks at Greece’s expense. On top of this, Northern economies have benefited from Greek deposits flowing into these “safer” banks because such inflows help keep Northern interest rates low. At the same time, none of the “bailout” money has gone to improving the lives of Greeks. Indeed the repayment demands of the troika have led to a gutting of the Greek state and economy. So rather than tightening their belts to work off this debt (much of which should not have been theirs to work off in the first place), Greeks are tightening their belts and seeing their debt balloon.

    Re Bill Clinton’s speeches, Clinton is being his usual deceptive Slick Willy self. He’ll take the money now and peddle his influence later. Of course, Clinton has also been a practitioner of what I call post-payment bribery. (Robert Reich referred to it recently as anticipatory bribery.) The revolving door and wingnut welfare are parts of it. Attend to the interests of the rich and powerful while in office and they will attend to yours when you leave. The Clinton Global Initiative is a great example of this. It can all get pretty blurry though. Are Bill and Hillary’s speaking fees bribes for special consideration they have already granted or for special consideration yet to come?

    Bernie Sanders = faux progressive = Trojan horse, sheepdog, Judas goat progressive. If he didn’t exist, the Democrats would have invented him.

  16. realtimexxx
    June 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I saw a Monk debate with Stephen Cohen, Vladimir Posner, GarryKasparov and Anne Applebaum on the Ukraine. It was clear to me that Cohen knew more and had more
    information but after the debate the audience voted that the other team won the debate. Their arguments were largely based on fear. I did not believe it at first, but I realized why Republicans base their policies on fear. Most people decide policy based upon fear and fear usually wins. Facts do not count as much as fear.

  17. Hugh
    June 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    BTW here is prohibition on torture as it appears in the the US legal code: 18 US § 2340 and 2340A
    As used in this chapter—
    (1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;
    (2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—
    (A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;
    (B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;
    (C) the threat of imminent death; or
    (D) the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality; and
    (3) “United States” means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.

    (a) Offense.— Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
    (b) Jurisdiction.— There is jurisdiction over the activity prohibited in subsection (a) if—
    (1) the alleged offender is a national of the United States; or
    (2) the alleged offender is present in the United States, irrespective of the nationality of the victim or alleged offender.
    (c) Conspiracy.— A person who conspires to commit an offense under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.
    Not sure what the good is of banning something that is already illegal.

  18. dubinsky
    June 11, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    thanks, Hugh.

    and it should be noted that the feds prosecuted US law officers, successfully, for using water to torture prisoners.

  19. Screwtape
    June 12, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Last night it was reported IMF has walked out of talks with Greece.

    Could be just a stance for show? Dunno. Or perhaps it’s related to Greece’s decision to bundle all its four June payments to IMF into one payment at the end of the month. Which would set up an “all or nothing” show at the end of the month, an advantage for Athens I think.

    Lagarde herself had suggested bundling a couple of weeks ago, and it would not be a default under IMF rules. Still, only Zimbabwe had ever done this in the past, and Moody’s cited Greece’s move as a reason to downgrade Athens to CCC. There are more and more bad guys getting into this fray.

    Lagarde has sent conflicting messages through the media all along, but has seemed on a more intractable trend of late.