The Roundup for June 12th, 2015

Our next stop is Brazil.

Working on a story for Monday. Keep your eyes open for that one. Really excited for it too.

Rest in peace Ornette Coleman and Dusty Rhodes

International Politics


– Israeli officials monitored a scholarly conference in the U.K. where folks like journalist Max Blumenthal spoke

– A Qatari official said the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis will not end until the United Nations intervenes in Yemen

– The Pentagon said the U.S. spends nearly $9 million per day in its fight against the Islamic State

– General Martin Dempsey said the U.S., if its anti-ISIS campaign continues, can establish a new hub in Iraq

Middle East

An example of a Palestinian family being removed from their home by Israeli authorities

– Juan Cole: “One Year After the Fall of Mosul, Is Iraq Winning the War Against ISIS?

– The Israeli Supreme Court dismissed a court case regarding housing discrimination against Palestinians

– The Israeli military finds the Israeli military not guilty over the deaths of four Palestinian children last summerAfrica

– The Egyptian government is, literally, demolishing the last remnants of the National Democratic Party, which Hosni Mubarak was a part of before the 2011 coup

– The international recognized government in Libya rejected pressure from the U.N. over a peace deal


– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris joins The Real News to explain how the future of the SYRIZA party is in jeopardy thanks to the troika

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: We must create a coalition government

– A Russian oligarch envisioned, after shock therapy was implemented, to create a two-party system

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Brian Concannon, Jr., executive director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Paula Donovan, co-director of the AIDS-Free World, join The Real News to discuss a report highlighting U.N. peacekeepers forcing Haiti women to have sex in return for supplies

– Mexico deported 79 percent more people back to their countries so far this year

– The Colombian government blamed rebels for leaving 300,000 residents without power

Surveillance Planet

– Lee Fang: “Patriot Act Reform Curbed NSA; Cybersecurity Bill Would Empower It

– A government union said hackers stole all personnel information on government employees

Financial Matters

– Officials from the International Monetary Fund left a meeting with Greek representatives because of the latter’s refusal to compromise

– For those in Generation X, things are not only bad now but they expect things to get worse

– Some states like charging inmates for prison costs because why not?; What’s prison for again? Rehab-something?

– Iceland both jailed out-of-control bankers and reject austerity. Now it is prospering

– AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka criticized the White House for blocking labor from taking part in Trans-Pacific Partnership discussion

– An investigation found Gulf countries to reap major benefits from the U.S. Export-Import Bank


Politics US

Washington USA

– Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said he is unsure about supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., because he does not known if Sanders likes immigrants; Yes, this is how lawmakers decide which candidate to support. By choosing one issue they find incredibly important

– Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said, while his microphone was still on, Sen. Lindsey Graham was a “bro with no ho.” Graham is unmarried

– Selling of Iranian oil on the world market is being used as a reason to lift the crude oil export ban

– Sen. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said there is no discussion happening over a new Authorization on the Use of Military Force agreement. Meanwhile, the House rejected an amendment discussing it

– Even right-wingers figures loathe the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Anytown USA

– Gallup: While four percent of whites say race relations is the most important problem in the U.S., 13 percent of blacks say the same

– Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates joins The Real News to talk about his upbringing in Baltimore

– The Real News asks Baltimore residents what the origins are of the growing rate of homicides in the city. Residents provide their own explanations, which they say is ignored

– Sean Toon, who called police that led up to events in McKinney, Texas, used to torture animals as a teenager

– Natasha Lennard: “Louisiana’s racist injustice: Why the Angola 3 spent decades in solitary confinement

– Pressure is growing against the Los Angeles Police Department’s history of brutality, especially after the death of Ezell Ford

– Officials in North Carolina can now refuse to perform same-sex marriages

– A judge ruled the officers involved in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice can be charged for murder


Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found the U.S. is the 15th happiest nation in the world, while Switzerland is number one

– Doctors and patients are concerned about the negative impacts of drugs used for MRIs

– U.S. doctors are advised to keep watch for any patients coming down with the MERS virus

The Second Sex

– Some Reddit users are unhappy with the recent (rightful) decision to ban hateful subreddits

Planet Earth

– Hydrofracking “prepares to go global” as the potential for profit grows

– The White House announced weak plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions from airlines

Mixed Bag

– For journalists today, telling the truth about events in, let’s say, the Middle East is a good place to begin

An interesting look at the ice cream industry in the Gaza Strip, which is popular among Palestinians

Break Time

Apesar de Voce [Chico Buarque]

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  1. disqus_tu7SEHpgGp
    June 12, 2015 at 10:33 am

    “The Pentagon said the U.S. spends nearly $9 million in its fight against the Islamic State”

    It is nearly $9 million (per day).

  2. bsbafflesbrains
    June 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek markets tumbled Friday as investors
    reassessed their recent bout of optimism over the likelihood of a deal
    that would prevent the country from going bankrupt.

    This has been the longest default/refinance drama. Homer couldn’t have created such a long-suffering drawn out roller coaster ride of the on/off dire consequence dire deadline missing catastrophy that is the Grexit.

  3. Bluedot
    June 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    true dat.

  4. Brandon Jordan
    June 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Oops, forgot to put that in. Thanks!

  5. Screwtape
    June 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I don’t believe any of what the media and pols are saying. Could be just a show for constituents, to make each think it’s own “side” is really, really trying. Maybe there is a secret agreement to be unveiled in two weeks.

    Lagarde’s packing her bags and leaving may be a stage act as well.

    Everyone knows Greece can’t pay what’s demanded. Proposals to increase retirement age by two or three years just keeps unemployment higher for the young. It all stinks, no?

  6. Alice X
    June 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    The TPA passed 219-211. The TAA failed by a large margin but some of the noes were tactical, and some may have been head feignts. The vote will be reconsidered.

    Next the joint committee will look to take out the Senate anti-human trafficking clause, the anti-slavery clause.

    The progressive headlines will write themselves but you will never see them in the M$M.

    I have yet to hear Sanders say anything about it but he is against the TPP.

    You have to listen very carefully. Most of the seasoned pols are adept at telling who is going to be screwed but letting partisans believe what they think they are hearing.

    I am being kind.

  7. dubinsky
    June 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    quite well said

  8. ThingsComeUndone
    June 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I type Firedoglake on header at top of screen get 404 not found. I go to google I see a news article Roundup June 12, 2015 I click I get on screen.

  9. ThingsComeUndone
    June 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Rep Gutierrez, backed Rahm as Chicago Mayor a guy who pushed anti immigrant policy in the Obama WH. Rep Gutierrez, will not change his support if Sen Sanders were to back a better immigration policy.

  10. ThingsComeUndone
    June 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I just clicked Home at the top of this post and got another 404 not found message.

  11. bsbafflesbrains
    June 12, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Couldn’t even get a 404 message earlier. FDL under attack again?

  12. Hugh
    June 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Had to laugh, the Lascaris interview on Greece echoes the points I made in yesterday’s roundup. Debts that can’t be repaid, won’t be. I just wish Tsipras and Varoufakis had a plan B. As for their plan A, as Lascaris notes, it buys into 95% of the troika position.
    In Iraq, the US may not know what the mission is, but the mission creep has already begun.

  13. ThingsComeUndone
    June 13, 2015 at 10:53 am