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The Roundup for June 13th, 2015

We end in Argentina folks. Lots of Latin American artists this week.

International Politics

Overall

– Gallup: Fifty-one percent of Americans say the Iraq War was a mistake and 42 percent say the same about the Afghanistan War

– Iranian commanders in Syria apparently executed three Syrian officers

– The recent decision to increase more troops in Iraq is, simply put, “insanity

– U.N. officials denounced a Saudi-led airstrike that led to the destruction of ancient houses in Yemen

– Russian officials are concerned with the slowdown in the P5+1-Iran talks

Middle East

– The Israeli official in charge of the army’s civil efforts in the occupied territories believes Palestinians are “not human”

– Rania Khalek: “Will Israel’s ‘Whiff From Hell’ Weapon Be Used to Crush US Protests?”

– The father of a Palestinian child killed by Israeli bombs last summer criticized the Israeli investigation that recently found no one guilty of the deaths of four children

– Iraqi militias prefer the U.S. to stay home than assist in fighting the Islamic State

Asia and Oceania

– Myanmar hired a lobbying group, which includes former White House staffers, to help the country’s image over a humanitarian crisis

– North Korea accused the U.S. of targeting it with anthrax and called for the U.N. to act

Europe 

– The vice president of Greece’s parliament said he would not vote for any painful measures

A new poll found 51 percent of Germans want the Greeks out of the euro

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– David Christopher, communications manager for OpenMedia, joins The Real News to discuss efforts underway to repeal the anti-terrorism bill passed in Canada

– In a few days, Dominicans with Haitian parents will be deported by the state and barely anyone is writing about this

Surveillance Planet

– Sam Sacks: “NSA Backdoor Searches Would End if House Amendment Survives

– More than 23,000 government emails were dumped online by an unknown hacker

– Theft of personal data is not harmful in the short-term, but long-term as well

– Plus, it was not four million government employees that had their information stolen. It was 14 million. The White House cannot confirm

– David Sirota: “Two Years After Snowden’s Leaks, Little Has Changed in Obama’s Approach to Transparency

Financial Matters

– Costas Lapavitsas: “If the eurozone thinks Greece can be blackmailed, it is wrong

– Gallup: Fifty-seven percent of Americans say low gas prices is making a difference for them

– Economist William Black joins The Real News to talk about Rupert Murdoch, who is leaving his position as CEO of 21st Century Fox

– Mark Weisbrot: “Germany is Bluffing on Greece

– The European Union is now seriouslyw talking about a Grexit

– The CEO of Reynolds, a tobacco firm, said business is “just like the old days”

– Mexico may sign a free trade agreement with the European Union and the most worrisome part is just how bad the agreement is

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Ukraine will implement labor reforms as recommended by neoliberals. What can go wrong?

– Trade union workers occupied the Greek Finance Ministry over austerity policies

– Michelle Chen: “These Carwashers Were Being Paid as Little as $125 a Week

– Thanks to Airbnb, hotel workers are at risk of losing their jobs

Politics US

Washington USA

– Actually, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., believes in policies most Americans would agree with

– The House rejected fast track in a vote of 302-126, which is good news

– Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted no, although she is open to yes in the future

– Lee Fang: “Emails Reveal Coziness Between Koch Lobbyists and Regulators

Anytown USA

– Part two of three with Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, who talks about early days of the U.S. and the role of the market

– The state of Michigan is turning into a capitalist’s dream where private interests are winning at every level

– Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP in Spokane, Wash., is white, not black in spite of what she says

An excellent piece highlighting the tragic case of Paula Cooper, a former death row inmate who tried to repair her life after release only to commit suicide at the age of 45

– An investigation is under way surrounding the fatal shooting of a homeless man by a police officer in Florida

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “We need to stop rapists, not change who gets raped

Planet Earth

– Chimpanzees are now a fully endangered species, according to U.S. officials

More water cuts are on the way in California against farmers

Mixed Bag

– Louis Proyect: “Mindless Entertainment While Awaiting the Next Mass Extinction

Very good article about the limits of the Left Forum in New York City, especially with all the truthers and conspiracy theorists

– More runners are coming forward to say Alberto Salazar also pressured them to use drugs

– Dave Zirin: “The Irresistible Realness of Dusty Rhodes

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  • Screwtape

    McClatchy has an interesting piece on war making powers, ME, U.S. involvement

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/06/12/269674/obamas-legal-justification-for.html

  • dubinsky

    ” Critics dismissed the White House’s assertion that the Islamic State is an appendage of al Qaida, pointing to the 2014 rupture between the two extremist organizations and the ongoing battles they’re fighting in Syria. Moreover, they say, the Islamic State didn’t exist in 2001.”

    in support of the criticism……

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/10/isis-onslaught-has-broken-al-qaida-its-spiritual-leaders-admit

  • Hugh

    “They are advocates,” she said. “We are leaders.” Nancy Pelosi October 9, 2007

    Everything you need to know about Pelosi is in this comment made to critics taking issue with how little she had done to end the Iraq war. Pelosi had a very slippery knowledge of and involvment in US torture programs. And she was an original supporter of Obama’s Catfood Commission. Her
    failure to support Obama’s fast tracking his horrendous “free” trade agreements should be viewed as tactical, not from any deeply held belief.

  • Hugh

    “They are advocates,” she said. “We are leaders.” Nancy Pelosi October 9, 2007

    Everything you need to know about Pelosi is in this comment made to critics taking issue with how little she had done to end the Iraq war. Pelosi had a very slippery knowledge of and involvment in US torture programs. And she was an original supporter of Obama’s Catfood Commission. Her
    failure to support Obama’s fast tracking his horrendous “free” trade agreements should be viewed as tactical, not from any deeply held belief.

    One of the reasons that so little has changed about surveillance is because Greenwald and Poitras continue to refuse to release the Snowden materials so we all can see and judge them. They have turned the Snowden files into a manageable crisis. A story comes out now and then, makes a splash, and disappears.

    One of the big duties of Tsipras and Varoufakis was to educate both the Greek and European, including German, publics into what was really happening with the euro, Greece, and the 99%s throughout Europe. They are way beyond a miserable failure in doing this. Instead they have sought to play ball with the troika and have accepted almost all of the troika’s framework, terms of discourse, even most of its positions. Right now what we are seeing is all the players more or less stumbling into a crisis without any of them having an idea in the world what its consequences might be. It’s a movie we have all seen several times before.

    Meanwhile Hillary invites us to disbelieve our lying eyes and accept she really is one of us. It goes to show how lame her presentation is that she has to invoke her mother’s life and not her own to make the argument. All those millions she and Bill have been making giving “speeches”, i.e. accepting bribes? Well, don’t pay any attention to them.

    And seriously, who cares what Bernie Sanders has been saying? Has he fought for any of this stuff in the last 9 years he was Senator?