The Roundup for June 14-15th, 2015

A new week begins folks!

International Politics


– An official for the South Africa delegation that got the 2010 FIFA World Cup said he believes the FBI’s recent claim that a $10 million bribe was used to secure the cup

– There was a major meeting between Venezuelan and U.S. officials in Haiti to defuse tensions

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: We will obtain a good deal from the P5+1

– The U.S. announced it would store military equipment in Eastern European nations

Middle East

– It speaks volumes that what is happening in Israel against Palestinians can be defined as apartheid, yet the word is taboo

– A car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, led to the deaths of at least 10 people

– The Islamic State set up large televisions in Ramadi where they show propaganda claiming to take more territory

– Israel announced it would close the probe into the officer who beat up an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier and hand over the case to a disciplinary committee

– Meanwhile, the country defended the bombings of the Gaza Strip last summer as an “imperative necessity”Europe 

– SYRIZA officials are preparing to compromise as the next meeting with lenders approaches

– The most recent one between the troika and the Greeks failed

A new poll found SYRIZA nearly 15 points ahead of New Democracy among voters

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his aides to “forget about elections of a referendum” after talks

– Tsipras warned Greek citizens of a “difficult compromise” to come

– SYRIZA should still keep in mind the threat from Golden Dawn in Greece should things become chaotic

– With leftists rising in Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, the Italian left need to do the same in their country

– Scholar Baris Karaagac joins The Real News to discuss the recent gains made by the pro-Kurdish, leftist party in Turkey and what it means for Turkish politics

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: If no coalition government is formed, then a snap election is “inevitable

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The situation in Colombia is dire, although there does not seem to be any indication it will get better

– Meanwhile, the government said it killed a FARC rebel commander

A wonderful review of Cuba since the Cuban Revolution and focusing on problems for the country in the future

Surveillance Planet

– Glenn Greenwald: “The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story is Journalism At Its Worst and Filled With Falsehoods

– There certainly are a lot of questions surrounding the claims raised by The Sunday Times

Financial Matters

– Michael Roberts: “Are the Keynesian academics right about Osborne?

– Elites in Europe realize austerity is irrational. Although it is irrational from a working-class view. It is entirely rational from a capitalist class view

– Despite asking for debt relief, the Greeks are told by the Europeans to accept more austerity

– Russia is interested in building a pipeline carrying natural gas to Turkey

– Major Western oil companies, except U.S., will head to Russia for an annual investment conference

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020

– Organizer Jody Mauller joins The Real News to discuss current conditions for union drives and a case of workers who got their job back thanks to the National Labor Review Board

A new study found workers in Australia to be stressed, overworked and overweight

Politics US

Washington USA

– Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): President Barack Obama must motivate the Democrats to vote for fast-track

– Hillary Clinton: President Obama should get the best deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership despite the recent House vote against fast-track

Unpaid and full-time interns certainly are Ready For Hillary!

– Mitt Romney: The Republican Party may have two women on its ticket for 2016

– GOP officials are disappointed with Jeb Bush’s lackluster performance so far

Interesting some members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted for fast-track

Anytown USA

– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is eyeing the White House in the future and his recent actions over horse racing in the state highlight this

– A police officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, said he had “no other choice”

We Don’t Need No Education

– Ali Abunimah: “Judge orders University of Illinois to release Steven Salaita emails

– The American Association of University Professor voted to censure the University of Illinois for refusing to hire Salaita

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found folks often go back to the emergency room for the same thing

The Second Sex

A new poll found, again, one in five women were sexually assaulted while in college

– In Iowa, a former security guard fatally shot a woman over the latter’s sexual harassment complaints to management, which led to the former’s firing

Planet Earth

– Scientist Richard Kirby joins The Real News to discuss potential consequences to marine life due to climate change; Spoilers: It isn’t good

– Speaking of global warming, more flash floods will hit Australia because of it

– It does not matter whether we refuse to reduce our meat intake because, regardless, it will happen

– Officials in Texas are preparing for the next drought that will hit the state

Mixed Bag

– Officials with U.S. Soccer defended Hope Solo over her recent domestic assault case

A fascinating, yet sad look at the environment Jonas Salk, who created the polio vaccine, lived in

– More than 2,000 Israeli artists signed a letter protesting the Israeli government’s censorship

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  1. Alice X
    June 15, 2015 at 11:17 am

    A good talk from David Malone, UK Green Party describing the TTIP which is applicable to the TTP, the battle of which is upon us.

    It is terrifying.

    “The Death of Democracy” a public talk on the TTIP

  2. Bluedot
    June 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    A medical marijuana user in Colorado was fired for using it outside of work. In the wisdom of the court, since it’s use is still illegal at the federal level, it is illegal in Colorado even though the law says it is not. WTF?

  3. Bluedot
    June 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Ugly situation. It appears it is only a matter of time before this secret law is passed. Sovereignty will go with it since any business can sue for loss of profit and they can force a change in laws. Wonder how the Supremes feel about it, since their opinion won’t matter? Does it mean they can sue for any change in the minimum wage, like the $15 per hour in L.A?

  4. Screwtape
    June 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Regarding “There are certainly a lot of questions. . .The Sunday Times” about Snowden.

    It’s an excellent link.

    If the gov’t became aware certain agents’ names were in those docs, it still wouldn’t be certain whether the Russians and Chinese had gotten that portion of the trove. However, it would have to be prudently assumed that every jot and tittle got out, that is, for their own safety the agents would have to be relieved of their posts, reassigned.

    The tardiness of this new (?) wrinkle seems suspect, and the Guardian rightly raises that point.

  5. Screwtape
    June 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Regarding the links about Greece. . .

    WSJ had a front page story today parenthetically noting that Germany, ECB, and European Commission had jointly, on the sly, been holding a Grexit plan since 2012.

    It’s odd since the supposed lack of such a plan has long been cited as a huge problem. Revealing it now means what? No details were offered. Yet.

  6. Bluedot
    June 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I think they were referring to Greece who seems to have no coherent exit plan. Or if they do, it is secret. I would also suspect it would be messy and disrupt the applecart for a little while.

  7. Hugh
    June 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Shorter version: Tsipras and Syriza are preparing to sellout to the troika, again. This was so predictable. If they were serious about resistance, they would have been educating the Greek public about what is being done to Greece both to inform the Greek populace (and the world) and to gain their support. They would also be choosing the best time for them to resist and the worst time for the troika. And now would have been a pretty good time, if they laid some of the groundwork for resistance. As it is, if a crisis occurs, it will be because all parties stumbled and bumbled into it. Doesn’t make anything of what is going on less criminal, just more stupid.

    Carter did a real service introducing the word apartheid with regard to Israel. It freed up a discourse that had been frozen for decades. Of course, that discourse takes place in the public. Our political and policymaking establishment still embrace the myths and the lies.

    I saw the headline of Hillary advising Obama to use his recent Congressional setback on fast track to get the “best deal possible” and laughed. For those who have forgotten, this is Clintonian triangulation, and you will see a whole lot it if Hillary is elected. Basically, if you can’t sell the rubes, or in this case, even your paid for cronies, a shit sandwich, clip off one of the corners (throw it back into the sandwich when they aren’t looking), and voilà you have the best shit sandwich possible. Eat up! So after supporting the Iraq War for 12 years, 3 years beyond the original withdrawal of American forces at the end of 2011, Hillary tersely admits “it was a mistake”. Note: Not, I Hillary Clinton made a mistake. No explanation of why anyone should trust her judgment on anything after such a mistake, just it was a mistake. Hillary can’t support the Fight for 15. Hillary can’t say no to the TPP. Hillary who appears allergic to taking a principled stand on anything, who is willing to fight for nothing if it involves us, is setting herself up as the Great White Hope who is going to save us. Yeah, right.

    Vote for any Democrat or any Republican, and you are voting for more of what is killing our country. So should it be any surprise that members of the Congressional Black Caucus sell us out too?

    Policing in the US is about control of the populace, not service or protection of it. Police are trained to control absolutely any and all interactions with the public, and this leads inevitably to the use of maximal force. Supposedly, the police have something like 7 levels of force they can react with. Isn’t it surprising then how often, as in more than once a day, they go straight to the deadliest force? As for the police departments coverups of these crimes, have you noticed how they all look to be cut and pasted from the same press release: no choice, in fear for his life, split second decisions, appropriate use of force, fine upstanding officer, etc.

    Most universities would have known how to slip the shiv into Salaita and leave no fingerprints, not the University of Illinois though. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right.

  8. Hugh
    June 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Meant to add, that Industrial Production has been negative or zero in the first 5 months of the year and Capacity Utilization has been negative in all five.

  9. June 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I saw that on Facebook earlier today and watched it twice…! 😉