Yikes, my time management is pretty bad at the moment. Never a good idea to carry a lot of projects, but I do like biting more off than I can chew…

In meantime, thank Kevin for the above video!

Charleston Shooting

– In Charleston, S.C., Dylann Roof fatally shot nine people at the Emanuel AME Church because of their race. Roof is now in custody

– Roof’s history is full of admiration for apartheid states like Rhodesia or South Africa

– Before Roof killed those nine people, he said he had to kill because “you rape our women and you’re taking over our country”

– Police in South Carolina say the shooting is a hate crime. Although, it is also domestic terrorism

– Is this due to mental illness? To be honest, it certainly is not a problem of mental illness; Keep in mind mass shooters we’ve seen and heard this past year are all men

– President Barack Obama: We must recognize mass shootings are a unique problem to America that must be solved

– Hillary Clinton: We must confront the “hard truths” in regards to race and guns

– The Republican Party is divided in how to approach the attack in Charleston with some opting to ignore it, while others deal with it through their own solutions

– Dave Zirin: “Charleston’s ‘Mother Emanuel Church’ Has Stared Down Racist Violence for 200 Years

– Indeed, its history should not be forgotten and can highlight the issue of race today

– South Carolina still flying a Confederate flag sure doesn’t have a lot to do with it. Yep, nothing about that

– Ta-Nehisi Coates: “Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now
International Politics


– Pew: Fifty-eight percent of citizens polled across the world view Iran unfavorably; Dang, even Latin America views Iran badly

– Part one and two with journalist Gareth Porter bout the fragile alliance between Turkey and Syria along with Israel’s role in the Middle East

– Seventy countries signed a letter urging the Syrian government to stop use of barrel bombs in Syria

– Russia and the U.S. are talking over ways to figure out who is behind the use of chemical weapons

Middle East

– The Israeli Defense Force announced all of its cyber-security units would be centralized into one outfit

– A Palestinian bled to death underneath an Israeli army jeep. Israeli soldiers just cheered

– Blood money marriages, which trade money or favors for marriages, are rising in Iraq

– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: Israel must prevent future killings of Palestinian children

Asia and Oceania

– A U.S. government watchdog group will look into the “ghost schools,” built with U.S. money, in Afghanistan


– Some Turkish civilians fear militants from the Islamic State may have quietly entered Turkey

– In Denmark, the center-right defeated the center-left in the most recent election

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Ezili Danto, president of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, joins The Real News to talk about the role domestic oligarchs play in the Dominican Republic’s deportation efforts

– After the success of an independent candidate in Mexico, there may be a space for folks to act in elections

– Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: Donald Trump is a “bandit” and a “thief”; Maduro 2016!

Surveillance Planet

– Australia accessed metadata of Australian users at least 300,000 times last year

Financial Matters

– Michael Roberts: “Nobody’s blinking

– Nicaragua is allowing Chinese capitalists to take land to build a canal, which only serves a particular class

– An emergency summit featuring Eurozone leaders will convene on Monday over the lack of a deal with Greece

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Forty-seven percent of Democratic voters say they identify as social and economic liberals

– Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., proposed a flat tax, which would ultimately help the wealthy

– The House passed fast-track in a 218-210 vote. This is an agreement with significant costs to the world

– Hillary Clinton: If I was in the Senate, I would vote against fast-track

– The Senate voted 71-25 for a defense bill featuring things like arming Ukraine soldiers

– Lee Fang: “Clinton Campaign Fundraises With Pro-TPP Lobby Firm As Congress Reschedules Trade Vote

– Really good piece highlighting how Jeffrey Sterling went from government employee to jailed whistleblower

– The House rejected a resolution calling for withdrawal of troops in Iraq and Syria

– The campaign team for Donald Trump denied anyone was paid as an actor

– Hillary’s recently rhetoric on voting rights, and mass incarceration, may just be that–rhetoric

– How does Hillary pledge to remove money from politics? Well…uh…no one is really sure

– The State Department declined to say why it would no longer stay at a hotel recently bought by a Chinese firm

– The Federal Communications Commission will subsidize Internet cost for the poorest Americans

Anytown USA

– An Amnesty International report found no state was successful in implementing laws in response to police brutality

– Proposition 47, which changes some felonies into misdemeanors, cannot end mass incarceration in California

– A former Rikers Island guard was sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to help an inmate who later died

– Glen Ford: “Tamir Rice and the Meaning of ‘No Justice – No Peace‘”

– Speaking of the Tamir Rice’s death, why did it take months for investigators to, well, investigate his murder?


Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Secret groups are lobbying think-tanks to oppose the FDA’s recent decision banning trans fats

– Sales of sugary drinks in Mexico fell, no doubt due to the tax on them

– The World Health Organization praised South Korea for containing the MERS virus

The Second Sex

– Treasury Department officials announced Harriet Tubman would be incorporated into a new version of the $10 bill

– Actor Nicole Kidman said Hollywood does not provide the same for women as it does for men

Planet Earth

– Pope Francis I released an encyclical calling for action on climate change. There’s an interview over at The Real News about it, which can be found here

– Catholic leaders and organization say it is time to act after the encyclical

– Naomi Klein: “Climate Change Is a Crisis We Can Only Solve Together

– We cannot pretend major developed countries are planning significant action on climate change. It is in our hands, not theirs

A new study found massive injections of wastewater involved with hydrofracking leads to more earthquakes

Mixed Bag

– The Wall Street Journal will lay off some of its employees as it focuses more on digital journalism

– Brian Williams apologized once again for lying and will move to MSNBC in another role

Break Time

The Sky Is Crying [Lurrie Bell]

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.


  1. Alice X
    June 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Thank you Brandon.

    By any and all means let’s get Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and Harriet Tubman on.

    The Real News Network fundraiser ends today.


  2. Coach Bill
    June 19, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Hard to get past the aftermath of the Charleston shootings. Too many inserting their personal issues and distractions and mis-directions.

    This is about the virulent racism that permeates our culture. No more, no less. It is time to bring it out of the shadows and confront it head on. Humans created this monster and humans must defeat it.

  3. kgosztola
    June 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    How dare they think they are entitled to self-determination when they are just 15 percent!

    How. Dare. They.

    The nerve of these people after centuries of slavery and Jim Crow oppression to spew this crap about having some right to control their own lives and at the expense of the other 85%. Unbelievable.

    This is a mostly white country and they need to learn to accept that and stop complaining about the terror inflicted upon them. Right, dubinsky?

  4. June 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    So what is the requisite threshold for “self determination”. 25%? 50%? 99%?

  5. June 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    So enough Dems folded on the House TPP vote. Same false drama with the Senate Dems? Don’t ever let Hillary forget she called TPP the “Gold Standard” of Trade Deals.

    Completely missing the irony in the fact that Nixon took us off the gold standard to pay for Vietnam. Peace Prize is intent on doubling the debt from $10 trill to $20 trill. Only $2 trill to go, you can do it! Bubblicious

  6. June 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    No worries Coach. TPP has a work around for the Second Amendment. You can have your guns, bullets will be banned for Healthcare reasons. Just like when they ban 44 oz. Big Gulps for the same reason. Nanny State on steroids

    /s…I think?

  7. Bluedot
    June 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Jon Stewart had about as good a commentary on Charleston as anyone. No jokes.

  8. Brandon Jordan
    June 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Link for anyone interested: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/kb2h42/charleston-church-shooting

    Will be on tomorrow’s roundup too.

  9. Brandon Jordan
    June 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Yes, TRNN ends its fundraiser today and I’m hoping they get the funds they need.

  10. Hugh
    June 19, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    More excellent reporting on Greece from Michael Roberts.
    Re Nicole Kidman and pay equality for women in Hollywood, it inadvertently raises the question of what is really enough in our society. I don’t care that female stars who are paid obscene amounts of money aren’t paid even more obscenely as male stars are. They are all paid way, way more than any contributions they have made to our society would warrant. I care that ordinary American women aren’t paid the same as ordinary American men, and that many of both sexes are not paid what they are worth and need to live on.

  11. Andy_Lewis
    June 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm
  12. kgosztola
    June 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    spare me your presence here at firedoglake, dubinsky

  13. bsbafflesbrains
    June 20, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Majority rules with respect to minority rights. This will be a Constitutional Democracy if we ever get that right.