The Roundup for June 21-22nd, 2015

A brand new week folks! What are you looking forward to?

Charleston Shooting, Day 3-4

– The site registered by Dylann Roof was discovered and it is very scary considering how racist he is

– Community organizer Kevin Alexander Gray joins The Real News to explain why white supremacy is relevant in discussion in regards to Roof’s attack

– Hillary Clinton: Our “long struggle with race is far from finished”

– President Barack Obama: Both the NRA and public apathy are to blame for failed efforts on gun control

– A Republican lawmaker in South Carolina wants the state to take down the Confederate flag around the Statehouse courts

– Mitt Romney: The Confederate flag is a “symbol of racial hatred” and must be removed

Worth repeating how South Carolina used its state-owned monopoly on violence to kill members of the AME Church in 1822

– The conversation should not focus on how society can be safe and secure as that contributes to the systemic causes of the AME Church shooting

International Politics


– John Pilger: “After Three Years, the Injustice Inflicted on Julian Assange Must End

– Actor Angelina Jolie warned there is an incredible number of people suffering from displacement

– The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a car bomb in Sana’a, Yemen, where two people died; Yikes, now they’re in Yemen now. Considering they’re able to effectively create a quasi-state, this does not bode well

– An Al-Jazeera journalist was detained in Berlin because of an Egyptian arrest warrant

– A French official said the P5+1-Iran deal is still up in the air despite the June 30 deadline

– U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: NATO must get rid of the Cold War playbook

Middle East

– Glen Ford: “The U.S. and Al Qaida in Love and War

– The wife of an Israeli interior minister tweeted a racist joke about President Obama and later apologized; Haha, “apologized”

– Israel took down a video criticizing foreign journalists for their coverage of the Gaza Strip last year. An Israeli official said it was “misinterpreted

– Despite the growth of “price-tag” attacks by right-wingers in Israel, officials are not doing a lot to stop it

– The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the Islamic State is planting mines and bombs in Palmyra, Syria

Asia and Oceania

– South Korea and Japan are not getting along and relations may worsen between the two


– While Egypt’s history shows why a military junta is in charge, there still is hope for revolutionary conditions to rise


– Pope Francis: The great powers did nothing during the World War II in response to death camps and today they are consumed by greed

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, in response to anger among the rich over a new inheritance tax, called for a debate on inequality in the country

An insightful interview with Rachel Nolan, a PhD student at New York University, on La Sentencia in the Dominican Republic

– Toronto Mayor John Tory called for an end to carding, similar to stop-and-frisk here, although activists up in Canada should be cautious


Financial Matters

– Puerto Rico struggles with economic issues originating partially because of the U.S.

– Anne Pettifor, director of policy research in macroeconomics at the City University of London, joins The Real News to talk about today’s meeting between Greece and European leaders

– The Bank of Greece’s head said no deal at today’s meeting would be “insanity

– A new report by the Qatari government found the country can maintain its gas production for 138 years

Labor’s a-Brewing

– State lawmakers in New York passed protections for nail salon workers in response to The New York Times series on exploitation in the industry

Politics US

Washington USA

– Donald Trump is a suspicious character (as if he wasn’t one to begin with) considering the scandal with the fraud-ridden Trump University

– The Federal Elections Commission sued a business person in Utah for illegally donating to campaigns such as of Harry Reid or Mike Lee

– President Obama cannot be described as a coward because he, once assuming office, immediately worked to defend the interests of the ruling class

– In spite of pledging themselves as for labor, some House Representatives ended up supporting fast-track

– Jason Leopold: “A Radical Imam, His Alleged CIA Kidnapper, and Their 10-Year Hunt for Justice

Anytown USA

An interesting look at the social constructions of race and gender in light of recent events with both; This’ll be the last article on Rachel Dolezal, folks. Tired of forced, bland articles on the subject

– Crime is definitely not growing in New York City despite what sensationalist journalists in New York City say

– Sarah Jaffe: “Can Kshama Sawant Build an Actual Socialist City in America?

– An unarmed man in Los Angeles was shot in the head by police officer and then arrested

We Don’t Need No Education

– School may be over for children but places like summer camp are expensive and there are few jobs open

– Good news as Sweet Briar College will stay open for another year thanks to alumna efforts

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Mumford and Sons played in Chicago at the expense of city’s homeless, whom were displaced

– There’s a reason why large agricultural corporations love ag-gag laws: the public is less aware of the suffering involved with production

A new report called for hospitals to reduce its contributions to greenhouse gas emissions

The Second Sex

– Feminists should be wary of supporting globalization for women in the Third World as it is only supporting more exploitation

– Google pledged to remove all searches for “revenge porn” in its search engine

Planet Earth

– Part one and two of an interview with former U.S. General Lee Butler on the dangers of nuclear weapons and why it is important to never give up the fight

– NASA warned, bluntly, the world is running out of groundwater

– In African countries, prepaid meters for water discriminate against the poor who cannot afford such rates

– Authoritarian capitalism in China caused major environmental and social damage to the country

– There will be less days to grow crops thanks to climate change

Mixed Bag

– Henry A. Giroux: “Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge into Authoritarianism

– Excellent analysis, once again, by Louis Proyect on the decay of Hollywood leading to horrific franchises and films

– Gallup: Men and women differ on issues they deem morally acceptable like pornography and affairs

– In addition to the benefits created by the ruling elite, empire persists because of white supremacy

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  1. Alice X
    June 22, 2015 at 10:23 am


    TeleSUR English reported that day that opposition politician Guillermo Lasso — easily beaten by Correa in 2013 presidential elections — described Correa’s proposed tax reforms as an attack on Ecuador’s “meritocracy”.

    Correa responded: “What kind of ‘meritocracy’ justifies that fact that in 2014 Guillermo Lasso ‘earned’ $15 million, which is to say the equivalent of 3,500 years of wages for a worker … How can that be morally justified?”

    Brings to mind:

    Our epoch, the epoch of the bourgeoisie, possesses, however, this distinct feature: it has simplified class antagonisms. Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other — Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.

  2. Alice X
    June 22, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Why do they keep using the word TRADE?

    It is a Corporate Coup d’Etat

    Warren’s last stand on trade

  3. Alice X
    June 22, 2015 at 10:48 am
  4. JF
    June 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    On ‘Face the Nation’, Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, had the temerity to point out that in 2009, in her capacity as Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano had issued a report warning about the rise of RightWing domestic terrorism.

    She also reminded everyone that the American RightWing, including the Congressional Republicans, went ballistic. Speaker Boehner castigated Obama and denounced Napolitano for falsely targeting what he claimed were simply a bunch of Southern Good ‘Ole Boys who merely disapproved of what the administration was doing to America.

    Ah, yes. They want their (racist, privileged, White) country back.

  5. holycowimeanzebra
    June 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Great interview, we desperately need leaders that think like this.

    “US-EU free trade deal threatens European sovereignty and security – German MP

    The political standoff between the West and Russia has put many through difficult times. Russia is living through a severe crisis, exacerbated by EU sanctions – but that’s as business in Europe also is in trouble, as the loss of a major partner has dealt a blow to prosperity. Can the European Union afford the confrontation, given the state some of its economies are in, and the dissent that is growing within some member states? Does the EU even need this confrontation – or is it simply following some larger agenda? We ask these questions to the Vice-President of Germany’s Left Party and Member of the Bundestag. Sahra Wagenknecht is on Sophie&Co today.”

  6. Hugh
    June 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    It is good to see Anne Pettifor emphasizing that the Greek bailout was actually a bailout of German and French banks, a point some of us have been making for several years now.

    Qatar has a lot of natural gas but you should never believe government issued reports on reserves which tend to be overstated for political and market reasons. And we should ask wouldn’t it be better to mitigate the effects of global climate disruption if all that natural gas stayed in the ground?

    The Allies didn’t do much about death camps during WWII, but then the Vatican’s own history during that period is pretty shameful as well.

    Despite Ferguson, New York, and Baltimore, murders by police and police violence continue unabated. This is due to the culture of impunity in police departments, to the isolation, often self-imposed, of police in communities, and to the militarization of the police with its consequent emphasis on the use of maximal force.

    Obama is very much not a coward. He is a con man. He has the courage of his convictions, and his convictions are whatever the rich say they are.

    I tend to view movies as reflections, as seen in a funhouse, of their times. So the rash, or more likely horde, of comic book hero flicks with zero plot, no characterization, and tons and tons, and oh yes tons, of special effects I see as a response to their own feelings of disempowerment and the lack of meaning in their lives. Similarly, the armies of zombies and vampires, and the supernatural in general are an expression of their own unease, they know something is wrong, and their fear and alienation from each other, their disconnectedness.