The Roundup for May 19th, 2015

We move on to Venezuela. Three finals down, two to go!

International Politics

Overall

– The United Nations warned at least 2,000 refugees were trapped at sea for weeks off the coast of Myanmar

– At least 170 Islamic State fighters in Syria died as a result of U.S.-led airstrikes

– The United Nations will use “realistic options” to get Israel to speak with Palestinian leaders

Middle East

Part one of two with scholar Norman Finkelstein about Israel’s abilities to use violence in its history

– Syrian rebels captured the Syrian government’s largest military base

– After the expiration of the truce with Yemeni rebels, a large number of airstrikes hit Sana’a

Africa

– Jeremy Scahill: “How Somalia’s Al Shabaab Turned Against Its Own Foreign Fighters

– At least 22 militants tied to ISIS were killed by Algerian forces in Algeria

Europe 

– Vijay Prashad, a professor, joins The Real News to discuss the European Union and its recent actions in response to the refugee crisis

– Louis Proyect: “Socialist revolution in Greece–easier said than done

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A State Department official said Cuba will re-establish their relationship with American banks. Meanwhile, the U.S. pledged to re-evaluate its policies in changing the Cuban government

– The Puerto Rican government will close 95 schools and cut funding for public agencies

Surveillance Planet

– NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden believes, had he brought the documents to Congress, he would have been jailed

– Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY): We will use the power of the purse to curtail NSA surveillance

– Why does the FBI spy on anti-tar sands demonstrators? National security

Financial Matters

– Kansas risks losing block grants over food stamps due to a restrictive policy

– Six Chinese nationals were arrested by U.S. authorities after it was alleged they stole trade secrets for their country

– Peabody Energy, a coal company, used the Ebola crisis in Africa for its own financial gains

Labor’s a-Brewing

– For domestic workers living in Guatemala, it is a struggle to work without being valued by employers

– Los Angeles is the next city where the minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour by 2020

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Both Republican and Democratic voters are mostly impressed by candidates in their respective parties

– Glen Ford, a journalist, joins The Real News to describe the limitations of the Obama administration’s restrictions over militarized equipment for officers

– Natasha Lennard: “Obama’s police reform plans emphasize optics. Black lives matter much more

– Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense, admitted the U.S. was wrong to assume things would go smoothly in the Middle East

– William Hartung, a fellow at the Center for International Policy, joins The Real News to explain why military contractors like Lockheed Martin will win big thanks to House Republicans and their defense budget

– Jason Leopold: “The Watchdog, the Whistleblower, and the Secret CIA Torture Report

– Hillary Clinton: I made a mistake over the Iraq War, “plain and simple“; Too little, too late

– A federal judge ruled the State Department must release emails by Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) not only wants to tax Wall Street, but provide free college for all Americans

– The House passed a bill to expand the power of the inspector generals over investigations

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Sixty percent of Americans say same-sex marriage should be treated equally with a traditional marriage

An interview with folks from Jewish Voice for Peace on organizing in contemporary times including on racial issues

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to create ta national plan for the Democrats to deal with inequality

– Now get this. The police in Texas advocated for motorcycle gangs to stop fighting each other

We Don’t Need No Education

It was through the actions of the New Right, starting in the 1980s, that the humanities became de-funded across the U.S.

A new report found claims of anti-Semitism on college campuses are usually exaggerated

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Advair, a very popular asthma drug by GlaxoSmithKline, is potentially dangerous and even fatal for some users

The Second Sex

– There is a role for feminists to play when it comes to racial issues in American society

– Emma Sulkowicz carried her mattress during a Columbia commencement practice ceremony to cheers from the audience

Planet Earth

– Even shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell are protesting the company’s expansion into the Arctic

– Gallup: Thirty-two percent of Americans say animals should be treated like humans, up from 28 percent in 2008

– At CERAweek, where oil tycoons and leaders come together to praise themselves, lots of talk revolved around lifting the ban on crude oil exports and how to expand fracking

– Ever hear of Schlumberger, an infamous oil giant? Good, because they don’t want you to know them either

– The Obama administration will provide more resources and land to help the falling bee population

Mixed Bag

Part six of seven with journalist Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, who debate the origins of violence in U.S. society

– Rania Khalek: “The Nation magazine’s shameful history of aiding ethnic cleansing in Palestine

Break Time

Huapango [Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela]

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