The Roundup for May 20th, 2015

Onward to Iceland and onward to the last final.

International Politics


– Michelle Chen: “EU Officials Are Considering Bombing Libyan Smuggling Boats. That’s the Last Thing Refugees Need“; Damn right

– French authorities say their forces killed two major leaders of al-Qaeda in Mali

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will be going to Russia to get more arms to fight the Islamic State

Middle East

Part two of three with Norman Finkelstein who explains the issue of missiles used between Israel and Hamas; Very important analysis I might add

– On second thought, Israel won’t ban Palestinians from boarding buses

– There’s a building built by the U.S. in Afghanistan that’s never been used. A shame since it cost taxpayers $25 million

– The leader of the Houthis in Yemen said the organization supports peace talks sponsored by the United Nations

– If you’re an Iraqi, the best way to make your government is to use social media

– The police chief of Anbar was dismissed by an Iraqi official after the fall of Ramadi

– U.N. officials are concerned about a sacred and historical site in Syria being under attack due to fighting and now under control of ISIS


– Seif Da’na, a professor, joins The Real News to explain why former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to death


– It may be fair to say SYRIZA does not have a Plan B should their plans fail

– Syrians living in Turkey are being attacked and demonstrated against

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Dave Zirin: “Having a Wedding? A Sweet 16? Consider One of Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums!“; That World Cup sure was a good idea

Surveillance Planet

– Pew: In general, Americans are protective of their security and information

A new report found foreign authors who are published in China experience censorship, sometimes without the authors knowing

Financial Matters

– Dean Baker: “The Incredible Arrogance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Crowd

– Want to see real looting? Just look at the history of the U.S. where exploitation is used for boosting America’s economy

– Emails obtained through a hack of Sony found a corporate executive providing money for a politician in California in return for more cash to a museum, which the executive is a part of

– The World Bank provided more than 200 percent of funding for Egypt in the past year

– Six major banks will pay $5.7 billion for rigging exchange rates. That’s it

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Both Coca-Cola and Visa, sponsors of FIFA’s World Cup, said they were concerned with labor violations in Qatar

– Workers are protesting McDonald’s meeting in Chicago for shareholders as a part of the Fight for 15 campaign

– An anti-union video made by Wal-Mart was leaked and it is definitely what you expect from Wal-Mart

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is challenging the fast track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Congress

– Trevor Timm: “Congress must not abdicate its duty to authorize or declare war

– Turns out Hillary Clinton’s staff blocked the release of her emails

– John Kiriakou asks why he was the only one who went to prison for just talking about torture

– A U.S. Senator is worried body cameras can be hacked just like how Rupert Murdoch hacked phones in the U.K.

– Glen Ford: “Obama, Master of Diversion, Proposes Bogus Reforms of Militarized Police

– Our War on Terror will continue to create more people like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. That’s the truth

– Lee Fang: “GOP Lawmakers Rip Obama For Not Being Faithful Enough to Saudi Arabia

– A former informant in FBI will now start a new career as a defense expert

– A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security sexually assaulted a 15-year old and, yet, is still in his position

– The U.S. released information about documents and books Osama bin Laden read; Definitely not about Seymour Hersh’s story, huh?

A new study found 23 percent of adults in the U.S. with insurance as underinsured

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Fifty-one percent of Americans say gays and lesbians are born with such same-sex orientation

– For residents in Baltimore, they will not forget how officials treated them after the death of Freddie Gray

– Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, joins The Real News to discuss a bill in Illinois designed to stop all BDS activists

– The Baltimore chapter of the NAACP is concerned with the rhetoric from the city’s police union

What does it say about American society for the death penalty to still exist? I mean, it’s easy to execute the mentally ill in the U.S.

At least 120 guns were found at the scene in Waco, Texas

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Monsanto should be worried GMOs are losing the battle in public with the recent decision by Chipotle not to accept them

– For correctional officers, the job they perform is not easy and takes it toll on them

A new study found fewer kids are suffering from mental illness and are getting more help; Excellent news

The Second Sex

– Flyers near Columbia University accused Emma Sulkowicz, a rape victim, of being a liar

– Janice Dickinson sued Bill Cosby over defamation after his legal team accused Dickinson of making up a rape accusation

A personal account from a transgender woman in the United Kingdom about her transition

Planet Earth

– At least 21,000 gallons of oil spilled after a pipeline ruptured, which created an oil slick affecting the water near Santa Barbara, Calif.

– The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration say the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed a lot of dolphins

– Speaking of BP, they sure are close with the U.K. government. A little too close

– Janos Ader, president of Hungary, supports efforts to get at least one billion signatures to deliver to leaders at the Paris conference over climate change action

– Californian regulators in charge of the oil and gas industry’s water use failed to report on how much water the companies used

– The U.S military is worried about “bomb trains” exploding near missile silos

– President Barack Obama: Climate denier are a major threat to our security

Inspiring to see folks in California trying to stop Nestle bottling water and selling it elsewhere

– While North Carolina residents were able to put a moratorium on fracking, they haven’t been successful in pushing for renewable energy

– ExxonMobil discovered oil off the coast of Guyana and said it was a “significant” discovery

Mixed Bag

Part seven of seven with journalist Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, on how life was like in the 20th century and what is needed moving forward

– Google Maps apologized when it was found typing either n-word king or n-word house directs you to The White House

Very interesting story about journalist Seymour Hersh and a source he used on a piece about Henry Kissinger bombing Cambodia and trying to get away with it

– Things are pretty bad at Al-Jazeera America. Actually, saying “pretty bad” is too light

Break Time

It’s Oh So Quiet [Bjork]


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