The Roundup for May 21st, 2015

 

We make our next stop to Senegal. All done with finals. Now I can fully focus on the site while tying up some loose ends. The bourgeoisie lost. Their finals didn’t stop me.

International Politics

Overall

Part three of three with scholar Norman Finkelstein who explains, despite a falling out between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, why the U.S. is committed to defending Israel

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to provide updates with Julian Assange’s case

– Ali Abunimah: “France launches new UN effort to undermine Palestinian rights

– President Obama: We are not losing the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq; Also, Obama said he is personally invested in a deal with Iran

– In addition, Obama said Tunisia was a non-NATO ally of the U.S. and, as a result, will receive $500 million loan

– Glenn Greenwald: “In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking ‘National Security‘”

Middle East

– For folks living in Baghdad, even a walk down the street can mean life or death

– In Israel, authorities locked a community behind a steel gate because they live in the West Bank

– United Nations officials warn at least one-third of 200,000 people fled from Palmyra, recent captured by ISIS in Syria

– Meanwhile, at least 17 people were killed in the city by ISIL militants

– The U.N. said it received claims the Syrian army trapped civilians from escaping Palmyra

– American officials admit there was an air strike fired in Syria that led to the deaths of civilians

Asia and Oceania

– Medea Benjamin: “Add Korea to the Axis of Diplomacy

– China requested a U.S. surveillance craft leave the vicinity of the South China Sea

Europe 

– French President Francois Hollande: We must respond to the capture of Palmyra

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In light of the corruption scandals affecting the Guatemalan government, President Otto Perez announced secretaries in government would be stepping down

Surveillance Planet

– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered for 10 and a half hours yesterday over the Senate’s bill on NSA surveillance

– NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden praised Paul’s decision to filibuster

– A pundit on Fox News, tied to NSA contractors, criticized Paul’s filibuster and believed the NSA should be trusted

– The NSA planned to hijack the Google and Samsung app store to spy on smartphone users

– Also, the NSA once planned to put tracking devices on medical devices to find Osama bin Laden; I swear Wily E. Coyote must be a part of the NSA

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Americans are spending more this year than last year, mostly for groceries though

– In light of the recent $5.9 billion fine against major banks for rigging exchange rates, we need to understand something outrageous. No one is going to jail

– The Trans-Pacific Partnership might as well be considered an act of war from the elites and the people will not sit idly by and accept it

– Marco Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, said growth was too low for all European countries despite a recovery

– Russia warned Google, Twitter and Facebook they will be blocked if they do not follow internet laws

– Not only is Iraq suffering from a smaller budget to manage the country, but some of the money cannot be found; By some, I mean millions of dollars

– Lee Fang: “Chinese Law Firm to Merge With American Firms, Employ Howard Dean, Newt Gingrich

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Agencies in New York City are sharing flyers with folks to make them aware of rights for nail salon workers

– Actually, the new CEO of McDonald’s believes wages given to workers are already good enough. The workers outside where he said it, however, don’t agree

Politics US

Washington USA

In a vote of 62-38, the Senate passed a bill effectively giving the White House fast-track on trade deals

– Gallup: Fifty-three percent of Americans favor President Obama

– The Justice Department, essentially, can’t solve police brutality across the U.S. That’s left to police departments to solve

– Marcy Wheeler: “The Bin Laden outrage nobody is talking about: What the government’s Osama Bin Laden ‘treasure trove’ really reveals

– Pew: Just 23 percent of Americans say lawmakers Congress are upholding their campaign promises

– The State Department promises to release Hillary Clinton’s emails “very, very soon”

Anytown USA

– Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state will now mostly follow federal anti-prison laws

We Don’t Need No Education

– A new report found families saved enough money to send one child to college for half a year

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The second-largest jail in the U.S. will be managed by a psychologist, which is certainly good news

– We have an unexpected ally to fight against superbugs: Viruses

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Sexual assault is an epidemic. Only the most committed apologist can deny it

No domestic violence charges will be brought up against NFL player Ray Rice

Planet Earth

– May 2014 to April 2015 was one of the hottest years on record thanks to global warming

– Dahr Jamail: “Destroying What Remains: How the US Navy Plans to War Game the Arctic

– Federal regulators are investigating the southern half route of Keystone XL, possibly for President Obama’s final decision on the pipeline

– Pakistan opened up a large area of solar panels in a desert where such power will be used to stop power outages

– Steve Horn: “California State of Emergency: Up To 105,000 Gallons of Oil Spill in Santa Barbara from Plains All American Pipeline

– Jeb Bush does not really believe humans are causing global warming

Mixed Bag

– Pew: America will see a larger share of the population being those over the age of 65

– Turns out folks, mostly women over 40, can be scammed online through dating sites

– Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, said it is time for the scouts to accept gay adults

Break Time

International [Baaba Maal]

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