The Roundup for May 22nd, 2015

We end our week in Japan and I end my week as a student for now.

International Politics

Overall

– Rania Khalek: “Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome gift to Israel’s racist government

– President Barack Obama: Israel should know “the people of America” will protect them

– A report from the Pentagon found Western officials viewed the Islamic State as a group to counter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

– Saudi Arabia expressed interest in heading the Human Rights Council of the United Nations

– Who wants the Internal Revenue Service to punish American “eco-terrorists”? Japan

Middle East

– One issue facing Syrians, especially very young Syrians, is the problem of the statelessness

– Unsure about who is who in the new Israeli government? Not to worry with this run down of each particular one you should keep your eye on

– For example, the Israeli deputy foreign minister said the land of Israel is for Israelis only

– U.S. officials say Iran sent soldiers to take a major oil refinery in Iraq from ISIS forces

– In a mosque in Saudi Arabia, a suicide bomber killed at least 21 people

– For the 84th time, Israeli authorities dismantled a Palestinian village that folks there later rebuilt

Asia and Oceania

– U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: There must be a peaceful solution to strife over South China Sea

Europe 

– The Russian foreign ministry warned Russians traveling overseas that the U.S. is hunting for Russians

– An investigation found Russian Spetsnaz to be operating in eastern Ukraine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– An indigenous woman in Guatemala sued the foreign parent company of a domestic firm tied to the paramilitary group that killed her husband

At least 44 people were killed in a shootout between authorities and drug cartel members in Mexico

– FARC, the rebel group in Colombia, suspended its ceasefire with the government after some of its members were killed

Surveillance Planet

– Kirk Wiebe, a NSA whistleblower, joins The Real News to discuss why there is no major effort in the Senate for serious and tough NSA reform

– NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: Reforming in the NSA is the first step in restoring our privacy

– Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) believes all critics of the PATRIOT Act should be aware countries like Iran and North Korea want to “kill everyone“; Can’t argue with that logic

– Companies like Google and Apple attended a highly secret conference in the United Kingdom about surveillance

Financial Matters

– Leonce Ndikumana, a professor, joins The Real News to talk about development for countries coming out of conflict

– Up to how much money can be spent for a local school board seat in Los Angeles? $4.7 million 

– It is fair to say the Gaza Strip economy is nearing collapse with the highest unemployment rate in the world

– The Bank of England was, secretly, investigating the economic effects of Great Britain leaving the European Union

– Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen said a hike in interest rates later this year would be appropriate

– The European Union agreed to a 1.8 billion euro loan to Ukraine, who is not a member of the EU

– The International Monetary Fund said Japan should take “bold measures” in improving its economy

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Gallup: Fifty-two percent of individuals around the world say it is not a good time to find a job

– The Fight for 15 movement can do more for workers by also focusing on the issue of police brutality

– Michelle Chen: “LA’s Minimum Wage Workers Just Won $15 an Hour—How Many Will Actually Be Paid That?

– Workers in Bangladesh need to have a hand in crafting safety policies for them to feel truly safe at work

– Two workers in Chicago was fired from her job after participating in efforts to unionize

Very strange The New York Times declined to get a graduate student involved in unionizing on their campus to write an op-ed about grad students unionizing

Politics US

Washington USA

– Newly released emails from the State Department reveal the staff of Hillary Clinton were extremely worried about how Clinton would be viewed after Benghazi. Meanwhile, the department said it’s totally normal for some emails to be classified

– David Sirota: “Amtrak’s Spectrum Gap

– It is possible for the Left in the U.S. to break with the Democrats and forge a new movement for change

– There are concerns with the Jade Helm 15 exercises, just not the wonky conspiracy ideas found in right-wing sites

– Lee Fang: “Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

A new report reveals ties of motorcycle gangs to government officials from the FBI to the military

Anytown USA

– Gallup: For the first time ever, 31 percent of Americans say their views on social issues are very liberal/liberal, which is the same percentage who say the opposite

– In Baltimore, a grand jury indicted the six officers charged with the murder of Freddie Gray

– Amy Goodman: “An Act of Protest, Not Sabotage, at the Birthplace of the Bomb

– Gallup: While Americans estimate more than one in five Americans are gay or lesbian, it is actually 3.8 percent of the population

– The governor of Maryland just vetoed two bills to reform the police

– New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sure is fond of using fear-based rhetoric

– Lobbyists in California say anti-vaccine activists have been threatening and intimidating them

We Don’t Need No Education

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A debate on the The Real News between two scientists on whether genetically modified organisms are safe

– French parliament passed a law barring all supermarkets from dumping uneaten food and forcing them to donate it to charities

The Second Sex

– For residents in Isla Vista, nothing much changed after the shootings caused by Elliot Rodger one year ago

– A proposed law in California would force crisis pregnancy centers, often anti-abortion, to admit they are not medical facilities

Planet Earth

A new study found reducing carbon emissions to limit temperature change at less than 1.5 degrees C may affect the global food supply

A study from the International Monetary Fund found we subsidize fossil fuel companies by $10 million a minute

– Water pollution of the Nile river is rising, although the government does not seem too concerned

– Farmers in California offered to cut 25 percent of their water use

– Scientists warn of long-term damage of the oil spill in California to the environment. By the way, prosecutors are looking into charging the company behind the oil spill

– Although, this highlights how, as oil production rises here, pipeline leaks do as well

Mixed Bag

– Dave Zirin: “An NBA Player Is Missing the Playoffs Because the NYPD Broke His Leg—Why the Sports-Media Silence?

– Turns out, in spite of the rhetoric from Silicon Valley, those folks from there won’t solve all our problems 

Break Time

Mr. Nagano’s Foolish Proposal [Yoshida Brothers]

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