The Roundup for May 25th, 2015

And so begins our Monday.

International Politics

Overall

– For the first time, Japan joined both the U.S. and Australia in military exercises

– An Iranian official said he hoped sanctions against Iran would be lifted by the end of the year

– A United Nations official warned more aid was needed to help those in Nepal

Middle East

– How many houses have been built in the Gaza Strip since the Israeli bombings last summer? Zero

– An Iranian general criticized U.S. presence in Iraq by saying the U.S. had “no will to fight” the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, Vice President Joseph Biden called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to reassure him the U.S. has his back; Don’t you think it’s a little strange Obama didn’t do it? Iraqis are not really happy with the U.S. at all

Asia and Oceania

– For Muslims living in Myanmar, they are being arrested for a joining a non-existent group

Africa

– In Kenya, farmers are resisting developers interested in attaining land

– Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 people in a Nigerian village

Europe 

– Louis Proyect: “The Swedish Model (Part 1)

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is experiencing conflict with the radicals of SYRIZA

– Moreover, Tsipras organized an emergency meeting with his bailout team

A new poll, meanwhile, finds nearly 49 percent of citizens in Greece supporting SYRIZA out of all major parties

– German lawmakers called for Germany to follow Ireland and legalize gay marriage

– Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is not happy that indigenous communities won big in local elections

– At the expense of Great Britain, France and Germany both agreed to tighten integration in the European Union

– The Russians are interested in using prison labor to make the 2018 FIFA World Cup cheaper

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Mexican authorities dispute killings that led to 42 deaths was a gun battle, not a massacre

Financial Matters

– Charter Communications will purchase Time Warner Cable for $55 billion

– Federal Reserve Vice Chairperson Stanley Fischer: An interest rate hike will be “gradual

– An Israeli official opposed to a monopoly on natural gas in the country resigned

A new report found developed countries must increase their aid to poor countries to eliminate extreme poverty

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A woman in Massachusetts was able to clear medicinal marijuana use with her employer. Yet she was fired for it

– Taxi drivers in Mexico demonstrated against the presence of Uber and called for the service to be banned

– Mexicans, in general, are not confident in any major political party

Politics US

– President Barack Obama: This is the first Memorial Day in 14 years where we aren’t in a major war

– Matt Taibbi: “Forget What We Know Now: We Knew Then the Iraq War Was a Joke

– Why should Wall Street worry about Hillary Clinton? She’s their best candidate

– Also, Clinton, in 1990, said she was “proud of Walmart”; I believe people can change, but Clinton is so right-wing that I doubt she changed her mind

– The U.S. Navy does not need any laser weapons and should invest in something else

– Emptywheel: “I’m Shocked, Shocked, to Find that Lying Is Going on in the Senate

Part one on The Real News of understanding the 1985 bombing of the MOVE organization’s building in Philadephia

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The person who pushed for the new French law forcing companies to donate unsold food wants the law to be implemented everywhere

The Second Sex

– Black women need to be involved in conversations on police accountability as they can be victims too

– Eileen Jones: “Actually, Mad Max: Fury Road Isn’t That Feminist; And It Isn’t That Good, Either

Planet Earth

– The construction of a major port in Brazil places the surrounding environment at risk

New research reinforces evidence that there will be fewer, but stronger, hurricanes due to global warming

– The recent oil spill in California invokes memories of a 1960s oil spill, which highlights how old problems can remain

– A scientist in China warned plans for new nuclear power facilities are “insane

– A heatwave in India led to the deaths of at least 500 people

A new study found ragweed pollen levels to grow in the next few decades as a result of climate change

Mixed Bag

– Chris Hedges: “Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

– Whistleblowers are people that not only deserve protection, but respect for what they do

– America as a Christian nation is just an artificial construct created for a corporate agenda

Break Time

The Fiddle and The Drum [Joni Mitchell]

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