The Weekend Roundup for May 30-31st, 2015

May Beau Biden rest in peace

International Politics


– A theorist associated with al-Qaeda recommended the organization work from inside government to accomplish their goals

– Jules Boykoff, a former soccer player and scholar, joins The Real News to discuss the latest events happening with FIFA from corruption to the 2022 World Cup

– FIFA President Sepp Blatter: Nah, that corruption probe won’t affect me

– South Africa admitted it did pay $10 million to a organization connected to a FIFA official

– Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt said they shared a “common vision” when dealing with the situation in Yemen

– Meanwhile, the State Department said “several” Americans were being held in Yemen

– The P5+1 agreed sanctions on Iran will be restored should the country walk back on a potential nuclear deal

Middle East

– To best define apartheid in Israel, it is important to review what apartheid was in South Africa

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: There is an “international campaign to blacken [Israel’s] name” and this must be stopped

– An Iranian commander was killed in Iraq after fighting the Islamic State

– A U.N. official condemned the use of barrel bombs by the Syrian government that killed civilians

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the army lost 2,300 armored vehicles in the fall of Mosul

Asia and Oceania

– U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: The U.S. opposes any “further militarization” in the South China Sea


– A suicide bomber, possibly tied to Boko Haram, killed at least 30 people in Nigeria

– Militias fought with police officers in Somalia, which led to the deaths of at least 35 people

– The international recognized government in Libya called for a mobilized effort against ISIS


Five people were killed in Ukraine after fighting between rebels and government soldiers

– An international-led effort led to the rescue of 5,000 refugees in the Mediterranean

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Guatemalans are still angry with the corruption in government and demand the president step down

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to talk about Cuba and his most recent visit there

– Elections this year in Latin America will revolve around a major issue: water shortages

Surveillance Planet

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel: The U.S. did not lie in 2013 about a no-spy agreement

Financial Matters

– Rather than focus on capitalist stagnation, it is far better to focus on building an alternative regardless of what’s happening with the economy

– The textile industry in Ghana is being destroyed by China’s products

– To stop poverty in the U.S., it is important not to rely on the wealthy on spearheading the change

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras criticized creditors for their “absurd proposals” and the lack of a good deal

Politics US

Washington USA

– Martin O’Malley announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential elections for the Democrats, although Black Lives Matter demonstrators are not happy considering O’Malley’s history on policing

– A government watchdog found $20.2 million were given to Nazi war criminals

– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): We should provide more defensive weapons to Vietnam in response to China

– If history provides any indication of what left Democrats do to us, then it is fair to say we will be disappointed by a Sanders-like figure running for president

Anytown USA

– It is true that there is a gang problem in the U.S., although not the one discussed in the mainstream narrative

– Police officers in the U.S. kill more than two people per day

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study finds the best solution to stopping homelessness is to provide homes

The Second Sex

A new report found black women in San Francisco, despite making up six percent of the city’s population, are 50 percent of arrests

Planet Earth

– Reverend Sekou joins The Real News to discuss how climate change can affect black communities

– Edward Hanna, a professor, joins The Real News to explain studies connecting extreme weather to climate change

– Chinese renewable energy investment grew more than 30 percent in the past year

New research finds pumping aerosols into the stratosphere may be a lifeline to coral reefs threatened by global warming

Mixed Bag

– Our military operations go hand-in-hand with the way our media operates

– It might be fair to say a caste system exists in the U.S. due to neoliberalism

Break Time

Untitled 1 [Sigur Ros]


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