The Roundup for June 1st, 2015

A new month begins. Funny how one month ago I was looking forward to the end of school.

International Politics

Overall

– What is Germany’s role in U.S. drone strikes? According to one court in Europe, nothing to worry about

– Israel criticized the United Nations for recognizing a NGO it says is tied to Hamas

– President Barack Obama: China’s land reclamation projects in the South China Sea should stop

– Meanwhile, Obama said an agreement, not the military, can patch up relations with Iran

Middle East

– There are many Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and too little water to distribute for everyone

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will meet with officials from other countries fighting the Islamic State to discuss how to capture Ramadi

– Meanwhile, Iraqis displaced by the fall of Ramadi went to Baghdad to face hostility and discrimination

– At least 41 people died in the Anbar province as a result of suicide bombers tied to ISIS

Asia and Oceania

– Prabir Purkayastha and Seema Mustafa, two journalists, discuss relations between China and India

Europe 

– U.N. officials said there is growing evidence of Russia’s role in Ukraine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A trial began in Colombia for a retired army general accused of murdering a presidential candidate

– Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is hesitant to release all of his wealth assets to the public

– Corruption in Honduras led to people to come out in the streets to call for the resignation of the president

Surveillance Planet

– Journalist Marcy Wheeler joins The Real News to discuss what may continue in terms of spying despite expiration of some surveillance powers. Wheeler writes more about it here

– Although, we need to keep our eyes on private contractors who worked with the NSA as they still hold valuable and powerful intelligence

– Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) still will fight to ensure the NSA’s powers are restored

– Professor Craig Forcese talks to The Real News about an anti-terrorism bill in Canada that expands the surveillance powers of the state

Financial Matters

– Economist Shir Hever joins The Real News to explain the extreme levels of inequality in Israel

– Chris Hedges: “Karl Marx Was Right

– For right-wing state governments, cutting welfare is easier thanks to technology

– HSBC announced it would cut up to 20,000 jobs worldwide

– Saudi Arabia said the current strategy by OPEC is working as the “market is stabilizing”

– The head of Malaysia Airlines said the company was “technically bankrupt”

– European leaders, as well as those from the International Monetary Fund, pledged to make a deal with Greece in the next few days

– Premiums of health care companies may rise more than 10 percent over the next year; Hooray! Thanks Obamacare!

Politics US

Washington USA

– Transportation Security Administration employees failed to detect mock explosives 95 percent of the time

– Federal Reserve Vice Chairperson Stanley Fischer said welfare spending is helpful in avoiding the worst of a crisis

– Lee Fang: “Hillary Clinton’s ‘Grassroots Campaign’ Sets $1,000 Minimum for a ‘Conversation‘”

– In a 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled a Muslim woman was discriminated for wearing a hijab when applying to a Abercrombie & Fitch store

Anytown USA

– Kit O’Connell: “Anonymous Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Promotes Prison Abolition From Behind Bars

– A Muslim woman who was denied a Diet Coke on a flight for fear of using it as a “weapon” said she experiences discrimination like that on a usual basis

We Don’t Need No Education

– Whenever charter schools feel threatened by lawmakers, they open up their war chest and ensure officials are distracted

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Nineteen percent of Americans say suicide is “morally acceptable”

– A U.N. official said the Ebola outbreak will end in Sierre Leone in a few weeks

The Second Sex

– Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, may pretend to care about women’s soccer, but the reality is that he does not even know the major stars

– Bruce Jenner revealed herself on the cover of Vanity Fair as Caitlyn Jenner

Planet Earth

– Scientists are baffled as to why saiga antelope are dying in such large numbers

– If nothing is done about climate change, then our oceans have no future

– An international conference in Bonn this week will determine whether there will be a framework for the Paris meeting in December on climate change

– A French official at the conference said the deal must be worded to ensure the U.S. Congress does not vote on it

– Dahr Jamail: “‘Imminent’ Collapse of the Antarctic Ice Shelf and a ‘New Era’ in the Arctic

– After the victory of the Conservatives in the United Kingdom, applications for hydrofracking rose 

– In Texas, citizens were arrested after demonstrating against fracking sites

Mixed Bag

A nearly two-hour discussion from the Left Forum this past weekend on the way forward for the Black Lives Matter movement featuring figures like Glen Ford and Kshama Sawant

– It was a little over 100 years when the Bronx Zoo displayed an African person; Says a lot about America’s history

Break Time

Here Comes The Sun [George Harrison]

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