The Roundup for June 4th, 2015

International Politics


– A former FIFA official admitted he accepted bribes for the 1998 and 2010 FIFA World Cup

– Kit O’Connell: “Republican Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Takes On Growing Movement To Boycott Israel

– Russia noted it will figure out who is behind chlorine attacks in Syria

– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon ordered an independent panel to investigate the other investigation over French peacekeepers allegedly abusing children in the Central African Republic

Middle East

– Bilal Ahmed, an associate editor, joins The Real News to explain the consequences of neoliberalism and sectarianism in Yemen

– Meanwhile, peace talks to end the conflict in Yemen will commence June 14; Not tomorrow? The following day? Anytime soon?

– Iran sent 15,000 troops to Syria to counter the gains of rebels there

– The head of al-Qaeda’s Syria section said the Islamic State was not legitimate

Asia and Oceania

– An international group warned Afghanistan is relying on unstable and sometimes rogue government militias

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A court in Costa Rica recognized a same-sex civil union, unprecedented in Central America

– Forced evictions of people in Rio for the 2016 Olympics led to clashes between the displaced and police

– The president of Honduras admitted corruption took place with his candidacy, but denied he was involved

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “Snowden’s leaks forced NSA reform on Congress. The US would still jail him

– Sam Sacks: “Congressman Warns of Encrypted ‘Dark Spaces’; Another Says: ‘Ooooh It Sounds Really Scary‘”

Financial Matters

– President Barack Obama: China is possibly interested in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– ALEC is playing damage control after a local Atlanta station caught the Koch-backed organization red-handed when crafting potential bills

– The Red Cross, in spite of raising millions of dollars, built only six homes in Haiti

– Sam Knight: “With TPP and Fast Track in Limbo, Wikileaks Reveals US Deregulatory Trade Agenda in Less Prominent TISA

– Apparently, the economy in the most recent two months expanded, says the Federal Reserve; How does it contract then grow?

– The governor of Puerto Rico supports privatization of electricity production


Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “$1,000 for a Dead Family Member—Is That Justice for Bangladesh’s Garment Workers?

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Forty-two percent of Republicans cite themselves as both socially and fiscally conservative, the lowest percentage recorded since 2005

– The House passed a bill that restricts the power of both the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department in handling marijuana and hemp

– Was mass incarceration due to the Republicans? The Democrats? It was both

A new poll found George W. Bush more popular than Barack Obama

– Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) criticized Democrats for giving Wall Street a “big, wet kiss” by supporting the Export-Import Bank

– Lincoln Chafee, former governor of Rhode Island, announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on the Democratic ticket

– It is very revealing how elites in Washington defend Dennis Halbert like the Vatican defended pedophile priests

– Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said the threat of driving under the influence of pot was exaggerated

– Glen Ford: “Rand Paul Makes More Sense than the Democrats’ ‘Left’ Champion

– The “sheepdog” of the Democrats, Bernie Sanders, will only lead us astray

– The Pentagon is still unsure how anthrax was sent out to laboratories around the world

– The Most Transparent Administration Ever is still accumulating a large FOIA backlog

Anytown USA

– The Guardian placed a thorough, in-depth look into all the people killed this year by police

– A black family in Mississippi was fined $500 by police. For what? Cheering at a high school graduation

– When Bernie Sanders was the Mayor of Burlington, Vt., there were a lot of great, progressive decisions made

– Glenn Greenwald: “In Boston, Media Again Trash a Police Shooting Victim by Uncritically ‘Reporting’ Police Accusations

– The FBI claim the person was planning to behead police officers

– Cops in Missouri are stopping and arresting black people at higher rates than ever before

– A terrorism case in Chicago features prosecutors who do not want Edward Snowden to be referenced once

We Don’t Need No Education

– In Sao Paulo, Brazil, teachers there voted to continue their strike for two months

– Meanwhile, teachers in Washington state decided to walk out over large class sizes and little pay

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Awesome news out of Baltimore where every child attending school will get free breakfast and lunch

– The trial of a cancer drug led to “spectacular” results and could, potentially, let patients live longer, healthier lives

– There are methods to speak with people who are mentally ill

– Turns out the “most powerful coach in U.S. track” pressures runners to use drugs

The Second Sex

– Sarah Jaffe: “Why Feminism Needs Punk

– A bill in Wisconsin would, now hold on to your seats, allow men to sue abortion doctors for “personal injury and emotional and psychological distress”; That’s what was needed. A way for men to speak out about their distress over abortion

– In New Zealand, a doctor created an abortion hotline to provide women quick and easy access to abortion

– Dave Zirin: “The Olympic Bravery of Caitlyn Jenner

Planet Earth

– Lawmakers in Denton, Texas will not repeal a law banning hydrofracking

– The Middle East won’t be fighting for oil in the future, but over water

– Meanwhile, water crises will be the major global problem in the future

– Journalist Steve Horn joins The Real News to talk about an appeals court dismissing a suit against TransCanada over the southern half of Keystone XL

– Scientists are concerned the loss of glaciers may also spell doom for water supplies

More than 40 percent of bee colonies are gone. Heck, for some beekeepers they are losing more in the summer than winter

– The Salton Sea, out in California, is in danger of shrinking due to water transfers

– Federal regulators say the pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil last month occurred due to a section that was corroded

Mixed Bag

More people are working at Fusion than those who read the most popular post on the site

– Godzilla will be given official citizenship in Japan. That’s it, there’s nothing else to it

– Eric Snowden is quite a popular guy as he is referenced by U.S. lawmakers and shares the same last name as Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower. I mean, it can’t be an erroneous way to say Edward Snowden, right? Right?

Break Time

Blue Flower [Mazzy Star]


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