The Roundup for June 9th, 2015

We head next to Japan.

International Politics


– It is worth remembering how America became the world’s uni-pole after events in the 20th century and what it holds for the 21st century

– President Barack Obama: Russian President Vladimir Putin should stop impeding Russia’s progress; You do know Western capitalists helped create conditions for his rise, right?

– Moreover, Obama admitted the U.S. does have a “complete strategy” in Iraq

– A former adviser to Sepp Blatter said both Russia and Qatar paid bribes to host the World Cup

Middle East

– Speaking of which, Mosul, now under Islamic State control, no longer looks like a city to liberate soon

– The United Nations will not put Israel on a list of children’s rights violators

– The international recognized prime minister of Yemen said U.N.-sponsored talks aim to re-install him in power



A new report from Human Rights Watch found violations committed by the Egyptian military government


– Juan Cole: “How Turkey’s President Erdogan Damaged AKP Brand

– Meanwhile, Erdogan said no party in the election received a mandate from the people

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Professor Francois Pierre-Louis and economist Jake Johnston join The Real News to continue their discussion on Haiti. This time they focus on a government report highlighting the failures of USAID in the country

– You can read more about that report and how the Clinton Foundation is tied here

– The civil war in El Salvador did not end. It just became something else

– While Cuba may be open to working with capitalists, it still is hesitant to go all the way

Surveillance Planet

– Do you know if the NSA is able to transcribe your phone calls? No really, do you because it is hard to tell

– Marcy Wheeler: “DOJ Doesn’t Care What the Text of the Law or the 2nd Circuit Says, Dragnet Edition

Financial Matters

– Doom and gloom may be the future of the Chinese economy because of, to take a phrase from Keynes, “irrational exuberance”

– Henry A. Giroux: “Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

– HSBC, a bank with no end in terms of scandals, launched an internal investigation into a senior executive

A new study found some for-profit hospitals can charge up to 10 times the rate Medicare charges for service

– President Obama: The Greek government need to make hard choices to make sure a deal with lenders happens

– The International Monetary Fund recommended labor reforms to reduce unemployment in Spain

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Sarah Jaffe: “Workers Confront Walmart Executives at Star-Studded Company Event

Politics US

Washington USA

– Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State, admitted it was unrealistic to expect Iraq to become democratic

– Rick Perry, a Republican candidate for president, believes Wall Street should be regulated; Can he name three banks?

– If you want to see how dirty Hillary Clinton can get in foreign policy, then look no further than her role in Honduras after the 2009 coup

– Jason Leopold: “The FBI Discussed an ‘End-Game’ for a US Citizen Killed in a Drone Strike

– What does the Pentagon think is important to spend money on? Hire a new ad agency to make the military look great of course!

– Figures like Tony Blair and Sen. Lindsey Graham pleaded for a court to go easy on David Petraeus’ sentencing

– A Tea Party strategist actually came up with a good idea on campaign finance reform with a tax credit for Americans who donate

– The Obama administration submitted a report to Congress about human rights abuses in Egypt, yet still recommended sending military aid

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Sixty-four percent of Americans aged 18-29 say they are single and have not married, which is up from 48 percent in 2005

– Dave Zirin: “The People of Oakland Need to Occupy Their Sports Teams

– Pew: Fifty-seven percent of Americans support favor same-sex marriage

– The officer who fatally shot Walter Scott was indicted for murder by a jury

– An officer, in Texas, who forcibly grabbed a black teen on camera at a pool party is now on leave

– Violent crimes committed by youths reveal the consequences of a system failing to help such juveniles

We Don’t Need No Education

– Michelle Chen: “Budget Cuts, Layoffs, and a $1.5 Billion Campus Remodeling—What’s Wrong With This Picture?

– How are the Chinese attempting to stop cheating in the classroom? Use drones

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found one in three Americans previously or currently have an alcohol-related problem

At least 66 labs received anthrax from the Pentagon and that number may grow

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Birth control pills should be as easy to buy as condoms

A new study found women are under-represented in media; And they should not be like Maureen Dowd because that would be very bad

Planet Earth

– Lord Martin Rees, a professor, joins The Real News to discuss the possibilities of funding renewable energy for the planet

– Developed countries are failing to provide a serious, effective plan to deal with climate change

– Anti-Keystone XL activist say, after the FBI tracked them, they were stopped at borders and placed on a watchlist

– Economist Robert Pollin joins The Real News to explain what a green economy may help Spain after suffering from austerity

Mixed Bag

– Chris Hedges: “Thou Shalt Not Kill

– A $30 million FIFA-produced movie received $900 this past weekend at the box office

Break Time

Red Swing [Puffy AmiYumi]


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