The Roundup for June 12th, 2015

Our next stop is Brazil.

Working on a story for Monday. Keep your eyes open for that one. Really excited for it too.

Rest in peace Ornette Coleman and Dusty Rhodes

International Politics


– Israeli officials monitored a scholarly conference in the U.K. where folks like journalist Max Blumenthal spoke

– A Qatari official said the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis will not end until the United Nations intervenes in Yemen

– The Pentagon said the U.S. spends nearly $9 million in its fight against the Islamic State

– General Martin Dempsey said the U.S., if its anti-ISIS campaign continues, can establish a new hub in Iraq

Middle East

An example of a Palestinian family being removed from their home by Israeli authorities

– Juan Cole: “One Year After the Fall of Mosul, Is Iraq Winning the War Against ISIS?

– The Israeli Supreme Court dismissed a court case regarding housing discrimination against Palestinians

– The Israeli military finds the Israeli military not guilty over the deaths of four Palestinian children last summerAfrica

– The Egyptian government is, literally, demolishing the last remnants of the National Democratic Party, which Hosni Mubarak was a part of before the 2011 coup

– The international recognized government in Libya rejected pressure from the U.N. over a peace deal


– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris joins The Real News to explain how the future of the SYRIZA party is in jeopardy thanks to the troika

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: We must create a coalition government

– A Russian oligarch envisioned, after shock therapy was implemented, to create a two-party system

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Brian Concannon, Jr., executive director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Paula Donovan, co-director of the AIDS-Free World, join The Real News to discuss a report highlighting U.N. peacekeepers forcing Haiti women to have sex in return for supplies

– Mexico deported 79 percent more people back to their countries so far this year

– The Colombian government blamed rebels for leaving 300,000 residents without power

Surveillance Planet

– Lee Fang: “Patriot Act Reform Curbed NSA; Cybersecurity Bill Would Empower It

– A government union said hackers stole all personnel information on government employees

Financial Matters

– Officials from the International Monetary Fund left a meeting with Greek representatives because of the latter’s refusal to compromise

– For those in Generation X, things are not only bad now but they expect things to get worse

– Some states like charging inmates for prison costs because why not?; What’s prison for again? Rehab-something?

– Iceland both jailed out-of-control bankers and reject austerity. Now it is prospering

– AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka criticized the White House for blocking labor from taking part in Trans-Pacific Partnership discussion

– An investigation found Gulf countries to reap major benefits from the U.S. Export-Import Bank


Politics US

Washington USA

– Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said he is unsure about supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., because he does not known if Sanders likes immigrants; Yes, this is how lawmakers decide which candidate to support. By choosing one issue they find incredibly important

– Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said, while his microphone was still on, Sen. Lindsey Graham was a “bro with no ho.” Graham is unmarried

– Selling of Iranian oil on the world market is being used as a reason to lift the crude oil export ban

– Sen. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said there is no discussion happening over a new Authorization on the Use of Military Force agreement. Meanwhile, the House rejected an amendment discussing it

– Even right-wingers figures loathe the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Anytown USA

– Gallup: While four percent of whites say race relations is the most important problem in the U.S., 13 percent of blacks say the same

– Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates joins The Real News to talk about his upbringing in Baltimore

– The Real News asks Baltimore residents what the origins are of the growing rate of homicides in the city. Residents provide their own explanations, which they say is ignored

– Sean Toon, who called police that led up to events in McKinney, Texas, used to torture animals as a teenager

– Natasha Lennard: “Louisiana’s racist injustice: Why the Angola 3 spent decades in solitary confinement

– Pressure is growing against the Los Angeles Police Department’s history of brutality, especially after the death of Ezell Ford

– Officials in North Carolina can now refuse to perform same-sex marriages

– A judge ruled the officers involved in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice can be charged for murder


Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found the U.S. is the 15th happiest nation in the world, while Switzerland is number one

– Doctors and patients are concerned about the negative impacts of drugs used for MRIs

– U.S. doctors are advised to keep watch for any patients coming down with the MERS virus

The Second Sex

– Some Reddit users are unhappy with the recent (rightful) decision to ban hateful subreddits

Planet Earth

– Hydrofracking “prepares to go global” as the potential for profit grows

– The White House announced weak plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions from airlines

Mixed Bag

– For journalists today, telling the truth about events in, let’s say, the Middle East is a good place to begin

An interesting look at the ice cream industry in the Gaza Strip, which is popular among Palestinians

Break Time

Apesar de Voce [Chico Buarque]


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