The Roundup for June 13th, 2015

We end in Argentina folks. Lots of Latin American artists this week.

International Politics

Overall

– Gallup: Fifty-one percent of Americans say the Iraq War was a mistake and 42 percent say the same about the Afghanistan War

– Iranian commanders in Syria apparently executed three Syrian officers

– The recent decision to increase more troops in Iraq is, simply put, “insanity

– U.N. officials denounced a Saudi-led airstrike that led to the destruction of ancient houses in Yemen

– Russian officials are concerned with the slowdown in the P5+1-Iran talks

Middle East

– The Israeli official in charge of the army’s civil efforts in the occupied territories believes Palestinians are “not human”

– Rania Khalek: “Will Israel’s ‘Whiff From Hell’ Weapon Be Used to Crush US Protests?”

– The father of a Palestinian child killed by Israeli bombs last summer criticized the Israeli investigation that recently found no one guilty of the deaths of four children

– Iraqi militias prefer the U.S. to stay home than assist in fighting the Islamic StateAsia and Oceania

– Myanmar hired a lobbying group, which includes former White House staffers, to help the country’s image over a humanitarian crisis

– North Korea accused the U.S. of targeting it with anthrax and called for the U.N. to act

 

Europe 

– The vice president of Greece’s parliament said he would not vote for any painful measures

A new poll found 51 percent of Germans want the Greeks out of the euro

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– David Christopher, communications manager for OpenMedia, joins The Real News to discuss efforts underway to repeal the anti-terrorism bill passed in Canada

– In a few days, Dominicans with Haitian parents will be deported by the state and barely anyone is writing about this

Surveillance Planet

– Sam Sacks: “NSA Backdoor Searches Would End if House Amendment Survives

– More than 23,000 government emails were dumped online by an unknown hacker

– Theft of personal data is not harmful in the short-term, but long-term as well

– Plus, it was not four million government employees that had their information stolen. It was 14 million. The White House cannot confirm

– David Sirota: “Two Years After Snowden’s Leaks, Little Has Changed in Obama’s Approach to Transparency

Financial Matters

– Costas Lapavitsas: “If the eurozone thinks Greece can be blackmailed, it is wrong

– Gallup: Fifty-seven percent of Americans say low gas prices is making a difference for them

– Economist William Black joins The Real News to talk about Rupert Murdoch, who is leaving his position as CEO of 21st Century Fox

– Mark Weisbrot: “Germany is Bluffing on Greece

– The European Union is now seriouslyw talking about a Grexit

– The CEO of Reynolds, a tobacco firm, said business is “just like the old days”

– Mexico may sign a free trade agreement with the European Union and the most worrisome part is just how bad the agreement is

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Ukraine will implement labor reforms as recommended by neoliberals. What can go wrong?

– Trade union workers occupied the Greek Finance Ministry over austerity policies

– Michelle Chen: “These Carwashers Were Being Paid as Little as $125 a Week

– Thanks to Airbnb, hotel workers are at risk of losing their jobs

Politics US

Washington USA

– Actually, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., believes in policies most Americans would agree with

– The House rejected fast track in a vote of 302-126, which is good news

– Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted no, although she is open to yes in the future

– Lee Fang: “Emails Reveal Coziness Between Koch Lobbyists and Regulators

Anytown USA

– Part two of three with Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, who talks about early days of the U.S. and the role of the market

– The state of Michigan is turning into a capitalist’s dream where private interests are winning at every level

– Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP in Spokane, Wash., is white, not black in spite of what she says

An excellent piece highlighting the tragic case of Paula Cooper, a former death row inmate who tried to repair her life after release only to commit suicide at the age of 45

– An investigation is under way surrounding the fatal shooting of a homeless man by a police officer in Florida

 

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “We need to stop rapists, not change who gets raped

Planet Earth

– Chimpanzees are now a fully endangered species, according to U.S. officials

More water cuts are on the way in California against farmers

Mixed Bag

– Louis Proyect: “Mindless Entertainment While Awaiting the Next Mass Extinction

Very good article about the limits of the Left Forum in New York City, especially with all the truthers and conspiracy theorists

– More runners are coming forward to say Alberto Salazar also pressured them to use drugs

– Dave Zirin: “The Irresistible Realness of Dusty Rhodes

Break Time

Revolucion [Actitud Maria Marta]

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