The Roundup for June 17th, 2015

A good song to listen to if you had a long day.

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s piece on crude oil! Hoping to do more pieces like that in the future in spite of my limited time.

International Politics

Overall

– Secretary of State John Kerry: We are “absolutely certain” the Syrian government used chemical weapons

– Meanwhile, Kerry said a nuclear deal with Iran does not require looking into the country’s past with nuclear weapons research

Middle East

– So much soccer going on now, although it is worth exploring soccer in the Gaza Strip

– Rania Khalek: “Why has Israel embraced al-Qaida’s branch in Syria?

A bill in Israel would allow force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike

– Israel and Hamas are indirectly communicating with one another for a truce in the Gaza Strip

– Gallup: Fifty-seven percent of Yemenis say they feel safe when they walk alone at night, the lowest in the past eight yearsAfrica

– NGOs criticized the Egyptian government for its crackdown against them

Europe 

– With no deal in sight for Greece, both sides blame one another for the lack of one

– A SYRIZA spokesperson said the coalition’s job is paying workers first

– Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis: I must rule out a Grexit as there is still a chance for debt restructuring

– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris and scholar Leo Panitch join The Real News to talk about the growing possibility of a Grexit from the euro

– A “military Disneyland” opened up in Russia where President Vladimir Putin announced an expansion of nuclear arms

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Ecuador just auctioned off parts of the Amazon to Chinese firms over oil

– I highly recommend this Harper’s piece, no longer behind a paywall, analyzing racism in the Dominican Republic against anyone suspected of being Haitian in light of recent events. Indeed, it is barely talked about as is

– Federal prosecutors in Brazil recommend families in Belo Monte not be displaced because of a dam

At least seven people were killed in an ambush in Mexico

Surveillance Planet

– Former NSA director Michael Hayden dismissed worries about the impact of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on the agency

– Privacy advocates protested a facial recognition code of the Commerce Department that is extremely instrusive

Financial Matters

– Thirty-seven percent of Brazilians struggle with debt amid an economic crisis

– Kit O’Connell: “White Phosphorous War Crimes Connect Israel To Monsanto

– A former government contractor is now bankrupt. Interestingly, it owes money to the National Rifle Association

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Live in China? An independent contractor with Uber? Want to go to a taxi protest? Great! Uber is spying on, then firing, you!

– The Fight for 15 movement is winning across the U.S. with more gains obtained every so often

– Michelle Chen: “Is Gawker’s Unionization a Sign That Creative Workers Are Finally Realizing Their Worth?

– The International Labour Organization asked for Qatar Airways to end its discriminatory policy against pregnant employees

Politics US

Washington USA

– Donald Trump is officially running for president on the Republican ticket

– Funny how the media automatically assumes Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., lost at this point of the campaign; Truth is stranger than fiction

– The crowds Sanders gets should really show journalists how serious he is

– What do major oil companies all share in common? Lobbying Congress with millions of dollars to get their goals accomplished

– The head of the Office of Personnel Management said the most recent hack was “decades in the making”

– Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was forced out of a hearing on the events in Benghazi; Hilarious

– It is not that Hillary Clinton is a progressive. Rather she is using a lot of populist rhetoric to create illusion

– Ken Ivory is good at his job? What job is that? Scamming local governments of money!

– The Senate passed, in a 78-21 vote, a bill banning torture, although it’s already banned; It’s a waste of time. Just prosecute those who committed torture

– Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn., wants air traffic control under a non-profit corporation instead of the government

Anytown USA

Part two of two with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates about the topic of reparations along with the Black Lives Matter movement today

– Journalist Glen Ford joins The Real News to discuss the latest with the case of the officers who shot Tamir Rice in Cleveland

– Natasha Lennard: “Why we don’t need to ‘discuss’ Tamir Rice’s death by cop bullet

– Long-term care for seniors in California needs to be changed in order to really give care

We Don’t Need No Education

– In Chicago, Oakton Community College interpreted an email from a professor as a threat to administration; It wasn’t

– The Real News covers efforts in the Baltimore community resisting the closure of an elementary school

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Food and Drug Administration announced trans fats are no longer safe for consumption

The Second Sex

– Serious individuals who identify as men’s rights activists are defending a man who murdered a woman over the latter’s sexual harassment complaints against the former

– Dave Zirin: “Soccer’s Enduring Sexism and the Magnificence of Marta

New research finds half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended

Planet Earth

– Pew: Seven-one percent of U.S. Catholics say they believe in global warming; Interestingly, Catholic Republicans do not believe it is a major problem

By looking at the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, it is easy to understand why there is a drought out West

– Jeb Bush: Pope Francis I must stay away from climate change talk

A new study found one-third of the world’s groundwater basins are overused

Mixed Bag

– Curious about journalist Max Blumenthal’s upcoming book on the bombings of Gaza last summer? This book review provides a sneak preview of it; I still gotta read Goliath

Excellent article about the myths associated with generations and why it needs to end

– Researcher John Potash joins The Real News to talk about the life of Tupac Shukur, whose birthday was yesterday

– NASA scientists said it will be difficult to find life in outer space

Break Time

Plainsong [Sidewinder]

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