The Roundup for June 20th, 2015

Listening to these songs the past two days reminded me of when I played guitar. Gosh, I miss playing it. Not sure I have time to pick it up again

Charleston Shooting, Day 2

– The daughter of one person killed by Dylann Roof said in a bond hearing that she forgives Roof

– Efia Nwangaza, founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, joins The Real News to talk about the attack at the AME church as well as the history of it

– President Barack Obama: Mass shootings must not be the “new normal”

– For blacks across America, they are always under threat as a result of racism along with other factors

– A board member of the NRA blamed Pastor Clementa Pinckney, one of those killed by Roof, for his own death over the latter’s opposition to a bill allowing concealed carry in South Carolina

– Jeb Bush: I am not really sure whether racism was a factor in the shooting

– Rick Perry: What happened in Charleston was an “accident“; His campaign team later said Perry wished to say “incident”

– As noted by a reader yesterday, Jon Stewart comments here over what happened in Charleston

– Glenn Greenwald: “Refusal To Call Charleston Shootings ‘Terrorism’ Again Shows It’s a Meaningless Propaganda TermInternational Politics


– Russian President Vladimir Putin: I will push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to commit to reforms

– Moreover, Putin said, in spite of problems with the West, Russia is willing to work with the West over global problems

– The son of Osama bin Laden requested the U.S. for a death certificate of his father

– A U.S. official criticized Russia for aggressive military flights, which pose risks for other flights in the European air space

– Saudi Arabia and Russia signed a deal to work together on nuclear energy

Middle East

– Peace talks for an end to the conflict in Yemen collapsed, although the United Nations believes there will be another opportunity

– The Islamic State blocked the sale of oil to other rebel groups operating in Syria



– With Coptic Christians displaced in Egypt, there are fears that persecution by Egypt might occur


– The European Central Bank provided emergency funding for Greece

– Greeks demonstrated in Athens pressuring their government to reject any austerity measure pushed forth by the troika

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, if a terrible deal is presented by creditors, he will accept responsibility when rejecting it

– Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann defended Greece against creditors

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Before our meeting with Greece on Monday, the Greeks and its creditors must have a deal planned before

– Vladimir Putin: We could build a natural gas pipeline to help Greece with its economic woes

– The Greeks, meanwhile, are interested in joining a BRICS-led bank

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa asked for dialogue with those opposed to his call to increase taxes on the super-rich

– Haitians are rightfully scared of the Dominican Republic’s deportations

– Mexican officials criticized Donald Trump’s hateful comments on Mexicans entering the U.S.


Financial Matters

– Michelle Chen: “China Is Building a Massive Railway Across South America—at Significant Human and Environmental Cost

– Economists Jeffrey Sachs and James K. Galbraith both write pieces on the situation in Greece, which can, respectively, be found here and here

– Reforming pensions in Greece won’t solve anything if it involves austerity

– After Russian-owned shares of Yukos, a defunct oil firm, were frozen by Europe, Russia warned it may target foreign firms operating in the country

– Uber said drivers and customers can no longer carry guns when in cars

– Two CEOs of construction companies involved with the Petrobras scandal in Brazil were arrested by Brazilian authorities

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A J.Crew executive laid off 175 workers and then celebrated at a bar

Politics US

Washington USA

Part three of 10 with Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, about the importance of the U.S. Constitution for today

– Martin O’Malley, Democratic presidential candidate for 2016, said climate change will be a major pillar he will work on if elected

– Serco, a controversial security firm, lobbied Democrats to detain immigrant families

– Donors for Rep. Scott Rigell, D-Va., have a chance to win a Maserati at an upcoming fundraiser

– A former doctor for the U.S. Army was sanctioned for his dangerous procedures

A new report found, should the Affordable Care Act be repealed, the budget deficit and number of Americans without health insurance would rise

– FBI Director James Comey: Law enforcement must build a bridge with communities

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Only 52 percent of Americans confide in police, the lowest ever recorded in the past 22 years

– Yesterday was “Juneteenth” and historians Hari Jones and Gerald Horne join The Real News to discuss its origins

– An autopsy found Nicholas Thomas, who is black, was fatally shot through his back by a police officer in Atlanta

– Another person, this time in Ohio, was arrested for, according to the Justice Department, using social media to support the Islamic State

– In Louisville, Ky., the head of a police union criticized activists as “sensationalists, liars and race-baiters”


Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Someone in Thailand was diagnosed with the MERS virus, which is worrisome for the country

The Second Sex

A new report found aboriginal women in Canada are four times as likely to be either missing or killed than non-native women

Planet Earth

A new study confirmed the Earth is undergoing a sixth extinction with humans soon to be gone if nothing is done

– Janet Redman, director at Institute for Policy Studies, and Blase Bonplane, director at the Office of the Americas, join The Real News to discuss the Pope’s recent encyclical

– Extreme weather is becoming the new normal in Alaska, thanks to global warming

– All the heatwave deaths in India can be blamed on climate change

– Chevron found its own wastewater, tainted, is used to irrigate crops in California

A new study found gas leaks can happen because of “avoidable” damage

– There might be a major “environmental disaster” involving a power station in Lebanon and the country cannot really do much

– New studies find the health of bees are in jeopardy if feed on fungicide-dosed flowers

– The Obama administration announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks

Mixed Bag

– Folks, John Kiriakou is taking pledges at the current moment, which can be found here, to help fund his work

– “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens“; An old one, but good one

– “Global warming is totally a lie liberals tell to distract us from their commie agendas“; Quite a funny title. Should note this article is from The Guardian and is light-hearted

Break Time

Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues [Buddy Guy]


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