The Roundup for May 28th, 2015

Today’s song for Break Time is thanks to good folks over at The Struggle Bus podcast. Check them out here!

International Politics

Overall

– Pew: Fifty-eight percent of Americans support drone strikes

Part two of five with author Christian Appy on mid-20th century and the role of the U.S., especially in Vietnam

– FIFA President Sepp Blatter: I will restore trust in our organization after the “shame and humiliation brought” on the sport; No, he won’t resign

– European nations might boycott the FIFA World Cup if UEFA chairperson Michel Platini is still in charge

– Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said both Russia and the U.S. are slowly coming to an agreement on what to do on Syria

– The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a watchdog group, said at least 90 percent of the world’s chemical weapons are destroyed

A new report found women are joining the Islamic State for reasons other than being “jihadi brides.” Such reasons include dissatisfaction with how the West treats Muslims

Middle East

– Economist Shir Hever joins The Real News to highlight apartheid in Israel

– Dave Zirin: “Will the FIFA Raids Scuttle the Vote to Suspend Israeli Soccer?

– Journalist Reese Erlich joins The Real News to talk about the Islamic State’s victories in Iraq and why the battle is very tough for the U.S.

– Al-Nusra, a Syrian rebel group tied to al-Qaeda, was told by al-Qaeda heads not to attack the West (more…)

The Roundup for May 27th, 2015

International Politics

Overall

– The United Nations passed a resolution condemning attacks against journalists

– Fourteen people, including nine FIFA executives, were arrested by authorities in Switzerland after an indictment by the U.S.; Dave Zirin writes more here

– Sepp Blatter: We welcome an investigation by U.S. officials into FIFA

– UEFA, the European section of soccer, said FIFA elections should be postponed 

– Talks between P5+1 and Iran may go beyond the June 30 deadline, an Iranian official said

– One French official said, if Iran refused to open its military sites, the deal should be called off

Middle East

– Islamic State militants launched suicide attacks against Iraqi forces in the Anbar province and 17 soldiers died

At least 80 people were killed in Yemen due to Saudi-led airstrikes

– A United Nations official said the rise of executions in Saudi Arabia was troubling

– Tony Blair will no longer be an envoy for peace in the Middle East; A position he relinquished after supporting the Iraq War

– At a trial of a Washington Post journalist in Iraq, a letter sent by Jason Rezaian to President Barack Obama was referred to in court (more…)

The Roundup for May 26th, 2015

Still waiting on those grades…

International Politics

Overall

– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff for Colin Powell, joins The Real News to discuss the dangers of Syria ending up like Afghanistan, essentially no stable government

– Juan Cole: “What’s Wrong With Robert Kaplan’s Nostalgia for Empire

– The U.S. admits it blocked a treaty restricting proliferation of arms to protect Israel and its nuclear arsenal

– President Barack Obama: We must view how effectively we are using our assets against the Islamic State

Middle East

– An Israeli Defense Force soldier who criticized the occupation of Palestinian will be imprisoned by Israel

– A French official warned Syria and Iraq would be divided should anti-ISIL forces fail to be supported

– Iraqi forces, meanwhile, launched a new offensive to retake land under ISIS control (more…)

The Roundup for May 25th, 2015

And so begins today.

International Politics

Overall

– For the first time, Japan joined both the U.S. and Australia in military exercises

– An Iranian official said he hoped sanctions against Iran would be lifted by the end of the year

– A United Nations official warned more aid was needed to help those in Nepal

Middle East

– How many houses have been built in the Gaza Strip since the Israeli bombings last summer? Zero

– An Iranian general criticized U.S. presence in Iraq by saying the U.S. had “no will to fight” the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, Vice President Joseph Biden called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to reassure him the U.S. has his back; Don’t you think it’s a little strange Obama didn’t do it? Iraqis are not really happy with the U.S. at all

Asia and Oceania

– For Muslims living in Myanmar, they are being arrested for a joining a non-existent group (more…)

The Weekend Roundup for May 23-24th, 2015

Starting my first week of summer. This will be some exciting three months.

Rest in peace John Nash

International Politics

Overall

– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: We need to deal with the causes of the migrant causes first

– After Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter criticized Iraqi troops as having “no will to fight,” an Iraqi lawmaker responded that such accusation was “unrealistic and baseless

Middle East

– Syrian rebels say they are learning tactics from soldiers in Hamas in their fight against the Syrian government

– After the capture of Palmyra in Syria, Islamic State militants killed at least 400 people

– King Salman of Saudi Arabia said those behind the suicide attack that killed 21 people would pay

– An Iranian general asked for more funds for the army to counter the ISIS threat

– Syrian organizations accused the government of using chlorine bombs against civilians (more…)

The Roundup for May 22nd, 2015

We end our week in Japan and I end my week as a student for now.

International Politics

Overall

– Rania Khalek: “Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome gift to Israel’s racist government

– President Barack Obama: Israel should know “the people of America” will protect them

– A report from the Pentagon found Western officials viewed the Islamic State as a group to counter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

– Saudi Arabia expressed interest in heading the Human Rights Council of the United Nations

– Who wants the Internal Revenue Service to punish American “eco-terrorists”? Japan

Middle East

– One issue facing Syrians, especially very young Syrians, is the problem of the statelessness

– Unsure about who is who in the new Israeli government? Not to worry with this run down of each particular one you should keep your eye on

– For example, the Israeli deputy foreign minister said the land of Israel is for Israelis only

– U.S. officials say Iran sent soldiers to take a major oil refinery in Iraq from ISIS forces (more…)

The Roundup for May 21st, 2015

We make our next stop to Senegal. All done with finals. Now I can fully focus on the site while tying up some loose ends. The bourgeoisie lost. Their finals didn’t stop me.

International Politics

Overall

Part three of three with scholar Norman Finkelstein who explains, despite a falling out between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, why the U.S. is committed to defending Israel

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to provide updates with Julian Assange’s case

– Ali Abunimah: “France launches new UN effort to undermine Palestinian rights

– President Obama: We are not losing the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq; Also, Obama said he is personally invested in a deal with Iran

– In addition, Obama said Tunisia was a non-NATO ally of the U.S. and, as a result, will receive $500 million loan

– Glenn Greenwald: “In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking ‘National Security‘”

Middle East

– For folks living in Baghdad, even a walk down the street can mean life or death

– In Israel, authorities locked a community behind a steel gate because they live in the West Bank (more…)

The Roundup for May 20th, 2015

Onward to Iceland and onward to the last final.

International Politics

Overall

– Michelle Chen: “EU Officials Are Considering Bombing Libyan Smuggling Boats. That’s the Last Thing Refugees Need“; Damn right

– French authorities say their forces killed two major leaders of al-Qaeda in Mali

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will be going to Russia to get more arms to fight the Islamic State

Middle East

Part two of three with Norman Finkelstein who explains the issue of missiles used between Israel and Hamas; Very important analysis I might add

– On second thought, Israel won’t ban Palestinians from boarding buses

– There’s a building built by the U.S. in Afghanistan that’s never been used. A shame since it cost taxpayers $25 million

– The leader of the Houthis in Yemen said the organization supports peace talks sponsored by the United Nations

– If you’re an Iraqi, the best way to make your government is to use social media

– The police chief of Anbar was dismissed by an Iraqi official after the fall of Ramadi (more…)

The Roundup for May 19th, 2015

We move on to Venezuela. Three finals down, two to go!

Happy Birthday to Malcolm X! He would have been 90 if he was alive.

International Politics

Overall

– The United Nations warned at least 2,000 refugees were trapped at sea for weeks off the coast of Myanmar

– At least 170 Islamic State fighters in Syria died as a result of U.S.-led airstrikes

– The United Nations will use “realistic options” to get Israel to speak with Palestinian leaders

Middle East

Part one of two with scholar Norman Finkelstein about Israel’s abilities to use violence in its history

– Syrian rebels captured the Syrian government’s largest military base

– After the expiration of the truce with Yemeni rebels, a large number of airstrikes hit Sana’a

Africa

– Jeremy Scahill: “How Somalia’s Al Shabaab Turned Against Its Own Foreign Fighters

– At least 22 militants tied to ISIS were killed by Algerian forces in Algeria (more…)

The Roundup for May 18th, 2015

Today we move on to Spain!

International Politics

Overall

– Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States will accept refugees stranded off the coast of Thailand

– Gareth Porter: “The Misfire in Hersh’s Big Bin Laden Story

– The Vatican said the “angel of peace” comment on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was words of encouragement for peace with Israel

– The U.S. threatened to impose more sanctions against North Korea as they are “not even close” to reducing its nuclear weapons (more…)