The Weekend Roundup for May 9-10th, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!/Feliz Dia de Madre!

International Politics

– The U.S., in spite of a Conservative victory in Britain, is a little hesitant to join with British Prime Minister David Cameron over the latter’s refusal to deal with foreign policy

– The rebels in Yemen agreed to a five-day ceasefire with the Saudi-led coalition, but pledged to respond should attacks occur

– Saudi Arabian King Salman will pass on a U.S.-organized summit with Gulf states

– Despite pledging not to use the military, the European Union will create plans to attack targets in Libya to slow migrants . Moreover, they will institute migrant quotas

Middle East

– Professor Vijay Prashad joins The Real News to explain the victories of al-Qaeda in Syria and what’s happening with Bashar al-Assad’s government

– Journalist Lia Tarachansky speaks with The Real News about the demeaning role of Ethiopian Jews in Israeli society

– Ayelet Shaked, an Israeli politician, believes Palestinians should be killed as they are “the enemy.” She is also the new Minister of Justice and even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hates her

– The Palestinian Football Authority wants FIFA to ban Israel until it recognizes Palestine as an equal


– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to talk about the Sahawari people in the Western Sahara and their livelihoods in refugee camps

– Residents who escaped from the clutches of Boko Haram now return to their livelihoods with another problem: hunger


– Some Turkish citizens and lawmakers fear Turkey will be dragged into the Syrian conflict

– Hooray! Five more years of Tories in government! I’m sure they’ll know what to do to help the working class; On second thought…

– Demonstrators against the re-election of Cameron in the United Kingdom were confronted and clashed with riot police

– Natasha Lennard: “UK election is a reminder that we need to get out of the ballot box and into the streets

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: Peace in Ukraine is moving well, although problems remain

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for Putin to pressure Ukrainian rebels to uphold the ceasefire in Ukraine

– Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army over the situation in Ukraine

– In Switzerland, a man killed four people, including three family members, in his village before committing suicide

– Macedonian authorities said they killed at least 14 Albanian “terrorists” in a raid, although there’s some doubt with the official word

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Just imagine a victory in Alberta with the New Democracy Party reciprocated across Canada. Now that’s something to fight for

– Due to a corruption scandal involving a secretary, the vice president of Guatemala announced his resignation

– We must not forget the members of the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil, where some were killed in 1996 by Brazilian police. Indeed, there are lessons to learn for today

– The Peruvian government sent troops to locations where there have been anti-mining demonstrations, they deem violent

Surveillance Planet

– Had Edward Snowden not come forward, the system we live under may have been deemed a failure; It still is though

– So desperate are pro-surveillance lawmakers that they will take the incident at Garland to defend the NSA

Financial Matters

– Some states are considering dealing with their budget deficits, which may result in austerity

– China announced it cut its interest rate to 5.1 percent to help the economy

– It’s so inspiring to see Oprah Winfrey, another capitalist who pretends to care for everyone. The reality is she is okay with upholding our structure

Labor’s a-Brewing

– If the minimum wage went up to $12 per hour, then one in four working mothers would receive a raise

– Teachers in Oakland are ready to go on strike if they don’t get the contract they deserve

– If any nail salon think it is fair to abuse workers to make ends meet for themselves, then that’s utterly disgusting and they shouldn’t be in business

A vital history lesson for anyone interested in understanding labor during the 1960s and 1970s in New York City, especially around the time of the bankruptcy crisis

Politics US
Washington USA

A new poll found only one in 10 Americans believe the Supreme Court can rule fairly on a case involving the Affordable Care Act

– Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ): China under President Xi Jinping does not engage with the U.S. as it did before; Keep in mind Salmon is on the House’s committee on foreign relations

– Jesselyn Radack: “The shocking court case that proves the government’s shameful Petraeus hypocrisy

Resistance is growing against efforts at the Department of Agriculture where scientists studying the deaths of bees and use of pesticides are harassed by higher-ups

– President Barack Obama: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is wrong when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– Who wants to remind presidential candidates about war? Military contractors of course!

Anytown USA

– Neil Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, speaks with The Real News to discuss necessary changes to the police department in Baltimore, including removing the non-serious officers

Stop and frisk is not a new concept as it origins begin in the 1950s and 1960s where police departments adopted similar tactics to use in urban communities against people of color

– Hundreds of demonstrators marched in New York City to demand tougher gun control

– Rania Khalek: “PolitiFact denies Israeli ties to Baltimore police despite evidence“; Hooray! Journalism!

– Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R): President Obama is dividing us when talking about race; Ha!

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Turns out the Food and Drug Administration never knew there was an outbreak of listeria at a Blue Bell factory

– Colombia will no longer use glyphosate, a herbicide, to prevent the growth of coca crops

– Did you know talcum powder may increase the likelihood of ovarian cancer? Companies behind the powder sure don’t want you to know

The Second Sex

– Yikes, this personal story of a poor single mother jailed for leaving her children in the back of the car while going for a job interview is really depressing. It is a necessary read

– Paraguay is now dealing with the question of abortion after a 10-year-old girl was denied one

Planet Earth

– French President Francois Hollande called for a fund made by the United Nations to help Caribbean nations with the woes of climate change; Or, or, now hear me out, stop with the status quo!

– Australia will lose billions in terms of productivity as a result of global warming, based on a new study

– As a result of an explosion at the Indian Point nuclear reactor in New York, oil leaked into the Hudson River

– Belize wants to allow offshore drilling, which would greatly affect the marine life and ecosystem. Indeed, the Great Blue Hole would definitely be affeted

Don’t forget the whales in the Gulf of Mexico should offshore drilling come true!

Mixed Bag

– It is a major problem to see capital still dominating the music scene through draconian policies

A new study found one in four gay men were discriminated against when playing sports

– How about we not protest over cops killed? Because that’s dumb

– We would need 136 billion sheets of paper to print out everything on the Internet

Break Time

Amor De Madre [Victor Manuelle]

The Roundup for May 8th, 2015

Folks, bear with us in terms of these changes. I’m sure it’s new and, in some cases, still tedious at times. However, if we are to make changes going forward, then this is the best to ensure our efforts can still be strong.

International Politics


– Inspectors of chemical weapons said they found traces of sarin gas at a site of the Syrian government

– The revolving door goes international as a former U.S. intelligence official will now lobby for Turkey

– The Libyan ambassador to the United Nations declined a plan on the refugee crisis by the European Union and criticized the EU for not talking with the Libyan government

Middle East

– Sonali Kolhatkar, a journalist, speaks to The Real News on what is happening in Afghanistan with the Taliban

– As Bilal Ahmed, a writer, explains to The Real News, Saudi Arabia failed to accomplish its major goals in Yemen

– Starting May 12, a humanitarian ceasefire will begin in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition pledged not to fire any air strikes

– How would one describe the new coalition government in Israel? Even more right-wing than before

– For youths living in the Gaza Strip, it is difficult to get their message across without it being co-opted

Asia and Oceania

– The Pentagon fears China’s ambitions in the South China Sea are related to the military


– Gallup: Sixty-seven percent of Burundi citizens say the country is a good place for immigrants, down from 77 percent last year


– The United Nations is worried about xenophobic demonstrations in Hungary, especially for refugees escaping their war-torn regions

– Professor John Weeks joins The Real News to discuss the victory of the Conservatives in the United Kingdom and what it means for the British

– Fear works, just ask those who are living in Britain after the elections there

– At least Nigel Farage will resign as the head of the UK Independence Party

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: For us, there is a “happy ending” to our woes; Like Tears for Fears once wrote, everybody loves a happy ending. Question is whether it will truly happen

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Despite evidence showing authorities in Mexico involved with violence, the U.S. is sending aid with their eyes covered (more…)