Hey folks, it’s Tuesday today! Week seems to be going fast.

International Politics

Overall

- Journalist Alex Kane explains why the war-hungry folks in Washington are using the kidnapped girls in Nigeria for their personal benefit; Meanwhile, the U.S. General in Africa announces he will offer his help to find the missing girls

- After failing to resolve conflict in Syria, the UN envoy to Syria resigned

- France: We are examining 14 cases where chemical weapons were used to see who did it and how

- The International Criminal Court had a prosecutor reopen a case where British troops committed war crimes in Iraq

- Human Rights Watch found “strong evidence” in Syria on chemical weapons being used by the federal government

Middle East

- Journalist Ali Abunimah talks to The Real News about how he first got involved on the issue of Palestine during 2006-2008 in the first part of this five part interview. A reminder Ali Abunimah will be here on FDL Book Salon this Sunday, May 18.

- Juan Cole: “Israeli Squatter anti-Church Terror in Jerusalem “Poisons” Papal visit

- Iraq tells Turkey it is not “obliged” to sell oil from the Kurdish north to Iraq based on a 2010 agreement

- Ehud Olmert, a former Israel prime minister, was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of accepting bribes from real estate when he was mayor of Jerusalem

- There were car bombings across Iraq killing 34 people in Baghdadas a sign against the Shiites

Africa

- Gallup: 58 percent of African farm workers state they do not have enough funds to purchase food for them and their family

- The recent events surrounding Boko Haram have led the media to report on Nigeria. Yet, what are the contemporary problems facing the country and how do they relate to the situation? The Real News speaks with Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian activist, to talk about this and more.

- The Nigerian government refused Boko Haram’s offer to trade the girls for militants held by the government, yet said they were willing to talk

Asia and Oceania

- Pakistan announced travelers, starting from June 1, need to get a polio vaccine if they leave the country

Europe

- Rebels in eastern Ukraine ambushed Ukrainian troops in Donetsk  and killed seven soldiers

- SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras states, on his tour in Moscow, he rejects EU’s support of coup-installed government in Kiev as fascist elements exist to support the government

- Pew: 52 percent of Europeans surveyed favor the concept of the EU, which is up from 46 percent last year. Moreover, 38 percent agree integration helped the economy.

- The referendums in eastern Ukraine hold significance for the state of the country and what is next

- It seems likely Greece will have its first neo-Nazi European Parliament member; Let’s hope not

- At least 151 died and hundreds were trapped when a mine in Turkey exploded and collapsed

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- An update about the current stalemate of talks between the Columbia government and the FARC rebels

- Brazilian workers went on strike in embassies throughout the world to get better pay and conditions

Surveillance Planet

- A court in the EU ruled Google must uphold user request to delete “irrelevant” information

- Some lawmakers in Congress want legislation to stop the NSA from weakening encryption of people online

- Marcy Wheeler: “NYPD’s new spying outrage: Innocent Muslims treated worse than guilty bankers“; The NYPD defends such actions of getting informants 

Financial Matters

- Gallup: Confidence for small business owners increases in the second quarter of 2014

- When corporations, like Pfizer, decide to move overseas to avoid paying taxes, it certainly registers as criminal

- As seen in Los Angeles, Calif.,  when a city has to spend more for Wall Street in terms of fees rather than its own population, then it is an embarrassment.

Labor’s a-Brewing

- By 2018, Vermont will raise its minimum wage to $10.50, which is the highest proposal enacted so far (and not a lot)

Politics US

Washington USA

- Al Gore states people like the Koch Brothers are to blame for GOP’s climate change denial; Yes, that’s why Democrats were able to pass so much legislation on stopping it

- Military spending in the U.S. is at enormous levels that it definitely requires cuts, which will not affected military capabilities whatsoever

- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): Even though I believe in voter ID laws, the GOP is going crazy over this

Anytown USA

- Texas, at the last moment, halted the execution of Robert James Campbell following the botched execution of Clayton Lockett

We Don’t Need No Education

- A new survey found 68 percent of LGBTQ students in Japan admitted they were bullied at some point in their education

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- Two more people were found to be infected with the MERS virus in Florida.

- Genetically modified fish seems to be the future if things are left unchecked as most fishers fail in their ventures

The Second Sex

- Robert Reich: “How the Right Wing is Killing Women

- A list of rapists at Columbia University was found throughout the campus to show who are those who got away with no punishment

- There are only three countries that do not offer paid maternity leave. The U.S. is among those three countries

Planet Earth 

- Dahr Jamail: “‘Devastating’ Impacts of Climate Change Increasing

- Lee Fang: “Pro-Keystone XL Consulting Firm May Have Violated Ethics Laws

- In Ohio, where fracking is a bonanza for companies, legislators decided not to be fierce with their regulations

- The son of Joe Biden will join the board of a gas company located in the Ukraine; I’m sure nothing suspicious is happening there

Mixed Bag

- One researcher claims he found the Santa Maria ship of Christopher Columbus near Haiti

Should Obama Blow The Silver Horn The Founding Fathers Left In Case The Country Ever Needed Them?

- Russia announces it will not stay on the International Space Station starting in 2020, which would exclude the U.S. as well

Break Time

- Tortuga Dub