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International Politics

Overall

- It is not just one country, but many as elites with pockets full of money are taking democracy into their own hands and crafting their own society

- The job of the International Atomic Energy Agency of promoting nuclear power for good is in conflict with the World Health Organization’s goals of protecting the health of civilians everywhere

- Talks between Tony Blair and George W. Bush about the Iraq war will be released though it will be just the “gist” of the talks

Middle East

- A policy expert talks with The Real News on how the current U.S. plan to leave Afghanistan is lackluster as it does not bring an end to violence in the country

- An Iranian official stated uncovering the amount of corruption under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration could produce a “social shock” in society

- A quick post by journalist Rania Khalek about a comment by journalist Max Blumenthal on reporting on issues in Palestine, despite living in the U.S. where colonialism also exists

- In celebration of conquest the Six Day War in 1967, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu stated Israel will never give back east Jerusalem to the Palestinians

- Iraqi Prime Minister Noura al-Maliki states a number of “terrorists” entered the country to take down the government

Africa

- Libya seems to suffer more as conflict is arising in the country with General Hifter looking to be an equivalent to General Sisi next door

- With a turnout of only 46 percent, legitimacy in the Egyptian presidential election is being questioned

- Meanwhile, General Sisi’s campaign stated they won 92 percent of all votes cast in the election

Asia and Oceania

- In an upcoming regional summit, Japan will lead an effort to be more involved with security, which doesn’t make China happy

Europe

- The recent election in Ukraine, as former CIA employee Ray McGovern states, cannot be considered a victory for the West since there is still strife in Ukraine

- Rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down an army helicopter, which killed 12 troops; The U.S. said it was “disturbed” by this violence

- National Front, a far right party in France, gained a legitimate foothold in France. The key question to ask: Why? The failure of the major parties to act on austerity and a failing economy; Students, meanwhile, in France rallied against the party 

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- A terrible drought in Brazil led some to wonder if a blackout might occur during the World Cup with a short supply of energy at the disposal

Surveillance Planet

- Rep. Peter King (R-NY): I agree with John Kerry and think Edward Snowden is a traitor; I would say “who would ever vote this person in?” but I personally know who would vote this person in

- Emptywheel: “Snowden’s Emailed Question Addresses One Abuse Revealed by His Leaks

- With the title of the USA Freedom Act containing the word “Freedom,” does it really protect it? Not really.

- In response to Snowden’s statement that he raised concerns about the NSA programs in an email, the NSA released the only email they could find (sounds ironic) about this and dispute he ever said it. Kevin Gosztola has more.

- Juan Cole: “Not Snowden but *Keith Alexander*: Hero or Traitor (the debate we should be having)

Financial Matters

- The GDP for the first quarter for the U.S. shrank by one percent

- Economist Joseph Stiglitz argues, in a newly released paper, reforms to the tax system can provide a lasting and much-needed change in our system

- The current crisis in the economy based on recent reports show the U.S. economy is not recovering and the media and officials continue to lie about

- Journalist Michelle Chen reports on the dysfunctional welfare system in New York City that became more bureaucratic and problematic for low-income residents there

- Thomas Donahue, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, states open markets is the cure for Cuba; Like capitalism for them works

- A new bill in Illinois would allow for evictions to be “privatized” and allow banks to in charge; Anything putting them in charge is just scary

Labor’s a-Brewing

- The South African government will talk with platinum miners about pay after going on strike for four months

- A new ordinance in the Chicago City Council would end uniforms made in sweatshops for city employees

- Throughout the country, this Friday, mothers working at Wal-Mart will be on strike over their working conditions

- In Seattle, Wash., the City Council approved a changed ordinance to have a $15/hour minimum wage

Politics US

Washington USA

- Gallup: 59 percent say the new health care law had no effect on them. Meanwhile 24 percent say it had a negative effect compared to 14 percent who say it had a positive effect. Jon Walker’s take.

- The recent push for Hillary Clinton in 2016 is a push for more imperialism as found in the current Obama administration and a further move to the right

- Journalist Alex Kane reports on five outrageous things in the new defense budget promoting more warfare

- Glen Ford: “Black Caucus Members Shame Themselves, as South America Warns U.S. Not to Sanction Venezuela

- The expectation of those in the media searching and seeking a “good” conservative is a wasteful one since there are none

- An immigrant held in custody for 313 days for a minor drug charge calls for major change to the “deportation machine

- President Obama calls for more efforts to deal with the issue of concussions in sports

Anytown USA

- Part two of four of The Real News coverage of residents in Baltimore, Md. fighting against an incinerator

- A new report uncovered Google’s workforce is not very diverse as the majority of employees are white and male.

- A court ruled a victim of torture by Chicago officers in the 1980s cannot re-litigate and must settle with the $3,000 given in 1988

- Natasha Lennard: “The Right to Film Cops Is Important, but It’s No Justice

- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas does not have to disclose its drugs used for execution

We Don’t Need No Education

- For the Obama administration, their efforts to change education is one to provide as much as possible for neo-liberals

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- A review of “Fed Up,” a documentary focused on the deregulation occurring decades before that caused an increase in obesity in the U.S. The movie was featured earlier this month on Movie Night.

- 288 cases of measles were reported by the CDC in the first five months of the year, which is the most seen since 1994. The culprit could be the anti-vaccination crowd.

The Second Sex

- Tragic news out of Oklahoma as two out of the three abortion clinics will probably shut down as Governor Mary Fallin (R) signed a measure with the same restrictions found in Texas

- In India, two sisters were gang-raped, murdered and then hung from a tree

Planet Earth 

- With the polar ice caps melting, it will release methane. When that methane is fully released, we’ve reached a point where we cannot return to stable levels.

- Environmentalists decided on the tactic of liability against major energy companies for misleading the public on climate change

- What has climate change caused to civilizations in the past? Destruction, chaos, rebellion and conquering of other societies.

- In what seems like a joke now, President Obama will announce a plan to cut emissions by power plants and promote cap-and-trade

Mixed Bag

- A friend of Maya Angelou discusses her life, her wonders and her works that she left behind

- Amy Goodman: “Maya Angelou, Still She Rises

- New research may re-classify Pluto as a planet as five moons were found near it; Interesting

Break Time

- Porcelain