It’s the start of a new month! I’m curious, based on two or three months, if any readers had any comments on the Roundup to improve it or suggestions.

International Politics

Overall

- U.S. Defense secretary Chuck Hagel states China is “destabilizing” the south-east Asian region

- It is being reported a former Qatari official paid $5 million to get Qatar the 2022 World Cup

- With news reported on the Ugandan Foreign Minister—who helped pass the anti-gay law in Uganda—getting the job of the President of the General Assembly, major criticism arose

- It’s “proto-warfare” now between the U.S. and China/Russia as both sides seek to get an edge over one another

- With calls to re-run the vote in FIFA for Qatar in 2022, here are the basics to understand courtesy of the Associated Press

Middle East

- Benjamin Netanyahu says the coalition government in Palestine is set for terror

- The last American held by the Afghan Taliban was released after the U.S. government freed five detainees; Spencer Ackerman explains this shows a new “political battle” while Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said it was necessary

- Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban supreme leader, called the deal a “big victory

- Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, asserts Pope Francis’ trip to Palestine shows concern by the Vatican for Palestine

- Juan Cole: “What Does Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release tell us about Afghanistan, Pakistan & the Taliban today?

- The Iraqi government denied reports of barrel bombs used in the Anbar province

- The UN reports nearly 800 people were killed in the month of May in Iraq, which is the deadliest month so far

Africa

- In Sebha, Libya, clashes occurred between communities that led to the deaths of two people and more injured

- A bomb attack in northern Nigeria left at least 14 people dead with no one claiming responsibility

Asia and Oceania

- In a “muscular approach” to Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose a former spy with history with Pakistan as his nation security adviser

- It appears drone strikes in Pakistan by the Obama administration were pulled back with no reported strike for months

- The father of a teenager raped and hanged refuses to accept 500,000 Indian rupees from the government

Europe

- A story about how Russian fighters who participated in Ukraine went into the country to visit some relatives

- President-elect Petro Poroshenko states, in response to separatists shooting down a Ukrainian helicopter, he will punish them

- In Greece, the climate for immigrants living there is horrific as they are subjected to indefinite detention. I am not surprised by a government working side-by-side with neo-Nazis

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- The U.S. embassy in Honduras is trying to free six American detainees accused of violating gun laws

- A lengthy piece at The Guardian on an effort by a journalist to see how Brazilians are reacting to the World Cup.

- Oh hey, guess who is training police and military personnel in Brazil? Academi, an American mercenary group, or as they used to be called: Blackwater.

Surveillance Planet

- A new Edward Snowden document reveals the NSA collects millions of photos for its facial recognition database

- Emptywheel: “EFF Accuses the Government of Spoilation of Evidence

Financial Matters

- Part eight of eight with Costas Lapavitsas on the ways to counter the neoliberal agenda of the elites

- Thomas Frank interviews anthropologist David Graeber about Occupy Wall Street, “bullshit jobs” and society at large

- Security regulators in Canada are taking a page out of the U.S. book and going for no-contest settlements

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Teacher unions are now on the rise fighting against cutbacks and austerity in contemporary America

- Michelle Chen explains what local governments are doing to end sweatshop labor with their “purchasing power

- A good piece on how the rise of activity among fast food workers is allowing a resurgence of Labor in the U.S.

Politics US

Washington USA

- In California’s 33rd district—where numerous candidates are running for an empty, yet powerful seat—spying is a major issue since the district includes “Silicon Beach”

- Partisan differences arise over the latest deal to get Bowe Bergdahl back to the U.S.

Anytown USA

- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) got the ballot for the Working Family Party, which would eliminate a threat from the left in return for left positions on issues; Ah yes, the old “Let’s compromise instead of building seeds for the future” strategy; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits/The Nation talks more about this here

- Natasha Lennard: “Hashtag Movements and the Need for a Diversity of Tactics

- Now it is the time to turn back and face the oppressors engineering our destruction in our life by working together

- Ralph Nader: “The Destructive Momentum of Militaristic Ideology

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- With commercial farming taking more land away from small farmers, it jeopardizes the food security of people worldwide

The Second Sex

- A short piece about four ways there are discriminatory policies against mothers in the U.S.

- An in-depth look into the culture in India where gang-rape is a major problem.

- Some good news out of the EU elections where a party in Sweden—called the Feminist Initiative—gained a seat in European Parliament after getting more than five percent of the vote

- Despite stories of misogyny appearing daily or nearly daily, feminists “can still be hopeful”

Planet Earth 

- While some Democrats are challenging new environmental standards by the Obama administration to get elected, an official from the UN said it could move global discussions forward

- It seems the oil industry, at the current moment, will experience more costs when producing oil and less of it as well

- In Mexico, President Enrique Pena Nieto decided to privatize the oil industry and may get the chance if it passes, which will certainly result in massive accumulation by dispossession by capitalists

- Researchers found light-colored insects thrive as a result of climate change due to warmer weather

- Water: Now it’s a resource major financial institutions are buying for themselves.

- It seems global warming will cause major problems as high sea level rise threatens Florida

- Shell’s chief executive will head to Nigeria to promote the Shell company after the oil spills in Delta

Mixed Bag

- In New York City, a street was named after legendary artist Miles Davis and is called “Miles Davis Way

- Henry Giroux and Brad Evans talk about “disposable futures” and alternative to the current life style

- Today (June 1) is National Cancer Survivor Day. For those interested, there are more than 14.5 million cancer survivors.

Break Time

- Glory Box