How are you folks on this day? How was your weekend?
- I rarely place titles anymore, but I feel this speaks for itself: “Obama’s ‘Catastrophic Defeat’ in Ukraine“; I had much suspicious on a setback by Kiev forces after they bragged how close they were to winning in the east
- Despite praising the U.S. on certain issues, a UN report criticized the U.S. for policies involving surveillance and racism for instance
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated new sanctions by the U.S. were an “invasion,” although he did say negotiations with the West was still on the table
- Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah claimed Europe and the U.S. were at risk of a terrorist attack if there is not a strong response to Islamic State forces; Is this a bluff?
- It would take 20 years to rebuild Gaza after the shelling by Israel, from a depressing new report stated
- The calls from the Syrian government to work with Western states against IS is one for leftists to distrust the existing regime
- Looks like Israel will be making more settlements in the West Bank
- An official of Hezbollah warned IS would strike against Lebanon next
- Iraqi troops took over another town from IS forces as they continue their campaign against the organization
- Israel cut some of its government spending in response to the $2.52 billion it spent for the bombings in Gaza
Asia and Oceania
- Australia announced it would provide supplies and weapons to the Iraqi government to fight IS
- Protests in Pakistan were broken up by police with three people dead and more than 400 injured
- Islamist militants took over a compound of the abandoned U.S. embassy in Libya; It should be noted Libya Dawn, a militant group, took over Tripoli, which means the country will experience more instability
- The reactionary Hollande government in France dismissed its moderate officials in order to continue with its austerity program
- Ahead of a meeting of NATO members in Wales next week, anti-war protesters marched against the organization
- Pew: 59 percent of Russians do not believe Russia and Ukraine are at war
- Russian President Vladimir Putin called for “statehood” for eastern Ukraine
Latin America, Caribbean and Canada
- It is definitely true there are things to learn from Cuba when it comes to issues in the U.S.
- In order to kill Kurdish rebels, Turkey relied on NSA data given by the U.S.
- Professor John Powell speaks with The Real News about the special interests in jailing blacks
- Journalist David Goldstein reports on how the victory for $15/hour was obtained in Seattle, Wash.
- California lawmakers passed a bill in order to protect temp workers from labor abuses
- Part one of four with journalist David Cay Johnson on the fallacy of the American Dream
- There’s bipartisanship in Washington with a unified call to restore
American imperialism American control stability to problems in the world
- With an upcoming midterm election, it means more political advertisements as the influx of big money continues
- In 1994, a law was passed for the Department of Justice to collect data on excessive use of force by police officers nationwide. The thing is they haven’t really done that.
- There is an article in CounterPunch featuring an interview with a community activist on the state of New Orleans, La., in contemporary times after Hurricane Katrina in 2005
- In Oakland, Calif., activists want to stop a SWAT program called Urban Shield as it relates to the militarization of the police
We Don’t Need No Education
- Unfortunately, as with the awful mainstream narrative, teachers are vilified for inane nonsense. It should noted such myths in the mainstream narrative about them are just that: myths.
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- A brilliant article by Louis Proyect on the consequences of a capitalist system when it comes to our medical system and cancer
- A new study found a reliance on social networks diminishes a one’s personal well-being
- The World Health Organization stated containing the Ebola virus in Senegal is a “top priority”
The Second Sex
- Good news as a federal judge ruled Texas laws restricting abortion were unconstitutional
- It seems likely California will be the first state to ban plastic bags for environmental reasons
- Nations should stop saying they will commit to curbing climate change as they build more fossil-fuel power plants for themselves
- The history of the Coca-Cola company is one example of a capitalist system built for profit with exploitation
- The St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player, although he could be drafted by another team
- Natasha Lennard: “The Islamic State and the Cynicism of Nazi Analogies”
- Take Me Out [Franz Ferdinand]