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The Roundup for February 28th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you this day?

International Politics


– This may be hard to believe, but there are seven people who “hold the keys” to the security on the internet. This article discusses them and what their doing in an environment similar to “The Office”

– The U.S., as this article argues, is a notorious cherry-picker when discussing human rights. Some countries are, some aren’t.

Middle East

– Gareth Porter discusses on how U.S.-Iranian relations have been peaceful, making the Saudis and Israeli irate 

Asia and Oceania

The decision among some elite in Japan to move toward militarism is troubling and worrying as it provides a distraction

– A tragic bus crash in Thailand has left 15 people killed (13 of which include children) and 30 people injured


– A great article discussing the lesser-known history of the country of Kenya, a bloody history at that

– As a result of the anti-gay law passed in Uganda, the World Bank has decided to take back its loan


– Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych: “I am the legitimate president of Ukraine

– President Obama, meanwhile, has warned Russia not to meddle in the Ukraine or “costs” will happen

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Gallup: 53 percent of Venezuelans stated, last year, the political situation was not stable at all.

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “Venezuela’s Deep Political Education Means Venezuelans Will Withstand Right-Wing Protests

– It seems El Chapo’s arrest will be the end of his tenure in the cartel, but not the end of the cartel itself 

Surveillance Planet

– More discussion on the case in New Jersey on how the NYPD was spying on Muslims where a judge dismissed it. All it’s doing is allowing the police to spy without any regard for the law

– Three U.S. Senators have promised to investigate on recent evidence of the NSA colluding to get webcam data

– Germany doesn’t expect a “no-spy” agreement between them and the U.S. will be happening anytime soon 

– Emptywheel: “2008?s New and Improved EO 12333: Sharing SIGINT

Financial Matters

– Gallup: The top concern small-businesses have is attracting more customers, followed by the economy, regulation, health care and retaining employees

– Argentina has to devalue its currency due to tapering of quantitative easing by the Fed, showing how volatile our current capitalist market system it

– Who is your average Bitcoin user? According to this report, it’s a 32.1 year-old (the decimal is an average) “libertarian” white male. Meanwhile, Mt.Gox has decided to file for bankruptcy protection

– How do the elites throughout the world, propelled to the position due to full-on neoliberal globalization, implement their austerity policies? This article shows how new imperialism tactics are used

– State banks are associated with so many great benefits to help the economy, but a fundamental question to be asked is why it hasn’t been used?

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Great news out of this article on giving the spotlight on labor activism in the South with one instance of Nissan workers in Mississippi attempting to unionize 

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Biggest threat to the U.S. was listed as international terrorism, followed by (U.S. and Israeli myth pushed as factual propaganda) nuclear weapons of Iran.

– Pew Research has a great comedy piece (the best part is how they don’t even realize it) on how Democrats may be becoming more liberal over the past few years. This article, on the contrary, argues on whether the left in this country have “surrendered

– In what sure is a fair and constitutional right topped with sprinkles ruling, the Supreme Court said it’s okay for police to enter a home of two or more people without a warrant if one person at least give consent. It doesn’t matter if everyone else says no.

– In a flood of documents released on the Clinton years, one memo from a senior staffer said Hillary Clinton needed to “be real” when out in public

– Organizing for America, a pro-Obama group, fired one of its fundraisers after corruption was found for access to top White House officials in exchange for money

– President Obama is attempting to frame the narrative for the 2014 elections with a populist tone 

Anytown USA

– Idaho has decided to pass “ag-gag” legislation that was backed the factory farm industry 

– A woman was rejected for citizenship in the U.S. because she objected to war on moral grounds

– A new survey has found that even the most religious people have absolutely no problem with gay people

– SeaWorld is crying a river because of an OSHA investigator’s “misconduct” when she was with the people of the critical documentary of Blackfish. Boohoo SeaWorld, learn to accept there’s no such thing as objectivity.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Pew: In the Millennial generation, a B.A. is paying more than for previous generation. Moreover, other degrees are paying much higher

– Noam Chomsky: “On Academic Labor

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: The flu rate is the highest in Nevada with 2.9 adults saying they would get it on any given day. The cold rate is highest in Montana with 8.2 percent saying it on any given day

– Officers in Texas played a utterly disgusting game of stealing signs from the homelessness. What for, you may ask? For fun. Seriously.

The Second Sex

– A proposed law in Iowa would allow women there to sue doctors for having “abortion regret

– The “Men’s Right Movement” (a group of sociopaths) is just a fraud group that is inherently sexist

Planet Earth

– Both David Lochbaum and Susan Stranahan discuss how weak nuclear regulations is with regards to Fukushima and how ineffective practices here could spell disaster

– 4,000 years ago, climate change stopped the monsoons in India, which later led to civilization there to crumble

– California, as they experience a terrible drought, after now facing a power Pacific storm with mud and debris

– The U.S. is defending the salmon fishery in Alaska against from the gold and silver mine industry

Mixed Bag

– Even if our minds can’t always process rational behavior, there are ways to ensure we can change our personality

– The emphasis within the rap community (specifically the one pushed by major corporations to be an artificial construct) on glamorizing drugs are negatively affecting black kids

– Reddit, the increasingly irrelevant internet construct, decided to ban Glenn Greenwald’s latest piece because it wasn’t appropriate to read

– Bruce Dickinson, lead singer for Iron Maiden, will be going around the world in the longest airship in the globe—twice

– A new study released has found we’re okay with pointing out the bias in others, but we don’t acknowledge our own bias. 

– What’s in a name? With this contraption, you can find if your name is more liberal or more conservative

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Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.