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The Weekend Roundup for March 1-2nd, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing?

Turmoil in Ukraine

– Russia has control of Crimea, U.S. officials say, and John Kerry will be heading out to Kiev to show support for Ukraine

– The Federal Assembly (the parliament) in Russia has given the O.K. to Putin to use Russian troops to protect Russian interests

– Obama and Putin talked on the phone. Obama stressed consequences if Russian troops weren’t removed, while Putin pledged to help Russian civilians in Ukraine threatened by far-right forces supported by the government

– U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon:  We need calm dialogue on the situation developing in the Ukraine

– Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government is begging the U.N. Security Council for an emergency meeting to stop the “aggression” of Russia

– The recently appointed head of the navy in Ukraine pledged to protect Crimea only and a Ukrainian navy flagship defected to the Russian army

– Secretary of State John Kerry: The West is prepared to implement sanctions against Russia 

– Acting Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk states the country is on “the verge of disaster

– Ukraine is now getting ready for war with Russia

International Politics


– Just cheering a “democratic” coup in any country is typical of the imperialistic nature of the West

– The visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will test the relationship between the U.S. and Israel

– The G-7 said they will suspend their attendance at the G-8 summit in Sochi next month over the Ukrainian situation

Middle East

– The U.N. reports for the month of February 703 people died throughout Iraq. January featured 733. The figure is higher than a year before.

– Iran President Hassan Rouhani: We can’t stress enough we won’t develop WMDs because it is against our principles

– A forged letter written to a prison in Afghanistan enabled 12 prisoners to go free 

Asia and Oceania

28 people were killed and 113 were injured at a train station in China after a mass stabbing

– The Pakistani Taliban announced a ceasefire good for one month as it continues discussions with the Pakistani government. The government responds it’ll stop air strikes


– What has the “revolution” for Libya brought since 2011? If you think anything to significant help the marginalized there, then that would be a no.

– Protesters, meanwhile, stormed the General National Congress in Libya and left two MPs wounded when they were shot

74 people died after two bomb blasts and gunfire by militants in Nigeria, a nation facing brutal instability


– Here’s some more analysis on where Ukraine is currently with everything happening in the country (this is written before Russia’s decision to enter Crimea)

– Protests for and against the invasion of Russia into Ukraine occurred inside of Russia today

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A great article discussing the opposition protests in Venezuela and what’s happening there for the casual observer 

Surveillance Planet

– Henry Giroux: “The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Politics of the ‘Deep State’

– Emptywheel: “The Filings DOJ Is Withholding In Jewel/Shubert

Financial Matters

– “Awesome news our debt is falling” a casual observer in the U.S. would say. But it’s not because of an economic recovery, it’s austerity.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– After slaves were freed in India, including children, major tea firms are urged to strengthen and tighten their policies on labor 

– An article discusses the merit of “salts” – pro-union workers who join a company with the intent to unionize

Politics US

Washington USA

– Another document from the Clinton administration years found one former top staffer warning legislation like ACA wouldn’t uphold current insurance plans Americans had and would eventually force them to new ones

– Medea Benjamin discusses how AIPAC uses its political strength in Washington to fight for its interest

– Hey, here’ s a good question: “Why Won’t the FCC Appeal the Court Ruling Striking Down Net Neutrality?

Anytown USA

Part one of six with lawyer Michael Ratner on how the Vietnam War was one of the most important events in his life

More information on the radical life of the recently deceased Chokwe Lumumba

– Thomas Frank discusses how the politics found in late Harold Ramis’ “Ghostbusters” and “Caddyshack” are one for the Establishment during Reagan’s time

– For defending herself, Marissa Alexander faces up to 60 years in prison (Yes, 60 years)

– Now you can go to jail just for being poor as the for-profit probation industry is growing 

We Don’t Need No Education

– Researchers found that due to Michelle Rhee’s emphasis on standardized testing, there’s been an overdiagnosis of ADHD

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– With all of the grave evils history has faced in terms of slavery, imperialism, genocide, discrimination, we can’t help but ask “Why?” This article gives an explanation

– Chipotle Mexican Grill, a brand gaining in popularity, promotes itself as caring for the animals, but they are still brutally slaughtering them anyway

– “Hyperconsumption,” which is found in our new age capitalism, promotes a new export to the world: disease

– “Special SNAP” is a new program by the USDA seeking to expand food assistance for women and children 

The Second Sex

– The troubling report out of Uganda on how their anti-pornography law has caused an increase of violence against women there

– A group of 10 women activists in Saudi Arabia petition the Shura Council to strengthen and extend the rights of women in the country

– Dave Zirin: “After Darren Sharper, the NFL Must Address Violence Against Women

Planet Earth

– In what sure is another point made on why climate change should be stopped, extinction rates increase due to climate change

– Duke Energy, known for allowing coal ash to spill into a North Carolina river, is also a company that avoids paying taxes. How swell!

– The Obama administration has given the O.K. to companies to look for oil and natural gas reserves near the Atlantic

– 372 people were arrested at a protest in front of the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline

Mixed Bag

– This article explores (and reviews a book) on the darker side of the story of Snow White

– Watch (Cat) Ghostbusters in its entirety here

– “Disturbing Fast Food Truth Not Exactly A Game-Changer For Impoverished Single Mom Of 3

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Brandon Jordan

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