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The Roundup for March 7th, 2014

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Hey folks, hope your week finished up well

International Politics


– Eric Schmidt of Google remarked at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas how dictators aren’t blocking social media, they’re “infiltrating it

– Russia: These sanctions certainly will backfire and be a “boomerang” for the U.S. and EU; Meanwhile, suspected Russian spyware has been infecting U.S. and EU computers

“Substantive and useful,” that’s the phrase used to describe P5+1 and Iran international talks. Iran, however, says more is needed.

– Pentagon: There are now 20,000 Russian troops situated in Ukraine  

Middle East

– Saudi Arabia designated Muslim Brotherhood as a “terrorist” organization. ISIS and Nusra Front also were designated as such

– Benjamin Netanyahu is open to giving up some settlements for peace, but it would have to be carefully monitored; Meanwhile, the settler population has increased by 4.2 percent last year in the West Bank

– Some experts are warning the civil war in Syria may last for the next 10 years

Asia and Oceania

– Malaysian Airlines lost contact with a plane carrying 239 people, the company is sending a search-and-rescue team

– One Pakistani defense minister warned the Taliban that if they violate their ceasefire, then the country was ready to launch a military-operation


– In Egypt, clashes occurred between the Muslim Brotherhood and the police leaving three people dead and 48 wounded

Half of the natural gas and oil production in Libya is controlled by Italian giant ENI

– While trying to escape Central African Republic, three people were killed by Christian militants


– The EU is planning ways to send gas to the Ukraine if Russia cuts off their supply; Meanwhile, a stand-off occurred between pro-Russian forces and Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea that led to nothing

– At the Sochi Winter Paralympics, the Ukrainian team protested Russia’s intervention in Crimea by not showing up (except one)

– An article detailing the rise of the nationalist government in Ukraine and the controversy surrounding it; Meanwhile, this article analyzes who was in Kiev Square during the entire ordeal

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Latin America and Caribbean register more than 30 percent of the world’s murders according to a security expert at the World Bank

Surveillance Planet

– Emptywheel: “FISA Court Finally Discovers a Limit to the Word “Relevant”

Financial Matters

– The Feb. jobs report showed 175,000 jobs added and the unemployment rate increased to 6.7 percent. Dean Baker has more.

– Gallup: 54 percent of Americans worry about whether the money they have will be enough 

– Despite not being the favorite story of the media, there is still merit in discussing what’s happening in Detroit, a victim of capitalism, and what can be learned as a result

– The main reason the economy of Texas has been “booming” is due to its reverse Robin Hood policies

– The CEO of Bank of American had his executive compensation jump 77 percent for last year

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Dave Zirin: “Major League Soccer To Start Season With Scab Refs

– Alarming as waiters and waitresses have faced a quarter of a century without a wage increase

– Meanwhile, with higher minimum wage implemented, so does growth rise with that policy

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 55 percent of Americans who were uninsured are most likely getting insurance

– Day two of CPAC, Completely Pathetic And Confusing, with Rick Santorum complaining about the left’s talk on class, Rand Paul quotes Pink Floyd (unfortunately) when speaking on the future of liberty, one person calls Edward Snowden a “traitor”  (the person is the attorney for Rand Paul’s lawsuit against Obama on NSA), actual serious discussion on prison reform took place with Rick Perry and others and Mike Huckabee talks on the rapture or something utterly inane coming to America.

– For soldiers who go M.I.A. in wars and are later found killed, the military is too slow to acknowledge their death

Anytown USA

– Pew: Millennials are most likely to be “political independents” and not part of any organized religion compared to other generations; More can be found here on this lengthy report

– Rania Khalek: “Jury: Police Killing Of Unarmed Anaheim Man Justified Because Victim Dressed Like Gang Member

– Israeli-style apartheid comes to the U.S. as an Israeli company, Elbit Systems Ltd., will be in charge of putting surveillance systems on the U.S.-Mexico border

– Here’s an article about a man in California who used to be a gang member but now wants to be a governor in the state

– The man covered in the Newsweek story as Satashi Nakamoto might not have been the creator of Bitcoin after all; The LA Sheriff’s Department says the quotes in the story are accurate

We Don’t Need No Education

– Instability is easily associated with our student loan debt crisis, but the same can be said for higher education as well for allowing this

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Gallup: The top state in the U.S. with the most exercisers is Vermont, while Delaware has the lowest percentage. Vermont civilians are also the healthiest eaters, while Oklahoma is the least.

– A major cholera epidemic in Haiti, started by U.N. troops, might threaten Latin American and the Caribbean

– Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show investigates the “third world health care system” that will eventually come to the U.S. by going to Knoxville, Tenn.

– The problem of over-prescribing is prevalent in the U.S. and it’s causing significant damage

The Second Sex

– One woman at UC Berkeley was sexually assaulted and the college did nothing. She wrote a piece on her experience as well as the overall picture with sexual assault in the U.S.

– Good news as California decided to expand and provide assistance to women on reproductive health

– Tragic news as budget cuts will be leaving domestic violence victims without someone or some group to turn to

– The Senate rejected a bill that would have barred commanders in the military on sexual assault cases

– An EU ambassador remarked how Afghanistan is still one of the worst places to be a woman 

– Activists and women’s groups in Texas have been protesting the decision of closing two more abortion clinics 

Planet Earth

– A new report out said that due to climate change, malaria will be more frequent in Africa and Sounth America

– An article tackling the horrific practices fracking companies undertake to poison our environment 

Mixed Bag

– Obama Proposes $4 Trillion Piece Of Empty Rhetoric

– Stephen Colbert attempts to make an alternative song to “Happy Birthday,” copyrighted by Warner Music

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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.