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The Roundup for March 20th, 2014

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It’s been 11 years since the launch of the Iraq War. Still insane to see the images of a torn country.

International Politics


Pew: French citizens have a mostly negative view of Putin at 88 percent, while Americans negatively view him at 56 percent

– Juan Cole: “On Iranian New Year, Russia Hints It May Swing Support to Tehran Over Crimea Sanctions

– President Obama assured the search for the missing airliner is still “top priority” and will offer all available resources

– Jack Matlock, a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, states the reason why Russia is reacting like this is because of all the years of U.S. aggression

– President Obamaextended sanctions to key allies of Putin, who can be found here; The Pentagon, meanwhile, will help Ukraine with any non-lethal supplies

– A new report found the best place in the U.S. for international criminal organization is California

Middle East

Part two of two with journalist David Sheen on the difficulties African refugees experience in Israel and how their human rights are being cast away

– Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel: “Open Letter From Gaza to Neil Young

– Here’s another article on the 11th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War that discusses the “bloody rise” of the ISIS in Iraq

– In Kabul, Afghanistan, four teenagers entered a hotel and opened fire, only to have Afghan special forces kill them. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack

Asia and Oceania

– There might be possible debris from MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, but the problem is that it’s still difficult to find and the poor weather isn’t helping


– The Ivory Coast handed over a youth leader to the International Criminal Court charged with crimes against humanity


– For any interested reader, here is the full text by Vladimir Putin on March 18 after signing a treaty to annex Crimea; Meanwhile, Russia said it has no military moves against Ukraine planned

– Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: I will “wipe out” Twitter; This is in response to allegations of corruption mentioned on Twitter against Erdogan. Kit O’Connell has more.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

The situation in Canada with the Harper administration is troubling as it’s an embrace of neoliberalism by the government and an embrace of destruction

– Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said he is interested in accepting some former terror suspects from Guantanamo

– In Venezuela, a mayor was arrested after it was alleged he was going to incite “civil rebellion

– Human Rights Watch criticizes far-right paramilitaries and ex-paramilitaries for making people in Colombia “disappear” in “chop-up houses

– During a terrible drought in Haiti, the UN is distributing food to those affected, especially the poorest

Surveillance Planet

– It seems Google is admitting it scanned the emails of children to ensure advertisers were able to get children’s attention

– The deputy director of the NSA said the agency may release transparency reports in the future

– The co-founder of Google, Larry Page, said it’s impossible to have a functioning democracy and NSA spying

– Good news as Googleannounced it will encrypt all of its emails being sent and received

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Out of the major U.S. metro areas, Houston leads with the most jobs created, while San Diego is ranked at the bottom

– Banks in the West have been lending billions to the Russians, which makes this power struggle more interesting

– A new report found the student debt in the U.S. has exceeded, get ready for this one, $1 trillion

– Dean Baker: “Why an Aging Population Won’t Make America Poor

– Brazil said it will be investigating corruption and price-fixing allegations by major companies

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In Paris, France, workers have occupied (AP’s choice of words) the Opera Garnier because of labor rule changes

– A new study found only 11 percent of long-term unemployed in the U.S. were able to find a full-time job

Politics US

Washington USA

– Hillary Clinton at American Jewish Congress: Let’s be honest, there’s a military option on the table against Iran; Well then it seems Clinton is trying to distance herself from Obama

– Pew: 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the ACA, however 30 percent of those who disapprove of it say they want it to work

– Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) states in a letter to Eric Holden: What the CIA did was a “transparent attempt to intimidate”  the Senate

– Here’s something insane regarding the ACA, in Republican-controlled states, you could be too poor to qualify for subsidies

Anytown USA

– Chelsea Manning is petitioning a court in Kansas to recognize her legally changed name

– Very interesting article discussing, from the viewpoint of a former officer in the drug war, the problems that can erupt as a result of this “War on Drugs.”

Awesome to hear how “Moral Mondays” is now spreading from North Carolina to Georgia!

We Don’t Need No Education

– Qunnipiac: 54 percent of New Yorkers support the no-tax plan for free Pre-K by Governor Cuomo compared to 36 percent who favor de Blasio’s tax-the-rich idea; Get ready for free Pre-K to fail as New York history shows!

– Some universities have turned to tuition breaks in order to reduce the financial burden placed on the back of their students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The dairy industry has quite a history in spreading misinformation to encourage increased consumption of milk for profits

– According to new research conducted on anesthesia side effects on the brain, like hallucinations, may occur even years after

The Second Sex

– Sure women might work less than men, but they have less free time than men do as this graph shows

A new study found that education and finance are linked more with women than with men in terms of heart disease

– President Obama tells a crowd in Florida he wants equal pay for women and has a “personal stake” as he has two daughters

– It’s horrible to see, due to the culture of machismo in Latin America, a rape victim being charged for fighting back in self-defense

– With women in Jordan now leaving the household, it seems they are faced with more sexual harassment every day

– In India, four men have been convicted of the gang-rape of a photographer last year in Mumbai

Planet Earth

– Gallup: 50 percent of Americans prefer to protect the environment even if economic growth is sacrificed compared to 41 percent who believe prefer opposite

– Despite BP being reinstated as a company with legitimate claims to get oil contracts, the problems caused by the Deepwater Horizon spill still persist in the Gulf region; Meanwhile, the effects of Exxon Valdez are still being felt in Alaska even after 25 years

– An investigation by The Real News on how residents in West Virginia still are not drinking the tap water

– The Louisville Gas & Electric Company has been dumping a “steady stream” of coal ash into the Ohio river

– Exxon agreed to soon release a report highlighting the financial consequences climate change holds for its assets

– Amy Goodman: “U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

– Meanwhile, the Japanese government is trying to control information that comes out on Fukushima

– A new report found billions of animals in our sea are collateral damage for our fisheries

– A new report submitted to the U.N. was radical in its demand for democratic control of food production and shifting away from industrial control

Mixed Bag

– “Fred Phelps, Man Who Forever Stopped March Of Gay Rights, Dead At 84

– Okay, this is very funny. “Mischievous Koch Brothers Trick Beautiful Woman Into Thinking There’s Only One Of Them

– To boost sales, Starbucks will offer alcohol and wine services to thousands of its stores in thefuture

– Scientists have found pythons in Florida seem to have an internal GPS device (not a literal one) that helps them get back to places where they felt they got more food

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