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The Roundup for March 24th, 2014

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International Politics


– A new report found that last year 435,000 people applied for asylum in the EU, the largest in history

– Robert Reich: “The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State

– The G7 decided to exclude Russia over recent action in Crimea, which isn’t troublesome for Russia

– Afghan President Hamid Karzai supports decision of Crimea to incorporate itself into Russia

– Jimmy Carter: I do not support the BDS campaign, but I do support Israel companies labeling products made in Palestine so buyers can make choices

Middle East

– Dahr Jamail explains the history behind Falluja, Iraq over the past few years, including the situation today

– UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay: The Israeli settlements against Palestinians are abusive and go against foundation of human rights

– Dan Rubenstein, the new U.S. envoy to Syria, said elections in Syria would be illegitimate due to the conflict there

– In northwestern Syrian, rebels captured a town near the Turkish border, which features support for Assad as it is an Alawite community

– The Yemeni government announced alleged al-Qaeda militants killed 22 soldiers in a skirmish

Asia and Oceania

– The Malaysian government announced Flight MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean. Families of those lost were notified through a text message

– John Pilger: “Once Again, Australia Is Stealing Its Indigenous Children


– U.S. Special Forces have been sent to Uganda, at the request of the White House, in order to find Joseph Kony

– A judge in Egypt sentenced 529 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood to death


– Gallup: 46 percent of Germans say economic conditions in their country is getting worse compared to 40 percent who say it’s getting better

24 people in Spain have been arrested by police as they were protesting in a rally against austerity in the country

– Russia is reporting that investors may just leave with their assets in the first three months of the year due to tense political climate

– Russian and Ukrainian diplomats have met for the first time to discuss the ongoing situation between the two countries

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It certainly isn’t reported when we review the “culture of fear”—or paramilitaries and their use of force—in Colombia, which is no stranger to it

– Just three more months until the World Cup begins in Brazil. Meanwhile, the country has deployed the army to control the outbreak of violence in the country

– Uruguayan President Jose Mujica announces it will be four Syrians and one Palestinian entering Uruguay from Guantanamo Bay and they will be free to travel anywhere they want

Surveillance Planet

– Russ Tice, a NSA whistleblower, discusses why he decided to go from someone supporting the national security apparatus to someone against the unconstitutional acts it committed

– Natasha Lennard discusses how the story on NSA spying on a Chinese company is not the major story and we must focus on the different issues brought by revelations, rather than combining all of them; Moreover, she features a piece on why the NSA couldn’t see Putin’s plans to go after Crimea

– China, meanwhile, is demanding the U.S. explain itself over new reports of spying on major Chinese company

– Jimmy Carter: Surveillance by the U.S. government has gone out of control since Sept. 11

– Emptywheel: “The October 30, 2009 Statement of Authorities: The EFF Document Fight Could Get Very Interesting

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Both San Jose and D.C. tie on the highest economic confidence, while Jacksonville, FL is at the bottom of the list

– It is a disaster (no exaggeration) when examining the financial status of Americans (half of them are poor) as income inequality is so wide that it is almost difficult to comprehend

– Here’s something you don’t hear every day. A lawsuit against Wells Fargo revealed a handbook. What’s this handbook about? Plans to rip off the government? Plans to take over the world? The handbook featured ways to fabricate foreclosure documents.

– Dean Baker: “The Texas-California Job Growth Derby

– “Abenomics”—an economic agenda by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe—isn’t producing the amazing numbers its supporters said it would. GDP for the last quarter grew at a weak .7 percent

– In a survey of economists (nothing special I assume), they expect the U.S. to grow this year, among other things I doubt would occur

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Dave Zirin: “The Lawsuit That Could End the ‘Indentured Servitude’ of the NCAA

Politics US

Washington USA

– One group without health insurance is at risk for losing out on Obamacare: Latinos. The administration is attempting it all to get them to sign or else they face a penalty.

– U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder states new policies will be put up in place for halfway houses for felons giving standardized treatment as a must, among other things

Anytown USA

– Chris Hedges: “Recalled to Life”; Hedges profiles a woman who has faced the dark side of American life

– Gallup: It seems whites have been consistently Republican relative to nonwhites over the past few years

– Pew: 33 percent of Americans say media is covering “too much” of Malaysian Airlines disaster, while 48 percent say it is right amount of coverage.

– A debate on The Real News on whether or not Baltimore should pass a law barring employers from discriminating against interested applicants with a criminal history

– Rick Scott and his staffers are under controversy after it was found they were engaging in racist humor. One of Scott’s staffers ended a phone call with reporters early due to the questions on it

– Troubling to hear 108 people are still missing as a result of a mudslide and there are fears the body count will rise from eight

– It’s embarassing to see coverage from CNN on this plane, but barely anything similar in terms of our economy or livelihoods

32 people were injured after a train derailed at the Chicago O’Hare airport; A union in Chicago said the operator was “extremely tired

We Don’t Need No Education

– It seems Yale University invited Henry Kissinger (oh where to begin with him) but the catch is, students were asked not to discuss it publicly

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found 29 percent of people in the LGBT community did not have sufficient funds to escape from food insecurity

– The UN is saying the cholera outbreak in Haiti is the worst in the world currently, but “progress is being made

– A new report found 59 percent of Europeans barely exercise or play sports

– In Rockland, Ill., city officials said a church violated fire safety codes after admitting homeless people to help them escape from the cold.

– In Albuquerque, N.M.,  local cops killed a homeless man with a mental illness for illegally camping, which has had a fierce backlash from rightfully outraged civilians

The Second Sex

– In a new book to be released this week, former President Jimmy Carter calls for an end to discrimination against women on every major issue

Planet Earth

– Gallup: 51 percent of Americans think President Obama is doing a good job “protecting the nation’s environment.”

– The U.S. has been overtaken by China as the country with the most petroleum or related liquids imported

170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into Galveston Bay, located in the Gulf of Mexico. I just…

– One investigator of the Exxon Valdez oil spill speaks out on how BP got away with environment destruction without a scratch on them

– Dahr Jamail: “Radiation Leak at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Storage Site Highlights Problems

– The U.S. has pledged to help Japan eliminate “sensitive nuclear material of potential use in bombs

– The Department of Energy has approved the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal to be built on the coast of Oregon

Mixed Bag

A worthy article discussing why Spain should also apologize to the Muslims kicked out and killed as the country apologized for discrimination against Jews in its history

– “College Admissions Office Finds Ideal Applicant Capable Of Subsidizing Tuition Of 3 Low-Income Students

– Here’s something. It seems our noses can distinguish one trillion different smells. Absolutely insane!

– A new Nielson poll found 80 percent of moviegoers depend on reviews when deciding what to see

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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.