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It’s Sunday folks. How is your week shaping up?

International Politics


– In the Middle East and Africa, there has been an increase in the use of barrel bombs 

– As a result of U.S. and EU pressure, Bulgaria announced it will not continue to work on a gas pipeline funded by a Russian oil company

– Secretary of State John Kerry: If those five released detainees return to fight in Afghanistan, then we will drone them

Middle East

At least 80 people were killed in Afghanistan as a result of flooding and thousands more became homeless

– A double bombing in Jalula, Iraq at a Kurdish party office left 19 people dead

– On Saturday, a number of bombings in Iraq left more than 50 people dead

– Residents in Mosul, Iraq state militants control half of it after storming it

– A former peace envoy for the Syrian crisis states Syria is slipping into a state controlled by warlords

– Israel’s Finance Minister calls the new settlement construction in the West Bank a waste of money


– 10 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death by an Egyptian court

– Earlier today, General Sisi was sworn in as Egypt’s new President; “Sworn in” seems too light. Probably “made himself the only candidate to get a major position” is more appropriate

Asia and Oceania

– Near the Pakistan-Iran border, two suicide attacks left at least 22 people dead; Meanwhile, militants killed at least 13 people in an attack at the Karachi airport, while 10 militants were killed

– The families of Flight MH370 wants to raise $5 million for a whistleblower to come forward to tell them what happened to the plane


– A lengthy article about the dangers of fascism re-surging in Europe, with Ukraine as an example

In his inaugural speech, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the country will not go for compromises with Russia and will stand up for what they believe is right; Furthermore, he said on Sunday he will end the bloodshed in a week

– In what should not be a surprise, Golden Dawn decided to embrace its Nazi fascinations

– A new poll conducted in Spain found 62 percent of residents think a referendum should be made to see if a monarchy should still exist in the country

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The introduction of the World Cup in Brazil revealed how democracy is deteriorating in the country with protests met with police bruality

– The Mayor of Rio de Janiero in Brazil admits the city would not be able to clean up the trash in time for the 2016 Olympics

– With the tournament starting on Thursday, metro workers in Sao Paulo decided to remain on strike

Surveillance Planet

– Jimmy Wales: For whistleblowers in the UK to come forward, something like the First Amendment should be adopted

– Google is considering adding an alert to indicate links were removed after the ruling in Europe on the right to be forgotten

Financial Matters

– Sony, a sponsor of FIFA’s World Cup, inquires how the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar; Visa and Adidas also join in questioning the decision to give it to Qatar (I’m sure these companies are looking out for the people affected)

– The World Cup in Brazil exposed the special treatment corporations get and how residents are forgotten about

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A thorough analysis of the victory achieved in Seattle, Wash., on all the major players involved; Moreover, it is a precedent to help other labor struggles

– The CEO of McDonald’s, meanwhile, now supports a minimum wage for workers

– Wall Street hedge fund managers are the epitome of showing off their money rather than wanting fame

– Temp workers are an example of how corporations can spend as little as possible and avoid any accountability

Politics US

Washington USA

– With the recent controversy over Bowe Bergdahl, David Cortright reviews the history of soldier resistance during the Vietnam War

– U.S. officials say Bowe Bergdahl was tortured while in captivity with the Taliban

Anytown USA

– Despite most Americans being unsatisfied with their cable provider, they do not feel they have an option to switch

In part one of eight, economist Rob Johnson talks about his upbringing in the 1960s in the U.S.

– With new rules in the California electoral system, it allows for establishment candidates to run without the worry of third-party candidates.

An interview with Henry A. Giroux on where the left is currently in the U.S. and what the future might bring

– Denver, Colo., experienced a 10 percent decline in overall crime rates just months after pot was legalized; Just imagine what we can do in Washington D. C. if it were legal

We Don’t Need No Education

– Thomas Frank: “Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media

– When the free market is placed in charge of our education system, it is a recipe for disaster

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report uncovered it would be cheaper to house the homeless than to let them remain on the street

Top Gun (Stories)

– Two individuals in Las Vegas, Nev., killed three people, including two police officers, and then killed themselves. They were heard saying “This is a revolution”

The Second Sex

– The significance of Somaly Mam’s lies that Nicholas Kristof pushed does affect the narrative on sexual slavery overseas, but it does not affect the discussion

Planet Earth 

– Large oil companies are set to extract all the oil they can in Mexico if it becomes open to privatization

– As the economy continues its “recovery,” carbon emission rise as well

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: I will ensure the billion people without light will get it by 2030

– It seems there are fish that could reduce the impact of global warming, although we need to stop eating them

Mixed Bag

– New Law Enforcement Robot Can Wield Excessive Force Of 5 Human Officers

Break Time

Whole Lotta Love

Brandon Jordan

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.