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International Politics


– Germany demands answers from the U.S. after arresting a one of theri own for spying for the U.S.

– Glen Ford talks on The Real News how U.S. foreign policy will be viewed with suspicion after recent gains by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant; You can read more on Ford’s view here

– Journalist Gareth Porter explains the latest U.S. demand for Iran to cut its centrifuges is just to get a diplomatic edge

Middle East

-Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, spoke publicly on fighting against the West and called for al-Qaeda to join them

– After the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir by Israeli extremists, violence against Palestinians grows; More on this issue found here and those behind the death were arrested by Israeli authorities

– Despite denouncing the killers of Abu Khdeir, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states murderers have their names honored in city squares in Palestine; Not helping

– New video shows Israeli police beating a Palestinian-American teenager, reveals how the police there use the state monopoly on violence against Palestinians; The teenager’s reaction to the beating can be found here

– Haretz‘ Gideon Levy writes on how, after what is happening in Israel and Palestine now, Israel “does not want peace


– Egyptian President al-Sisi states he wished the trial against three Al-Jazeera journalists never happened because of the negative press; YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT NOT A BYSTANDER, hello!?

– Meanwhile, President al-Sisi defended the increase in gas prices despite protests by taxi drivers and responded to their outrage with tear gas by police

Asia and Oceania

– Now the Thailand military is going after Myanmar migrants despite repeatedly denying reports they are

– After easing their pacifist constitution, Japan is ready to export their first weapons


– A German official stated the public health system in Greece was “scandalous and frightening

– Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated how glad he was when Slavyansk was retaken from the separatists. Plus, the army took a few more cities as the pro-Russian separatist assert they will resist

– Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows to be an active president if re-elected; With or without corruption?

Surveillance Planet

– New documents from Edward Snowden found both the NSA spied on ordinary Internet users and on Americans if they spoke another language

– The TSA announced it would now search through cell phones to make sure they’re not an explosive when passengers enter the U.S.; That is inane

Financial Matters

– Andrew Leonard observes as a result of companies promoting their free-market agenda and the potential loss of net neutrality, the Internet could face a major loss this year

– With CEOs in the U.S. continuing to make ana abundance of money, it seems as if they want to be a part of their own separate class

– All the Clinton Global Initiative does is promote a neoliberal agenda for the elite

– Google now reinstated the links that were once gone as a result of the “right to be forgotten” ruling

– New York City is home to a lot of things including “dirty money” in its real estate

– Richard Wolff: “Giant Corporations, Giant Failures

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The Summit on Working Families, which was created by the White House, will show how powerless American labor is when working with reactionaries

– The largest union in Italy announced a campaign to go against the horrific austerity pushed by the EU

Politics US

Washington USA

– Thomas Frank: “The god that sucked: How the Tea Party right just makes the 1 percent richer

– While voting does seem pointless at times, other times it can be used to bring forth important questions that need answers

– If there is anyone to give partial blame to regarding the student debt issue, it should be former President Ronald Reagan

Anytown USA

– It is tragic to see how hospice care, an industry dedicated to helping those in their dying days, became an industry dedicated to getting certain people rich

– About a year ago, there was a major hunger strike in California prisona to protest horrific conditions there. Ever since then, there have been some victories, and setbacks.

– As reactionaries in Murrieta, Calif., demonstrate against immigrants coming to live in the U.S. to escape violence, what they are escaping from could be found in countries like El Salvador

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Even foods labeled “organic” run the risk of containing an unwanted amount of heavy metals

– A new study found children of same-sex couples were healthy and sometimes “healthier and happier” than other children

The Second Sex

– With the Supreme Court giving a win to the religious reactionaries at Wheaton College on contraception, it certainly makes things worse for women

Planet Earth

– If nothing is done about overfishing and climate change, oceans worldwide face irreversible damage

– New research found that the only way to reduce the impact of global warming is to reduce carbon emissions

– The U.S. government is siding with mining companies as environmentalists seek to increase regulations on mines to reduce pollution

– New reports found that both the U.S. and the U.K. military are preparing for the effects of devastating global warming

– Detroit activist Justin Wedes explains the value of human rights in Detroit, Mich., and why the latest water shutoffs in the city are wrong 

Mixed Bag

– A new study found individuals who place LGBT-related work on their resumes were less likely to get a job

– The U.S. military is interested in creating “Iron Man“-like suits for their soldiers for battle

Break Time

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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.