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International Politics


Part five of eight with Norman Finkelstein who explains why he wrote about the Holocaust industry and his experience after writing about it

– Amy Goodman: “The Other Charlies

– Evidence was found where Turkish intelligence sent weapons to al-Qaeda, which is something Turkey does not want known

Middle East

– Professor Sabah Alnasseri talks to The Real News on how government corruption ruins the chances of anti-Islamic State effort and how much potential a democratic movement in the country has

– In the Gaza Strip, it now more common for folks to marry in-laws, which often times is for financial reasons

– As a result of the constant fighting in Kobani, Syria, many impromptu hospitals are being made to treat the growing number of wounded fighters and civilians

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad does not believe talks in Moscow will lead to peace, yet will focus on starting dialogue

– A former American ambassador to Syria says the U.S. is well-aware it provides funding for groups tied to al-Qaeda, yet does not care.


– In Germany, an Eritrean immigrant was murdered and police initially believed it was not murder.

– Islamophobic attacks are rising in France after the deaths of the Charlie Hebdo staff on Jan. 7

– A German official said nuclear talks with Iran are now in a “decisive phase” and must not be stopped

– Two individuals, suspected to be militants, were killed in Belgium by authorities and believe it to be extremist attack

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– There is a strong chance Venezuela may suffer from catastrophe this year due to low oil prices

Surveillance Planet

– John Brennan, head of the CIA, made a panel to investigate the CIA’s spying on the Senate and they found (surprise, surprise) nothing bad occurred; You can’t make this stuff up

– Sam Sacks: “Boehner hails FISA for thwarting Capitol attack set up by FBI

– Documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed current security measures used by Western states are not enough to stop cyber attacks to take private information

– A panel commissioned by James Clapper, head of the NSA, found technology cannot provide any alternative for the intelligence agency

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Seven percent of Americans say unemployment or jobs is the most important issue in the U.S.

A vital interview with economist Richard Wolff about the elections in Greece, the Greek crisis and capitalism in general; I must admit he is one of my favorite economists so I am effectively spreading propaganda to convert the masses.

– The Internal Revenue Service will implement rules to ensure non-profit hospitals do not sue low-income folks for not paying their bills

– The reality is for Iraq that more oil will not solve the issue of its budget deficit; The truth is low oil prices will hurt without question and there is no escape

– Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, believes high debt and unemployment will affect global growth

Politics US

Washington USA

– Marcy Wheeler: “This is how elites protect each other: Today’s worst in Beltway hypocrisy

– She also provides an update from the Jeffrey Sterling trial, which can be found here.

– Gallup: Forty-three percent of Americans believe the GOP should influence the direction of the country, while 40 percent say the Obama administration should.

– Wall Street is closely looking at the House for a bill to help them out and it seems likely with the new Congress

– Pew: Seventy-seven percent rate terrorism as the most important issue in the country followed by 75 percent who say the economy

– A new poll found 62 percent of Americans side with President Barack Obama’s immigration plan

– The White House told Congress no bill is needed on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission already has the authority to rule on it

– Attorney General Eric Holder believes it was wrong for the government not to collect information on killings by police officers; YOU HAD SIX YEARS TO ADDRESS THIS! SIX!

Anytown USA

– Defense attorney Jeremy Bivens talks to The Real News on how grand juries can immediately jail cops for killing animals, but not against people

– The New York Police Department was told in 1993 chokeholds were illegal. They’ve ignored the rule ever since.

– The outburst by the NYPD and some national calls for attacks against police officers to be deemed “hate crimes” merits insight on how ineffective state laws are upheld by ineffective forces.

– Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, by the way, is not worried about loss of ticket revenue

– Quinnipiac: Sixty-nine percent of New York City residents do not agree with officers who turned their backs to de Blasio

– A new poll found nearly one-third of Americans believe police “routinely lie to service their own interests.”

– Applicants who are accepted to work at Rikers Island as correctional officers are usually not fit for the job as their background shows they are not qualified

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: The most engaged teachers can be found in the state of Washington, while the least engaged are found in Florida

– In Baltimore, Md., students are demonstrating against a system that makes youths go from school to prison.

– Awesome to hear free community college education is being provided in Tennessee and states in the South are looking into; Look at that, the South is progressing more than the North

The Second Sex

– Terry Richardson, who should be noted as a photographer who harasses women, was hired by Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone.

– The U.S. can provide essential foreign aid for women overseas when it comes to abortions, which is now prohibited

– Jessica Valenti: “To eliminate sexism from the kitchen, women chefs just start their own

– President Obama will provide six weeks of maternal leave for federal employees

Planet Earth

– Two new research papers found humans are consuming way more than they should and are placing the Earth at risk

– Portland, Ore., is known as a city known as a leader in environmental policy, yet a Canadian tar sands company hopes to jeopardize that with a pipeline through the city.

– A new report found costs as a result of carbon is way higher than originally thought, which means it is important to act

– Pope Francis I said climate change is happening as a result of human activities

– The city of Vancouver in Canada launched a campaign to reduce the amount of food wasted

– A new study found two more deadly chemicals found in wastewater from hydrofracking; But does it make money for us, asks Wall Street

– Sam Knight: “Environmental groups threaten to sue Feds over Yellowstone grizzly hunt

Mixed Bag

– Pew: While social media does not directly lead to stress, it does make people aware of it online

– Nominees for different Oscars were announced and it is mostly white males in the running.

Break Time

Lost in the World + Who Will Survive in America? [Kanye West featuring Bon Iver]

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.