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It’s Brazil today! A laid back jam. Although, that’s it in terms of international songs for this week. Tune in March for another international week of music to incorporate more non-Western tunes.

International Politics


An interview with anthropologist Scott Atran who explains the profile of a terrorist and where they come from

– Jeremy Scahill: “AQAP develops its own version of Reddit’s AMA and Twitter’s blue checkmark verification

Middle East

– The Pentagon said the Islamic State lost only one percent of their territory but believes the group will lose more

– Seven people, including two journalists, were killed in Iraq by ISIL

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi believes the military can retake the city of Mosul from ISIS

– The United Arab Emirates donated planes to be used against ISIS; Interesting

– Five Lebanese soldiers were killed as a result of fighting with gunmen alongside the Syrian border

– Forty-two people in Syria were killed by government airstrikes in a village under rebel control

– King Salman, still fresh in his new role as leader of Saudi Arabia, reassured that everything was going to be fine

Asia and Oceania

– Three executives of TEPCO will not be prosecuted by officials in Japan over the incident at Fukushima

– Japan promised to do as much as it could to rescue two hostages under ISIS control


– Gallup: Eighteen percent of Greeks approve of the leadership of the country and 75 percent say economic conditions are getting worse

– Lawyer Dimitri Lascaris joins The Real News to talk about the Greek elections and the power SYRIZA holds at the current moment

Surveillance Planet

– As a result of a new state law, a school in Illinois informed parents they need passwords of students using social media.

Financial Matters

– David Sirota: “Why the Toxic Myths Rich People Believe About the Poor Are So Dangerous

– T-Mobile will offer the latest phones and tablets to customers with a bad credit score

– Officials from the World Bank were present in Haiti to create a law dealing with mining in the country. You’re right, that isn’t good.

– Egypt will gain some Iraqi oil shares and, in return, Iraq’s debt to the country will be dropped

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Economist Jeannette Wicks-Lim talks to The Real News about how employers may increase wages as unemployment drops

– While workers in Cambodia experienced some gains from the government, they are still facing resistance by the government in terms of organizing

Politics US

Washington USA

– Glen Ford joins The Real News to talk about the charade of the Justice Department over its investigation of Darren Wilson

– Glenn Greenwald: “Compare and Contrast: Obama’s Reaction to the Deaths of King Abdullah and Hugo Chávez

Anytown USA

– Roqayah Chamseddine: “Black Power Matters“; Awesome read

– Larry Hogan, the Republican governor recently elected in Maryland, is now shedding his moderate persona for a full-on right-winger 

– Rania Khalek: “‘American Sniper’ spawns death threats against Arabs and Muslims

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The World Health Organization warns the world must prepare for drug-resistant superbugs as those can spread across borders

A new report found the life expectancy of Israelis is longer than Palestinians

Planet Earth

– There still are things President Barack Obama can do in terms of climate change even if Republicans are in control

– For Germany to truly be a nation promoting efficiency and respecting the environment, it must end its use of coal

– When it comes to the divestment campaign, there should be emphasis on the political victories that can be made after divestment

– The environmental minister in Brazil warned citizens in the country to reduce water use due to a devastating drought

– Meanwhile, Rio de Janiero will not be able to remove sewage from a site to be used by the Olympics next year

Mixed Bag

Man With Serious Mental Illness Committed To City Bus; Tragic, yet true by The Onion

– How about some positive news folks? Here are free e-books on all things Palestine. You name it, it has it.

Break Time

Hino Vira-Lata [Emicida]

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.