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The Weekend Roundup for January 24-25th, 2015

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Howdy there folks! It’s the start of a brand new-oh wait, I start class Wednesday. Darn.

International Politics


– Journalist Max Blumenthal explains to The Real News why Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu is talking in front of U.S. Congress and what he represents; Phyllis Bennis also speaks about this, which can be found here.

– Netanyahu admits this is all for show for the elections, wait I mean, he said this about the negotiations with Iran. Yeah, there we go. No hidden agenda here. Move along.

– A video was released showing the death of one of the Japanese hostages captured by the Islamic State

Middle East

– Israeli officials were able to track down the Iranian commander and kill him, along with Hezbollah fighters, because the commander’s cell phone was on; So it was all intentional. Regardless of what one says, this is state terrorism and it is something familiar to Israel.

– Will the change in government in Yemen mean a change in U.S. drone strikes? No.

– Actress and director Angelina Jolie said, after the past few times visiting Iraq, she saw the worst in terms of suffering on her latest visit.

– Meanwhile, the Iraqi government restarted its program to air drop food supplies to towns under the control of the Islamic State

– Under King Abdullah’s rule, Saudi Arabia sponsored terrorism, beheaded and punished dissents and stopped uprisings. The Western media calls him, after his death, a visionary; I can’t wait until they call Nouri al-Maliki an exceptional figure!


– Lots of news about Egypt. First, the country extended a state of emergency for Sinai after the deaths of 30 soldiers.

– On the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, 12 demonstrators and one officer were killed in clashes

– Boko Haram captured an important city for the Nigeria government, which is bad news for a state losing money as a result of low oil prices


– SYRIZA wins!; That’s it. That’s all.

– Pablo Iglesias of Podemos, an up-and-coming party in Spain, spoke at a SYRIZA rally on Jan. 22. Here is what he said at that event.

Part two with Dimitri Lascaris on the reaction of the right-wing in Greece to SYRIZA and what they may do after the election

An interview with journalist Tariq Ali about the elections in Greece this week and what may happen to the European Union

– Now this is strange. Audio players playing Christian sermons, which originate from a church in Atlanta, are being used by Ukrainian soldiers.

– Some Jewish leaders in Europe are calling for new laws to stop anti-semitism along with other measures such as banning burqas; Nothing is gonna come through an oppressive state

– Russia blamed the Kiev government for the growth of violence in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine said it would “calm” violence and the U.S., along with other Western states, pledged to limit Russia’s presence.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Very important piece on the perspective of students in Mexico who continue to rally against a government refusing to investigate crimes

Surveillance Planet

– According to documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, iPhone users are being spied on by the government through discreet software

– Google gave the U.S. government all the information pertaining to Wikileaks through data like emails

Financial Matters

– North Korea will be opening more restaurants throughout the world with the first one in Scotland. No, I’m not joking.

– Thanks to the strong hand of capital, cheap and fast internet is a difficult to push for. Difficult, yet not impossible.

– Due to poor economic conditions, South Africa faced anti-immigrant demonstrations where some immigrant shops were vandalized

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Even though labor membership rates are on the decline, it still pays to be in a union

A new report found $15 per hour for workers in the fast food industry would be something firms could manage

– A lawsuit in Eugene, Oregon against a Ruby Tuesday was brought by men who say the restaurant discriminated against them by hiring women only

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sam Sacks: “Watchdog blasts over-classication of Transportation Security Administration report

– The Koch brothers won big in the last election and are sure to start receiving the benefits after spent more than $120 million

– Jason Leopold: “Guantanamo’s Detainee Library Won’t Carry a Guantanamo Detainee’s Acclaimed New Book

Anytown USA

– Threats against Muslims are on the rise after the release of American Sniper”; This is very disturbing

– A district judge ruled a ban on gay marriage in the state of Alabama was unconstitutional and, as a result, struck it down

– A lawsuit was brought against the Corrections Corporation of America, the corporation behind all those successfully-run prisons, after an inmate said she had to “prove” she had her period

– It is difficult finding jurors for the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial as officials are looking for people considering the death penalty

The Second Sex

– Even the feeling of patriarchy can exist in progressive circles and it highlights how important it is to continue the work to kick out such thinking

– Abortion restrictions pushed for by Republicans in Washington D.C. are just the latest of “economic elitism” as journalist Sam Knight writes.

– Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, explains to The Real News the consequences of abortion restrictions pushed for by the GOP

– Lamia Beard was murdered in Norfolk, Va., but she was classified in the media as a man; Awful, disgusting pseudo-journalists. Fire them all and kick them to the curb.

A new report found 52 percent of abortion clinics in the U.S. faced threats, although most were empty

Planet Earth

– There still isn’t an effective method in eliminating nuclear waste, which is a major problem

– Dahr Jamail: “Mourning Our Planet: Climate Scientists Share Their Grieving Process

– The Senate Energy Committee will hold a meeting on the issue of exporting liquefied natural gas and the witnesses lined up are pro-exports.

A new study found it is far more effective for households to reduce energy use when told it is good for the environment rather than saving money

Mixed Bag

– Another excellent piece by Louis Proyect on the role of one socialist during the 1950s and 1960s as an organizer; This was really fascinating

– Film critic Eileen Jones provides her view on the film ‘Selma” and the lessons to take away from it

– Ever hear of the “Radical Brownies,” a girl scout troop focusing on social justice? You definitely should if you haven’t.

Break Time

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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.