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The Roundup for January 26th, 2015

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Wanted to put a song by legendary Japanese band B’z, but I can only find covers. Today’s song is still good though.

International Politics


– Tony Blair: Even without the non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, I would have invaded it regardless; You heard it here folks! Let’s see what Bush and co. say about this.

– Even looking at the MQ9 Reaper, a drone, gives an idea on how much drone strikes are valued by the U.S.

– Three alleged Russian spies were arrested in New York by federal authorities

Middle East

– After refusing to serve the Israeli military due to abuses against Palestinians, 43 Israelis were dismissed by the government; For heaven’s sake, they are not “alleged” Al-Monitor.

– Due to security concerns, the U.S. embassy in Yemen will be closed until the government decides to open it up again

– Great to hear Kurdish forces were able to drive out Islamic State militants from towns in Syria

– Eight people were killed and 20 people were wounded by bombings in Iraq


– The Egyptian government arrested 516 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood over unrest occurring on Sunday


– Scholar Leo Panitch talks to The Real News about the victory of SYRIZA in the overall economic system, while attorney Dimitri Lascaris explains the issue of the lack of one seat for a majority and what parties SYRIZA can work with

– A F-16 Greek fighter jet crashed in Spain as it was undergoing a NATO exercise where 10 people, mostly foreigners, died.

– The United Nations said the attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol can be constituted as a war crime

Surveillance Planet

– The first part of a series written by journalist Nafeez Ahmed on the origins of Google through the hands of the CIA

According to documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, spy agencies collected data on mobile users through a program known as BADASS.

Financial Matters

– A new deal between Chinese and American officials will see apples from the U.S. exported to China

– The U.S. pledged to invest $4 billion in India to release the “untapped potential” of India; Definitely not because of China. No, not that. Move along.

– Loretta Napoleoni, an expert on commodity markets, explains to The Real News the significance of Saudi Arabia in its region along with its oil policy

– How will mayoral candidates in Chicago solve the issue of violence? Redistributing wealth? A job program? Basic income? Their answer: more cops!

– The Congressional Budget Office reported the budget deficit would shrink to its lowest levels under the Obama administration; Great, I think this is where the wealth trickles down. I mean, it’s bound to happen.

– Iraq and Turkey are set to strengthen ties over energy, which certainly will have consequences for Iraq’s future

– Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said the fall in oil prices would have a “catastrophic” effect on the country’s economy

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Journalist Michelle Chen reports on the protests in California by workers helping mental health patients

A new report found the 50 million youths in Arab countries will be unemployed by 2020

Politics US

Washington USA

– Journalist Glen Ford joins The Real News to talk about Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement on civil forfeiture

– Dean Baker: “Why Rand Paul Is Wrong About Social Security Disability

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is considering running for president, although he does not want to run as an independent.

– Sam Knight: “In shift, Republicans take income inequality serious or try to, at least

Almost $1 billion will be spent by the Koch brothers for the 2016 elections; At this point, I can’t think of any witty commentary

– Marcy Wheeler: “Two Minutes and Forty Seconds: The Smoky Case against Jeffrey Sterling

Anytown USA

– The son of a New York Times columnist, who was at Yale University, was stopped by police because he looked like a burglar despite, you know, being a student there; Maybe race had something to do with it…Nah, that would mean cops can be racist. We know they can never be!

– Henry A. Giroux: “Death-Dealing Politics in the Age of Extreme Violence

– We already have a SYRIZA-like standard to follow in the U.S., just look at Richmond, Calif.!

– Journalist Max Blumenthal talks to The Real News about the film “American Sniper” and what it represents

– Chris Hedges: “Killing Ragheads for Jesus

– With Albany, N.Y. facing another tale of corruption through Sheldon Silver, it is time to implement reforms to reduce corruption

– Bridges and trains will be shut down later today in New York City as a result of the snowstorm

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: In 2014, the obesity rate in the U.S. was 27.7 percent, which is up from 27.1 percent the year before.

– The number of Americans with measles now is more than 100 after beginning at Disneyland

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Sexism is making women sick

– At Yale University, officials are investigating an alleged sexual assault, the second in a week.

– Cindra Ladd came forward to say Bill Cosby drugged and raped her in 1969 when she was 21

Planet Earth

– It is now three minutes to midnight after the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists called climate change and nuclear warfare potentially dangerous for humanity.

– What is responsible for that major winter super-storm on the east coast? Could it be climate change?

Mixed Bag

– Dave Zirin: “Patriots Balls and Christopher Hitchens

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: “The furious hoarfrost bearing down upon us knows neither mercy nor reason, and all within the five boroughs will perish, cowering in their brittle dwellings.”; The Onion strikes again!

– A former Fox employee of an affiliate in Texas committed suicide in front of the News Corporation building in New York City; Really sad story.

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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.