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The Weekend Roundup for January 31-February 1st, 2015

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As mentioned Friday, the Roundup will focus only on music by black musician(s). Enjoy!

Apparently there was some big sports game yesterday. Was it baseball? Anyone know?

International Politics

Overall

– It is so easy for the words of Islamophobes to be accepted without question on how terrorists are just following Islam. The reality is these terrorist groups originate from the consequences of imperialism.

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made another mistake by coming to talk to Congress on Iran, but it is very unlikely he will learn from his mistake.

Middle East

– On Saturday, 14 people were killed in Iraq as a result of bombings.

– Journalists in Syria are having a tough time reporting not because of the government, but of the numerous factors wanting to gain support.

– Professor Sabah Alnasseri explains to The Real News the consequences of austerity in Iraq amid problems with the Islamic State and social stability.

– An Iranian commander said Hezbollah’s response to Israel was minimal and Israel should await a “stronger response.”

– The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said another war with Lebanon would be “inevitable” along with another attack against Gaza.

– Meanwhile, in Lebanon, a bomb went off in a bus killing six and wounding at least 20 people. Extremists tied to al-Qaeda accepted responsibility

– Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former president of Iran, seeks a return to Iranian politics after launching a new website

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi warned Shi’ite militias not to attack Sunni citizens after capturing territory from ISIS

– Meanwhile, the Iraqi government may potentially arm Sunnis with armaments to fight against ISIL

– At least 1,375 people were killed in the month of January in Iraq, according to the United Nations.

– Roqayah Chamseddine: “The Hidden Normalization: The Muslim Leadership Initiative’s Zionist Trip

Asia and Oceania

– In Hong Kong, at least 8,000 demonstrators returned back to the streets for democracy

– A Japanese journalist was beheaded by ISIS, which made Japan say they would strengthen anti-terrorism efforts

Africa

One of the three journalists who was detained in Egypt was freed and deported back to his country

– Amnesty International said the Egyptian government was covering-up the deaths of protesters last week

Europe 

– An eight-year-old in France was charged for disagreeing with the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

– In just 24 hours, at least 24 people, which half were government soldiers, were killed in eastern Ukraine

– The police in the United Kingdom is requesting stun guns because they fear a rising terror threat

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Bolivia, under President Evo Morales, is struggling with paradoxes as it tries to move forward on a very thin line

– Even as Guatemala loses some military aid from the U.S. government, the country still is using its military for social control

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “The government loves the policy ‘technology for me but not for thee’

Financial Matters

– Corporations are becoming more and more victorious, in terms of financial and political success, at the expense of the rest of us.

– The 2016 fiscal budget proposed by the White House would place a tax of 14 percent on $2 trillion overseas held by U.S. companies

– Charities are refusing to accept money from Jeffrey Epstein after hearing more reports of having sex with underage girls

– Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis said any new debt deal must help Europeans

A summit was called for oil and gas companies in the United Kingdom in response to the huge drop in oil prices

– Is there a clear definition of the market in economics? Well…

– Meanwhile, if anyone followed the World Economic Forum at Davos, elites were not worried about stagnation and prefer the status quo because, apparently, it lifts people out of poverty.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Medea Benjamin joins The Real News to talk about CODEPINK’s protest in Capitol Hill on Feb. 29

– Emptywheel: “CIA’s Careful Terrorism

– New sanctions cannot be placed on Iran as it jeopardizes the talks between them and the P5+1

– Nafeez Ahmed: “Pentagon Makes No Secret of Wanting to Monitor Social Change Activism

A poll in Iowa found Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as the favorite of Republican presidential contenders followed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

– Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD) wishes to use the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

– It is worth reading how Guantanamo Diary, the book recounting events detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi remembered there, was able to be published.

Anytown USA

– We can look to Nebraska for a model to provide electricity from public grids to communities at low costs

– Violence seen in the Super Bowl can be connected to the violence in our society. In fact, it is a reflection of our society.

– Looks like the New York Police Department will not have officers carrying machine guns at protests. Rather, they will be available for them.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Some diseases will come back and others will continue to spread in the Middle East, but there still is a chance to prepare

– One tragic aspect of the Internet is some individuals who claim to be suffering from a form of cancer and then end up taking donations despite not having cancer

All the health problems of Monsanto’s Roundup starting from the letter A (which may stand for Awe because you will be in awe it still is used)

The Second Sex

– A woman from India sued Uber in a U.S. court after being raped by a driver working for the service in India

– Tipping in the restaurant industry can reinforce sexual harassment considering the low wages paid for workers

Planet Earth

– A new study found there is millions of gallons of oil on the Gulf of Mexico’s floor still from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster

– Investigative journalist Steve Horn and Food and Water Watch director Sam Schabacker explain to The Real News the latest in energy news in terms of Keystone and Enbridge, which is another worrisome pipeline

A debate on hydrofracking between a corporate shrill I mean Katie Brown, a spokesperson for the Independent Petroleum Association of America., and Emily Wurth, a water program director for Food & Water Watch.

– New research found major cities, as a result of global warming, will face more heat waves. Another report finds El Nino and La Nina, two weather phenomenons, can intensify too.

– An ice cap in the Arctic is warming at an unusually high rate to the point where scientists are unsure what is causing it.

– In southern Algeria, there were demonstrations against extraction of shale gas that took officials by surprise.

Mixed Bag

– Michelle Obama called the film “American Sniper” an accurate representation of veterans

– Meanwhile, a sniper who fought overseas provides his own interpretation of “American Sniper” who disagrees about the presentation of the film and what it neglects

– Super Bowl weekend means a lot of money for cities, according to some commentators. Actually, it does not happen.

– Here’s one ad that was not shown during the Super Bowl but the folks at Redacted Tonight were able to release it

– Bad news as a fire damaged valuable works in a major library in Moscow in what is called a cultural “Chernobyl.”

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.

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