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The Roundup for February 4th, 2015

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Just a funny observation, after reviewing the past four months in terms of songs, there are a lot of Latin songs.

International Politics

Overall

– The current strategy of the Islamic State is to spread fear in order to be appear tough and relentlessness

– Forget Joe Schmo as U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden will be heading to Europe to talk with NATO about potentially arming Ukrainians

Middle East

– A committee of the United Nations found  ISIS guilty of crimes against civilians and torture.

– Juan Cole: “Angry Jordanian Crowds Rally over ISIL Murder of Pilot, but some blame US, King

– The U.S. may say the war in Afghanistan is over, but contractors do not see that at all.

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country does not need an atomic bomb

– Hamas will open a seaport to conduct trade with other countries, yet Israel will not be too happy with the decision and will be keeping a close eye on the matter

– The United Arab Emirates stopped launching air strikes against ISIS, which may be as a result of the death of a Jordanian pilot.

Africa

– At least 70 people were killed in a Cameroonian town by Boko Haram militants

Europe 

– There was a lot of articles on the power of Syriza in Greece, but Podemos in Spain also represents a potential party coming to power.

A new survey found a record number of anti-Semitic incidents in Great Britain

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– With the Petrobras kickback scandal continuing to unfold in Brazil, the head of Petrobras resigned

– Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, when not saying something racist, was asked to testify in the case surrounding the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “Obama still argues that we can’t have transparency or the terrorists will win

Financial Matters

– Economics professor Heiner Flassback explains to The Real News how important it is for Syriza to make a European coalition against Germany, the country pushing for austerity in other countries.

– Billionaires in Texas revealed the goal of the Koch brothers: Smaller government like in Texas

– Greece may be on the right path in stopping EU-imposed austerity, but the troika will not give up without a fight

– Oil prices may be low, but the Middle East and North Africa will invest at least $750 billion into energy

– The Trade in Services Agreement, another fun free trade deal, would privatize health care around the world

Labor’s a-Brewing

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested the minimum wage would need to rise to $13.50 per hour, although New York Governor Andrew Cuomo preferred $11.50 per hour.

– The good news keeps on comin’ as at least 20,000 flight attendances of Delta Airlines may join a union

A new study found nearly 50 percent of workers in the U.S. do not get any free time as they constantly are working

Politics US

Washington USA

– Ashton Carter, a potential candidate for Secretary of Defense, vowed to be aggressive in foreign policy and believed the Kiev government should receive U.S. arms

– The Real News investigates the role Israeli companies are playing on the U.S.-Mexico border and journalist Todd Miller helps explains their role.

– The Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler proposed guidelines regulating the Internet as a public utility

– Jason Leopold: “The FBI Used a 1951 Book to Gain Insight Into an American al Qaeda Suspect

– Democrats in the House are very unhappy with the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come testify before Congress

– U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I would overturn the Citizens United case if I wanted to

Anytown USA

– The current system does not treat those who are marginalized by society as human beings. Rather, tools of the state operate against minorities as if they needed to be checked upon.

– Remember when Brian Williams said he was in Iraq during the beginning of the U.S. invasion in 2003 and being on a helicopter brought down by RPG fire? Turns out he made it up!

– The U.S. will soon be a country where one in six people will be over the age of 65 and the nation would need to plan a way to help the elderly in our society

– Federal officials will inspect the subway system in Washington D.C. to improve safety

– Police in Ferguson will be testing out new technology designed to make bullets stun individuals rather than kill

We Don’t Need No Education

– Ever hear the chant “When they say cut back, we say fight back!”? Well, that is what the community in Baltimore is doing in response to school funding cuts.

A new report found the rich are finishing college are higher rates than the poor

Top Gun (Stories)

Part two of three with writer Charles Cobb who continues discussion of the role guns played during the Civil Rights Movement

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found lung cancer kills women in developed countries, which was said to be preventable as high rates of lung cancer were due to cigarette smoking.

A 30-year study in Greece found austerity caused a significant rise in suicides in the country

– New Jersey Governor (and person who knows as much on being a president as a rock) Chris Christie refused to sign onto a card advocating for vaccinations

The Second Sex

A new study found there are 15 million unwanted pregnancies every year as a result of a lack of birth control

– Ashton Carter, noted up above, also testified before the Senate spoke about sexual assault in the military but did not go into detail on what needed to be done.

– Previously on the Roundup, I mentioned a lawsuit by a woman who said she had to prove she was menstruating to prison officials. It turns out two other women experienced the same issue and joined the lawsuit.

Planet Earth

– A tragic part of environmentalism worldwide is how some environmentalists are murdered and nothing is done afterward

Mixed Bag

A new study found too much running is not good for the body as it exerts too much on the heart

– Mugshots of those in jail are almost always used to mock to ostracize individuals. It says a lot when they are used in that manner.

Break Time

Sak Pasé [Welfare Poets]

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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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