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The Roundup for February 5th, 2015

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Good mornin’!

International Politics

Overall

– French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel went to Moscow to announce a summit featuring Russia on the events in the Ukraine

– What about NATO you might say? Well, it will be bolstered in eastern Europe.

– Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: I am worried there will be division among NATO members

Middle East

Part two of two with Prabir Purkayastha on the role monarchies in the Middle East play in the region

– Fighting between rebels and government forces in Syria left at least 70 people dead

– Interestingly, after the death of King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia, Hamas seeks to re-establish diplomacy with the Saudis

– Jordan launched air strikes against the Islamic State after the death of one of its pilots

– Rania Khalek: “Israeli man describes Muslims as Nazis at far-right rally in Frankfurt

Asia and Oceania

Quite a sight to see some Japanese civilians label the two individuals murdered by ISIS as people looking for trouble

Europe 

– Professor Nicolai Petro joins The Real News to discuss the situation in the Ukraine and how things are getting worse

– Joseph Stiglitz: “How Europe Failed Greece Over Austerity Plight

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: We will not implement more austerity and will not take any orders

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Noam Chomsky: “A Brief History of America’s Cold-Blooded, Terroristic Treatment of Cuba

– U.S. officials are hoping Cuba will allow the U.S. embassy to open in the country before April

– Now it turns out a pack of 36 condoms in Venezuela cost $755.

– An intelligence officer in Argentina is one person to testify on the death of Alberto Nisman. Thing is he’s missing.

Surveillance Planet

– Pew: Sixty-four percent of investigative journalists say they believe their government collected data on them

– Marcy Wheeler: “FBI’s ‘rich white man’ hypocrisy: How new policy will let the 1 Percent skate free

– Ever use Gnu privacy guard, an encrypted email service? The sole creator may end up broke; I say may since the article just updated with the creator getting at least $100,000.

– Glenn Greenwald: “Western Spy Agencies Secretly Rely on Hackers for Intel and Expertise

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Optimism among small business owners is still rising after a huge drop in 2008

Part two with economist Heiner Flassbeck on the importance of a solution for Greece even if it means leaving the euro

– The Central Bank of Iraq sold $300 million last year in order to stabilize the Iraqi dinar

– RadioShack announced it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and would sell its stores to a hedge fund

Labor’s a-Brewing

– At least 120 workers in Mexico were rescued by police after it was found they were being abused by South Korean bosses

Politics US

Washington USA

– Glen Ford: “Oprah and Sharpton Attack Black Lives Matter Movement

– The Real News covers dissent among lawmakers in Washington regarding the upcoming visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

– Amy Goodman: “Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

– Ray McGovern writes a letter to David Petraeus as McGovern soon heads to court to face charges of “resisting arrest” and “criminal trespass”; And yet Petraeus can continue to teach classes and make money on Wall Street

– A former al-Qaeda operative said Saudi Arabia was a key player in terrorism. The U.S. response? Do nothing but stand by Saudi Arabia of course!

Anytown USA

– After emergency managers (i.e. austerity-lovers) were installed in Detroit, they were invited by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) to work their magic in Atlantic City; What better way to show your ready for 2016 than pushing for more austerity?

Part three of three with professor Charles Cobb on the role activists should play today when it comes to violence in the black community

– It’s not gentrification, but “progressive” gentrification when it comes to neighborhoods in New York City. Interestingly, Brooklyn is the place where the least affordable housing market exists.

– A new poll found 73 percent of Americans prefer regulations on the use of drones

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– There’s no hope in the health system of Iraq so Iraqis are leaving the country for better medical systems

The Second Sex

– A state lawmaker in Utah does not believe sex with an unconscious woman classifies as rape

– Reports of women affected by female genital mutilation are under-reported as there are three times more than once thought

Planet Earth

– We should be cautious of the Obama administration’s plan to protect the Arctic as there are things not covered that should be

– Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wants to investigate the health effects of wind turbines…with $250,000.

– The reason why there are those who believe in climate change and those who don’t is because of the us v. them dynamic, according to a new study.

– Individuals who grow cannabis illegally in California are being blamed for using valuable water resources

Mixed Bag

– The CEO of Twitter admits the company cannot respond effectively against trolls

– Coca-Cola’s Twitter almost started posting the introduction to “Mein Kampf” after putting in an algorithm to repost tweets, but pulled it before it got good.

– Apparently, some American consumers are angry they are not getting Cadbury eggs from Britain because what better way to show you’re a consumer than wanting to consume something that matters very little in anyone’s life.

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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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