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The Roundup for February 6th, 2015

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And the week is over. How was it for you?

International Politics


– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is disappointed Democrats do not want to listen to his speech

– Meanwhile, Congress will re-visit a law giving Israel better technology than its neighbors apparently due to ISIS.

– President Barack Obama: Our resources are limited and we must not “overreach” overseas

Middle East

– Very interesting article about the police force in Israel, which is struggling to keep its image in the country.

– While the Islamic State said an American hostage was killed in air strikes, the U.S. said there was no proof

– Parliament in Yemen is dissolved and a “presidential council” was set up in its place


– In Benghazi, Libya, a suicide bomber killed two people, a father and his son.


Part one of two with Becquer Seguin on how Podemos began and how it shapes their politics

– A vast majority of people living in Crimea support the decision to join Russia

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Inspiring news out of Peru where youths are challenging a new law drafted by the government claiming to help them but, in reality, impose cuts to their benefits.

– Good news too out of Chile where civil unions were recognized after a law passed by Congress

– Looks like Puerto Rico is advertising for rich people to come to the country as the middle class escapes

– Police in Mexico discovered 61 bodies in an abandoned crematorium

Surveillance Planet

– Ryan Gallagher: “In Historic Ruling, U.K. secrecy declared unlawful

Financial Matters

– The January jobs report found 257,000 jobs were added. Dean Baker writes more here.

Part three of three with economist Heiner Flassbeck on how the global economic stagnation may continue to get worse

– David Sirota: “The depressing explanation why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is being kept secret

– A Canadian official doubted the ability of the U.S. to manage the world economy and believed other nations should step up

Labor’s a-Brewing

– An Uber driver started a petition to allow all Uber drivers the ability to receive tips from customers

– When more Americans are part of a union, then wealth is more fairly distributed

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sam Knight: “[Republican Representative Ileana] Ros-Lehtinen removes pro-Palestinian activists from Congressional hearing on punishing PA for joining ICC

Part one of two with journalist Johann Hari who explains the origins of the War on Drugs and its racial components

– Glen Ford joins The Real News to talk about Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and his new bill he introduced to reform grand juries

Anytown USA

Part three of four of a discussion with people in the Baltimore community on the Black Lives Matter movement and how it should approach electoral politics

– Looks like a former Hawaii governor allowed Comcast to ghostwrite a letter to lobby the FCC approving the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– If you live in New York City, then you’ve taken the train where scientists discovered hundreds of bacteria to the point where they can’t identify half of them.

Planet Earth

– Good to hear Seattle will be fining citizens and businesses for throwing out food

– Regulators need to ensure the Clean Water Act is enforced on the coast lines where pollution continues

Mixed Bag

– It is right to organize and fight the system, but patience is a virtue for any movement as taking it slow is beneficial.

– Dave Zirin: “Serena Williams, Indian Wells and Rewriting the Future

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.