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The Roundup for February 9th, 2015

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New week! Great!

International Politics


– Chris Hedges: “The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

– Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Egypt in what is being said to expand Russian influence

– As President Barack Obama said there were “real differences” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran, Netanyahu is thinking about changing parts of his speech

Middle East

– Economist Shir Hever joins The Real News to explain American campaign donations to Netanyahu

– Ali Abunimah: “Pro-Israel appeal to US patriotism fails to halt ‘historic’ California divestment vote

– Due to the bombings in Gaza last summer (along with other factors of course), suicide rates in Gaza are on the rise; Very tragic

– Speaking of the bombings, Israel broke laws, but it did not break its own laws; This is saying a lot

– The U.S. will provide $8.8 billion to Iraq in terms of aid, which is up from $1.6 billion; It’s like a casino. Eventually, it’ll pay off!

– As 34 Islamic State militants die as a result of U.S.-led airstrikes, an Iraqi official requested more help against ISIS


– Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was found, in a leak audio recording, criticizing other Gulf states for keeping money away from Egypt. Those states told Egypt that everything was fine.

At least 20 people were kidnapped after suspected Boko Haram gunmen stole a bus in Cameroon


– Part two with professor Tarik Cyril Amar who explains the division among Western countries on Ukraine and why it would best for Ukraine not to join NATO

– The tragic aspect of the Syriza victory is how it may mean a compromise with the European elites

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The U.S. pretends to care about democracy, but its history of supporting dictatorships in Latin America reveal what they truly value

– Gareth Porter: “The Nisman Murder and the AMIA Terror Bombing: A Tangled Thread

Surveillance Planet

– The Watts Rebellion has much to teach modern-day activists as the origins of the state’s level of thinking against dissenters arose from that

A new report found most cars on the market can be hacked and car companies do not really care enough to prevent that

– The police in the United Kingdom apologize for an officer who asked for customers who purchased a copy of Charlie Hebdo

– President Obama: We ask Germany to give us the “benefit of the doubt” when it comes to the NSA; I don’t…What…I mean…

– Remember Mike Rodgers, a former lawmaker involved with intelligence issue in Congress? Now he goes around telling companies to invest in cyber insurance, which his wife sells.

– Apparently, and I still can’t believe this, there was a survey sent out to families by federal officials to see if their child was an extremist; Also features a quote by Arun Kundnani for any readers who read my three part series!

Financial Matters

– Britian is preparing for a possible Greek exit as the nation is looking for ways to reduce the impact on its banks; Whoa

– Officials in Connecticut are begging for the very rich to stay in the state for tax revenue

– Here are five instances where the average working class folks are struggling to get by each day

– Dean Baker: “Will the United States End Up Like Greece? The Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– M&T Bank, one of the largest banks in the U.S., is being sued for discriminating against minority homeowners and they were caught on tape doing so.

– Now an analyst with Citi is predicting oil prices to drop around $20 a barrel; Yeesh

– Members of Parliament will launch an investigation into HSBC’s scheme in helping the rich hide their taxes. Meanwhile, a judge in Belgium vowed to sign arrest warrants if officials at HSBC do not cooperate.

– A Federal Reserve governor said auditing the Fed would be useless because it is already transparent; Ha, that is so rich. As rich as all the banks who received financial support from the Fed

Labor’s a-Brewing

– On Feb. 4, adjunct professors at Boston University voted to join a union, which is excellent news.

– To avoid paying a fine of the Affordable Care Act, Staples said any part-time worker working more than 25 hours per week would be fired.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Despite, you know, a federal court ruling same-sex marriage was legal in Alabama, state judges refused to follow it because, you know, they are legal experts and stuff

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): I am not going to listen to Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

Anytown USA

– Activist Frank Hammer talks to The Real News about the decline of Detroit after the major changes by the elite

– A family in California, who are black, had their million dollar home firebombed in what they say was a racially motivated attack

– Remember the time Brian Williams lied about violence in New Orleans? Or about Iran obtaining nuclear weapons? Or the “presidential leadership” of former President George W. Bush that would be taught in schools in the future? Yeah, maybe he should apologize for that.

– The city of Ferguson was sued for jailing poor citizens after failing to pay court fines

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Pew: Eighty-three percent of Americans say measles vaccines are safe for children

– Positive news as African-Americans are dying less as a result of the HIV virus, according to a new study

The Second Sex

– Gallup: Thirty-four percent of Americans are satisfied with national policies on abortion

– To make women in Turkey be stay-at-home mothers, Turkey is offering money for youths to marry and produce offspring

– Uber placed a panic button in its app for those living in India after rapes of women by Uber drivers

– In India, eight men were arrested after gang-raping a mentally ill woman

Planet Earth

– Demonstrations in Algeria against shale gas reserves will continue and will escalate, according to the demonstrators.

– The Great Barrier Reef is in danger of getting significantly damaged. Too bad the Australian government doesn’t care.

Part two of two with activists Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee on why it is important not to drill in the Arctic

– New research discovered air pollution caused by humans first started in the 1500s thanks to Spanish conquistadors

– It was found Paul Singer, a major rich donor to the Republican Party, also funds a zealous defender of fossil fuels in Denmark.

– Thanks to coal be burned, mercury levels were reportedly high in yellowfin tuna, a very popular type of fish for consumption

– The Obama administration announced a new plan to preserve the Monarch butterfly, whose numbers are declining

A new study found species are going extinct at a high rate as a result of invasive cats and foxes

– Californian authorities said it would now force oil and gas companies to comply with state regulations after it was revealed they looked the other way when such firms dumped waste into reservoirs.

Mixed Bag

– Dave Zirin: “Dean Smith: On the Passing of a Death Penalty Abolitionist

– Bill O’Reilly wasn’t a lazy commentator when starting out at Fox News. No, he neglected to mention war crimes in El Salvador when starting off in news.

– Nick Turse: “How Rory Kennedy’s ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Distorts History

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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.