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The Roundup for February 16th, 2015

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In day two of getting things back in motion. Was worried some problems may have occurred.

International Politics

Middle East

– A Kurdish official in Iraq blamed the national government for not providing oil revenues to the Kurds

– A Hezbollah official said it was fighting the Islamic State in Iraq

Asia and Oceania

– Historian Peter Kuznick joins The Real News to discuss the presence of the U.S. military in Okinawa, Japan and how citizens want all bases to be immediately removed

Africa

– Libyan authorities said at least 50 suspected Islamic State militants were killed in air strikes

– Meanwhile, some Western officials may be considering intervention in Libya again due to ISIS

– Glenn Greenwald: “Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be the Exact Opposite

– Human Rights Watch warned South Sudan continues to rely on child soldiers despite the government claiming it is not

Europe 

– In just two days, the ceasefire in Ukraine was broken as fighting resumed in the east

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Haitians are unhappy with their government, which is being supported by the Global North, and are demanding change by going out in the streets

Surveillance Planet

– Russian researchers discovered the NSA hide their spying software on hard drives, which were distributed worldwide.

– China is so proud of its Internet censorship that it made a song praising its censorship efforts; The NSA must be watching with envy

Financial Matters

– A Greek official warned there may be no agreement between Greece and the troika, which does not bode well for Greece.

– In fact, talks between the two broke down on Monday and no one knows what happen next

– Richard D. Wolff: “Class, Change and Revolution

– The Cameron administration in Britain said no questions should be raised about investigation efforts into tax evaders tied to HSBC

– Meanwhile, a former chairperson of HSBC withdrew from a government-sponsored event

– Despite low oil prices across the U.S., households are actually saving rather than spending the saved up money.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– U.S. officials are scrambling to get ports on the west coast back online after a labor strike entered into its third day

– Communities in Nicaragua are frustrated and angry the government is not addressing concerns of a deadly illness affecting sugar cane workers

Politics US

Washington USA

Part two of three with Jill Stein, former presidential candidate for the Green Party, on lessons from the 2012 presidential campaign and what the political conditions are so far in the U.S.

– Gallup: Twenty percent of Americans approve of Congress’ job, which is up from 16 percent from December.

– Both the executive and legislative branches are corrupt and opaque institutions, yet the same can be said for a judicial system where some judges uphold lies.

– Can Loretta Lynch be trusted as the next Attorney General? No. In fact, the Congressional Black Caucus cares more about her race than what she stands for.

– The FBI is now investigating whether the individuals behind mass lynchings in the South during the 1940s and 1950s are still alive

Anytown USA

Part one of two with professor Daniel Webster who explains the origins of gun violence and methods to prevent it

– In St. Louis, officers turned off their dashboard cameras during an arrest and brutally beat a suspect in custody

– Glen Ford: “The Complexities of Black Community Control of Police

– Craig Hicks, the individual behind the deaths of the three Muslim students in North Carolina, was indicted by a grand jury

We Don’t Need No Education

– As Pearson profits from a education system geared more and more to standardized testing, students continue to suffer from a system designed to limit their potential

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new survey found Millennials are the most stressed compared to previous generations based on their concerns over money and finances

– Sierra Leone did not report on a third of funds designated to combat Ebola, according to auditors

A new study found football coaches who teach proper tackling techniques can reduce the likelihood of brain injuries affecting youths

The Second Sex

– Sarah Jaffe: “Feel Trapped In Your Job? That’s Because You Are

Planet Earth

Pushing for the Olympics in Boston, despite the record of the Olympics in producing a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, is not helpful for the environment or citizens in Boston.

– While calls for immediate reduction in carbon emissions from scientists continue, politicians like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie advocate for a united North America using more fossil fuels than ever before

– Is the fossil fuel industry liable for the destruction it caused in the Gulf Coast? According to one judge, no.

– In West Virginia, at least 100 tankers of crude oil-by-trains derailed and a few exploded. No casualties were reported and only one person was injured;

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: Eighty-seven percent of scientists say they should have an “active role in public policy” when it comes to science-related issues

– Rivera Sun: “Nonviolent Activists Shape American Identity

Break Time

Ain’t Go No, I Got Life [Nina Simone]

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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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