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The Roundup for February 18th, 2015

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International Politics

Overall

– President Barack Obama: We are not at war with Islam, but those who are “perverting Islam

– The U.S. denies it is keeping information pertaining to the P5+1-Iran negotiations from Israel

– On second thought, Egypt would prefer no military intervention in Libya

– A detective in Chicago who helped commit torture at Guantanamo Bay did the same here in the States

– Glen Ford: “The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults

Middle East

– Juan Cole: “In Iraq, Kurds repel the Islamic State with help of the Shiite militiamen they distrust

Africa

Part two of two with Professor Vijay Prashad who explains the consequences of easy-to-obtain weapons in Libya and the regional impact of Libya’s instability

– Libya, meanwhile, pleaded the UN to lift the arms embargo against them in order to fight against militias in the country

– An Egyptian court sentenced a student for one year in prison for promoting atheism on a Facebook page

– An air strike by some group still unknown killed at least 30 people at a funeral in Niger

– Boko Haram pledged to ruin the upcoming elections in Nigeria through violence

Europe 

– An opposition group in Turkey hired a consulting firm that helped President Barack Obama in his campaigns

– Poland agreed to pay reparations to two Guantanamo Bay detainees as they were tortured in the country

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Officials at the United Nations, along with families in Mexico and NGOs, are demanding Mexico be more aggressive in finding the 43 missing students

– Authorities in Mexico, meanwhile, discovered factories designed to create “narco tanks,” which are armored vehicles for drug cartels

– Some lawmakers, including Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, criticized the work ethics of the six former Guantanamo Bay detainees as lazy

– Thousands marched in Buenos Aires to show solidarity with deceased prosecutor Alberto Nisman

– Vice President Joseph Biden will be heading to Uruguay and then Guatemala when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Congress

Surveillance Planet

– Jeb Bush believes the NSA surveillance programs are actually a good thing and “keep us safe

– Google warned the U.S. government wants to expand its powers to hack any facility across the globe

Financial Matters

– Economist Shir Hever joins The Real News to explain, even with scandals and fumbles, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still polling strong

– Swiss authorities raided the offices of HSBC and launched an investigation into money laundering at the bank

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): “The Pro-Workers, Pro-Growth Experiment in Greece Is Under Threat

– Greece, meanwhile, received 3.3 million in euros by the European Central Bank for its banks

– The American Red Cross wants ProPublica to issue corrections on its story about Red Cross mismanagement, but it was mismanagement

– The Federal Reserve will possibly not raise interest rates in the short-term future

– The prime minister in France pushed through market reforms (never good to hear both of those words together) that includes more working hours

– Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury were up in December thanks to oil exporting countries and Britain

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A majority of tech workers in the U.S. say they have been bullied and are stressed at work

– The minimum wage is low, but there are American lawmakers who believe it is best to lower it even more

Politics US

– Abby Martin: “How Euphemisms Absolve Pillage and Mass Murder

– Gallup: Eight percent of Americans say terrorism is the country’s most important problem, which is up from two percent last month.

Part one with activist Cesar Vargas on the recent judicial challenge to President Obama’s immigration reform and what may happen next

– Gallup: Forty-three percent of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling the economy

– The Real News investigates into a bill introduced by House Republicans preventing the Internal Revenue Service from changing its internal guidelines due to alleged discrimination against right-wing groups in 2013

– Trevor Timm: “Obama, Republicans and the media concur: it’s time for war with ISIS

– The Congressional Black Caucus may say they stand with the oppressed, but they turn a blind eye to Israeli oppression. Thus, they side with oppressors.

– Rep. Keith Ellison (R-MN): We must continue to provide remittances to Somalia or else there will be a resurgence in anti-American militias

– A former CIA officer cannot allege discrimination because of the “state secrets privilege,” according to federal judge.

– The right-wing in this country believes there is a holy war against ISIS and are pushing the narrative in the media

We Don’t Need No Education

– The University of Massachusetts – Amherst restricted Iranian students from studying in some degree programs to comply with the law imposing sanctions on Iran

– Stanford University approved a divestment from Israeli companies resolution; Good to hear

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found there is a potential carcinogen in soda, which will lead to a few thousand cases of cancer in the future

The Second Sex

– Filmmaker Audrey Huntley explains to The Real News the rough life indigenous woman in Canada face, especially with high homicide rates relative to non-indigenous women

– Jessica Valenti: “It’s not Cindy Crawford’s job to fix our Photoshop culture

Planet Earth

– The Clinton Foundation accepted money from foreign governments around the world, including Canada who wanted to push for Keystone XL

– Israel is still not providing any water to a Palestinian town in the West Bank

– It is definitely scary to read on “bomb trains,” where trains carry explosive crude oil, and how such trains are not strictly regulated

Mixed Bag

– In Paris, some fans of English soccer club Chelsea FC blocked a black man from going on the train and chanted they were proud to be racist

– Henry A. Giroux: “Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From ‘Citizenfour’ and ‘Selma’ to ‘American Sniper’

– The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will now occur during the winter months due to the excessive heat

Break Time

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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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