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The Weekend Roundup for February 21-22nd, 2015

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Feb. 21 was the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. I highly recommend the speech The Real News put up online the week before he was killed. In addition, a good piece over at Jacobin Magazine on his politics before he was assassinated.

May Clark Terry rest in peace.

International Politics


– Secretary of State John Kerry: Russia’s actions are unacceptable and we will implement more sanctions

– Meanwhile, Kerry said talks between Iran and the P5+1 are not imminent as there is more to discuss

– Natasha Lennard: “As we fight anti-Semitism, we need to fight other kinds of discrimination, too

– Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah said world governments are suffering from a “crisis of conscience” in response to world events and that the Qatar government does not support Muslim Brotherhood

Middle East

– The Kurdish government in Iraq now says it will not go through with an oil deal with Iraq as talks enter a stalemate. In fact, they threaten to withdraw from the national government.

– Some of the opposition in Syria said they had a plan to stop the war in the country. Meanwhile, Kurdish forces captured territory from the Islamic State in Syria

– The defense minister in Iraq is angry the U.S. revealed their plans to capture Mosul as he believes it does not take into consideration Iraq’s plans

– A Palestinian authority accused Israel of freezing tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority to see it “collapse.” In fact, he vowed not to work on security matters with the country if this continued.

– Governments across the world must help Gaza build or else future generations will grow up in ruins

– While Jordan may say it will not launch any ground offensive against ISIS, it may do so in the future

At least 19 people were killed in Iraq after shootings and a number of bombings across the country

Asia and Oceania

– China recalled its ambassador to India after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a disputed border region


– With Libyans in the east frustrated with the lack of change, former General Khalifa Haftar is being viewed as a potential person to solve their dilemmas

– Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Dairi said the country does not need any military intervention


– The foreign minister for the Dutch government believes a political solution can stop violence in the country

– There was a ring of peace that emphasized religions co-existing with each other outside the main synagogue in Oslo, Norway

– The Turkish government launched an operation in Syria to rescue 40 of its soldiers from ISIS

At least two people were killed and 10 were injured in eastern Ukraine after a bomb went off

– It is more and more evident top editors among Western media are eager to see more conflict against Russia

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Gareth Porter: “The Terror Bombing, the Prosecutor, the Spy and Mossad

– Only a committed government emphasizing the community in Honduras can stop the bloodshed in the country

A short interview with a member of Bolivia’s Vice Ministry of Decolonization on what they do and the things they focus on

Surveillance Planet

– Dave Zirin: “The #BlackLivesMatter Surveillance Special at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse

– Authorities in Australia will be following social media for terrorists because everyone knows terrorists love to Instragram their latest weapons

Financial Matters

– The Greek government agreed on a new deal with the troika and the deal includes deregulation along with austerity. Professor Heiner Flassbeck explains more here and talks about the role of Germany in negotiations here.

– In the past 192 years, Greece spent 92 years either in default or restructuring its debt; Incredible

– Moreover, Greek officials will finalize their proposals to officially gain a four-month loan extension

– Companies are unhappy the U.S. government is not embracing drones for commercial use and moved to Europe as a result.

– Journalist Michael Arria interviews Murray Cox, an activist who made a website on harmful impacts of Airbnb, on Airbnb’s role in New York City and possible solutions.

– Economist James Henry joins The Real News to talk about Swiss banks keeping the rich’s money in offshore accounts and influencing government officials to ensure nothing happens to them

– We desperately need another health care system in the U.S. and, as expected, it will require efforts and energy on certain issues.

– Rivera Sun: “Fast-Track Treason and the Coming Corporate Coup

– Now Lebanon and Egypt are meeting with each other to discuss on possible ways to increase economic ties with each other

– Even the chief of HSBC used the company to hide five million euros through a company in Panama

A new poll found 68 percent of Americans believing the rich pay too little in taxes; How much you want to pet the other 32 were rich people or wanna-be rich people?

– The staff at one of Afghanistan’s central bank looted at least $1 million and fled the country

Labor’s a-Brewing

A short interview by The Real News with the spokesperson of the striking oil workers on why they are striking.

– As a result of toxic waste at nuclear facilities, workers are suffering from symptoms like nerve damage and bloody urine

Politics US

Washington USA

– Activist Cesar Vargas talks to The Real News on the way forward for immigration reform without the two main parties

– The father of Kayla Mueller, the hostage killed in a U.S.-led airstrike, said the U.S. government values policy over the lives of hostages

– The Democratic National Committee released a report where they admitted they did not explain their values correctly in the last election and will explain what it means to be a Democrat; I’m sure the report was sponsored by Wall Street of course

Anytown USA

– New York Police Department officers are falling asleep during a three-day retraining program created after the killing of Eric Garner

– Lost in the David Corn-Bill O’Reilly fued is the role of journalism after Watergate as journalist Greg Grandin points out

– Money tied to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now heading to aldermen races in Chicago to ensure progressives are not voted to office

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Pet owners who make their pets overweight may do the same with children if they become parents

The Second Sex

– Trans women of color are, essentially, living on borrowed time considering the six women killed this year. More on this, especially efforts to stop such murders, can be found here.

– Activists and students in Egypt created campaigns to stop sexual harassment at colleges

Planet Earth

– Should no efforts be done on the potential water crisis in the future, more than 40 percent of major cities across the world will suffer from droughts and water shortages by 2040.

– Speaking of droughts, air pollution from the Global North is causing more drier conditions in the tropics

– Researchers from Norway and Sweden developed a new method to utilize waves from the Atlantic Ocean into renewable energy

– Dahr Jamail: “Addressing Population Growth – Through Freedom, Not Control – Is Crucial to Confronting Climate Disruption

– Willie Soon was a researcher who believes climate change is caused by the sun. He is also funded by oil companies.

Mixed Bag

– Dreams about going out into space to colonize another planet neglects the problems existing on this planet

– Journalist Ken Silverstein resigns from First Look Media because of the dishonest leadership there; Good for him

– Louis Proyect: “Can the Net Drive Social Movements?

Break Time

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) [Marvin Gaye]

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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.