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The Roundup for February 24th, 2015

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Apologies for the site being down again folks. Let’s hope that was the last of it.

International Politics

Overall

– John Kerry informally criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies after saying the deal with Iran cannot be scrutinized before it advances

– Meanwhile, an official from the European Union said a deal with Iran is close at hand

– Pew: Forty-one percent of Americans favor arming the Kiev government, which is up from 30 percent last April. A similar increase for military intervention could be found in reaction to the Islamic State

– Amnesty International criticized the response from global powers in reaction to the rise of non-state actors like ISIS

Middle East

– The Iraqi government allocated $60 million to support the Shiite militias in the country

– Government convoys in Iraq are known to engage in conflicts with drivers on the road even escalating into physical violence

– Internal conflict in ISIL led to the assassination of one of the organization’s emir

Africa

– Egypt is playing the game of geo-politics after supporting South Sudan in its claims over parts of the Nile river

Europe 

– You may want to hold onto your seat for this: A new poll found around a third of Germans saying capitalism cannot work with democracy with this view most found in the east.

– Great Britain announced it would send military advisers to Ukraine as a message to the Russians

– Rebels in the east withdrew their weapons as part of the ceasefire, although Kiev believes there are ulterior motives

– Amnesty International blamed both sides in the Ukrainian conflict for using cluster bombs

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janiero, asked companies operating in the city to shut down in order to prevent mass traffic for the Olympics next year

– Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed the Cuban Five home and called them heroes for the country

A 14-year-old was killed during an anti-governmental protest in Venezuela by a police officer; Be careful. This is a puzzle piece in the larger issues affecting the country

Surveillance Planet

– According to cables provided to The Guardian, Africa is the “El Dorado of espionage” where massive spying takes place

– Hillary Clinton said the public felt betrayed as a result of NSA surveillance, which is definitely not something she believes

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Uninsured rates dropped throughout the U.S. with the most found in Arkansas and Kentucky

– Professor Michael Hudson talks with The Real News about the “class war” occurring in Europe specifically with Greece

– The World Health Organization requested at least $1 billion to provide medical services for places like Syria and Iraq

– The Internal Revenue Service, as a result of budget cuts, will be doing less auditing this year; Well thankfully the rich are honest folk so they won’t be trying to avoid taxes

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Unions in Wisconsin are hoping to up the ante in the state as the right-to-work law there looks ready to be passed

– New York State will raise the tipped minimum wage from $5 per hour to $7.50 per hour

Politics US

Washington USA

– Glen Ford briefly speaks with The Real News on Governor Chris Christie and how his efforts are a microcosm of capitalism’s role in stopping the power of the working class

– Mike Huckabee, apparently a real person, said there is no such thing as Palestinians because they don’t have a history; Remember he has more money than you do

– Turns out the Justice Department will not charge George Zimmerman with the death of Trayvon Martin

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questioned the Federal Reserve’s top lawyer on whether he helped in weakening Dodd-Frank

– President Obama signed off on an executive order to create new rules for institutions on the use of drones, although it does not require police warrants

– Senate Democrats invited Benjamin Netanyahu for a private meeting. He turned it down.

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Forty-two percent of Americans favor a Palestinian independent state of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which is down 46 percent in 2014

Part two of three with Mark Reutter on the fall of the steel industry in Baltimore and the consequences of that

– After apparently trespassing at a bus terminal (has privatization really gone that far?), a homeless man was slapped by a police officer in Florida

– Eddie Ray Routh, who killed Chris Kyle while at a shooting range, was sentenced to life without parole

– Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be in a runoff election after losing a majority of the vote

– A train hit a trailer in Oakland, Calif., where at least 50 people were injured in a major crash

We Don’t Need No Education

– Tragically, in Iraq, degrees are given by fake universities and usually these degrees offer nothing to students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Pesticide drift can affect the health of workers near it, although regulators are not responding quickly on this issue

A new poll found 78 percent of Americans were in favor of mandatory vaccinations of children

The Second Sex

– Activist Charo Mina-Rojas talks to The Real News about a very under-reported topic–women of color in Latin America.

Planet Earth

– Great news as the state of Missouri will be banning plastic ba-wait, I mean banning laws that ban plastic bags in the state.

– President Obama vetoed the bill to create the Keystone XL pipeline, but the southern half is already built

– Scientists reported sea levels grew at a “very unusual” rate alongside the U.S. coast and that cities should prepare for more in the future; But think of all the money we can make from this!

– The Environmental Protection Agency’s history is not a squeaky-clean one, but one of a bureaucracy “gone mad

Mixed Bag

– The Washington Redskins said canceling the trademark of their logo violates their free speech

– Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, stepped down after facing allegations of sexual harassment

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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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