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The Roundup for March 3rd, 2015

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Mr. Netanyahu Goes To Washington

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress yesterday despite former Israeli generals and security advisers warning him not to do so

– President Barack Obama: Netanyahu did not provide any alternatives for the current P5+1-Iran negotiations

– An Iranian official dismissed Netanyahu’s speech and believed he is not really influential, while the country denounced the speech as full of lies

– Journalist Ali Abunimah explains to The Real News how Netanyahu likes to use very heated rhetoric highlighting how eager he is to appeal to the right

– Juan Cole: “The True Purpose of Netanyahu’s Trip to Washington

– As activist Jeff Halper explains to The Real News, Israelis do not consider Iran a major threat. Lawrence Wilkerson reiterates this point in his interview with The Real News 

– Meanwhile, some Israelis found Netanyahu’s speech good and inspiring; Sheep do not doubt their shephard

– Michael Arria: “What Rift? Five Times Netanyahu’s Speech Showed America’s Well on Board With His Dangerous Plans

– Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) felt Netanyahu’s speech was an “insult to the intelligence of the U.S.” and she felt sad after hearing it

– So let me get this straight. Netanyahu wants to warn Congress of Iran’s potential of nuclear weapons despite Israel having nuclear weapons of its own? Am I the only confused person?

International Politics


– Just to reiterate, violence does not solve violence. American policies pushing for the use of violence against terrorist groups do not work.

– Western countries warned Russia more sanctions would be implemented should they violate the Ukrainian ceasefire

Middle East

– The U.S., in terms of Syria, is now considering, again, a no-fly zone over the country.

– Meanwhile, France doubts U.N. efforts to stop fighting in Syria can actually happen

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting extremists

– Ali Abunimah: “For Palestinians, there is no Obama-Netanyahu rift

Asia and Oceania

– It does merit discussion whether a transgender mayor in India can help begin a process of trans tolerance in the country; I doubt electorialism can do something considering values do matter

– Unclassified data from the Pentagon reveals 40,000 soldiers in the Afghan army decided to drop out


– Erdogan is so scared of alleged assassination that he is testing all of his meals in case of poison

– The Kiev government accused rebels of shelling, which led to the deaths of three people

Surveillance Planet

– A lawyer for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said there are discussions taking place to bring him home; “Fugitive,” Reuters? Goodness gracious, atrocious wording.

Financial Matters

– Taser International sells body cameras to officers, which is now set to increase. Of course, the company is glad to see more money head their way and pay officers to praise the cameras.

– Dean Baker: “The Federal Reserve Board’s Plan to Kill Jobs

– After Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) criticized the international trade deals being pushed by the U.S. government, the White House fought back against her criticisms

– Argentinian Financial Minister Axel Kicillof said more vulture funds are swooping in to demand payment

– Ukraine raised its interest rates to 30 percent in order to prevent inflation from going out of control

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Target announced, in order to save $2 billion, it will fire thousands of workers over the next two years

– Sam Knight: “Score one for workers: Congressional GOP bid to help union busters’ labor intimidation looks doomed

Politics US

Washington USA

– If you went at AIPAC (I sure hope you didn’t), then you would have found incessant talk on U.S.-Israeli relations along with talk of Iran as the enemy

– Glen Ford talks with The Real News to explain the role of the Congressional Black Caucus when it comes to Israel-Palestine issues

– Marcy Wheeler: “David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice

– Will David Petraeus lose his job at Wall Street? Short answer: No.

– Sure the White House’s proposal on the authorization of military force may be vague, but it’s “very deliberate

– Jason Leopold: “What Congress Really Told the White House About the Bowe Bergdahl Swap

– One of the individuals who broke into the FBI and leaked documents on J. Edgar Hoover reflects what the important lessons are going forward

– Natasha Lennard: “Why we all bear responsibility for the torture of black, brown and poor people — at home and abroad

– An interview with political scientist Amanda Hollis-Brusky on the power the Federalist Society holds on the judicial system, including the Supreme Court; The irony

– The Department of Justice released its report on the Ferguson police force and, well, they are indeed racist; Damage control in 3..2..1

– Jeb Bush called for Hillary Clinton to release her official emails as “transparency matters.

– The Federal Communication Commission said net neutrality was like free speech and should be defended

– Remember Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) who said “you lie” during President Obama’s address in 2009? Wilson recently talked about the shared heritage of South Carolina between him and Michelle Obama.

Anytown USA

– Part one of two with organizer Babatunji Baloqun and historian Zak Kondo about their own political backgrounds and upbringings

– Ford also joins The Real News to discuss the brutal killing of a homeless man in Los Angeles by police officers and how it fits in systemic oppression

– Community reforms of prisons found in places like Rikers Island can be a good first step in ensuring changes; Although we must ask ourselves whether it is better to just can a new system

We Don’t Need No Education

– Former graduates of Corinthian College are fighting against the burden of student debt, which holds major implications for students in general.

– Henry A. Giroux: “Higher Education and the Promise of Insurgent Public Memory

– Sweet Briar College, a women-only liberal arts college, announced it would shut down due to lack of funds

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Positive developments out of El Salvador where co-ops, not corporations, supply farmers with seeds

The Second Sex

– A new report found unplanned pregnancies, in 2010, cost the U.S. $21 billion

– The University of Oregon said it holds the right to access private medical records in spite of what laws say

– Jessica Valenti: “College is too late to start teaching students about sexual assault

– Grinnell College asked federal regulators to investigate their sexual assault cases to see whether it was handled well

Planet Earth

– Wei-Hock Soon, the bought off climate denier-for-hire, is angry people are calling him out for accepting money from the fossil fuel industry; Once a corporate stooge, always a corporate stooge

– The House wants to pass legislation restricting the material the Environmental Protection Agency can use

Mixed Bag

– The Onion: “Netanyahu Assures Critics He Still Has Utmost Respect For U.S. Money“; Phew, I was worried.

– A lawyer in California suggested legislation to execute any person engaging in homosexual acts

– The Nepalese government wishes for tourists climbing Mount Everest to not leave their feces

Break Time

– Radio Daze [The Roots]

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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.