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The Roundup for March 4th, 2015

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International Politics

Overall

– Who wants American troops to fight against the Islamic State? The Islamic State of course!

– Robert Kelley, former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, tells The Real News why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong when it comes to Iran

– A U.S. official said Iran may have a positive role in the offensive to capture Tikrit from ISIS in Iraq

– The White House is still mulling whether to send weapons to the Kiev government

– Keep in mind, when it comes to the Iran-P5+1 talks, the White House is not interested in normalizing ties with Iran

Middle East

– Rebels in Syria, specifically Aleppo, blew up a tunnel underneath the country’s intelligence building and then invaded it

– Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he is still interested in negotiating with Israel

– Even though Netanyahu believes Iran is a significant threat to Israel, Israelis are suffering from economic woes and are disappointed Netanyahu is not focusing on that

– Natasha Lennard: “There isn’t really a rift between Israel and the Obama administration

Asia and Oceania

– Tragic to hear about the death of a blogger in Bangladesh for his views on religion, although it is worse to hear justice may not come

– We can only hope movements in Okinawa, Japan can remove the U.S. military from their bases there

– The U.S. ambassador to South Korea suffered from light scratches after a man, who screamed for Korean unification, attacked the ambassador in South Korea

– China announced it would grow its military budget by 10 percent in the next year

Africa

– Libya pleaded to the United Nations to change or lift the arms embargo to them as the government in the east needs arms against the forces to the west

Europe 

– After agreeing on a new deal with Cyprus, Russia is able to circumvent the European Union and place Russian ships at the country’s ports

– Victoria Nuland, U.S. assistant secretary of state, said Russia committed an “invasion” in Ukraine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– After the business establishment in Mexico publicly said they questioned Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s decisions as of late, there is also internal dissent in Nieto’s party.

– Uruguayan President Tabare Vasquez, fresh into office, delayed the law legalizing cannabis until further notice

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “Building backdoors into encryption isn’t only bad for China, Mr President

– It would be sad to see New Zealand spying on its allie-Wait, they do? Okay, at least they don’t give it to the NS-Wait, they do?

– Glenn Greenwald: “The ‘Snowden is ready to come home!’ story: A case study in typical media deceit

Financial Matters

– Gallup: The uninsured rate for Americans fell from 12.9 percent in the previous quarter to 12.3 percent this quarter

– Egypt passed a new law set to reduce regulations on any deals involving capital; Hooray for neoliberalism!

– Economically speaking, Egypt is doing well as its foreign reserves continue to grow. Interestingly, Saudi Arabia account for 27 percent of all investments in Egypt.

– Out of all the countries in Africa, Morocco is the one with the most debt-to-GDP

– With an estimated budget deficit for this year, the Iraqi government is considering a $6 billion bond

– Venezuela announced a deal with Uruguay where the former will trade oil with the latter’s agriculture

– The Bank of England is under the U.K. government’s investigation for its suspicious role during the 2007-08 housing crisis

– Just days after China announced it would cut interest rates, so does India as they cite a weak economy

– Speaking of China, the country promised to open its economy more after lowering its growth rate for this year

– Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson: The low oil prices in our world are here to stay

Labor’s a-Brewing

A long-form investigation piece by ProPublica on the change of workers’ compensation and how it is dwindling. They have a state-by-state interactive feature where you can see which states cut benefits, let it stay the same or increased it, which can be found here.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Americans say the government helped out the banks, the rich and corporations in the recovery, while the poor, middle class and small businesses were neglected

– Journalist Marcy Wheeler and whistleblower John Kiriakou join The Real News to talk about the latest plea deal David Petraeus took and double standards

– Jim Lobe, a journalist, explains to The Real News on how some lawmakers in Congress want to stop the international negotiations with Iran

Stellar work from The Real News on the role of rich donors for Netanyahu and their dangerous influence

– A House panel subpoenaed the emails of Hillary Clinton from her private email account

– President Barack Obama signed the bill funding the Department of Homeland Security into law

– After Citizens United, wouldn’t it just be insulting to have a potential bill withholding public finance for elections? I mean, you’ll have to be-Wait, that exists and passed in a House committee? Oh…oh dear.

– Lee Fang: “Top Lobbyist: 2016 To Be ‘Bumper Year’ Thanks to Clinton Campaign

Anytown USA

Part two of two with historian Zak Kondo and activist Babatunji Baloqun on the role of black women in activism and influences like Malcolm X

– Alabama’s Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage cannot be legal in the state and overturned the decision from the lower courts

– There must be jail reform, plus prison reform, in order to stop the mass incarceration happening in the U.S., which will cause major problems down the road

More analysis on the Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson, where one can find the fusion between racism and systemic oppression. At least one officer was fired as a result of the report.

– The trial in Boston of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is under way as the defense begins by accepting responsibility, but blames Tamerlan rather than Dzhokhar

– Jesus Garcia, a mayoral candidate in Chicago, can take a stand against the corrupt and racist practices of the Chicago Police Department

We Don’t Need No Education

– Students at the University of Toledo passed a resolution to divest from companies making a profit from Israeli occupation

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– McDonald’s announced it would no longer purchase chickens given antibiotics in order to prevent the spread of superbugs

– The World Health Organization reported the world is ingesting too much sugar and there must be a sharp reduction in intake

The Second Sex

– Gallup: Sixty-one percent of women worldwide say they are “struggling” in their lives

– While female editors are becoming more frequent in Iran, there still are obstacles women journalists face in the country

Planet Earth

– Journalists Steve Horn and Carol Linnitt join The Real News about the role of energy, specifically fossil fuels, and the role they play in the U.S. and Canada

– Boston will face more snow to the point of where it make break records and it is thanks to global warming

– In order to prevent overpopulation, officials in Australia will kill some koala bears in the country

– The Senate was unable to overturn President Obama’s veto on constructing (the northern half of) Keystone XL

A new study found a decline of smog in Los Angeles allow children to breathe easier

Mixed Bag

– A trip down memory lane shows the how corporate power operated during the colonial days, especially with the East India Company

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio added two Muslim holidays to the public school calendar

– Slavoj Zizek: “Whither Zionism?

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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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