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The Roundup for March 6th, 2015

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Truly, it is the end of the week. Onward to the next!

International Politics

Overall

– A French official believed more work was needed to complete a deal with Iran before the end of March

Middle East

– With Hamas focusing on rebuilding the underground tunnels instead of rebuilding destroyed homes and improving the lives of civilians in Gaza, it highlights how the organization prefers military, not social, spending

– A former Israeli official criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for creating an apartheid state

Asia and Oceania

– Pakistan wages internal counter-terrorism campaigns that often attack those marginalized in society

– South Korea announced it would investigate whether the man who attacked the U.S. ambassador in Seoul was linked to North Korea

Africa

– At an oil field in Libya was on fire and eight guards were killed after militants attacked it

Europe 

An interview with Petter Nilsson of Left Party in Sweden who talks about the good and bad of the Swedish system

– Nantina Vgontas, a PhD student at New York University, joins The Real News to discuss Syriza in the past few weeks and the deal it made

– More international observers were called for by Russian and Germany to go to Ukraine

Financial Matters

– How is it possible to depend on the elite to provide leadership from a crisis they fostered? Will the zebra suddenly decide to live with the lions to escape from other predators?

– Oman relies on oil for revenue. Yet, after the drop in oil prices, it is suffers from lack of funds. The International Monetary Fund called for cutbacks in subsidies and wages for folks

– The economy added 295,000 jobs last month as the unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent. Dean Baker has more here

– Sure unemployment rates are low, but this does not register for youths in the U.S. who are struggling to find good jobs

– Indeed, looking back in history there is evidence of a capitalist system failing to deliver for current generations. It makes the future scary for young workers

– Sure raising low wages is good, but liberals should realize it is far more important to change the structure to ensure workers are both economically and politically empowered

– BP announced, in a joint deal with Russian company DEA, it would invest $12 billion into Egyptian oil fields

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “Right to work” laws may be depressing to hear about, but it should not deter organizing among the left going forward. It will be a bumpy road, but patience is key to winning

– The strike of oil workers is not only about the benefits workers want, but also about pollution too

Politics US

Washington USA

– Glen Ford: “Obama’s Dead End Criminal Justice ‘Reforms’

– Such liberal reforms push forth by the White House on policing will end up doing nothing as we need a new structure

– To be frank, much of what the White House proposes in reforming police is not new and, thus, problems will persist

– Emptywheel: “Maybe Petraeus’ Plea Deal Is More Interesting to the Benghazi Report than Hillary’s Emails

– President Barack Obama: Racism found in Ferguson’s police department is not isolated and could be found in other places

Anytown USA

– The state of Maryland proposed budget cuts, which would hurt communities including the city of Baltimore

– If there is anyone to thank for the recent change in Chicago elections, then activists in the city are the ones to thank

– Natasha Lennard: “Racism in Ferguson PD is policing done right, and that’s why it is so wrong

We Don’t Need No Education

– The University of Toronto, just like any other common university, depends on part-time employees to teach students, but faculty there have said enough and went on strike

– A school in New York City announced homework would no longer be given to students and would emphasize other ways to help students

– Ali Abunimah: “Cornel West backs Steven Salaita, cancels prestigious Univ. of Illinois lecture

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Part two of two with journalist Johann Hari on the failures of orthodox drug policy and why alternatives must be needed

– Gallup: Fifty-four percent of Americans say it is extremely important to get their children vaccinated, which is down from 64 percent last year.

– With funds low, the World Food Programme announced it would not be able to send aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Women don’t need ‘choreplay’. They need men to do some chores

– Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pledged to sign any bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy

Planet Earth

– Pollutants are a major problem in the developing world and, thus, efforts are being made addressing such concerns

– In North Carolina, factory farms cause streams to be infected with bacteria from pig feces

– Naomi Klein: “If enough of us decide that climate change is a crisis worthy of Marshall Plan levels of response, then it will become one

– Companies in New Jersey warn residents, due to the salt being used to melt the snow, their water may have salt

Mixed Bag

– It might be incessant at this point, but I often find Malcolm X to be a revolutionary figure to learn from. Thus, this is a vital article in understanding Malcolm’s role in the mid-20th century.

A new study found at least 46,000 Twitter accounts are connected to the Islamic State

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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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