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The Roundup for March 9th, 2015

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May Sam Simon rest in peace.

International Politics


– Professor Vijay Prashad joins The Real News to discuss Iran’s role in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and what it means for the U.S.

– The U.S. government offered $5 million for an American who went missing eight years ago and asked Iran for help as the individual was last seen in Iran

– The International Criminal Court asked the United Nations to force Sudan in sending its president to trial

Middle East

– Al-Nusra Front, a militant group tied to al-Qaeda, pledged to stay within the al-Qaeda network and not separate

– Ali Abunimah: “Israeli foreign minister calls for beheading Palestinians


A very thorough report on the state of Libya, where it is difficult in describing it as a united nation.


– A former German official recommended Greece leave the euro to establish itself

– Lawmakers in the United Kingdom blasted former and current members of HSBC for not doing anything about tax evasions

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: We had ideas beforehand on bringing Crimea back to Russia

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Venezuela recalled its top diplomat from the U.S. after American officials deemed Venezuela a national security threat

Surveillance Planet

– Remember when New Zealand Prime Minister John Key pledged to resign from office if there was evidence the country engaged in mass surveillance? Turns out Key will not do that.

– Sure Egypt is getting more foreign direct investment, but the elites in the country are ramping up surveillance due to the Arab Spring in 2011

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Even though the stock market is now volatile, 76 percent of investors say it is best to just “ride it out”

– The Egyptian economy grew at 4.3 percent last quarter, which is best than a year ago

– Meanwhile, Chinese Star Oil & Gas announced an investment of $250 million in Egypt

– Gallup: Fifty-eight percent of Americans view foreign trade as an economic opportunity

– Premiums for insurance throughout the Middle East and North Africa will outgrow the region’s growth in the next few years

– Bolivia’s economy is growing and it is due to social spending, not exporting its commodity

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Gallup: 32.9 percent of U.S. employees said last month they were engaged at work

– It is possible Wisconsin will become a right-to-work state as lawmakers passed the bill to send it to Governor Scott Walker, who later signed it into law

– Michelle Chen: “A Broken Compensation System Is Leaving the Most Vulnerable Workers in Pain

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: While Republicans are more likely to follow Netanyahu’s speech and the latest on Hillary Clinton’s emails, Democrats are more likely to follow the Justice Department’s new report on Ferguson

– Journalist Luke Broadwater joins The Real News on how, despite infrastructure in Baltimore crumbling, the city still believes in offering tax breaks to companies.

– Sam Sacks: “Abuses Against Muslims Make Up Entirety Of Complaints Investigated by DOJ Inspector General Last Year

– The White House admitted President Barack Obama emailed Hillary Clinton’s private email, but was unaware of her private system.

– A new poll found, out of all the major mainstream media companies, Americans trust Fox News the most.

– Chelsea Manning: “The CIA’s torturers and the leaders who approved their actions must face the law

Anytown USA

– Sarah Jaffe: “It’s time to take back ‘moral’ language from the right: New York adopts Moral Mondays from North Carolina

– After the death of Tony Robinson, a black teen, in Madison, Wis., major demonstrations erupted against the death of another black teen

A new survey found a decline in the ownership of at least one gun in American households

We Don’t Need No Education

– Sweet Briar College may not be able to sell its land as its founder’s will explicitly mentioned the land it is on can never be sold

– A fraternity at the University of Oklahoma was banned after it was discovered members were screaming racist comments at black students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Folks in Syria diagnosed with AIDS lack ways to get treatment and meetings with doctors as the country is in turmoil

The Second Sex

– Chris Hedges: “The Whoredom of the Left“; Is that really the headline?

– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for gender equality by 2030 and urged men to change

Planet Earth

– A documentary about air pollution in China was removed from online by the government

– Dahr Jamail: “Domestic Military Expansion Spreads Through the US, Ignites Dissent

– Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned privatization of forests would not only be harmful for the country’s environment, but beyond as well

The hope is gone for farmers in California as the drought plaguing the state is too much to deal with

– Communities where there are people of color typically suffer from “environmental racism” relative to communities with whites

Mixed Bag

– Activists in Sao Paulo are using art to highlight the major problems coming about due to water shortages

– The Onion: “Hillary Clinton Hints At Presidential Ambitions By Concealing Information From American People

Break Time

Calling All Crows [State Radio]

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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.