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The Roundup for March 10th, 2015

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International Politics


– Sweden announced it would cease all military ties to Saudi Arabia over the latter’s decisions on human rights

– Israel demolished shelters, funded by the European Union, in Jerusalem in order to put up more settlements

Middle East

– Economist Shir Hever explains to The Real News on the state of Israeli politics and how it relates to the culture in the country

A new poll found the party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is behind the Zionist Union, a center-left party, ahead of the election

– Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman dismissed the Palestinian Authority’s threats to take him to the International Criminal Court


– The city of Tuarga, Libya sued France for supporting anti-Gaddafi forces during the 2011 NATO intervention

– Aid officials say, after the rescue of children in Cameroon from Boko Haram, the children do not know much, not even their names

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Medea Benjamin: “Dividing the Pie: How Cuba’s Ration System Has Fared After 50 Years

Another great article by journalist Greg Grandin about what is really happening in Venezuela in terms of scarcity and the country’s relations with the U.S.

– A former Petrobras official said the current party in charge received at least $200 million in kickbacks

Surveillance Planet

– Max Blumenthal: “Did British Security Services Drive ‘Jihadi John’ to Join Islamic State?

– According to documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, New Zealand spies on its trade partners and I’m sure that is not going to go over too well

– According to more documents by Snowden, the CIA was hard at work in cracking into Apple products

– The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Justice Department and the NSA over mass surveillance programs

Financial Matters

– Silk Road did start off as a libertarian utopia, but it descended into a landscape full of snakes and kings

– Fear, money and media all go together so well that it is frightening to think this is what passes as information for the masses

– King Salman of Saudi Arabia pledged to reduce the impact of falling oil prices on the Saudi economy

– PayPal announced it bought CyActive, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, and would create a new security section in Israel

A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found millions of Americans are unable, after unknowingly signing contracts with banks, to sue banks for any excessive charges

– The stock market is falling as investors are worried about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Productivity is up for workers in the U.S., but the same cannot be said for their wages

– Journalist Jane McAlevey joins The Real News to explain what right-to-work laws do and why they are very harmful for black workers

– Sarah Jaffe: “Scott Walker pushes through “right-to-work” law — and labor takes another hit

– But the hits just keep coming as Wisconsin is not the only place where lawmakers are actively curtailing union power

– Excellent to hear franchisees are being targeted by regulators for wage theft. Even better that Papa John’s is now under investigation.

– Qatar will allow more migrants (2.5 million by 2020 actually) to work on construction of stadiums ahead of the 2022 World Cup

Politics US

Washington USA

– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, explains to The Real News to real agenda of the GOP lawmakers who sent the letter to Iran over international talks

– Did those 47 lawmakers break the law? The State Department does not want to say.

– Glenn Greenwald: “The Parties’ Role Reversal on ‘Interfering’ with the Commander-in-Chief’s Foreign Policy

– Hillary Clinton: I think it would have been better if I used my official email in light of what happened

– You’ve heard what Clinton said about her emails, but what about what she didn’t say about her emails? That’s here.

– Journalist Ken Klippenstein interviews attorney Matt Topic, an expert on Freedom of Information Act, who talks about Hillary Clinton, FOIAs and the Obama administration.

Great article highlighting environmentalist Eric McDonald and his entrapment case along with a history of government entrapment

– Lawmakers, like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), want to force the White House to give the Pentagon, not CIA, the authority over drone strikes

Anytown USA

– Rick Perlstein: “What Has Jesús ‘Chuy’ García Actually Accomplished in Office? A Lot, It Turns Out

– As a side note, Garcia called the detention site in Chicago “troubling” and called for an investigation

– Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and Clayton Guyton, director of Rose Street Community Center, talk to The Real News about crime in Baltimore and why the mayor’s plans are flawed

– Dave Zirin: “Chip Kelly, John Carlos and the ‘R-Word’

– John Shaw, the city manager of Ferguson, accepted his resignation in the aftermath of the Justice Department’s report

We Don’t Need No Education

– At the University of Texas, a fraternity apparently restricts people of color and homosexuals

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study by the Food and Drug Administration found some farmers avoid FDA regulations and put illegal antibiotics in milk

The Second Sex

– A former Democratic lawmaker in New Mexico believed most rapes were just “drunken college sex” encounters

– It would be pathetic if Republicans put abortion in a Congressional bill on human traffic-Wait, they did?

– Jessica Valenti: “Illegal abortions are unsafe for women. Refusing to talk about abortion is, too

Planet Earth

– Oil-by-trains, which carry explosive crude, are not safe considering the destruction they leave, although they are still used because money

– It sure would be terrible if a judge tied to fracking companies ruled on a case involving a citizen journalist and hydrofr-Wait, that happened?

An interesting report back on a victory attained by environmentalists in Indiana against Indian Gasification

– The Koch brothers refuse to disclose whether it gives money to institutes dealing with climate change because of the First Amendment

Mixed Bag

Part three of four with attorney Kamau Franklin on Malcolm X’s views on race relations at the time and applying such concepts today

New research found parents who describe their children as extra special are likely to make them narcissistic

– Authorities in New York City declined to lift the ban on pet ferrets

Break Time

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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.