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International Politics


– Arun Gupta: “How ISIS Became the Face of Evil

– Venezuela is, indeed, suffering from external and internal problems, but Venezuela cannot be easily disregarded as an authoritarian regime

– An expert on torture from the United Nations accused the U.S. of refusing to help in his investigation on torture at Guantanamo Bay

– Russia may be on board with a blockade of Islamic State strongholds in Libya if the U.N. passes a resolution for a naval blockade

– Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador after Sweden cut its military ties over human rights concerns

Middle East

– Illegal settlements in the West Bank continue to rise and the Israeli government just stares

– Reporters Without Borders criticized Shiite militia for their “harassment” of journalists in Yemen

– Physicians for Human Rights said the Syrian government killed nearly 600 doctors and medical workers

– Sam Knight: “Atrocities revealed by ABC News just latest chapter in decade of U.S.-backed Iraqi ‘war crimes’

Asia and Oceania

– The U.S. warned Vietnam not to allow Russia at former U.S. bases, especially when Russia refuels its bombers


– Actually, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia may solve its disputes over the Nile dam

– Libyan officials met in Algeria and called for an “immediate halt” to all fighting in Libya


New research found the 2011 riots in London were caused by economic inequality as well as police distrust

A new poll found a staggering 81 percent of Russians viewed the U.S. negatively. I say staggering because this number is unprecedented

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A new poll found 62 percent of Venezuelans identify themselves as Chavistas. Moreover, 57 percent felt confident the government would solve economic woes

– Professor Miguel Tinker-Salas joins The Real News to discuss domestic and foreign politics of Venezuela

– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, explains to The Real News the restoration of U.S. ties with Cuba and warnings to the Cuban citizens

– Mark Weisbrot: “Obama Channels His Inner Reagan on Venezuela

– Mexico needs to create a stable government to ensure public safety and security for a fearful working class

– Glenn Greenwald: “Maybe Obama’s Sanctions on Venezuela are Not Really About His “Deep Concern” Over Suppression of Political Rights

Financial Matters

– Just remember, when seeing stock markets currently fall in fear of rising interest rates, that fictitious capital dominates the financial industry

Part one and two with economist Michael Hudson on what quantitative easing is and why it is being considered in Europe

– It would be shameful if the fines companies have to pay for their neglectful practices could be deducted from their income ta-Wait, they do that?

– Bonuses on Wall Street are still on the rise, but the same cannot be said for Main Street

– The International Monetary Fund sent a $17.5 billion loan to Ukraine to ensure the country does not go bankrupt

– Santander and Deutsch Bank, both European banks, failed the Federal Reserve’s “stress test

– Major banks announced, after clearing it with the Fed, it would buy back shares and raise dividends

Labor’s a-Brewing

– So as long as the need for a capitalist system dependent on exploited labor exists, so will the issue of child labor persist

– Victory for the graduate students at New York University who got a contract for themselves

– Michelle Chen: “‘Flexible’ Scheduling Is Stretching Retail Workers to the Breaking Point

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Before Netanyahu’s speech, 45 percent of Americans favored him. After his speech, only 38 percent favored him

– Lee Fang: “Immediately After Launching Effort to Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton to Meet with Defense Contractors

– Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the open letter sent by Republicans to Iran as “irresponsible

– Some Republicans believe Iran’s role in fighting ISIS can hurt, not help, the U.S.

– John Kerry: We need more powers from Congress in order to effectively fight against ISIL

– The Authorization of Military Force, passed by Congress, is intended for action against ISIS. However, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said it could also be used against Boko Haram, which does not make lawmakers happy.

– Sam Sacks: “Billions of Emails Sent by State Department employees, only a fraction saved ‘for record’

Anytown USA

Part one of four with journalist Glen Ford on the economic conditions for black Americans over the past 50 years

– Utah may bring back the firing squad as a back-up plan for lethal injections. I’m serious.

– Now Thomas Jackson, police chief in Ferguson, resigned in the aftermath of the Department of Justice report

– Despite a former consultant denying he played a role in the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, new emails revealed he actually played a major role in deals with the mortgage industry. Comically (or sadly), he is also a lobbyist for the mortgage industry.

– Natasha Lennard: “Wrongful convictions point to bad policing, and racism

Truly disgusting and sickening to read about the Chicago Police Department using marijuana to take youths to black sites.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: In a survey of residents in African nations 86 percent (the highest) of residents in Rwanda believe education prepares people for work, while 38 percent (the lowest) of residents in Tanzania said the same

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report from the U.N. found the Syrian civil war led 80 percent of Syrians to poverty

Planet Earth

– Gallup: Fifty-one percent of Americans say the winter season was colder than usual

– Journalist Chiho Kaneko speaks with The Real News about the dangers still lingering on after the Fukushima meltdown in Japan

– In Chile, mummies are turning into black goo due to the humidity, which was caused by climate change

– Nuclear power is not safe in general, especially after what happened at Fukushima four years ago

– Rio de Janeiro is desperate to remove the garbage in a nearby bay ahead of the 2016 Olympics and called exports from the Netherlands for help

Mixed Bag

– Krispy Kreme announced a new product where it is a hotdog with a donut as the bun and bacon covering it.

– It speaks volumes for a left more obsessed about constant critiques for the sake of critiques instead of organizing

– The editors at The Guardian are not too keen on publishing articles about Palestine. Indeed, they prefer to censor stories on it.

– Golf courses in the U.S. are on the decline, according to a new report; Hooray!

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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.