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The Roundup for March 12th, 2015

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Another week to round up!

International Politics

Overall

– Lawmakers and officials in the U.S. are closely following what is happening in Ukraine in terms of their military and economy

– International sanctions on Iran may be lifted should the international deal be made

– The Islamic State welcomed Boko Haram as loyal allies in their fight against the West

– A U.S. general said at least 100 individuals from left the Caribbean to join ISIL

Middle East

– The United Nations found at least 14 million children at risk due to the Syrian civil war

– Meanwhile, the U.S. called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign from his position

– As the World Bank announces it will stop its operations in Yemen, states in the Gulf called for peace talks with the Huthi government

– The Iraqi military is pressing forth to capture Tikrit from ISIS

Asia and Oceania

– The elites in China, despite holding much of the power, prefer to live overseas for a more comfortable life

Africa

– Despite finding evidence of Firestone’s support of Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, the United Steelworkers of America decided not to release such information

– Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed new laws to reform laws regarding investment in the country

Europe 

– Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin explains to The Real News who Boris Nemtsov is and his murder in the context of Russian politics

– The United Kingdom is eager to implement repressive policies and fear of terrorism is quickening the process

– Iceland, on second thought, dropped its application to join the European Union as its interests were “better served” outside the EU

– Germany became angry after some Greek officials threatened to take German property if they were not given reparations for World War I and II

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pledged to uphold the deal with Germany despite tensions between the two countries

– Russia accused the Kiev government of moving too slow on the full implementation of the ceasefire

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The DEA did some dirty business in Honduras to cover up crimes they committed

– There certainly is a connection between U.S. presence in Puerto Rico and the commonwealth’s current economic woes

– Now the graft investigation in Brazil expanded to the former and current governor of Rio de Janeiro

Surveillance Planet

– Reporters Without Borders does face censorship for their journalism in some countries, but made plans to circumvent such restrictions

– The Senate intelligence committee passed a bill on surveillance creating more avenues to share information and data

– Lee Fang: “UK Parliament Committee, Calling For Reform, Shows Its “Evidence” to Justify Mass Surveillance

Financial Matters

– Coca-Cola failed to meet its growth targets last year. Still, its CEO made $18.1 million!

– According to the Federal Reserve, household wealth for Americans rose 1.9 percent from October to December. What the Associated Press won’t tell you is the rich are the ones getting rich.

– A fake IRS scam led to more than 3,000 people to be scammed out of $15.5 million

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The company behind the third Sharknado film fired union workers and now uses (well abuses is a better term) scabs

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Out of all the issues plaguing the U.S., Americans cite government as the biggest problem

– Things are tense between Republicans and the Obama administration over international issues like Iran and executive powers on military intervention

– Medea Benjamin: “AIPAC Busting up Peace Efforts

– Gallup: Hillary Clinton is not only viewed most favorable out of all 2016 presidential candidates, but is also the most familiar

– Sam Sacks: “Dianne Feinstein Blasts FBI For Letting Torture Report Gather Dust In Locker

– Lee Fang: “Why Was an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Tracking a Black Lives Matter Protest?

Anytown USA

– Two officers were wounded in Ferguson.Three people were immediately detained without any charges and then released. Attorney General Eric Holder called the shootings a “heinous assault

– Natasha Lennard: “The Ferguson cop shooting shouldn’t derail criticism of the police

Part two of four with journalist Glen Ford on the legacy of the 1960s and how policies made there shaped our current world

– Journalist Jamala Rogers joins The Real News to explain what the resignation of the police chief in Ferguson means going forward

– Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou furthers discussion on the overall state of Ferguson and the recent report by the Department of Justice

– Essentially, to ensure justice for all, major changes must come to our system

– Jessica Valenti: “You can’t ignore racism and raise anti-racist children. You have to tackle it head-on

We Don’t Need No Education

– Wealthy donors play a large part in the response of University of Alabama over the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– After admitting it released medicines with metal in it, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay a fine of $25 million

– A new report on New York City’s homeless shelters found the horrid conditions homeless families and individuals live in

The Second Sex

– It is worth mentioning how feminism can be found among Muslim women and how their views may change the structure of society in the future

Planet Earth

– Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): NASA should focus less on our planet and focus more on space

New research found global warming will start to accelerate in the next few decades; Maybe Ted Cruz is on to something

– Excellent news as the 10 activists charged for their roles in Flood Wall Street were found not guilty

– The water crisis is around the corner. Not in 20 years. Not in 40 years. Not in 100 years. It is happening soon and we must prepare.

– Sam Knight: “Chemical Regulation Bill With Broad Support in Senate ‘Represents A Giant Step Back,’ Green Group Warns

Mixed Bag

– Rudy Giuliani: President Obama should be more like Bill Cosby; Uh…………What?

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.

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