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The Roundup for March 19th, 2015

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May Danny Schechter rest in peace.

International Politics


– The United Nations Security Council warned conflict can ensure should violence continue on the Lebanon-Israel border

– European officials say P5+1-Iranian negotiations are not even close to be completed

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: The U.S. and Israel must work together, in spite of differences, because there is no alternative

– Revealed documents of draft agreement show Iran uses less machines and will get a partial lift of sanctions

– President Barack Obama: This is a rare opportunity to better relations between the U.S. and Iran

– Sam Knight: “U.S. Refuses to Acknowledge Criminal Probe of Wikileaks in Ecuador-Assange Multilateral Diplomatic Spat

Middle East

– Gallup: Seventy-two percent of Iraqis approve of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

– Iraqis, meanwhile, are arguing with one another about the digging of trenches and whether they actually help with public security

– Economist Shir Hever joins The Real News and focuses on what the victory of Benjamin Netanyahu means

– Still, Netanyahu’s victory means the system in Israel is not only continuing, but is still strong

– Now the left in Israel must undergo self-criticisms and innovate strategies after its failure in the election

– While Netanyahu believes Palestine must hold “genuine” peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas believed a two-state solution is “impossible with Netanyahu

– Ali Abunimah: “Is UN providing Israel with cover for killing Gaza’s children?

– The United Nations said it believes the Islamic State is killing Yazidi minorities in Iraq

– The president of Yemen was evacuated from the capital after a plane targeted his palace

– A Saudi Arabian official said no more business visas would be given to Swedes and visas of Swedes living in the country would not be renewed

Asia and Oceania

– A major police chief in Afghanistan was killed by a suicide bomber tied to the Taliban


– Professor Mohamed-Salah Omri, in an interview with The Real News, discusses how events in Libya are affecting Tunisia

Surveillance Planet

– Glenn Greenwald: “US Threatened Germany over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says

Financial Matters

– Pew: Sixty four percent and 61 percent of Americans say corporations and the rich do not pay their fair share in taxes, respectively

– The National Health Service in the United Kingdom is being privatized and who’s at the door? American companies of course!

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): “The Republican Budget Plan Will Devastate American Families

– Landlords are now using new tactics to kick out some tenants in San Francisco as rent rises in the city

– A new survey found 45 percent of workers in the U.S. have not saved any money for their retirement

– Looks like Booz Allen Hamilton will be coming back to the Middle East to make some investments

– Since 2010, the Clinton Foundations does not reveal who their donors are; I’m Ready For Corruption!

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “This Boutique Bakery Was Paying Its Workers Peanuts

– At Volkswagon’s Chattanooga plant, workers suffer from hostile management and the threat of temp and part-time workers

– The National Labor Review Board ruled T-Mobile violated certain labor regulations

– As coders become a more popular occupation in the U.S. labor market, they also have potential to organize against exploitation

– There are now more Uber cars than taxi cars in New York City; Welcome to the future

Politics US

Washington USA

– Lee Fang: “Former House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers’ Quiet Trip Through the Revolving Door

– Is it not fitting the so-called liberals at Silicon Valley want immigration reform? Who else would benefit from high-skilled workers coming to the U.S.?

– Marcy Wheeler: “PATRIOT Act strikes again: How little-known language could enable massive spying — on you

Witness the demise of one Super PAC as it provides lessons as to how disastrous Citizens United was

– Jason Leopold: “The CIA Just Declassified the Document That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion

– Democrats in the House said Obama’s trade representative of being high and spouting bullshit

– Sam Sacks: “Senator Bemoans The Obligations of Empire

Anytown USA

– For black people in the U.S., there is no safe place for them. In reality, hostility and a faux-reforms roam at every corner

– In Mississippi, a black man was found hanging from a tree. The NAACP called for a federal investigation into the murder

– Imprisoning troubled youths for crimes they commit will surely backfire and cause more problems down the road

– A police commander in Chicago resigned as a result of the reporting on black sites in the city

– A judge in Staten Island declined to release documents related to the Eric Garner grand jury

Top Gun (Stories)

– Two people were killed and 10 were injured after gunmen entered a Swedish pub

We Don’t Need No Education

– After officers at the University of Virginia used excessive force against a black student, students demonstrated against such force and racism

– Of course hedge funds and billionaires want to “reform” education in New York State. They want their model of education now

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found industrial hog operations in the state of North Carolina are concentrated most into poor communities where people of color live

A fascinating look into the new cigarette industry in the West Bank and its effect

The Second Sex

A wonderful and insight piece by a sex worker on what her life really is like instead of the nonsense some leftists say

– It certainly is ridiculous officers, in spite of the time and energy they put in domestic violence cases, still are unable to stop domestic violence

– We can look at the Zapatistas or the Kurdish resistance movements for a model of how women can empower communities and vice versa

Planet Earth

– Gallup: Fifty-two percent of Americans say President Obama is doing a good job protecting the nation’s environment

– President Obama: The federal government will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by half in the next decade

– Klara Zwickl, a researcher, joins The Real News to discuss environmental inequality and how the poor are affected the most from pollution

– Yes coal-fired power plants are on the decline, but coal is still a powerful industry that is not likely to collapse anytime soon

A new report found the Arctic sea ice was at an all-time low, which does not bode well for the future

Another report found, in the past century, at least three million whales were killed by humans

– Iran is now seriously considering, again, turning to biofuels as air pollution gets worse in the country

– Turns out the Gates Foundations, which claims to care about the issue of climate change, holds $1.4 billion worth of investments in major fossil fuel companies

– California Governor Jerry Brown (D) and other lawmakers in the state introduced legislation to spend $1 billion water projects

– Despite environmentalist efforts against Keystone XL, more than 11,500 miles of pipelines were constructed in the past few months

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: Where can you find the happiest people on Earth? In Latin America of course!

– Pew: While civilians in emerging and developing countries say technology helped with personal relationships and the economy, they also say it hurt politics and moral issues

– Parma, a major soccer club in Italy’s Seria A, is bankrupt, according to an Italian court

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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.