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The Roundup for March 20th, 2015

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We end our trip at Portugal. So ends our week on songs from the world. Expect it again next month with a new batch!

International Politics

Overall

– The Islamic State now is the talk of the town as governments throughout the world boost their military budget as ISIS watches with glee

– U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be committed to a two-state solution

– President Barack Obama: Iran should return the four Americans it holds captive

– European Union officials were sympathetic to the situation in Libya, but ruled out the possibility of sending troops

Middle East

At least 142 people were killed in Yemen after suicide bombers attacked mosques. While the ISIL claimed responsibility, the White House said there was no proof of their involvement

Africa

– General Muhammadu Buhari is, if you read Western press, a figure that should come into power in Nigeria. The reality, however, is that he is a ruthless dictator.

– Because of the violence in Libya, more than 45,000 Egyptians escaped from the country

– Meanwhile, UN officials hope to get opposing factions in Libya to come to a peace deal this weekend

Europe 

– Frustrated with recent decisions from the Syriza leadership, economist Yannis Milios resigned from Syrizas

– Turkey sent a $50 million loan to Ukraine and called for Crimean Tatars to be protected

– Russian vowed not to succumb to the “sanctions rhetoric” and would do whatever is in their national interest

– Meanwhile, NATO and Russian officials are clashing with one another over events in Ukraine

Surveillance Planet

– British authorities refuse to disclose their investigation into journalists reporting on documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden because it is a “state secret

Financial Matters

– Professor Michael Hudson joins The Real News to talk about European frustrations with China and their tilt toward China

– For a $15 billion tournament, the World Cup made $4.8 billion for FIFA. Although, most of the costs shifted to Brazil.

– Russian President Vladimir Putin is interested in forming a currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan

– Professor Robin Hahnel speaks with The Real News on why Janet Yellen is cautious about raising interest rates and the pressure on her to raise them

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Now the right wing in Wisconsin want to take away days of rest for workers

– Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) told state agencies not to give money from non-union worker paychecks to unions amid a court case

Politics US

Washington USA

– A federal investigation into misappropriated funds used by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) is now underway

– Speaker of the House John Boehner will be heading to Israel next month

Anytown USA

– Mark Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, talks to The Real News on the consequences of incarceration for communities in Baltimore

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The World Health Organization, when Ebola first broke out in West Africa, resisted attempts to call it an outbreak

The Second Sex

– Monica Jones, a transgender woman, told the United Nations how sex work must be decriminalized

Planet Earth

– The Obama administration ruled companies involved with hydrofracking must disclose the chemicals they use

– The solution to the Californian water crisis is simple: Radically change the way we eat and grow our food

– Farmers in Argentina growing soy are struggling as internal and external forces pressure them to change

A new report found ties between government officials, those in academia and oil and gas companies

Mixed Bag

A new study found dogs are more receptive to listening when they feel loved

– Technology may help us in changing our lifestyles to a full automated luxury communist system

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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