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The Weekend Roundup for March 21-22nd, 2015

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Long week ahead of me. Two midterms on Tuesday and one will certainly eat a lot of my time. That explains why I’m not so active in the comment section (although I haven’t been so in the past few weeks).

Still I’ll revisit all the recommendations given to me and add them to this week. Thanks again and keep sending them!

International Politics

Overall

– CIA Director John Brennan: Iran is now complicating our mission in Iraq by training Iraqi forces

– Meanwhile, Brennan said, even if Iran decided to opt out of talks, the U.S. would still be able to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons

– The United Nations Security Council warned “further measures” would be made should fighting not stop in Yemen

– Russia warned Denmark it would aim its nuclear missiles at the country’s ships should they decide to join NATO’s missile defense system

Middle East

– Max Blumenthal: “Paranoid Benjamin Netanyahu Prepares For His Last Stand

– Shiite rebels in Yemen, supporting former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, took the city of Taiz, the third-largest in the country

– As the U.N. warns Yemen may turn into a Libya or Iraq type of situation, the leader of the Houthi movement in the country feared the country may slip into chaos like Libya

– The U.S. and its allies fired at least nine air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria

– The head of a Shiite militia in Iraq criticized “weaklings” in the army who wanted air strikes against ISIS

– Israeli authorities arrested six individuals they say were a part of Hamas and were planning attack against Israel

Asia and Oceania

– Pakistani troops clashed with militias in northwestern Pakistan and authorities say at least 80 militants were killed

Africa

– U.N. official say, despite chaos in Libya, groups in Libya are still negotiating in peace talks

Europe 

– Professor Vincent Navarro joins The Real News to discuss how Podemos came into being and the conditions of the Spanish economy in the past two decades

– Meanwhile, in Madrid, thousands demonstrated against austerity in a “march against dignity

– Activists in Ireland are applying pressure to the government there in revealing the nation’s ties to the U.S. torture program

– In the first round of French local elections, the conservatives are in first place followed by the far-right National Front and then the socialists

– Speaking of the far-right, far-right politicians in Europe met in Russia to show support for Russian President Vladimir Putin

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Nicolas Maduro: “Venezuela is Not a Threat

An interview with author and writer George Ciccariello-Maher about the real issues in Venezuela and the role of the U.S.

– It was thanks to the free market policies pushed by the U.S. that allowed the drug war in Mexico to grow

Surveillance Planet

– Turns out New Zealand spied on applicants who sought out the top position at the World Trade Organizaiton

Financial Matters

– Amy Goodman: “Flush the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– An interview with journalist Tariq Ali about capitalism, democracy and resistance nowadays against neoliberal

– Realizing their image in Europe could be better, Uber went on a hiring blitz to ensure its reputation would be high

– Saudi Arabia’s oil minister denied there was a conspiracy to keep OPEC oil production at current levels

– The introduction of apps in the lives of Palestinians should be met with suspicion considering the lack of apps to truly liberate them from oppression

– The situation is so desperate in California in terms of the drought that start-ups are being turned to for solutions

– The International Monetary Fund President Christine Laguarde said the IMF would be glad to work with the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

– A judge in Brazil agreed to file charges against 11 companies accused of colluding with each other to raising prices on construction and upkeep

Politics US

Washington USA

– The Jewish Voice for Peace conference showed how it would be possible to create a sense of solidarity between Palestinians and Israeli dissenters

– Now Republicans are siding with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the war of words between Tel Aviv and Washington

– Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) denies climate change. Inhofe also accepts money from BP. Surely no conflict of interest there!

– President Obama may end up deciding to walk away from his plan on withdrawing from Afghanistan

Anytown USA

A new report by the ACLU in Maryland found African Americans were more likely to be killed by officers in Baltimore and usually such cops are not charged

– Dayvon Love, director of research and public policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, on organizing against police brutality in Maryland

We Don’t Need No Education

– President Obama: Compensation given to college athletes would “ruin the sense of college sports.”

Planet Earth

– If there is anything to take note of in Ukraine, then it is nuclear reactors, including the one at Chernobyl, as anything that happens to them may result in catastrophe

– Don’t be fooled by the new “data trespass” law in Wyoming as it is essential an ag-gag law

– While the Department of Interior enacted some measures to protect water, there is controversy from oil companies and environmentalists on the regulations

– There is just so much oil out there and the market will fail in moving away from our over-consumption of energy. Thus, we would need a massive overhaul of the way we process energy

– Countries promised to ensure the survival of endangered animals throughout Africa, who are threatened by poachers. Most are failing in this venture

– A village in India is now able to get enough drinking water without walking far as a result of solar technology donated by a foundation

Mixed Bag

– Listen, there’s still some time left to enjoy yourself before 2016 rolls around with the Hillary v. Jeb talk. Enjoy it now

– A fitting tribute to Danny Schechter, a journalist other journalists should look up to and learn from

– Scientists found fossils of an enormously large crocodile that walked on two legs and lived before the dinosaurs arrived

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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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