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The Roundup for March 23rd, 2015

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International Politics

Overall

– The Russian ambassador to Lebanon believed it would be wrong for Hezbollah to be condemned for its actions in Syria as it was allied with the Syrian government

– An American official criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments as “very troubling

Middle East

– Benjamin Netanyahu: I am very sorry for saying Arabs vote out in droves; Suuuuurreeeee

– Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi asked for support from neighboring allies in fighting the Shiite rebels in the country

– Demonstrations in Kuwait calling for democracy and political prisoners to be released were broken up by police

– The Islamic State claimed it killed at least 29 police officers in Yemen

Asia and Oceania

– The governor of Okinawa blocked construction of a U.S. base on the island over environmental issues. More can be found here

– A Pakistani official said the country needed short-range nuclear missiles as a counter to India

Europe 

Part two of three with professor Vicente Navarro about the characteristics of Podemos and what they hope to accomplish

– As German Chancellor Angela Merkel said all Europeans were equal, she, along with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, pledged no more heated rhetoric

– Still, Tsipras asked for reparations based on Nazi acts committed during World War II in Greece

– British Prime Minister David Cameron: I would not seek a third term while in office

– A judge in Spain found the ruling party created a fund where they kept money hidden for 18 years

– There is something very strange with the previous ruling party in Ukraine experiencing a string of suicides; I suppose the pressure was too much

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Economist James Henry joins The Real News to talk about on the failure of nations to provide support for Haiti and the consequences of such a decision

– Dahr Jamail: “El Salvador Farmers Successfully Defy Monsanto

– The six former Guantanamo Bay detainees are still struggling in Uruguay and one will meet with the country’s foreign minister on the future of the six

Surveillance Planet

– Should Congress let a law expire, intelligence agencies would no longer have the ability to collect data on telephone calls; Let it expire

– While Senators want to know more about domestic surveillance tools, the Department of Justice would prefer lawmakers not know anything

– Speaking of surveillance tools, Canadian intelligence holds a plethora of such tools, according to documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Financial Matters

– Shareholder activism may accomplish some things, but it is a limited in what it accomplishes

– Are companies like Lockheed Martin worried about an international deal with Iran? Nah, not really

– The Obama administration, in conjunction with states, will be creating new measures to boost foreign investments in the U.S.

– Freedom Industries plead guilty for polluting the water in a West Virginian river last year

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Domestic workers spoke at a U.N. conference dealing with labor and advocated for stronger protections for such workers

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Barack Obama pledged to veto anti-union legislation passed by both the House and Senate

– Julianne Malveaux and Raymond Winbush, respectively an economist and professor, talk to The Real News about the civil rights movement in the 1960s; They also bring up the situation between the U.S.-Venezuela

– Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), apparently true he is running, should be noted as having a wife who works at Goldman Sachs, which is not something he would want to financially disclose. By the way, she’ll be on unpaid leave now.

– Meanwhile, George W. Bush will be fundraising for Jeb Bush this week because we definitely need another person in the running

– Lee Fang: “Emails Show Jeb Bush Coordinated With Florida Legislature for Favorable Primary Date

– The Supreme Court declined to hear a voter ID law passed in Wisconsin, which means it now upheld in the state

– After a slip-up, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said she does not support local enforcement working with ICE

– Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy: The prison system is broken in the U.S. and we need major changes

Anytown USA

– Jared Ball, a professor, joins The Real News and discusses the American history of radicals and struggles

– In spite of obvious and effective reforms in preventing police shootings of the mentally ill, the New York Police Department, and other departments across the U.S., would prefer a “shoot first, handle things later.”

– It is such hypocrisy to criticize black families for failing to be responsible on serious issues, while neglecting to say the same to those in power

We Don’t Need No Education

– Robert Reich: “Why College Isn’t (and Shouldn’t Have to be) for Everyone

– Ali Abunimah: “Netanyahu win is “victory for BDS,” says UCLA’s controversial pro-Israel student president

The Second Sex

– The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is considering legal action against Rolling Stone over the article released on the alleged rape

– Jessica Valenti: “For-profit breast milk? It’s her body, and it must be her choice

– Women living under the new conditions in Libya were better-off when Moammar Qaddafi was in charge

– The U.N. decided not to partner with Uber over its plans to help women because officials were concerned with recent problems involving women

Planet Earth

– Gallup: Forty percent of Americans support hydrofracking, while 40 percent oppose hydrofracking

– Looks like, despite the consequences resulting from such a decision, the U.S. government will allow Shell to drill in the Arctic

– Speaking of Shell, it, along with ENI, caused at least 550 oil spills in Nigeria

According to two scientists, including a Nobel Prize winner, humanity is now in control of all aspects of nature, which does not bode well considering the destruction we are causing

A new study found the last two large batches of forests is in the Congo and the Amazon. That’s it. Nowhere else

– In Brazil, indigenous communities are resisting the extraction of oil for the benefit of domestic and foreign capitalists

– Officials in Paris say emergency measures implemented to reduce smog succeeded in reducing carbon emissions

Mixed Bag

– Chris Hedges: “Journalism as Subversion

– It is certainly disturbing to see how aging Americans are targeted by the media, despite it not being as bad as it seems for the elderly

– Scientists found Americans dump materials like gold or silver down their toilets, which is essentially money dumped

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Brandon Jordan

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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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