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The Roundup for March 24th, 2015

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Phew, that was a long day. Midterms are all set though!

International Politics


– President Barack Obama: After remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chances of a two-state solution are “dim“; And this is going from what exactly? A little more dim?

Middle East

– Saudi Arabia, fearful of what is happening in Yemen, placed more soldiers on its border with the country

– Palestinian leaders do not accept the apology of Benjamin Netanyahu as they do not feel it is genuine


Part three of three with professor Vicente Navarro on the potential threat Podemos poses for the ruling class across Europe; I should a bumbling ruling class

– A German Airbus aircraft crashed in northern France and French President Francois Hollande said there were no survivors

A new poll found 47.8 percent of Greeks would vote for Syriza if elections were held today and a vast majority support sticking with the euro

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It is depressing to hear about the story of Efrain Rios Montt, a dictator who ruled in Guatemala, considering Montt still is not going to trial despite constant delays.

Financial Matters

– In a new agreement with Russia, Jordan announced it would construct the first-ever nuclear power plant in the country

– The “Most Powerful Woman on Wall Street” Ruth Porat will be joining Google as the finance chief

– Rania Khalek: “Sixty percent of global drone exports come from Israel — new data

– The topic of austerity is now on the minds of North Dakota lawmakers with the massive drop in oil prices

A new report found federal workers owe more than $3.5 billion in taxes

Labor’s a-Brewing

A new report found an increase of the minimum wage to $15.25 would create jobs and increase money in the LA economy

Politics US

Washington USA

– Jason Leopold: “Pentagon Panel Proposes Sweeping Changes that Could Impact Guantanamo Force-Feeding

– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, joins The Real News to talk about Ted Cruz’s presidential bid and how it will not go anywhere

– There’s a secret slush fund for the Pentagon that can best be described as “crack cocaine” for them

– Speaker of the House John Boehner was “baffled” by reports on the Israelis spying on international negotiations with Iran; For someone who invited Netanyahu, it sure is strange he didn’t hear about this

– Sam Sacks: “Variety in American nuclear plant designs increases risk of disaster, lawmaker warns

– The Republican Party wants to give more weapons to Taiwan, an idea pushed for by a Taiwanese lobbyist

– Lee Fang: “Saudi Government Retains GOP’s Big Data Firms

Anytown USA

– Kshama Sawant: “Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously“; Yes and yes

– Sergeant Louis Hopson joins The Real News to discuss racism and policing not only in Baltimore, but nationally

– State lawmakers in Arizona realize how harmful it can be for communities when officers kill people of color. Their reaction? Hide the names of officers.; Genius! Bravo!

– At a die-in protest in front of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, three people were arrested

An interview with Alicia Garza, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, about the BLM movement in general

A new study found 81 percent of individuals shot by police in Philadelphia are blacks

We Don’t Need No Education

– Omar Sirri, a Ph.D student, joins The Real News to talk about the labor disputes at York University and University of Toronto and how administration officials refuse to provide a good contract

– Natasha Lennard: “American protesters should be inspired by the Quebec student strike

The Second Sex

– Four women in Georgia were arrested after requesting a meeting with a sponsor of a bill that would allow employers to fire employees who get an abortion

– An UberX driver raped a woman in Philadelphia and the company was not aware until a reporting covering the story told them about it

Planet Earth

– Costa Rica, for the past 75 days, used 100 percent renewable energy and no fossil fuels were ever extracted or used

– Gallup: Fifty percent of Americans say the environment is “excellent/good”; I only wish it was

– An interview with professor Tom Malleson on the question of work and its relation to feminism as well as the environment

– Rebecca Solnit: “The Most Important Thing We Can Do to Fight Climate Change Is Try“; Indeed

Mixed Bag

– Journalist Raven Rakia is raising money for her work on prisons, justice and court trials. Definitely check this out if you have some extra cash.

– Dave Zirin: “‘You’re Not a Commodity, You’re a Person.’ How Chris Borland Has Reframed the Football Debate

– Just a reminder, Vice President Joseph Biden told an audience of Jewish Americans a few months ago that Israel would protect them, not the U.S.

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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.