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The Roundup for March 25th, 2015

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Howdy there folks!

International Politics

Overall

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is walking a fine line in Ukraine as he cannot anger either the Russians or the West

Middle East

– It looks like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comment on “droves of Arab voters” may have helped him win

– The Houthis in Yemen are slowly marching to Aden to capture it, where President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is now at

– The Kurdish prime minister talks to Al-Monitor Shiite militias in Iraq, the role of Iran and more

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with a delegation from Belgium, including one far-right politician

– Afghan President Ashraf Ghani: We will be able to fund our own security forces in the next 10 years without American support

Africa

– A 10-year-old girl was killed by a bomb after she picked it up, unsure about what it was

– A Nigerian official said Boko Haram was now using civilians as human shields when fighting

Europe 

– Economist Mark Weisbrot joins The Real News and discusses the fall of the center-left in Europe and why parties like Syriza and Podemos are becoming popular

– The daughter of Uzbekistan’s leader took bribes from European telecom companies and gave them access to mobile phones in the country

– The Kiev government removed Ihor Kolomoisky from his position as regional governor after recent issues involving the oligarch

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Looks like weapons of mass destruction will be the next excuse by U.S. officials when it comes to the “security threat” known as Venezuela

– We all remember how Archbishop Oscar Romero was murdered, but we must also remember those murdered at Romero’s funeral, a testament on El Salvador at the time

Surveillance Planet

– Sam Sacks: “FBI Director Continues Crusade Against Encryption, Calls on Congress To Act

– Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), the head of the House intelligence committee, said it was normal for Israel to spy on international talks since everyone does it; Such arguments can be found in: torture, war, genocide, corruption, etc

– According to documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Israel does spy on its allies in spite of what Netanyahu wants to deny

– Sam Knight: “Keep Watching The Skies: Pentagon Official Calls for Better Outer Space Intelligence

Financial Matters

– Lawmakers want to exempt banks with assets of less than $250 billion from Dodd-Frank, but that is not a wise idea. Rather, it is very dumb

– General Dynamics, a weapons manufacturing firm, admitted even “perceived” threats is good for them

– Austerity is having a major consequence in Bulgaria, as well as in other Eastern European countries, as it leads educated youths to leave

– There is no denying the World Bank’s action caused poverty and preventing actual economic policies for the betterment of society. The question is what can activists do to challenge this

– Uber announced it would create response teams as a result of safety issues across the globe

– Schlumberger, the French oil firm, was fined at least $232 million after the U.S. government charged them with violating sanctions against Iran and Sudan

– Heinz and Kraft announced a new deal where they would merger. Yes, there will be layoffs

– President Barack Obama: Free trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will lead to benefits for big and small businesses; Wait, you do know April’s Fools is next week?

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “Have a Law-Breaking Boss? Take a Cue From These Workers and Sue

– ProPublica reports on the failures of workers’ compensation “reforms” and the consequences of them

– Farm workers in Baja California continue to go on strike for not only better pay, but better benefits and protection in their occupation

Politics US

Washington USA

– Colonel Lawrenece Wilkerson speaks with The Real News about former George W. Bush and what it could take to make him be accountable for his actions

– The military charged Bowe Bergdahl with misbehavior and desertion, which may result in life in prison

– Hillary Clinton must address the latest scandal now focusing on her brother who used the Clinton Foundation to mine for gold in Haiti. More on that here.

– The truth is voting is limited as the options we are given do not really provide any sense of meaningful change. Still, electoral politics is something radicals and revolutionaries should keep their eye on and participate in.

– Lobbyists tied to telecommunications companies will now aim to reduce funding for the Federal Communications Commission as a result of new net neutrality rules

Anytown USA

A darn good piece on how leftists, especially Marxists, can suddenly drift to the right so much so that they end up like the insane right-wingers we have today

– California’s attorney general pledged to challenge a potential refere dum that would make it legal to executive homosexuals

– Glen Ford: “Philadelphia’s Killer Cops Prove the Necessity of Black Community Control of Police

– Is Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant really bending to the Democrats? Haha, that’s funny. No; Don’t believe short-sighted ultra-leftists

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Real News covers a bill potentially de-regulating drug patents, which allegedly would lead to innovation; Wait, innovation is not the same thing as profits

– A new study found children who grow up in homes with at least one parent smoking are likely to develop heart disease

A new report found pesticides to blame for the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs

The Second Sex

– FratPAC, which represents fraternities and sororities across the U.S., will lobby Congressional lawmakers in order to make it harder for sexual assault investigations to be done

– The only abortion clinic in Mississippi was significantly vandalized because a bunch of people with too much time on their hands decided that was the best thing to do; Despicable cowards

– A patient in Chile was arrested after a doctor suspected she had an abortion, illegal in the country in all circumstances

Planet Earth

– Gallup: Fifty-five percent of Americans say global warming is already happening compared to 33 percent who say it will never happen or won’t happen in their lifetime; Ignorance is certainly bliss

– Gallup: Americans were more worried about environment damage last year than this year

– Luke Sussams, a researcher, joins The Real News to talk about a new report predicting the decline of the U.S. coal industry

– A fracking company sued a small town in Ohio and say it broke a contract where the town’s water would go to the firm

– Scientists warn an alarming slowdown in the circulation throughout the Atlantic Ocean is due to global warming

– Thankfully, as a result of low oil prices, drilling in the Arctic will not be so widespread as it was before

– U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz assured lawmakers the Department of Energy will reopen the underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico

Mixed Bag

A new study found humanity is evolving a rate faster than what was expected

Break Time

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Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

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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