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The Roundup for March 27th, 2015

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With this week officially over, we await the next one (and I am one step closer to spring break)

International Politics

Overall

Part one of three with the parents of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American killed by a bulldozer in Israel in 2003, about the pain they still feel

A new study found, as a result of Western intervention, at least 1.3 million people overseas died starting from 2001 onward

– The British foreign minister praised Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen as it stopped the rise of an Iranian-backed government. He will also be a part of the P5+1-Iran negotiations this weekend

– After the European Union refused to take Hamas off its terror list, the group denounced it and called for a review

A new report from the United Nations found Israel killed more Palestinians last year than it did since 1967

Middle East

– Bilal Ahmed, a Ph.D student at the University of London, explains to The Real News the Houthi movement in Yemen and why it sprung up from domestic, not international or religious, politics

– In southern Yemen, specifically a few miles outside of Adal, tribes killed at least 21 Shiite rebels

– Due to an Israeli cluster bomb, at least six children were wounded in Lebanon

– Israel announced it would not withhold any more tax revenue for the Palestinian Authority

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: I welcome the presence of Russian naval ships as it brings stability to our region

– Meanwhile, Assad called claims of chemical warfare in Syria by the military “malicious propaganda

Africa

– Zachariah Mampilly, a professor, joins The Real News to discuss the elections in Nigeria and why they are unique compared to the past few ones

– Meanwhile, the Nigerian military announced it captured the headquarters of Boko Haram

– Militants from Al-Shabaab entered a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia and killed at least seven people 

Europe 

– It certainly is a contraction in Norway when extremism can rise in a country full of secure safety nets and a egalitarian structure

– In Greece, the threat of Golden Dawn cannot be under-emphasized as they are a major problem for the country’s citizens

At least 100,000 demonstrated in Dublin against the Irish government’s tax on water for households

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Parents of the 43 missing students, and thousands of other Mexicans, marched in Mexico to demand justice for those missing students

Surveillance Planet

– It is likely, after failing to win a case in the United Kingdom, Google will possibly be sued for tracking Safari users

Financial Matters

– Last year, the Brazilian economy only grew at .1 percent, which does not bode well for this year

Deflation may return to Japan as consumer inflation is the same as it was last year

– Authorities in Brazil will start legal challenges to companies who neglected to pay, in total almost $2 billion in unpaid taxes and fines

– The National Petroleum Council, set up at the request of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, said Arctic drilling is a must for the U.S. as shale will not last

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Is the new $15 per hour minimum wage the apocalypse that the business press is on the rage about? Not quite.

Politics US

Washington USA

– A former Bush administration official publicly said at the George W. Bush Conference the Iraq War was not illegal

– Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he would not seek re-election for his seat next year. Reid suggested Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to succeed him as leader of the Democrats in the Senate; Oh heavens no

– Some hawks in government are angry outer space is not under their control and want more spending to ensure that

– Ever whistle when at the airport security line? Wear improper attire at the airport? Rub your hands at the airport? According to the Transportation Security Administration, you may be terrorist!

Anytown USA

– Max Blumenthal: “Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest Deception

– Speaking of Islamophobic darlings some liberals love, the narrative of “sophisticated us versus barbarian them” is so easy for gullible liberals and leftists

– Sooner or later, Philadelphia must confront the issue of racism and police brutality, which persists in the city

We Don’t Need No Education

– Students at Swarthmore College occupied a building on campus dealing with finances in order to press the college to divest from fossil fuels; Solidarity with them

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– An economist warned superbugs in China would lead to the deaths of at least one million Chinese civilians each year

– In a documentary involving Roundup from Monsanto, a lobbyist for the company claimed it was not dangerous for humans and refused to drink it when offered

The Second Sex

– Women in prison face horrific conditions as authorities refuse to provide safe reproductive care for them

Planet Earth

A new report warned the population growth may exceed water supply, yet new technologies may be invented to prevent shortages

– Speaking of water, the Red Cross warned water is being used as a weapon in the Middle East

– Once again, California is facing a crisis over its water. This time, however, may be even more catastrophic than before

– Gallup: Only 28 percent of Americans say the energy situation is “very serious”

– Countries throughout Latin America are turning to solar energy with massive investments and construction

A new study found scientists should not take air travel as it is not only hypocritical but adds to carbon emissions

– One major demand the environmental movement must push for is the nationalization of energy companies

An interview with scientist Philip Fearnside about deforestation in the Amazon and what it takes to stop it

– El Nino is back in the Pacific Ocean, but it will not provide much-needed water to California

Mixed Bag

– Dave Zirin: “A World of Sports Worth Fighting For

– German authorities found a note in the trash of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who intentionally crashed the Germanwings plane, and it was from a doctor who found him unfit to work

Break Time

My Boyfriend Is A Communist [Miss Kimberly]

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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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