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The Weekend Roundup for March 28-29th, 2015

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Welcome comrades!

As a side note, if you have some money to donate, then I recommend sending it to Brian Sonenstein for his reporting on prisons.

International Politics

Overall

Part two of three with Craig and Cindy Corrie about going to Israel and seeing not only solidarity from Israelis, but also stratification in Israeli society as well

– Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi supported a regional force to intervene in Yemen, where the “stooges of Iran” are. Even Yemen’s president said the same about the Shiite rebels

– Saudi Arabia criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for being a hypocrite when it comes to peace in the Middle East

Middle East

– Journalist Walid Al-Saqaf joins The Real News to talk on how the conflict in Yemen is more of a conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia than sectarian tensions

– Juan Cole: “What’s Really Behind the Saudi Attack on Yemen

– Are you unsure as to what is happening in Yemen? Came in too late or ignored it? This post can provide a summary of what’s going on.

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: This deal happening between P5+1 and Iran is worse than we imagined; You can read more on the intense talks here

– Ali Abunimah: “Arab states should “strike” Gaza like Yemen, says advisor to Mahmoud Abbas

Asia and Oceania

– Singapore truly is a capitalist’s paradise as economic growth dramatically increased in the past decades along with tight government control on speech. It could even be compared to Israel

All eyes are on Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is walking a fine line based on internal and external factors

– Pakistan’s military said it killed at least 15 militants near its border with Afghanistan

Africa

– Voting extended in Nigeria as authorities said they would investigate allegations of corruption. Meanwhile, at least 12 people were killed by Boko Haram militants

Europe 

– The right-wing and far-right won big in French local elections at the expense of French President Francois Hollande and his Socialist Party

– The Greek government put forward more reforms in order to get more bailout funds

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A new report found American soldiers in Colombia sexually assaulted children, but it wasn’t important enough for the American press

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “The FBI used to recommend encryption. Now they want to ban it

– Before documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were released, the NSA considered ending its mass surveillance program

Financial Matters

– Professor William Black joins The Real News to talk about two Credit Suisse bankers who got a slap on the wrist, which reveals how weak the justice system is when dealing with bankers

– The Real News hears from a left economist and a right-wing economist on what needs to be done going forward

– In analyzing the merger between Heinz and Kraft, Deutsche Bank compared Warren Buffett, the architect of the merger, to Gordon Gekko

– Russia refused to negotiate repayment of its $3 billion loan to Ukraine, which will be due by the end of this year

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “The Unexpected Burden of Pregnancy at Work

A new report found there is a high number of unemployed workers without benefits, which continue to be cut by federal and state lawmakers

Politics US

Washington USA

– At the George W. Bush Conference, Institute for Policy Studies fellow Phyllis Bennis called for a war crime trial for Bush; Indeed, only fitting place

– The Real News covers the recent decision by the White House to not withdraw from Afghanistan

– Sidney Blumenthal, a former Clinton official, sent intelligence on Libya in 2011 to Hillary Clinton, according to leaked emails

– Emptywheel: “Did Authorizing Torture Make the National Security Council an Agency Subject to FOIA?

– Speaker of the House John Boehner: We cannot trust Iran to keep their end of the bargain

Anytown USA

– The Missouri History Museum hosted an event drawing connections between Ferguson, Palestine and Mexico; however, due to pressure from a pro-Israel group, they canceled it. Rania Khalek writes more on it here.

Part two with Monique Dixon, senior policy counsel for NAACP, and Reverend Graylan Hagleron the Justice Department’s report on policing in Ferguson

– Do not be fooled by the “evidence-based” criminal justice reformists as they do not really advocate a radical change to the system

– We cannot forget New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s place as pushing for real estate and gentrification, kind of what Fiorella La Guardia did

– It is incredible Kshama Sawant is still in office and still fighting as strong as ever

– Sure, Jesus Garcia is an alternative to Rahm Emanuel, but that is not saying much as he is not straying away from neoliberalism

– A Baltimore prosecutor will now re-investigate the case of Robert Clay, a contractor in the city who was murdered

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Good news as a homeless shelter for transgender youth opened in the nation’s capital

The Second Sex

– Sarah Jaffe: “Uber isn’t driving gender equality: Why its new hiring scheme is a road to nowhere

– A fun way to learn your ABCs through (mostly) radical women in the nation’s history

– A jury found a venture capital company did not discriminate against a female employee, which may mean a victory for Silicon Valley

Planet Earth

– The town of Williston, N.D. shows how the fracking bubble was an illusion for the workers who believed there was an incessant amount of money for them

– Animals in the Pacific Ocean are under threat due to warmer water, which is thanks due to global warming

– A farmer offered members of Nebraska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, who favor hydrofracking, to drink water tainted by fracking chemicals. No one took him up on is offer

– The Chinese government seems to be very serious when it comes to the issue of climate change. This may expand into an article on scapegoating China as an environmental villain that may be found in Western media

– We need to radically change our lifestyles, not institute petty reforms here or there, in order to easy climate change

– At a United Nations meeting providing funds for states dealing with climate change, there was agreement funds could be used for fossil fuel projects

– A member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said two degrees Celsius was “utterly inadequate

– The Rockefeller family attempted to convince ExxonMobil of the dangers of climate change. They refused to listen

– With a heat wave now affecting California, things are getting worse for residents there

– Georgetown, Texas will now push for all of its power coming from renewable energy as it is cheaper for them than using fossil fuels

Mixed Bag

Interesting analysis from Louis Proyect on writer Michel Houellebecq and his bleak politics

– For anyone new to finding the cult of Scientology, why are celebrities going to Scientology? Simple, the money.

– Dave Zirin: “Why the NCAA Should Move the Final Four Out of Indiana

– Looks like MSNBC may undergo even more changes as ratings still suffer

Break Time

We Are All Bourgeois Now [McCarthy]

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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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