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The Roundup for March 30th, 2015

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In honor of OK Computer being archived by the Library of Congress, I place today a quasi-song off the album. Expect a post about the album later in the week.

International Politics


– Pew: While 49 percent of Americans support U.S. negotiations with Iran, 63 percent do not believe Iran is serious

– Journalist Tim Shurrock asks a very important question: “Can the United States Own Up To Its War Crimes During the Korean War?

– Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for Saudi Arabia to liberate Indians held in Yemen

– Hillary Clinton: U.S.-Israeli relations must return to “constructive footing

Middle East

– Due to missiles from Saudi planes, at least 40 displaced civilians were killed in Yemen

– Meanwhile, in Aden, Yemen, things are becoming unstable as no security, food shortages and power cuts are jeopardizing the safety of residents there

– Ali Abunimah: “Israeli government spreads racist caricature of Arabs on Facebook, Twitter

Asia and Oceania

– For the second time, a blogger in Bangladesh was murdered possibly for his atheist views


– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Despite conflict over Yemen, we will still visit Iran next week

– Mark Weisbrot: “Are European Authorities Destroying Greece’s Economy in Order to “Save” It?

– Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis: We must end the “toxic blame game” between Greece and Germany

Financial Matters

– The latest corrections for the fourth quarter American GDP reveal profits for companies are falling and this spells trouble

– Conspicuous construction is the appropriate term for the rush of construction, valuable I might add, in New York City

– Corporations may exploit and take advantage of us, but there are ways to make them pay

– Dean Baker: “Don’t Worry About the Robots; the Fed Might Take Your Job

– Afghanistan is looking to the Eastern states like China in rejuvenating the Afghan economy

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: We need an “honest compromise” with our lenders

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Where can you find the most people unemployed but refuse to work? Believe it or not, Italy

– After speaking with a reporter from the Washington Post, a worker making minimum wage was fired

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Barack Obama: Lawmakers should aspire to be like late Senate Edward Kennedy as his compromises hold lessons for us

– At The George W. Bush Conference, journalist Anand Gopal explains the consequences of U.S. policy in Afghanistan; A must for any interested folk

– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): Israel must “go rogue” over the P5+1-Iran negotiations and fulfill its warnings

– David Sirota: “The SEC Illustrates the Danger of Regulatory Capture

– $4.5 billion. That’s how much Medicare spent for drugs like Hepatitis C last year.

– Trevor Timm: “If this is what an anti-war presidency looks like to you, you’re detached from reality

Anytown USA

The Real News covers tenants living in Baltimore who are fighting for fairer housing

A new poll found 40 percent of Millennials believing same-sex relations are morally wrong among other things

– The city of Richmond, Va., realize how important it is to confront one’s past (in this case racism) to overcome problems. Thankfully, lawmakers realize this

– Natasha Lennard: “We must not ignore the Ohio prisoners on hunger strike

– At the National Security Agency headquarters in the capital, one person was killed and two others was wounded after a shooting at the gate

We Don’t Need No Education

– Wall Street is now interested in student debt and are willing to use subprime loans to make some dough

– A lawsuit against Sweet Briar College, which announced it would close, may actually keep it opened; But for how long?

– Corinthian College students on strike over their debt will meet with officials from the Department of Education and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Michelle Chen writes more on the strikers here

– It is extraordinary difficult for students to juggle a job and support themselves in college

The Second Sex

– Syrian women now are the breadwinners for families in Syria with men out of work due to the civil war

– Chris Hedges: “No One Is Free Until All Are Free

– Worker-owned cooperatives hold massive potential for women to be empowered and in control of their work

– New Jersey Governor Chris Christie supports ban on abortion after 20 weeks

A new study found black girls are harshly punished more than white girls when in school

– Jessica Valenti: “Social media is protecting men from periods, breast milk and body hair

Planet Earth

– Gallup: Fifty-one percent of Americans support nuclear power, while 43 percent oppose it

– A new study found birth control flushed down the toilet and sink is causing abnormal effects in fish

– Scientists warn as Antarctic ice melts, the potential for sea levels to rise goes up

– Dahr Jamail: “Oceans in Crisis: One Woman Will Cross the Pacific to Raise Awareness

– The U.S. government is likely to offer a cut of 28 percent in greenhouse gas emissions for a new climate treaty

Mixed Bag

– Henry A. Giroux: “Terrorism, Violence and the Culture of Madness

– South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Interesting article from a former libertarian who criticizes other libertarians who found an article he wrote to be wrong

– Bill Clinton told actor Kevin Spacey House of Cards is accurate in describing politics

Break Time

Fitter Happier [Radiohead]

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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.