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The Roundup for April 2nd, 2015

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Hey there folks! I’m off from school for a week so I can now relax and take things a little more slower.

International Politics

Overall

– Pew: It is projected Islam will spread rapidly throughout the world in the next few decades

– With a deal set between the P5+1 and Iran, it seems like the right step forward. Indeed, Iranians are literally cheering in the streets

– President Barack Obama: We have reached a “good deal” with Iran; Meanwhile, Israel disagrees

Middle East

– The United Nations reported at least 500 died and 1,700 were injured as a result of fighting in Yemen

An hour-long question-and-answer event, hosted by The Real News, featuring Journalist Lia Tarachansky about Israeli society

– Iraqis are turning more to social media than using print or online media when it comes to news on the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, in Iraq, residents of a town in the northern part of the country cannot return despite it being taken back from ISIS

– Glen Ford: “When the Jihadists Turn on Their Masters

At least 11 people died when bombs went off in Baghdad in two separate areas

Africa

– In Kenya, at least 147 people died as a result of al-Shabaab militants attacking a university

Europe 

A new report warns a record number of migrants may drown in the Mediterranean this year

– Sam Knight: “French court orders ex-Gitmo chief to appear in torture case

– The Kiev government may collapse should corruption continue to balloon

An interview with Catarina Principe, a young organizer in Portugal, about fighting austerity and explaining a leftist resurgence

– Natasha Lennard: “When cops killed a kid in Istanbul, armed leftists took a prosecutor hostage

– Despite tensions between the two, Ukraine announced a new deal to purchase gas from Russia

– Fifty-six crew members on a Russian trawler sank to their deaths after something happened to the ship

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– John Hopkins University was sued over experiments it helped conduct in infecting Guatemalans with STDs during the 1940s and 1950s

– Venezuela announced it would purchase more arms from both Russia and China

Very interesting article on the role of Evo Morales in Bolivia as well as the social movements in the country

Surveillance Planet

– Britain used spies in order to influence citizens in Argentina in order to prevent the government from wanting back the Falkland Islands

Financial Matters

– Warren Buffett: I didn’t know my $25,000 contribution to a pro-Hillary organization actually went to a Super PAC; Oh I’m sure that happens all the time

– Sam Sacks: “Defense contractor sends military blueprints to foreign actors, Feds leave espionage act charges in pocket

– An HSBC executive admitted the bank may be embroiled in another financial controversy in the future

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The Fight for 15 campaign, it should be noted, is more about changing the lives of the workers on all scales than just increasing the minimum wage

– In Panama, dock workers are fighting for better working conditions and have support from American unions

– Workers in China are becoming more militant and pressuring the government for better working conditions as the wealth continues to build up

– What do McDonald’s workers think about the pathetic raises by the company? There’s still work to do

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Fifty-eight percent of Americans say they are interested in the 2016 presidential elections

– The Real News covers the Senate’s disregard of trade deals in explaining the rise of immigration from Central American countries

– Marcy Wheeler: “FBI’s brazen terrorism lie: What the Boston Marathon bombing trial reveals about America’s deluded terror narrative

– Turns out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) supports the religious freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas

– President Obama, while commuting the sentences of a few prisoners, needs to do way more considering how few he commuted

– Over at VICE, there’s a 15+ minute interview with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou

– Lee Fang: “Ron Conway, San Francisco’s Tech Kingmaker, Quietly Attends Jeb Bush Fundraiser

Anytown USA

– William Black, a professor, joins The Real News to explain the religious freedom laws in the Arkansas and Indiana and who likes it as well as who does not like it

– Amy Goodman: “Hate Doesn’t Pay

– To highlight how bad policing is in the U.S.: In March, 111 people were killed by police officers nationwide. Compare that to the United Kingdom where, since 1900, only 52 people were killed by police.

– PayPal would rather allow right-wing extremist groups to still use its services despite its own policies restricting such groups

– Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, once said the execution of a mentally disabled man was okay because the public loved it. No really, he actually said that

Part one of a four-part series on how those whose job it is to hold Chicago police accountable help cover-up murders

We Don’t Need No Education

– A student of Clemson University in South Carolina was found dead and allegedly was killed by his fraternity members over failure to buy breakfast from McDonald’s. Moreover, they also covered up his death

– Stanford University announced it would provide free education for students coming from families making less than $250,000

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Brazilians are huge fans of pesticides. So much so they don’t even regulate its use

 The Second Sex

A new study found women who are in abusive relationships are less likely to use birth control and more likely to use alternative, discreet methods

– Jessica Valenti: “It isn’t justice for Purvi Patel to serve 20 years in prison for an abortion

Planet Earth

– Maude Barlow, chairperson of Food & Water Watch, joins The Real News to talk about both the positives and negatives of the new water restrictions in California

– Janet Redman, a director at the Institute for Policy Studies, speaks with The Real News about the weakness of the U.S. plan in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: Forty-one percent of Americans are excited when checking their mail; Guilty as charged here

A very worthy and interesting interview with investigative journalist Seymour Hersh

Break Time

Soul Meets Body [Death Cab For Cutie]

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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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