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The Roundup for April 3rd, 2015

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It’s the end of the week, but still the beginning of a new month (and hopefully better weather in the northeast).

International Politics


– Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks to The Real News on some sections of the elites in the U.S., along with Israel and Saudi Arabia, supporting war than peace with Iran

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: The deal was helpful for us and “our nuclear rights will be protected

– Despite the international agreement, things with Iran may not change in general

– The Chinese government sent naval ships to patrol the Gulf of Aden to stop piracy

 Middle East

– Madawi Al-Rasheed, a professor, joins The Real News to discuss the battlefield known as Yemen where Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting with one another

– The Syrian government praised the international deal with Iran and said it would “ease regional and international tensions”

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered all soldiers to arrest any vandals in Tikrit


– The Islamic State Egyptian branch claimed responsibility for an attack killing 17 people in Sinai


– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris talks to The Real News on a potential Greek default and the euro being devalued

– The Russian government pays trolls to spam the Internet with pro-Russian material

– It must be fun be Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since he spends a lot of money on a lavish lifestyle

– Greek officials say they would be able to pay back the €460 million loan by the International Monetary Fund on time

– Meanwhile, Greek official say they are prepared to improve the public health care in the country

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Despite leftists returning to power in Chile, they still uphold parts of neoliberalism in the country

– Despite there being a unequal distribution of land in Brazil, the Brazilian government wants to help out the rich businesses through business-friendly policies

– At least six million signatures were obtained asking President Barack Obama to repeal his executive order deeming Venezuela a “national security” threat

– Meanwhile, a new poll found 92 percent of Venezuelans oppose a U.S. invasion of Venezuela and 62 percent disagreed with the U.S. narrative on the country

– With thousands of Mexicans displaced, they feel their government abandoned them and are pressuring such officials to help

Surveillance Planet

– Lee Fang: “In New Video, Congressman Explains Why His Fellow Lawmakers Couldn’t Be Trusted With NSA Oversight

Financial Matters

– The March jobs report added 126,000 jobs and unemployment fell to 5.5 percent

– Americans need one thing: higher wages. Indeed, the costs of living are going up and wages are not following suit

– Comically and depressingly, the First Amendment is being used more by corporations than actual and real individuals

– The truth is, under capitalism, there is no such thing as massive investments by the private sector. The system does not push for it at all-

– San Francisco is considering using its public land to build luxury houses because money!

– What do foreign businesses think about the latest deal with Iran? It’s good for business in the country down the line

Labor’s a-Brewing

An insightful review of a documentary highlighting the exploitation of undocumented immigrants in New York City, who are underpaid and overworked

Politics US

Washington USA

– Republican lawmakers are furious about the P5+1-Iran deal and believe it is a terrible deal

– A veteran of the Iraq War asked Karl Rove whether he would apologize for the war. Rove said no

– The Justice Department cited problems with HSBC that need to be corrected, which it said came from “cultural deficiencies

– Hillary Clinton’s election headquarters may be stationed in Brooklyn because what says more to voters than being in the borough with the highest rents in the country?

Anytown USA

– Real estate developers do not feel New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is hostile to their interests. Instead, they believe he is a valuable ally

Barely any effort is made by the New York City Housing Authority when responding to problems throughout it system

– While the media would love to say two women were arrested for attempting to help ISIS, there is more to story including the role of an undercover agent

A new study found health workers in NYC jails have their ethics compromised when they see or do actions they are shocked by

We Don’t Need No Education

– In 1998, oil companies sought out ways to influence students in siding with them. Today, their plans worked

– The issue of race needs to be address considering how it’s affecting Millennials in college

The Second Sex

– Lawmakers in Texas want to reveal the names of judges involved in cases of youths obtaining abortions because of “transparency”

– Societies preference for a large butt are fueling black women to go to illegal means to get one, which sometimes can be fatal

Planet Earth

– The drought in California just reinforces how important it is to fight for a better world as climate justice also entails stopping the capitalist system from continuing in the state

– Researchers from around the world warned nations must cut carbon emissions now or else face major consequences in the future

– Latin American countries are divided between those who prefer fossil fuels and those who prefer renewable energy

– Steve Horn: “BNSF Engineer Who Manned Exploding North Dakota “Bomb Train” Sues Former Employer

Mixed Bag

– Despite pizza store owners saying they would close after protests over their refusal to serve same-sex couples, they were able to raise at least half a million dollars through donations online

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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.