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The Weekend Roundup for April 4-5th, 2015

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Good day folks!

No Salon Magazine today since they thought it was a good idea to publish Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Idiots.

International Politics


– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran would go back to the status quo should the West walk away from the pact agreed upon

– Gareth Porter: “The Ambiguities of the Nuclear Framework Deal

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: The P5+1-Iran deal is a “very bad deal

Middle East

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi: Should the Islamic State continue to get foreign recruits, then our efforts will be useless

Part two of three with Madawi Al-Rasheed, a professor, about the similar goals between ISIS and Saudi Arabia

– Daniel Martin Varisco, a professor and researcher, talks to The Real News about who and what to focus on in Yemen

– Speaking of Yemen, the Houthi rebels are making gains in spite of Saudi intervention


– What happened in Kenya could best be described as “horrifying blowback” and Kenyan officials must realize confrontation is not the response to take after the attack

– One of the al-Shabaab (not Boko Haram as I erroneously reported) militants who attacked the school was actually a Kenyan graduate who was the sun of a Kenyan official

– Idayat Hassan, director of the Center for Democracy and Development, joins The Real News to discuss the recent elections in Nigeria and how Nigerians are reacting to it


– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris and professor Leo Panitch join The Real News to discuss the situation in Europe, specifically with Greece, and the class struggle being played out on the European stage

– Should things continue to be in a stalemate in Greece, then snap elections may spring up

– The Czech Republic president refused to meet with the U.S ambassador to the country over the latter’s criticism of the former’s decision to go to a ceremony in Moscow

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The U.S. may believe Venezuela is a “national security” threat to them, but the rest of Latin America knows that isn’t true at all

– Brazilians demonstrated in Rio de Janeiro over the death of a 10-year-old child killed by police

Financial Matters

– Greek Financial Minister Yanis Yaroufakis is visiting the head of the International Monetary Fund along with U.S. Treasury officials on his U.S. tour

– The ultimate commodity alienated in our economic system is not the products we buy or services we purchase. It is us.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– There’s so much money in March Madness, but that doesn’t translate as money for players

– Michelle Chen: “Even the Government’s Own Accountability Office Found Major Flaws in US Guestworker Programs

Politics US

Washington USA

– Lee Fang: “[Martin] O’Malley’s Populist Critique of Trade Pact Unsupported By Prior Comments

– Instead of the mainstream narrative of the ISIS boogeyman, the reality is Americans really have nothing to fear

– Admiral Mike Rogers, head of the NSA, criticized any potential plans for the privatization of military operations and warned such an effort would result in major consequences

– David Sirota: “A Deepening Democratic Party Divide

Anytown USA

– Racism is deeply ingrained in the minds of Ferguson officials; indeed, newly revealed emails show this

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found 69 percent of Americans on anti-depressants are not suffering from clinical depression or major depression disorder

– There’s money in genes and-Wait, there’s money to be made with genes? Really?

The Second Sex

– An individual living in San Diego was sentenced to 18 years in prison for operating a “revenge porn” site

– The author of the Rolling Stone story will apologize for writing the article with the unverified sources

Planet Earth

– Actually, according to researchers, ocean thermal energy would be harmful for the planet in the long-term

– The writing is on the wall in terms of global warming, but, as Republicans in power deny climate change exists, we will be guaranteed destruction

– California Governor Jerry Brown: Those who deny climate change should wake up

– In spite of the water restrictions in the state, residents and officials are still unsure as to what will happen

Mixed Bag

An interesting interview with Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski on the concept of hate and social justice

Break Time

I Dream Too Much [Sun Ra]

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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.