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The Roundup for April 8th, 2015

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Another wonderful day full of news!

International Politics


– The U.S. government is supporting efforts for expanding the invasion of Yemen

– A new French government report found half of Europeans heading to join the Islamic State are French

– Thanks to technology and American firms, Saudi Arabia is doing well with lobbying

– The U.S. is now refueling planes of the Saudi-led coalition every day for the latter’s fight in Yemen

– Both Iran and Pakistan said they would find a peaceful resolution to the Yemeni conflict

Middle East

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the next battle with the ISIS would be over the Anbar province

– As a result of rebel shelling, at least 22 people were killed in the city of Aden

– The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates said the country would only join a ground invasion of Yemen if the president approved

Asia and Oceania

– Ashton Carter, secretary of the Defense Department, went to Okinawa, Japan, to reduce local tensions against the U.S. military

– North Korea claimed Mexico illegally detained one of its ships and would use “necessary measures” to get it back


An interview with the Egyptian ambassador to Yemen on Egypt’s role in Yemen and Egyptians stuck there

– In Egypt, specifically Sinai, 11 civilians and two soldiers were killed in three attacks


– In spite of the obstacles created by EU officials to prevent SYRIZA from moving forward, the coalition can still succeed

– The higher ups in the Front National party, a far-right organization in France, are fighting with one another over comments on the Holocaust

– Russian President Vladimir Putin said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did not go to Moscow for aid

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

 Lawrence Wilkerson joins The Real News to talk about American motives for allowing Cuba into the Summit of the Americas 

– While voters in Bolivia mostly supported candidates of the Evo Morales’ party, they did not support some candidates in major areas like La Paz

– Uruguyan President Tabare Vazquez called for the U.S. to provide financial support for the six ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees

– Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, in spite of a controversy over corruption with family members, said she would not resign

– A U.S. official visited Venezuela to discuss relations between the U.S. and Venezuelan government

– The U.S. deported an ex-general to El Salvador, where he committed human rights abuses in the 1980s

Financial Matters

– Argentinian Finance Minister Axel Kicillof announced the country would sue Citibank for its deal with hedge funds “to abandon Argentina”

– Michael Roberts: “Low investment is the cause of low growth – surprise!

– Royal Dutch Shell will buy BG Group, a rival oil company, for $70 billion and gives the firm access to countries like Egypt or Brazil

– Economist James K. Galbraith explains what he sees in SYRIZA and why it is “the real thing

– There’s a lot of money to be made with private prisons, heck even Mitt Romney can agree

– A thorough look into the tools Wall Street used to make money off of cities

– The European Union placed Iranian shipping companies and one Iranian bank on its sanctions list

– Officials at the Federal Reserve are divided over whether to raise interest rates

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Sure, McDonald’s raises for 12 percent of workers may be good but it’s all for public relations

– Businesses brought by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are also enterprises with labor complaints 

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Fifty percent of Americans are opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which is down from 56 percent late last year

– Super PACs supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his presidential run raised $31 million

– Gallup: Among Republican voters, 51 percent favor Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

– Speaking of Paul, he’s good friends with Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist out of his mind

– Emptywheel: “Everything in the War on Terror Came from the War on Drugs

– In a related note, a recent scandal with prostitutes involving DEA agents shows how corrupt they are when pushing for this War on Drugs

– Trevor Timm: “Congress must end mass NSA surveillance with next Patriot Act vote

– How much would cutting the estate tax cost us? About $30 billion per year

– A Senate committee announced it would create a secret encyclopedia of all things related to mass surveillance

Anytown USA

– Journalist Bruce Dixon joins The Real News to explain why Jesus Garcia failed to mobilize voters in Chicago and what it meant for the victory of Rahm Emanuel

– There’s still positives to talk about in terms of Chicago in spite of Darth Vader Lex Luther Rahm Emanuel Emanuel’s victory

– Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all counts, which are 30 in total and makes the death penalty likely

– The family of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man killed by a South Carolina police officer, called for calm after Scott’s death. Moreover, the officer in question was charged with murder and fired

– A personal story about the journalist’s mother being charged by St. Louis police

The Second Sex

– Abortion is not a black and white issue as it is possible for folks to be both pro-choice and pro-life

– Jessica Valenti: “We can’t end rape stigma by forcing all victims to identify themselves

– To be honest, anti-sex trafficking organization are really rescue industries making a lot of money

– An investigative look into how police in New Orleans failed on a rape case involving a high profile NFL player

– Kansas is the first state to ban abortion after the second trimester

Planet Earth

– City authorities in Baltimore may cut off water to residents in the city, which would be a violation of their human rights

– Michael Bloomberg announced a $30 million donation to the Sierra Club to reduce coal dependency; Seems empty

Mixed Bag

– The Onion: Nation Hopeful There Will Be Equally Random Chance Of Justice For Future Victims Of Police Abuse

 A necessary trip down memory lane about the history between the West and Iran

Break Time

In The Aeroplane Over The Sea [Neutral Milk Hotel]

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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.