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The Roundup for April 9th, 2015

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Long day, but at least there’s no snow anymore!

International Politics


– Sweden announced it would join the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State with 120 troops

– Juan Cole: “Can the Arab World Live With the US-Iran Nuclear Deal?

– Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, said he was indifferent to the international agreement

Middle East

– It turns out Israeli forces are deliberately attacking journalists in the West Bank as more reporters become injured

– Ali Abunimah: “Under boycott pressure, Veolia dumps most Israel businesses

Asia and Oceania

– The War on Terror expands to the Philippines with U.S. forces providing technology and information on militants to authorities there; The World Is A Battlefield


– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  The entire Islamic world risks “disintegration” due to Shiite-Sunni divide

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a restart of relations between EU and Russia

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Alexander Main, an analyst at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, talks to The Real News about America’s role in the Summit of the Americas

– Professor Miguel Tinker-Salas speaks with The Real News about how the U.S. plan to isolate Venezuela in Latin America backfired

– The treasurer of the Workers’ Party, the party in charge in Brazil, said all political donations to the organization last year was legal

– President Obama is in the Caribbean to push for clean energy and definitely not seeking to reduce Venezuela’s influence in the region; That would be outrageous!

Surveillance Planet

– Marcy Wheeler: “CISA Hack of the Day: White House Can Already Share Intelligence with the State Department

– Now wouldn’t it just be ridiculous if the NSA was run by lobbyists who worked with NSA contracto-Wait, that happens?

Financial Matters

A new report found how much the Greek working class lost thanks to austerity and it ain’t pretty

– Should we turn to a hardcore privatized health care with no regulations, then India provides an example of what disasters await

– Dean Baker: “Trying to Explain the Jobless Recovery That Does Not Exist

– France announced an expansion of the HSBC investigation into the firm’s global holding section

– JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon: Forget about those who say we’re too big, we’re fine and safe for the economic system

– Thanks to hardcore lobbyists tied to Wall Street, Dodd-Frank was weakened with regulators turning their heads

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “Are These Strikes a Sign of Growing Militancy Among China’s Workers?

Politics USA

Washington USA

– Gallup: Forty-eight percent of Americans favor Hillary Clinton, down from 50 percent last month

A new report warned the Bureau of Land Management is crippled by the rise of armed militias

– A victory for a transgender woman against the U.S. Army means a victory for all transgender employees in the federal authorities

– An investigation by the Associated Press found at least 200 instances where individuals breached security at busy American airports

Anytown USA

– It can be considered extreme, but abolishing the police is the right step forward in ensuring a true sense of justice

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau found less women are having kids in their 20s

– Pew: A growing number of blacks living in the U.S. are born in other countries

– Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou joins The Real News to talk about elections in Ferguson and what activists there may be expecting

– Police reforms in Maryland are not going as fast as expected and there are actually setbacks

– Amy Goodman: “Capital Punishment? A Dead Policy Walking

– A. Dwight Pettit, an attorney, talks to The Real News about the Walter Scott case as well as police accountability

– Speaking of the Scott case, the person who filmed the video of him getting killed is now afraid the police might come after him too

– Still, the video is powerful as it puts a major hole in the powerful police narrative when it comes to these types of shootings

– A new poll found 55 percent of Americans oppose the framework behind “religious freedom”

– It should be noted, in the Chicago run-off election, austerity was not a topic discussed by Jesus Garcia

We Don’t Need No Education

– It’s not just in the U.S. that students are calling for free education as the same can be found in Holland

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Prison is terrible to begin with for prisoners, although they experience worse in terms of harassment and violence

The Second Sex

– Despite a new poll finding Americans believe in gender equality, only 18 percent identify as a feminist

A new study found women who are anorexic earn less money than men

Planet Earth

New research found there is more radioactive gas at homes across Pennsylvania due to hydrofracking

– Offshore hydrofracking is taking place at the Gulf of Mexico although government officials are not eager to release data on it

Evidence from a Chevron whistleblower found the company falsefying evidence relating to a trial on oil pollution in Ecuador

– In Bolder, Col., a lake is now infested with pet goldfish that threaten the ecosystem

Mixed Bag

– The most popular dating places are mostly fast-food chains. No, seriously

– For anyone interested in the relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, here’s a piece going into depth about it

Break Time

A Pearl Is Not A Diamond [White Fence]

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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.