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The Roundup for April 10th, 2015

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In the comment section, I posted an article from The Wall Street Journal titled “The Case For Letting Greece Go.”

No capitalist will hold me back with a paywall!

International Politics

Overall

– A Russian official warned the Islamic State may be operating in Russia, specifically in the North Caucasus region where Muslims live

Middle East

A noteworthy piece about the history of Israel and how its leaders were over-zealous about slandering its enemies

– A Palestinian was killed by Israeli security forces after the funeral of a Palestinian

– Two separate bombing attacks in Baghdad led to the deaths of at least eight people

– ISIS is now marching to Damascus after capturing the Yarmouk refugee camp

Asia and Oceania

– The Pakistani government, through a vote in its parliament, decided not to join the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

Europe 

– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris joins The Real News to talk about Greece’s foreign policy objectives in terms of the European Union and Russia

– Russia criticized Ukraine’s decision to ban Soviet symbols and names as “totalitarian

– In a separate note, talks between Russia and the Kiev government on supply of gas is now postponed

– A Spanish judge jailed seven alleged militants planning to attack a Jewish bookstore in Barcelona

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A damn good piece about the corruption and drug trade in Mexico not being a flaw of the system. Rather it is the system

– Doctor Gerald Horne joins The Real News to discuss the history of American foreign policy in Latin America

– Journalist Glen Ford, meanwhile, talks to The Real News about the role of Cuba and Venezuela at the Summit of the Americas

Surveillance Planet

– The FBI does not want any police department to reveal anything about its Stingray program

– The British government does not want to reveal details of a top intelligence official because of “national security”

Financial Matters

– The Greek government set up a commission to investigate how much debt it holds is illegal, which it would later write off

– A new report found, as a result of lax regulations, the financial sector is at risk from within

– Egypt announced there would be mandatory inspections of all ships coming to and going from the country

– The head of a Canadian mining company said they have a “good relationship” with Mexican drug cartels in Mexico

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Apple changed its minds with hiring individuals with a history of felonies and announced it would allow them to work

Politics US

Washington USA

– When Colombian oil money came to the Clinton dynasty, the State Department looked away from labor abuses in the country; Exploitative capitalists are Ready For Hillary

– Looks like Hillary Clinton will announce her presidential campaign on Sunday

– President Barack Obama can use executive powers to target racist police departments across the nation

– New legislation to allow businesses selling pot to use tax deductions is creating an alliance between the left and right

– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) decided to walk away from an interview when discussing about criminal justice and refusing to provide specifics on what bills he would repeal

– Yemeni-Americans sued the U.S. government for failing to protect and evacuate Americans trapped in Yemen

– Again, it’s important to note the weapons of mass destruction myth, still persisting in the mainstream narrative, is a myth

Anytown USA

– Glen Ford: “Killer Cops Boost Body Count in War on Black America

– It was thanks to the black political class in Chicago that Rahm Emanuel was able to beat Jesus Garcia

Positive news out of Chicago where in one ward a Emanuel-backed crony lost to a Chicago Teachers Union leader

– Louisiana refuses to provide any financial compensation for Glenn Ford, an individual wrongly convicted in 1984 and put in prison for 30 years until he was released. Moreover, Ford is suffering from cancer

– Mothers, who are seeking asylum, at a private prison say they were threatened with deportation and vowed to renew their hunger strike

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A highly recommended piece about Andreas Lubitz and how it is important to note the environment Lubitz was in, rather than what Lubitz faced, to explain why he did what he did

– An employee of Monsanto admitted there is a department to discredit any scientist opposed to them

– Anti-vaccine activists, after successfully pressuring other state governments to water down bills on vaccinations, are pressuring the California state government to water down their bill

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Why do we never worry about men’s childlessness and infertility?

Planet Earth

A very fair analysis of the debate regarding This Changes Everything and whether Naomi Klein is on point or missing a few major conclusions

– Some Latin American countries are poised to reap the benefits of the shale revolution

– If President Obama wants to talk about free elections, then he should resist efforts of lobbying groups to hide the money pumped out of Africa

– Gallup: Forty-eight percent of Americans say the government is doing “too little” for the environment

A new study found ocean acidification was the cause of a massive extinction on Earth millions of years ago

– Thanks to climate change, glaciers may not exist in Canada by 2100

Mixed Bag

– It is no coincidence white privilege is under attack at the same time the American empire is crisis

– Dave Zirin: “So… the NYPD Just Broke an NBA Player’s Leg

– The Obama administration opened a gender-neutral bathroom in the White House

Break Time

Pull Me Under [Dream Theater]

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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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