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The Weekend Roundup for April 11-12th, 2015

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We return to another week of songs from around the globe with our first stop to Ghana. Enjoy!

International Politics

Overall

– The United Nations will provide housing for the six refugees from Guantanamo Bay now living in Uruguay

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to talk about what’s happening with torture prosecution

– U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon warned organized crime and terrorism were growing and complimenting each other “like never before”

– Lawyers on behalf of Saudi Arabia denied the country was involved with the Sept. 11 attacks

Middle East

– In addition, he called for fighting in Yemen to cease and a peace process to take hold

– Daniel Varisco, a researcher and analyst, explains to The Real News all of the major factors involved with the turmoil in Yemen

– A U.N. official called for a peaceful passage for Palestinian refugees trapped in the Yarmouk camp

At least 12 people were killed in Baghdad as a result of bombings

Africa

– Militants, possibly from the Islamic State, attacked the South Korean embassy in Libya and killed two security guards

Europe 

– The Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Finland) united to declare Russia as the “biggest challenge to European security”

– Pope Francis I called the Armenian massacre a “genocide” during a Sunday mass

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It may be fair to say President Barack Obama left somewhat victorious after his handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro dominated the news out of the Summit of the Americas

– Still, it is wise for Obama to remove the sanctions against Venezuela as such sanctions are ridiculous

– Authorities in Mexico prevented migrants from demonstrating in the country in a traditional protest

– Meanwhile, Mexican authorities arrested an alleged drug cartel associate over the disappearances of the 43 students

– Brazilians took the streets of Brazil to demonstrate against the government

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “The government hides surveillance programs just because people would freak out

Financial Matters

– Richard Wolff: “Scapegoat Economics 2015

– There’s no better way to speed up gentrification than global warming as evident through the U.S.

– It is like the 1990s all over again with mergers and acquisitions booming once again

– Millions of Americans see increases in premiums of flood insurance thanks to changes by Congress

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Wells Fargo employees may go on strike over unfair sales quotas pushed by management

Politics US

Washington USA

– Hillary is running, as expected, but one should keep note on her adviser Robby Mook

– President Obama: I believe Hillary Clinton would make an “excellent president

– Reparations for slavery is now on the table again. The question is, will it actually be done?

– Glenn Greenwald: “Iranian Are Much Talked About On Sunday Morning TV, But Never Heard From

– John Kerry: I do not think it is best for Congress to interfere with the P5+1-Iran deal

Anytown USA

Part two of two with activist Ward Churchill on the legacy of infiltration and mass surveillance programs used by the federal government

– The city of Newburgh, N.Y., is the best symbol of the decline of cities across the U.S. in the past few decades

– The elections in Chicago highlight, once again, the negative effects of Citizens United 

Part two with attorney A. Dwight Pettit on politicians helping police officers after shootings

We Don’t Need No Education

– For children of the top one percent, there are expensive services out there to guide them to the right college

Planet Earth

– President Obama met with the leaders of Costa Rica and Uruguay to discuss initiatives on clean energy

– The federal government is currently reviewing Shell’s plan to drill in the Arctic. Meanwhile, Greenpeace activists left a drill rig in the Arctic due to rough seas

– Water from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is missing and farmers are blaming each other for it

– If one looks at the effects of oil spills at Vancouver, then the individual will know the consequences of constructing more flimsy oil pipeline

– Keith Stewart, a coordinator for Greenpeace Canada, and Carol Linnit, a researcher for DeSmogCanada, talk to The Real News on environmental developments and actions across Canada

– Investments in green energy are rising every year despite governments failing to provide the same

– Should forests be upheld at the same level as they are today, then it would take out, at most, one-third of global carbon emissions

– If we look at previous extinctions in history, then we are able to understand what we face as a result of global warming

Mixed Bag

An excellent review of two books about the history of empire, capitalism and slavery before the 19th century

– A journalist with The Washington Post will stand trial in Iran for espionage and going against national security

The Onion: “Hillary Clinton To Nation: ‘Do Not Fuck This Up For Me’“; Perfect analysis for Clinton’s announcement

Break Time

African Thriller [Rocky Dawuni]

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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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