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The Roundup for April 14th, 2015

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May Percy Sledge rest in peace.

International Politics


– Nick Turse: “Military Missions Reach Record Levels After US Inks Deal to Remain in Africa for Decades

– With Turkey obviously supporting the Islamic State, what is the U.S. to do? Well, uh, they’ll get back to you on that

– After the United Nations approved an embargo of weapons on Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition felt it was a victory for those living in Yemen

Middle East

– Thanks to Israeli forces, it is harder to be a Palestinian farmer with olive trees constantly being taken down

– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the American journalist held in Iran faced “very serious” charges

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Russia’s decision to lift its missile ban to Iran is an act of aggression


– Journalist Glen Ford speaks with The Real News about Ethiopian unfounded accusations about Eritrea’s role supporting al-Shabaab

– On their way to Italy from Libya, 400 people drowned when the boat fell over

– Xenophobic violence in South Africa led to the deaths of five people and hundreds fleeing their homes

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Economist Mark Weisbrot joins The Real News to talk about the Summit of the Americas over the weekend along with the U.S. role in Latin America

Surveillance Planet

– Americans suffering from breaches affecting health care companies are frustrated and no one can blame them

– For the military, Silicon Valley is a potential recruiting pool to fight off cyber attacks

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Americans who make more than $75,000 per year are more likely to say the tax system is not fair

– The sale of GE Capital shows why it’s important and easy to break up risky banks

– A new report found those living on welfare are more likely to go out to find a job

– The International Monetary Fund warned world growth would be moderate or worse in the case of emerging countries

– In a separate note, JPMorganChase announced it made 12 percent more in profits for the first quarter

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Economist Robert Pollin talks to The Real News about the strike on April 15 for the Fight for 15 movement

– Franchise owners of McDonald’s, meanwhile, are fighting with the corporation over independence and financial matters

– Grower companies in California want the state to cut any protections for farm workers and the workers will not lay down without putting up a fight

– Michelle Chen: “If You Quit Your Job to Care For a Loved One, You Could Qualify for Unemployment

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Barack Obama is not opposed to the plan in Congress on the nuclear deal with Iran

– A veteran called a suicide hotline for veterans. He was placed on hold for 10 minutes. Thankfully, he did not commit suicide

– Robert Reich: “Will Hillary Rodham Clinton Deliver on Her Promise to Be a ‘Champion’ for ‘Everyday Americans’?

– Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) will not support any fast track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– It certainly is questionable when major political groups use debt collecting tactics for fundraisers

– In Iowa, Hillary Clinton criticized the power of “dark money” in politics and called for campaign finance reform

Anytown USA

– Pew: Those who supported the legalization of marijuana were more likely to change their minds on the matter than those opposed

– Remember the shooting in Oklahoma yesterday? How the reserve officer in Tulsa County shot an unarmed black man? Well, according to a police sergeant in the county, the shooter is actually the victim; Of course! How could I think the person dead is the only victim?

– At least 250 people in New York City marched for police justice and nine were arrested

We Don’t Need No Education

– Salon speaks with Bill Honig, a former official in California who oversaw measures relating to education, on what’s happening in the state on issues like Common Core

– A new report found at least 25 percent of part-time adjuncts across the U.S. depend on some sort of federal aid

– Heald College, a subsidiary of Corinthian College, was fined $30 million from the Department of Education

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Journalist Arun Gupta is right to criticize the new approach to sell healthy food like junk food as it is not the right tactic

A new report found the number of homeless children in the U.S. grew by 60 percent in the past few years

– The Food and Drug Administration criticized the firm behind Kind bars as the so-called healthy snacks are really not good for one’s health

The Second Sex

– A potential replacement for the show Top Gear, a female, quit Twitter after she receive death threats from angry trolls

– Enough talk of an Equal Pay Day, there needs to be action for equal pay

Planet Earth

– Gallup: Forty-nine percent of Americans say the conserving the environment is more important than exploiting it for fossil fuels

– World Bank President Jim Yong Kim called for nations to stop subsidies for fossil fuels and implement a carbon tax

Excellent to hear successes of environmental coalitions in Iceland in protecting the nature

– The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced preparations of plans if a major oil train disaster strikes near an urban city with a lot of folks

– Kit O’Connell, a former colleague here at the Lake, wrote a spot-on article on hydrofracking amid the drought in California

– North American activists asked for the U.N. to list the Monarch butterfly as in danger

Mixed Bag

– Henry A. Giroux: “The War on Terrorism Targets Democracy Itself

– Activist and artist Ras Tre joins The Real News about what he does to help youths in Baltimore through art

– In Minnesota, lawmakers in the state Senate cannot drink water in the chamber nor look in each other in the eye during debate

– Writer Greg Grandin does a wonderful tribute to Eduardo Galeano, which you can find here

– The artists who put up the Edward Snowden bust in a Brooklyn park want it placed back

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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.