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The Roundup for April 17th, 2015

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We end on a soothe note with Italy.

International Politics

Overall

– Black Lives Matter even throughout Africa, a continent ravaged by imperialism, violence and exploitation

– The United Nations called for $275 million from members to help those living in Yemen

Middle East

– Gareth Porter: “The ‘Possible Military Dimensions’ Bomb That Could Blow Up the Iran Deal

– Officials in Yemen say Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula captured key weapons depot

A new survey in Israel found surprising results such as more than one in four Israelis deciding to vote the day of elections

– Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, close with Saddam Hussein as an aide, is said to be killed as a result of fighting

– A car bomb outside a U.S. embassy in Iraq killed one person and wounded five others

– The Syrian government blamed Turkish support for allowing the Islamic State to capture a Syrian town

Europe 

– Economist John Weeks joins The Real News to discuss the elections in the United Kingdom along with the topics on the minds of voters

– Jeremy Scahill: “Germany Is The Tell-Tale Heart of America’s Drone War

– The U.N. warned human rights violations may continue to escalate in Ukraine, where at least 6,000 have been killed

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Out of all Latin American countries that cut military spending, Venezuela cut the most; B-b-but they’re a national security threat! Obama said so!

– Communities in El Salvador were victorious in pushing back any attempts on mining

– Conservatives in Brazil want to push for right-wing policies not to different than here in the U.S. as evident through a change in lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 16

Financial Matters

– Professor Sanford Schram speaks with The Real News about the cuts and restrictions applied to welfare, which makes recipients even worse off

– Argentina filed lawsuits against British and American companies for drilling near the Falkland Islands

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Pretend-leftist and bourgeois actor Alec Baldwin criticized the Fight for 15 demonstrators in New York City as wrong for interrupting traffic

– In 2013, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded due to concentration of nitrate. Two years later, a new report finds, it is still not safe to work in such places

– Wal-Mart claimed it closed four stores in different cities because of plumbing problems and would lay off workers as a result

– Turns out prison labor is the “best kept secret” in outsourcing. Who would have known?

Politics US

Washington USA

– How comical is it for Hillary Clinton, the future face of the Democratic Party, to pretend to care about working class issues despite coming from an elite background

Part two of eight with John Kiriakou on how he joined the CIA during his time in college and his early years as an agent

– Activist Kevin Zeese warns The Real News why the Trans-Pacific Partnership must be stopped

– A conspiratorial right-wing [note: right-wing] activist released information pertaining to where employees of federal agencies live

– The U.S. government spends billions on defense, but fails to stop and overreacts to a drone carrying a message promoting campaign finance reform

– President Barack Obama: It is crazy Loretta Lynch is not yet confirmed as the new attorney general

Anytown USA

– Glen Ford: “Black People Must Police Themselves

– The city of Baltimore is still keen to cut water despite huge public outcry from civilians

– A new report found, for every 1,000 citizens killed by police, only one cop is convicted

– New documents show troops in Ferguson referred to demonstrators as “enemy forces”

We Don’t Need No Education

– Physicians called for Columbia University to end its relationship with Doctor Mehmet Oz, a fraud

Civility is the new way administrators on college campuses deal with protest they wish to stop

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– An anti-vaccine mother announced she would favor vaccinations after seven of her children came down whooping cough

– Scientists in charge of food safety are sometimes being paid to push for products by the same firms paying them

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “The fight to put a woman on the $20 bill would be worth the backlash

Planet Earth

– Koch-backed forces now want renewable energy to be killed in North Carolina once again

A new report found polar bears are being affected by pollution and global warming

– Steve Horn: “‘Carbon Copy’: How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups

Mixed Bag

– Despite receiving complaints of abuse for foster children in California, the state agency in charge of investigating often fails to come up with conclusions

Break Time

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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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