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The Roundup for April 20th, 2015

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International Politics


– Journalist Reese Erlich joins The Real News to talk about the latest with the U.S. bombing campaign against the Islamic State and how there is no clear ending to the conflict

– Iran believed the nuclear deal with the international community could lead to regional security

Middle East

– For the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is thinking of making cruises as hotels for tourists

– The secretary-general of Hezbollah called for Saudi Arabia to halt its attacks in Yemen

At least 19 people were killed as a result of Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen

– Ali Abunimah: “Leaked emails expose Sony concern over report its cameras used in Gaza attack


– Recent xenophobic violence in South Africa cannot be understood without remembering the country’s past with apartheid


– The Greek government requested its public agencies to provide money to pay the International Monetary Fund

– Nearly $18 million will be given to Ukraine for food and health aid by the U.S.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The push for an anti-terrorism bill in Canada perfectly show how the “freedom is slavery” slogan can come true

– There will be no prosecution of Argentinian President Cristina Fernandes over the 1994 Jewish community center bombing

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Fifty percent of Americans say they are very or moderately worried about their finances

– Dahr Jamail: “Gulf Victims Suing BP Disaster’s Compensation Czar

– Now employers in New York City cannot discriminate against job applicants by looking at their credit score

– China and Pakistan are finalizing a deal to improve trade and electricity in the latter country with the former’s money

Labor’s a-Brewing

Valuable insight into the April 15th action in San Francisco with Fight for 15 demonstrators

– Gawker Media is currently looking into the formation of a union, which would be unprecedented

Keep your eyes on the Los Angeles teachers’ union as they may go down the same route the Chicago Teachers Union did in 2012

– Driscoll, which sells berries throughout the world, is under fire for alleged labor abuses and a boycott may be called against them

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Fifty percent of Americans favor the Supreme Court and no political party is extremely opposed to it

A new study found whites in the South were the least likely to vote President Barack Obama

– As the number of Super PACs rise, so do the single donors behind such new organizations; Thanks Supreme Court!

– Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL): The White House will increase transparency over the Trans-Pacific Partnership because they are losing support

– A federal court ruled FBI agents “eviscerated warrant requirements” during an illegal search in Las Vegas

– We are still spending a massive amount for our military even though it is more than the next seven countries combined

Anytown USA

– Jesse Myerson: “How to Deal When Protests Disrupt Your Day

– The Real News covers activists in Seattle blocking construction of a juvenile prison, which they say is not necessary

– The death of Freddie Gray under police custody infuriated residents in Baltimore to the point where they demonstrated against the failure of policing

– One journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize left the field to enter public relations because journalism couldn’t pay for the rent

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: Seventy-three percent of parents with children under 18 are very worried about the costs of college

Very shameful to see a 19-year-old woman ostracized for being a Muslim student who felt uncomfortable with the comments of a professor

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Twenty-five thousand tons of tainted Russian wheat was discovered in Egypt again

– Australian scientists possibly may have found a potential treatment of malaria as they discovered certain chemicals were present in the mouths of carriers

The Second Sex

– It’s April and there are already a rapid number of laws designed to restrict abortion across the U.S.

A new survey found 100 percent of women in Paris reported sexual harassment in the subways

– Jessica Valenti: “Republicans who limit what medical students can learn doom us to stupid doctors

Planet Earth

New research found at least two-thirds of rabbits will be threatened as a result of climate change

– During the 1970s, the environmental movement could have pushed itself into the conscious of America; however, as we now know, it failed to do so

– Steve Horn: “Emails: How State Department Secretly Approved Expanding Piece of Enbridge’s ‘Keystone XL Clone’

Mixed Bag

– Chris Hedges: “Choosing Life

A new study found there is no difference in mental health between believers and atheists

– Honestly, who cares what Michael Eric Dyson says about Cornel West. What matters more is the current situation on the ground with the Black Lives Matter not quarrels among black intellectuals

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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.