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The Roundup for April 21st, 2015

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International Politics


– Gallup: Out of a group of the U.S., EU, China and Germany, Russia received the least support at 22 percent as a global leader

Part four of eight with John Kiriakou about his time in Greece as well as the U.S. perspective on Iraq from the 1990s to the 2000s

– The Pentagon do not believe the leader of the Islamic State was injured in an airstrike

Middle East

– The Obama administration is glad Saudi Arabia stopped its air strikes against Yemen; But you supported it in the beginning…


– Mohamed Morsi, former Egyptian president, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for arresting and torturing demonstrators


– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris speaks with The Real News about the situation in Greece and why concessions may be brought up by the troika

– The International Organization for Migration warned the deaths of migrants in Mediterranean exponentially soared

– Hungary denounced FBI director James Comey and joined Poland in declaring Comey’s comments on both countries’ role in the Holocaust as insensitive

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It is great to see solidarity between American and Mexican activists over the 43 missing students

– Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner: The vulture funds are directly connected to Alberto Nisman; FYI, it’s election season in Argentina

– You know of the American Green Party, but do you know about the Mexican Green Party? Don’t assume they care about the planet or are leftist. Rather, this organization engages in organized crime, advocates the death penalty and are right-wing.

Surveillance Planet

– Pew: Fifty-six percent of Americans say government data is able to make journalists do their jobs thoroughly

– Glenn Greenwald: “Jeb Bush Praises Obama’s Expansion of NSA Surveillance

Financial Matters

The top .01 percent of Americans provided 42 percent of all political donations in 2012

– It truly says a lot about American-style capitalism where Detroit, once a pinnacle of the U.S., now suffers from an exodus of citizens

– Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): Honduras is a great example of why we need the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– President Barack Obama: Liberals who criticize TPP, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have the facts wrong; That’s because we don’t know anything about the agreement

– Google and Comcast spent millions more in lobbying because we live in a democracy or something

– In the first quarter of 2015, the Russian economy contracted by two percent

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Economist Patrick Mason talks to The Real News about job discrimination experienced by African immigrants

– Robert Reich: “How the New Flexible Economy is Making Workers’ Lives Hell

– The U.S. gave the a-okay for seafood captured by slaves in Thailand to be brought to American supermarkets; Enjoy your seafood!

Politics US

Washington USA

– The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who favors anti-marijuana laws, will resign after a vote of “no confidence” from House lawmakers

– Jason Leopold: “Gitmo Detainee, Who the US Claims Was Bin Laden’s Bodyguard, Argues for His Release

– A State Department watchdog group requested the ability to look into corruption inside the agency

– A group of Senators requested the Federal Communication Commission and Department of Justice to block the merger of Comcast and Time Warner

– Lee Fang: “Lobby Firm Behind Major Super PACs Accused of Illegal Kickback Scheme

Anytown USA

– Journalist Glen Ford joins The Real News to discuss the importance of black communities controlling the police

– Ford is right in providing a solution as, for example, policing in Baltimore led to a sense of apartheid in the city

– Hold onto your seats. A new report found one in six black men are missing

– A public relations firm requested media organization pay when the video of Walter Scott being fatally shot was shown

We Don’t Need No Education

Pressuring teachers to teach to standardized tests may end up, as in Atlanta, teachers cheating and ending up arrested

Planet Earth

– A court ruled two chimpanzees were “legal persons,” unprecedented in history

– Scientists are figuring out ways to improve carbon storage technology; Not something that would make much of an impact

– Yikes, this piece on a Californian town without water is chilling. I honestly do not want to imagine summertime for those folks

– According to scientists, at least three-fourths of all fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground to prevent the worst of climate change

Mixed Bag

– Whoa, a frog discovered in Costa Rica looks really similar to Kermit the Frog

– Henry A. Giroux: “Domestic Terrorism, Youth and the Politics of Disposability

– Watch out, liberals are attacking Cornel West because he isn’t one of them

Break Time

Viva Las Vegas [Dead Kennedys]

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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.