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The Roundup for April 23rd, 2015

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Phew, another long school week over. Just four weeks remain and then I’ll be back to frequent reporting.

International Politics


– Russia and Argentina announced energy and investment deal together worth billions

Part one of two with Alnoor Ladha, executive director of The Rules, on the negative consequences of the World Bank’s policies

– The U.S. called for Iran to stop “fanning the flames” in Yemen; The U.S. does realize it has more important matters to deal with, right?

Middle East

– Both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are not similar as there are different cultures in them

– Syria announced it return highly-enriched uranium back to China

– Governments throughout the Middle East will spend at least $18 billion on arms, which means peace will have to sit on the sidelines a little bit more

Asia and Oceania

– John Pilger: “Australia Again Wages War on Its Own People

– Even though it snubbed the Saudis over Yemen, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said there was solidarity between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan


– For those living in eastern Ukraine and not siding with the rebels, they are still furious with the lack of long-term strategy by Kiev as Kiev’s actions are not not helping them

– Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned they are not bluffing when threatening to leave the euro

– Mark Weisbrot: “Are EU Officials Plotting Regime Change in Greece?

– What other country does not recognize the Armenian genocide? Israel

– Poland accepted the apology of the FBI director over comments on Poland’s role in the Holocaust

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Out of all different types of investments, Americans believe real estate to be the best one

– European elites really are bonkers by forcing Greece to accept their terms, which may force a Grexit

– Looks like federal regulators of energy companies are looking to the industries they manage for a good-paying job

– Comcast denied a merger with Time Warner Cable over concerns it would be rejected by regulators

– India told the Ford Foundation to get government clearance before giving anymore funds

– Despite New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introducing a plan to reduce income inequality, there is skepticism about its effectiveness; Especially when he is pushing gentrification

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Changes in modern-day work are leading to the end of the eight-hour schedule

– Thanks to a last-minute federal law, union pensioners are at risk of losing their part of their portion

Politics US

Washington USA

Part five of eight with John Kiriakou about the atmosphere in the CIA before Sept. 11 and the role of the Bush administration

– Even if one brings up to topic of campaign finance reform, as was done with a drone recently, can be spun into terrorism; Everything is terrorism

– David Petraeus gets two years in prison and a $100,000 fine for giving away classified information; Thanks Obama! You sure knew what to do here

– In a vote of 56 to 43, Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate as the next Attorney General

– A report from the Justice Department found a Texas for-profit prison under of the control of GEO Group isolated prisoners demanding more rights

– Speaker of the House John Boehner said there was no need to limit President Obama’s war powers

– The Justice Department admitted the FBI holds the ability to stop whistleblowers from going to Congress

Anytown USA

– Gallup: For unemployed black youths, their well-being is much lower than their employed counterparts

– Dayvon Love, director for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, joins The Real News to discuss the failure of policing in Baltimore. Meanwhile, in a separate clip, Michelle Alexander explains this a little further

– Let us not forget the time the Baltimore police arrested a seven-year-old black child for sitting on a dirt bike. You might as well say, due to the ridiculous of policing, civil disobedience is a strategy to make sure change happens

– What does the New York City Council want? More cops!; Yes, because it is definitely something needed and not the cost of living. Nope. Totally irrelevant

– Cops, I should add, okay with harassing pregnant women; To serve and protect

– Glenn Greenwald: “What Explains The Power of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Middle Finger?

We Don’t Need No Education

– Less than eight percent of the top universities require English majors to take a class involving Shakespeare

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Scientists in China were able to genetically modified human embryos

The Second Sex

– Lawmakers in Alabama want to shut down abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of a school

Planet Earth

– Journalist Steve Horn and Janet Redman of the Institute for Policy Studies examine on The Real News why President Obama should not be believed in terms of climate policy

– A U.N. official said it time for business as usual to end and folks to unite behind a movement on climate change

– Renewable energy job growth is far higher than what the coal industry puts out

Mixed Bag

– Amy Goodman: “Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

– Journalist Dave Zirin asks why, after constant and baseless accusations, Barry Bonds is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Break Time

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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.