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The Roundup for April 24th, 2015

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International Politics


– Today is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide caused by the then-Ottoman Empire

– Actress Angelina Jolie criticized the United Nations for failing to take action in Syria

– Pakistan criticized the botched drone strikes killing an Italian and American hostage as an example of the “risks and unintended consequences” of the policy

– Glenn Greenwald: “The Key War on Terror Propaganda Tool: Only Western Victims Are Acknowledged

– Indeed, the Obama administration should apologize for all the other innocent people killed by drone strikes

Middle East

More than 550 people in Yemen are dead as a result of fighting and air strikes

At least seven people were killed in bombings across Iraq

Asia and Oceania

– A new anti-terrorism law in China could make it easier for the government to use its powers to regulate the web


– Militias in Libya fired air strikes strikes against Islamic State militants in the country


– An Italian prosecutor said terrorists tied to al-Qaeda planned to attack the Vatican in 2010

– European Union officials declined to give Greece more money unless economic reforms were immediately implemented

– Turkey is not happy with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comments on calling the Armenian genocide a genocide

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Foreigners going to Brazil for opportunities are disappointed the country is slipping

– There is no doubt the U.S. is involved in the crisis of violence in Mexico, but the question is whether it will accept its responsibility

– Libertarians in Brazil, inspired by Margaret Thatcher and Rand Paul, want the government to push for free market policies

– The Bolivian government refused to listen to global demands to curtail coca production; Good for them

Surveillance Planet

– Among American Millennials, there is support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and his actions

Financial Matters

– Corporations supporting Hillary Clinton also support passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– David Sirota: “Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees To Wall Street

– Loretta Lynch, the new attorney general, may be tough on Wall Street, although we’ll have to wait and see

– HSBC is considering moving its headquarters out of the United Kingdom due to reforms

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Gallup: Thirteen percent of Americans believe it is “very or fairly likely” they will lose their jobs

Politics US

Washington USA

How can we be called the land of the brave when we prefer to jail immigrant mothers and their children when they escape from violence?

– A former Obama administration official involved with the drone program called for President Barack Obama to release information pertaining to the botched drone strike

– Larry Wilkerson joins The Real News to discuss what’s happening in New Hampshire for the 2016 presidential elections

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Nearly one million Americans are in same-sex marriages

– Just it was during the colonial days of America, white elites are turning whites and blacks in the working class against each other

– Gentrification in San Francisco goes hand-in-hand with poor policing in the city

– The Real News interviews residents in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood, the person who died under Baltimore police custody

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) pens a piece on how his city was able to house all homeless veterans and how it is possible nation-wide

The Second Sex

– The Columbia University student accused of rape sued the college for failing to stop Emma Sulkowicz’s “harassment campaign”

– Three more women came forward and said Bill Cosby raped them

– Jessica Valenti: “Going without make-up isn’t a radical act. It’s just being yourself

Planet Earth

– At the World Uranium Symposium, folks at the conference recommended nuclear weapons be banned, uranium mining end and nuclear power stations close

– It is thanks to carbon emissions caused by humanity that we are facing a tough version of global warming

– Keep fossil fuels in the ground or else we face a severe and catastrophic crisis in the future

– The Department of Agriculture announced it would create programs and initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture

– Executives of fossil fuel companies went to a conference in Houston to talk about the latest on energy across the world and why they need to be protected

Mixed Bag

– Scientists in Russia constantly maintain Vladimir Lenin’s body in its original form for public display

A long letter of an apology by Tom Engelhardt to his grandson on the future of our planet

– The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City will devise a new policy to ban an advertisement saying Hamas likes to kill Jews

Break Time

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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.