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The Weekend Roundup for April 25-26th, 2015

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Another brand new week!

International Politics


– Valuable insight into the Islamic State based on documents found describing the entire structure of the group and its plans

– Using a Scandinavian model for our prison is fine, but we must continue to build new models to enhance a sense of justice

– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said there is no military solution to the migrant crisis

Middle East

– A Yemeni official declined a call for peace by Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh

– Israel fired air strikes near its border with Syria after alleging it found militants carrying a bomb

Asia and Oceania

– Tragically, an earthquake struck Nepal and at least 2,500 people were killed; In a related note, the U.S. will send a disaster team and $1 million

– Thousands of South Korean marched against restrictive labor policies along with the government’s failure over the death of at least 300 people last year in a ferry accident


– Al-Shabaab, the terrorist group in Somalia, killed three Somalian officials and a prison guard in Somalia’s capital

Five people were hung in Egypt for murder and theft


– Michelle Chen: “The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis Can’t Be Solved With Gunships

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: I hold “no regrets” over the takeover of Crimea

– Meanwhile, in a documentary, Putin accused the U.S. of supporting separatists in the early 2000s

– Turkish authorities arrested 350 Syrian migrants heading to Europe

An interview with author Said Bouamama on xenophobia in France and how it is changing after the Charlie Hebdo attacks

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

Part one of two with Alfredo Saad-Filho, a Brazilian professor, who explains the presence of a re-surging right-wing in Brazil and why they want their power back

– The U.S. is threatening El Salvador by cutting off financial aid if they continue to support Venezuela

– Four ex-detainees from Guantanamo Bay are protesting in front of the U.S. embassy to provide them money to bring their families to Uruguay

Surveillance Planet

– As a result of a Freedom of Information Act request, the U.S. revealed a six-year-old report on the origins of the mass surveillance program

Financial Matters

– It is good to see activists with the Black Lives Matter movement interrupting brunch of the upper-class as they are forcing them to confront racism in their society

– The Department of Agriculture launched a program giving poor families using food stamps the ability to get more money along with farmers selling fruits and vegetables to also get more

– A major Greek bank announced it would wipe the debt of its poorest customers and freeze mortgage payments

– Egypt gave the a-okay for a $500 million loan from the World Bank in expanding its natural gas

– Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis does not care about hostile creditors

– Supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership believe Hillary Clinton is also in favor of the deal

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Workers in Denver are using the Uber model to create a worker co-op alternative in the city

– There is no conflict between the environment and jobs. Thankfully, railroad workers realize this

Politics US

Washington USA

– What’s in the fast track legislation in Congress? A section pressuring other countries not to join the BDS movement

– The CIA, in its history, was a huge fan of using psychedelics in its tests involving humans

– The reality is Loretta Lynch will not really accomplish anything progressive in her new role as Attorney General

– The Clinton Foundation admitted it made mistakes over donations given to them

– The Transportation Security Administration believes ISIS may launch an attack in the U.S.

Anytown USA

– Historian Gerard Horne joins The Real News to discuss the history of policing in light of Freddie Gray’s death

– It is not as if the police are just racists. Rather, they are a part of an order where violence is used to solve problems relating to property rights

– The Real News covers a protest of residents living in Baltimore over the death of Gray

– Diana Zuniga, part of Californians United for a Responsible Budget, talks to The Real News about efforts in California to reduce the prison population

– Confrontations in Baltimore between protesters and police led to the arrests of at least a dozen

We Don’t Need No Education

– Work at Columbia University at its dining hall? Well, according to new policy, you can’t speak Spanish

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Maine wants to limit what the poor purchase with food stamps despite restrictions already in place

– Suicide rates among indigenous youths in the U.S. are alarmingly high to the point where communities are scrambling to stop it

– Oxfam International recommended $1.7 billion to spent improving the health care of countries in Africa affected by Ebola

– PepsiCo announced it would remove aspertame in its Diet Pepsi brand and switch it with another artificial ingredient

The Second Sex

Good for Bruce Jenner to talk about his transition into a woman and being transgender

Planet Earth

– Storing energy is now a major topic in conserving electricity and relying less on fossil fuels

– What does Saudi Arabia plan in response to the low oil prices? More oil pumped!

– Do you know who uses the most water in California? No really, do you know?

Mixed Bag

– Max Blumenthal: “What’s Behind Michael Dyson’s Over-the-Top Takedown of Cornel West?

– George Packer, a cheerleader for any imperialist war, is bored and wants something fresh and new (i.e. new war)

– Louis Proyect: “The Political Economy of Fashion

Break Time

Arroz Con Frijoles [Grupo Fantasma]

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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.