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The Roundup for April 28th, 2015

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Keep that funky groove going, Baltimore.

Rebellion in Baltimore

– The folks in Baltimore are saying enough of the violence and demand change to a failed system. The riot in the city is just fury citizens there have

– Here are five things to keep in mind when listening and reading about what’s happening in Baltimore

– Max Blumenthal: “You Will Be Surprised Who the Outside Agitators Really Are in Baltimore

– For the last damn time, there is no conspiracy of gangs to unite to fight police

– Natasha Lennard: “Baltimore didn’t go from peace to violence. The violence was there all along

– The narrative on what’s happening in Baltimore is ignorant of the history of police brutality along with other problems in the city

– A solution to the crisis in Baltimore is to provide a real sense of justice in the community

– Dave Zirin: “Apartheid Games: Baltimore, Urban America, and Camden Yards

– More than one-third of households in Baltimore are in poverty; You wonder why they are angry

– Leave it to the media, already struggling to find its reason to exist, to blame protesters for being out of control

– President Barack Obama: I do not believe it is right to use violence in Baltimore

– Those cop unions in Maryland, indeed elsewhere, are a major obstacle in implementing reforms for police accountability. It’s true, they stopped reforms last month

 International Politics

Overall

Part six of eight with John Kiriakou about the White House’s role in the lead up to the Iraq War in 2003

– Internal opposition in Pakistan to the Saudi-led war in Yemen may be forcing Pakistan away from Saudi Arabia

Middle East

– Journalist Joe Lauria joins The Real News to explain what Saudi Arabia’s end goal is in Yemen and why they don’t want peace

– Representative of the Syrian opposition will meet with officials of the United Nations to discuss peace talks

– Near Golan Heights, under Israeli control, Syrian rebels fought with militants tied to the Islamic State

– Saudi Arabia arrested at least 93 people for an alleged plot to attack the U.S. embassy in the country

More than 300,000 people have been driven from their homes in Yemen as a result of the conflict

Asia and Oceania

– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, joins The Real News to talk about the nuclear ambitions of North Korea

– Nations near the South China Sea are cautious of China’s presence as they say it is obsessed with getting oil

– John Pilger: “What Australian Elites Don’t Understand About Freedom

– At least 10,000 people are feared dead as a result of the 7.8 earthquake striking Nepal

Africa

– The Nigerian military said it rescued at least 200 women from Boko Haram

– The United Nations criticized migrant detention centers in Libya and said they were in”dire conditions”

– An audit in Nigeria found the state-owned oil company overpaid the government millions of dollars

Europe 

– Sweden will allow Julian Assange to appeal the arrest warrant over his alleged rape

– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras re-shuffled his negotiating team with Yanis Varoufakis, the finance minister, holding a less powerful role

– Vice President Joseph Biden called for the Kiev government to stamp out corruption

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Rage can not only be found in Baltimore as the same could be found in Mexico over the consequences of neoliberalism

– Good to hear a strong left showing in Argentina ahead of the elections there later this year

Surveillance Planet

– Some lawmakers want to curtail the power of intelligence agencies in mass surveillance. More could be found here

Financial Matters

– Gallup: While less Americans identify as middle-class, more identify as working class

– Sri Lanka provided money for public relations companies in the West to promote the image of the country

– The current structure of capitalism we have allow for abuse not only by police officers, but private police. This is even worse

– European oil companies are writing off oil assets in Libya as a result of the high tensions there

– President Obama remained hopeful during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be passed in both of their countries

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Truck drivers in California want the companies they work for to classify them as employees, not contractors, and return their wages that were stolen

– The collapse of a convention center being constructed in Saudi Arabia left 10 Pakistani workers and one Indian worker dead

Politics US 

Washington USA

– The question in Washington D.C., well one of them, is whether the Supreme Court will officially recognize same-sex marriage as a right to be protected

– An expert in a Supreme Court case over executions did most of his research on drugs.com; Hooray! Democracy at work!

– Funny how a group financed by the Koch Brothers, those libertarians, protested gay marriage outside the Supreme Court

– Two-thirds of government agencies do not fulfill FOIA requests; Hooray! Democracy at work!

– The Department of Homeland Security do not feel Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) proposal, which is to strip citizenship of Americans fighting for terrorists, is a good idea

– A number of Senators called for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to correct injustices caused by FBI in cases leading to convictions

– Bill Clinton: Mass incarceration, a mistake I helped caused during my tenure, must end now

– The Senate rejected calls to make the nuclear agreement with Iran a treaty to be voted on

Anytown USA

– The Los Angeles Police Commission announced it would provide body cameras for LAPD officers

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Tyson Foods announced it would no longer use antibiotics for its poultry

The Second Sex

– When talking about the victims of police brutality, we must not forget about black women like Rekia Boyd

Planet Earth

– Qatar announced a $1 billion plan to capture wasted gas and help the environment

– The largest fracking firm in Utah hired Patrick O’Brien as its new CEO. O’Brien is known for his role in BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010; This falls under Planet Earth because…well…I’m sure you know

– In North Carolina, private wells filled with water were tainted with coal waste, thanks to Duke Energy. Duke Energy realized its faults and would provide free water bottles

– Royal Dutch Shell want an injunction from a court to prevent Greenpeace activists from blocking equipment used for Arctic drilling

Mixed Bag

A new study found the use of the n-word on Google could be correlated with the mortality rate of blacks in certain rural areas

– Those who are transgender and autistic can teach a lot to us about what gender is

– Spain will raise the minimum age to marry from 14 to 16 years old

Break Time

Renegades of Funk [Rage Against the Machine]

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Brandon Jordan

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.

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