The Roundup for January 16th, 2015

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It’s the end of the week. Phew, what a week.

International Politics

Overall

– President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to defeat “radical Islam.” In addition, Obama vowed to look into the case of Shaker Aamer, a British citizen, in Guantanamo Bay.

– The Pentagon announced it would send 1,000 troops to different countries in order to train Syrian rebels

– Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor, will begin an investigation into Israeli war crimes against Palestinians

Middle East

– David Sheen: “How Israel Covers Up Its Ugly Racial Holy War

– So far this year, 10 executions occurred in Saudi Arabia and all are beheadings; But they are a U.S. ally so this is covered up

– With all of the doom and gloom of Palestine I’ve been posting in recent weeks, here’s a positive story about its soccer team.

Under Islamic State control, Iraqi hospitals are suffering from shortages and are forced to pick the most important patients to treat

– An Iraqi official called for more U.S.-led bombings against ISIS to protect a vital oil center

At least 17 people were killed across Iraq as a result of attacks, which no group claimed responsibility for.

Asia and Oceania

– Outside a French consulate, at least 200 Pakistani demonstrators clashed with authorities over the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Africa

– In case you were wondering on the state of affairs in Libya in the past five years, here is a short timeline to help out.

– Good news, though, as a ceasefire was announced in the country as a result of U.N.-mediated talks

Europe 

– Interesting to hear Turkey and Armenia slowly engaging in dialogue as the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacre approaches

Clashes continue at the major international airport in Donetsk, Ukraine, which means peace talks are off the table (again)

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Pew: Sixty-three percent of Americans support the decision to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba

Surveillance Planet

– Sam Sacks: “White House won’t dismiss Cameron’s anti-encryption crusade

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Fifty four percent of Americans say they are “thriving,” which is the highest in the past six years. Moreover, 47 percent of Americans say they are “better off.”

– Leo Panitch, a professor, joins The Real News to explain the irrational character of stock markets and how the Federal Reserve affects the economy

– Supply-side economics in Kansas is not working. What will Governor Sam Brownback do? Do more supply-side of course!; You know what they say, if you don’t succeed at first, keep not succeeding because someone will see that as success.

– It is a good question to ask where some of the money given by corporations to reactionary politicians comes from. The answer: Retirement funds.

– South Carolina shut down Uber but the state will see if it can permit the company’s operations within the state

A new study found Vermont may be able to make millions of dollars if they legalize cannabis

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A district judge ruled home care workers are companions rather than, you know, workers

– An economist for Deutsch Bank believes Americans who left the labor force since 2008 will not be returning

– Karen Lewis will be back as the head of the Chicago Teachers Union next week after recovering from a brain tumor

Politics US

Washington USA

– Good news as Attorney General Eric Holder ended a program allowing officers to take cash and valuables from people’s cars, which were often abused by authorities.

Anytown USA

– Jan. 15 was Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday and The Real News covers a Baltimore protest in honor of King against police brutality

– David Sirota: “The Windy City’s New Gift to Big Campaign Donors

– It is peculiar for the mainstream media to ignore the plight of the marginalized, yet exploit photos of suffering for their own financial benefit

We Don’t Need No Education

Part six of eight with Norman Finkelstein about his positions at different colleges and his work during the 2000s

Top Gun (Stories)

– Next month the Sandy Hook Advisory Committee will release its final report on gun control, yet it will include a recommendation to ban guns using 10 or more bullets

The Second Sex

– Now here’s something: NBC canceled Bill Cosby’s television project not because of rape accusations, but because of the overwhelming number of them.

– Jessica Valenti: “Obama’s new paid parental leave for federal employees is overdue and not enough

– Inequality is linked to high rates of maternal deaths as it is a major factor for women in the U.S.

– A new documentary is airing across the U.S. on feminism in the 1960s and 1970s and how it was radical

– Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel criticized the U.S. military’s practice of retaliation when female soldiers bring up sexual assault

Planet Earth

– A federal judge changed the potential fines for BP, which is now $13.7 billion. The suspected amount was $18 billion.

A new study found oceans throughout the world are at major risk due to consumption

– 2014 was found to be the warmest year on record, according to U.S. officials; Forgive me if I mentioned this in the past, but it does bear repeating

– The People’s Climate March last September had some effect on the environmental and energy debate in the country

Mixed Bag

– Pew: While 32 percent of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the U.S., 85 percent are satisfied with their own lives

– A little different segment from The Real News as this one is an hour long and speaks with people in the Baltimore community about policing

– The Dalai Lama criticized the capitalist system as inhumane due to inequality and called himself a Marxist

– Harper’s has its new index for its February issue, which I implore readers to look through since they’re usually enlightening on things.

– Bradley Cooper, star of “American Sniper,” says film is not political, yet turns around to promote war with the Pentagon

Break Time

A Taste of Honey [Andy Bey and The Bey Sisters]

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