The Roundup

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 5:45 am

Hey folks, how’s it going for you? International Politics Overall – Here is an interview (part one and part two) on The Real News further discussing the Crimea referendum vote and how the West should respond – Meanwhile, Russia signed a treaty to annex the Crimea region into their territory. Putin has said the vote [...]

The Roundup

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 5:45 am

May Chokwe Lumumba rest in peace. More here on the man.

- Now in the Ukraine, the interim government put together a new cabinet

- One U.S. attorney subpoenaed different Bitcoin sites to understand how they respond to cyber attacks

- The House passed a bill delaying IRS regulations on not giving tax-exempt status to political groups

The Roundup

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 5:45 am

- Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. May he rest in peace.

- In Pakistan, near the Afghan border, a top Pakistani Taliban member was killed by unknown assailants

- An excerpt from Jed Morey’s book on how Morgan Stanley is an actor behind the manipulation of commodity prices

The Roundup

By: Monday February 24, 2014 5:45 am

- With the Olympics ending in Sochi, Russia, a question asked is what will happened to all the built stadiums? Nothing good, that’s what.

- The Ukrainian Parliament voted,to impeach President Viktor Yanukovych from his position. The Western world is scrambling to ensure the situation doesn’t become more volatile and the U.S. is warning Russia not to get involved.

- Robert Reich: “WhatsApp Is Everything Wrong with the U.S. Economy”

The Roundup

By: Friday February 21, 2014 5:45 am

- Leaked audio shos the Obama administration is trying to work with the Ukrainian opposition

- Jason Jones of The Daily Show brilliantly shows how Russia transitioned from a bureaucratic (pseudo)communist state to a right-winger’s capitalist paradise

- Pew: Even though the rate of union membership is declining in the U.S., 51 percent of Americans support unions

The Roundup

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 5:45 am

- A Palestinian official has said the current U.S. ideas for peace in the Middle East fall short of being realistic

- Emptywheel: “Between Two Ends of the WikiLeaks Investigation: Parallel Constructing the FBI’s Secret Authorities”

- To quote Talking Heads, we’re on the “Road to Nowhere” when natural gas emits 75 percent more methane than estimated

The Roundup

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 5:45 am

- A report on one Syrian refugee camp that has lost all hope for returning home and decided to become a township

- In Ukraine, the police have stormed an opposition camp that led to a clash where at least 13 people were killed

- Natasha Lennard reports on how the typical Wall Street folk who are pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership for the Obama administration are getting bonuses

- Based on new research, knowing mathematical formulas stimulates the brain the same manner art and music does

The Roundup

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 5:45 am

- Uh-oh. It seems the U.S. is considering moving its drone base to Central Asia.

- After the rejection of joining UAW at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, theories are abound as to why it was rejected. Mike Elk elaborates further on what occurred on the plant before and after the vote in this informative article.

- “The sharing economy” is a term out of Silicon Valley that should immediately make you skeptical (for all the right reasons) of what these capitalists want to do.

The Roundup

By: Monday February 17, 2014 5:45 am

- Talks at Geneva II are breaking down with no progress being made as Syria is accusing the U.S. of creating a “negative climate” at the talks

- Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin talks to The Real News on why she became an activist and her upbringing in the first part of this four-part interview

- Kickstarter was hacked with customer data being stolen; It seems Target was warned two months before the security breach that it could be hacked and they “brushed off” the information

- There is probably a radiation leak at a military nuclear site in New Mexico when uncommonly high levels of radioactive particles were discovered

The Monsanto Butterfly Effect

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 6:14 pm

On January 29, 2014, the World Wildlife Fund reported that the “number of monarch butterflies hibernating in Mexico reached an all-time low in 2013.” Since recording of overwintering areas began, the butterflies reached a peak in 1995, covering 44.5 acres in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City. Now they cover only 1.65 acres. Their decline can no longer be explained away by seasonal aberration. The monarchs are literally disappearing.

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