Hey folks, what are you doing today?
May Marion Barry rest in peace.
- The imperialist role of the U.S., without any accountability, will continue with more genocides in the future. Some folks here might see that as obvious, yet it is a tragic part of human history.
- An Iranian official said there is a Plan B, which involves a deal with Russia and China, should talks with the West fail; Meanwhile, both the U.S. and Germany report the agreement is still not ready
- The Islamic State is now attacking Sunnis despite originally focusing on Shittes due to the terrorist group being a mostly Sunni organization
- In the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian man and refused to provide a comment to the press about it
- The U.S., realizing the situation in Iraq is still dire, decided to give weapons to the Sunni tribesman in Iraq; If it doesn’t work at first, keep trying!
- In Israel, the Cabinet approved of a bill defining the state of Israel as Jewish, which will only fuel tensions more in the country
Asia and Oceania
- In Japan, the military, after viewing the success of pop stars, made a change in their recruitment by “selling” the experience of being in the military as being like a pop star
- At a volleyball tournament in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber killed 45 people and wounded at least 60
- Most countries in Africa are spending a significant amount of money to obtain arms for security reasons
- In Nigeria, suspected Boko Haram militants killed dozens of civilians in a village although the count is unknown at this point
- In Burkina Faso, a transitional government was announced with some posts filled by military officials
Latin America, Caribbean and Canada
- Before we get into the news about what is happening in Mexico, the lack of U.S. coverage on what is happening there reveals where they stand on this issue. By not covering the protests there, the U.S. media avoids a necessary internationalist perspective.
- Unsure as to what led to this or wondering about the overall situation in the past weeks? The Nation recaps of all the events here.
- On Thursday, 11 people were arrested after clashes with police in Mexico City, Mexico, and were charged with terrorism.
- One of the questions protesters have is how Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s wife was able to purchase a multi-million dollar home owned by a company that also received contracts from the federal government. His wife announced she will sell her stake in the home.
- What about the 43 missing students? After not finding them, the parents of the students said they will conduct their own investigation after the abysmal failure of Mexican authorities.
- The mainstream version of economics neglects fundamental parts of our economy, such as the financial aspects, which makes it into a very useless theory.
- Companies in Iran hope to have an international agreement because they believe they can grow and prosper
- In Colombia, U.S. embassy staff attacked General Motors workers who were protesting mistreatment by management. Now, the workers will sue the embassy workers for attacking them.
- On Tuesday, a former employee of Amazon will go on hunger strike in front of the company’s headquarters in Seattle to protest against the company’s poor handling of its workers.
- A judge in Illinois ruled a pension reform law (i.e. cuts) was unconstitutional, which means this will go up to the state’s supreme court to rule on.
- Behind Taylor Farms, a large corporation that sells fruits and vegetables, is a story of threats to workers and exploitation
- Nathan Fuller: “The Disappearing Classified Order”
- Thomas Frank: “Phony spin even Fox News won’t buy”
- In Bullitt County, Ky., a fire chief refused to help an African-American family and insulted an Asian reporter when interviewed.
- In Ferguson, a police commander spoke with some protesters, which signifies a change in police tactics; However, you cannot be too sure with them considering the elite are really nervous
- In Cleveland, Ohio, a 12-year-old boy held a fake gun in a playground and was killed by police after assuming it was real; I don’t…what…how…
We Don’t Need No Education
- We should be cautious when advocating for a similar education system as in Europe considering it suffers from its own share of problems.
- Journalist Samantha Winslow writes a brief piece on three prevailing myths on teacher tenure here
The Second Sex
- In Madrid, Spain, anti-abortion demonstrators gathered to protest the government’s recent decision to drop a restrictive abortion law.
- New Jersey is considering a “Yes Means Yes” law as the movement to pass the law slowly grows across the U.S.
- The state of Washington will sue the federal government for not protecting workers cleaning up nuclear waste
- What is scary in California is how under-estimated the drought is in the state. Despite politicians calling for water conservation, there are no signs this crisis will be averted.
- A new report found more than 250 fracking wells across the U.S. use 1o-25 gallons of water each.
- In upstate New York, some activists were arrested after protesting natural gas projects set for expansion
- The World Bank said it would invest in clean energy in almost all cases as a result of climate change
- New research found it was iron, not climate change, that led to the decline of civilizations during the Bronze Age
- A former NBC employee said he helped cover-up the numerous times Bill Cosby slept with women
- Funk Del Altiplano [Actitud Maria Marta]