May Philip Seymour Hoffman rest in peace

International Politics

Overall

- “Marx was Right“ Rolling Stone goes over on how Marx brilliant predicated events in 2014

- The U.S. will table a U.N. human rights resolution critiquing Sri Lanka for its war crimes

- The State Department is denying it attempted to speak directly with the Syrian government at Geneva II

Middle East

- American imperialism can act as innocent as it wants, but the reality is that it’s brutal acts in the Middle East show anything it tries to make as “innocent” is a pathetic excuse

- Iraq has increased its shelling of Falluja before it invades it with ground forces to take it back from militants

- The election campaign for President in Afghanistan has begun with poverty and security being key issues. Hamid Karzai cannot run.

- The U.S. pushed back on Israel after Netanyahu denounced boycotts as hurting peace process

- Juan Cole: “Now Peace Talks, John Kerry, are “Anti-Semitic” in Eyes of Israeli Far Right

- Yesterday, the Syrian government dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo leaving 83 dead says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Asia and Oceania

- Despite elections in Thailand having protests, 89 percent of polling stations have operated normally

Africa

- The Red Cross has suspended its work in Sudan after the government said it wasn’t following its laws

- Rebels in South Sudan have said the government fired on them, violating the ceasefire

- Rebels in the Central African Republic have fled a key town, but have vowed to return

- Due to the “security failure,” 54 detainees have escaped a jail in Libya

Europe

- Germany is attempting to have a third Greek bailout worth 10 to 20 billion euros

- Thousands march in Russia over the arrested of activists two years ago and against Putin

Latin America, Carribean and Canada

- The vigilantes in Mexico have been successful in their attempts against cartels, but who are they fighting for and what are they fighting for?

- Argentina is slowly losing its hold as the peso is in a panic and goods are flying off shelves in the heat

Surveillance Planet

- Here’s the interview of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden by German TV channel NDR on all-things surveillance

- Governments and corporations are actively trying to attain our privacy, but we can put a stop to it and fight back

- Lawyers for Lavabit are concerned their suit against handing over emails to the feds will have the privacy aspect being pushed aside by the judge

- Juan Cole: “Christie, Clapper and other Officials who should be in Jail instead of Snowden”

Financial Matters

- Jesse Myerson brilliant points out the misconceptions on communism and capitalism

- On Jan. 31, there were numerous protests occurring beyond the U.S. against the Trans Pacific Partnership

- On “hot money” and Paul Krugman’s failure to understand the severity of its effect on world markets

- Ben Bernanke will be stepping down, but where will he go? If his history shows anything, then he’ll be around the private sector

- The brutal inequality faced by billions in the world destroys the fabric of civilization and institutes a capitalist system driven by selfishness and greed

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Is there a “skills gap” in the job market? As if. It’s just an effort to get cheap labor with high skills

- A history lesson on how racist policies in the Jim Crow-era South led to discrimination against black laborers

- With the drought in California continuing, farmers face unemployment and poverty

Politics US

Washington USA

- The “Military – Industrial – Congressional Complex” is a term indicating the decision-makers who actively seek their own wants against the interest of everyone else. They care little on the price of another war

- Even as she called Iran a “a threat to global security,” Hillary Clinton has urged Congress not to pass new sanctions

- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said that immigration reform is unlikely to occur this year

Anytown USA

- Michael Ratner goes over on how Bill de Blasio’s recent statements in support of Israel expose where he stands on the Israel-Palestine issue

- Richard Wolff: “Political Corruption and Capitalism

We Don’t Need no Education

- Students are now waking up to revolutionizing the economics profession away from unrealistic, pro-free market teachings to the analysis we have understood over the past few years of a capitalist structure out of control

- In Minnesota, a free military test is made as an alternative for high school students to graduate and it doesn’t require parental consent

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- Powerful photos of homeless people as they want to be shown to the world

The Second Sex

- At Memorial University in Canada, a test asked whether it was likely a rape victim would die based on a computer algorithm

- A new report has found that the abortion rate in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest level since 1973 

Planet Earth

- Despite the Super Bowl saying it will attempt to be “environmentally-friendly,” it still is one of the least environment friendly events

- Profiting off climate change. It’s happening and the article states who is behind such vile actions.

- Both landowners and environmentalists in Nebraska unite to fight the Keystone XL pipeline from being built

Mixed Bag

- Scientists have found that “cut-and-paste” DNA may be able to eliminate HIV

- Poll: 50 percent of Americans believe that God will determine the winner of the Super Bowl

- With a history of sexual abuse that Dylan Fallow pointed out in a letter, why is Woody Allen so beloved? Allen responds that what Fallow said was “untrue” and “disgraceful”

- J.K. Rowling has said she regrets the ending of Harry Potter with Hermoine and Ron being together

Break Time

- Black Girl Pain