It’s the end of the week. How has it been for you?
- The U.N. has found North Korea has committed crimes against humanity and will be seeking a criminal investigation into the matter
- It seems once again that Syria will fail to be on track to destroy its chemical weapons
- Iran is calling for an end to any foreign support for extremist elements in Syria
- For Saudi Arabia and Iran, they both share a common interest in Syria: stopping revolutions from spreading to their region
- Kareem Khan has been released after facing brutal torture from his kidnappers over his activism against drone strikes. He still will testify.
- In Iraq, ISIS militants have captured more territory in Iraq and are not stopping
- Dozens were killed and others were wounded in a car bomb explosion outside of a mosque in Yadouda, Syria
- The U.S. is warning that due to the release of prisoners by Afghanistan, they could be targeted by SpecOps if they return to the battlefield
- On the third anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain, the country faces fierce clashes between police forces and anti-government protesters
Asia and Oceania
- An article by John Pilger describing the importance of discussing history with a look at the Korean War and beyond
- The U.N. is reporting that arms in the hands of the Somalian government were given to al-Shabaab
- Juan Cole: “Putinism in Cairo? The Rise of the Russian Model”
- Riot police and protesters clashed in Egypt that has left two people dead.
- The Eurozone GDP has grown by .3 percent in the last three months of 2013, which is up from .1 percent the quarter before
- An agricultural minister in Angela Merkel’s government has resigned over allegations of submitting evidence of possession of child pornography by another German lawmaker
- Here’s a shocking statistic, thousands of zoo animals are killed yearly in European zoos
Latin America, Caribbean and Canada
- A good article discussing what is happening overall in Panama over the Panama Canal and whether it’s worth it in the end
- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica: The world must re-evaluate stance on drugs in a manner like we have done with legalization of cannabis
- After a bank pulls out of Cuba, the country has suspended U.S. consular services unless it finds an alternative
- Anti-Maduro protests continue in Venezuela but the turnout is much lower than before. Yet, in the interest in not following the bourgeois media, here’s a piece analyzing three different perspectives on the protests there
- So much for privacy by Silicon Valley. Major companies seek to take user information for their own benefit.
- Ron Paul has announced a petition to give Edward Snowden clemency and to force the Obama administration to do so
- Gallup: Washington D.C. leads the nation with the highest payroll-to-population rate, while West Virginia is at the bottom of the list
- It seems Fed chair Janet Yellen’s “tapering of quantitative easing” is disrupting markets here and overseas; Meanwhile, Yellen’s husband resigns from an institution funded by a Swiss banking institution to avoid any conflict
- Alternet discusses 10 more things about the Comcast purchase of Time Warner that make it a terrible choice for consumers
- GOP Politicians and anti-union activists are working together to stop the brave vote of workers at the Volkswagon plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Obama, meanwhile, accuses Republicans of siding with German share-owners than the workers
- Pew: 52 percent of Americans state America has failed in its goal in Afghanistan
- Obama to Congress: Please help us fund a $1 billion program to help community adapt to climate change and disasters resulting from it; Meanwhile, farmers in California are (rightfully) criticizing Barack Obama for not doing enough
- Obama: Our job for this year is to increase the minimum wage and to better the immigration system and the elections this year might complicate it; Joe Biden, meanwhile, states Democrats should stand by their values even in re-election
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): I want to spark a “transformation” of the GOP; Reforming inside of a capitalist party is just exposing yourself as a fraud
- The U.S Army has a new job it wants to fill. Analyzing social media for evidence of “extremist influence”
- What’s been going on with the Supreme Court? This article gives an overview of their 2013-14 court case season
- Doctor Milton Wolf is running for Senate in Kansas and equated President Obama treatment of the rich to Hitler’s treatment to Jews. Did I mention Wolf is Obama’s cousin?
- Gallup: Adults aged 24 to 34 who live at home with their parents are less likely to be “thriving”
- The LA Sheriff’s Department is facing a lawsuit. On what you ask? Shooting an 80-year-old man in his bed with a submachine gun.
- For the NATO 3 trial, it is shameful for the Chicago Tribune to go against the right of dissent and stand with the overzealous prosecutors of the case
- In Kansas, Republicans in the Senate are irate over a new bill allowing religious groups the right to deny services to anyone who is gay
- A federal judge in Virginia has struck down a law that bans gay marriage
We Don’t Need No Education
- Part two of two with University of California-AFT President and how colleges exploit part-time labor for their benefit
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- What we’re seeing is the ill effects of income inequality in things like marriage and how loneliness can exist in a system today
The Second Sex
- “One Billion Rising” is a movement seeking to stop violence against women that is so excessive in our society
- A tragic part (and a legit criticism) of the media is how they refuse to show indigenous women who have gone missing., They are often forgotten as a result of little exposure.
- Environmentalists are clamoring for a stop to plants that ruin ecosystems of bees considering the declining rate of bees
- Here’s five points on the drought in California leading water to be scarce and the state facing a “mega-drought”
- After the snowstorm passed in South Carolina and Georgia, thousands faced devastation and lack of power
- Pew has five facts over love and marriage in the U.S., including 50.5 percent of Americans married and reason for marriage
- U.S. researchers have found that being gay is particularly due to genes, but other factors do play a role.