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- During his Asia tour, Secretary of State John Kerry has refused to answer any questions over the latest reports of NSA spying on lawyers working with Indonesian government
- Meanwhile, he has called Assad supporters to force the regime to change or be liable for any damage Assad’s government causes
- President Obama has criticized the anti-gay law in Uganda by calling it a huge-step backwards
- Mitt Romney now is criticizing Russia for spending so much for its Olympic games
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tells young Israeli activists visiting that he has no plans of sending Palestinian refugees to Israel
Asia and Oceania
- More than 400 Nepal workers have died to prepare for the Qatar World Cup according to a report yet to be released
- Egypt has undergone a population explosion as tensions continue to rise and the economy is sluggish
- Meanwhile, an Egyptian driver and three South Korean tourists died in a bus blast earlier today. Major figures in Egypt have denounced the attack.
- Lawyers for Mohamed Morsi have withdrew from his trial in protest of not hearing their client in the trial
- 11 miners in South Africa who were trapped in an illegal gold mine operation have been rescued
- Protesters in Kiev have left city hall in return for the release of prisoners arrested by the state
- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso: If Scotland becomes independent, then I don’t think they could join the EU
- Turkish Parliament passed a bill that allows the government to have a stronger hold over the judiciary branch. The vote left one lawmaker with a broken nose after a fight erupted.
Latin America, Caribbean and Canada
- Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro holds a rally of his own to bring peace to the country in response to the opposition protests
- Rania Khalek writes on how the LAPD went to Israel to discover the wonders of drone and surveillance technology to use back home
- Part three of three with John Weeks on how neo-liberalism has created a culture contrary to principles of democracy for the rest of the working class
- Richard Eskow of Campaign for America’s Future lists 10 reasons to why the $10.10 minimum wage idea is not enough for workers
- A victory occurred in Oregon when workers decided not to merge into a top-down union structure
- In Tennessee, workers at the Volkswagon plant have decided not to join the United Auto Workers union in a close vote
- 18 members of Congress have created and signed a letter to President Obama asking him to reschedule cannabis
- How can one debate killing a U.S. citizen in a calm manner when they are deciding to kill a U.S. citizen?
- The number of U.S. soldiers who have committed crimes or faced misconduct and been forced out of the Army due to those reasons has soared in recent years
- 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
- If a conversation about race would happen in this country, then, as this article highlights, the issue of black radicals in our history must be brought up
- Here is a tragic piece on how those in the LGBTQ community are left out of the discussion on undocumented immigrants
- Local TV news, a place where Americans typically get their information on the world from, is a pathetic place of where the capitalist ensures his or her voice is heard often times verbatim as this piece and video shows.
- A mistrial on first-degree murder charge for Michael Dunn occurred in his trial for murdering Jordan Davis. Yet, he was guilty on second-degree murder. Let’s hope it comes out guilty. The family of Davis, however, view this as a serious setback and a mistake when children are viewed as “collateral damage”
- With the arrival of the upper-class in San Francisco, it might be time to say the city will be losing its liberal status
- From Harper’s Magazine, it’s the Feb. 2014 Harper’s Index
We Don’t Need No Education
- In the U.S., one-third of high school students are drug tested. Here’s the question: Why?
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- Now, loneliness is considered more dangerous to the health of the elderly in the U.S. than obesity is since those lonely are more likely to die than those who are overweight
- In this excerpt of Jonathan Rottenberg’s book on depression, he exposes on how self-books are just another fraud in the system designed to crush our souls
The Second Sex
- President Obama talks a lot of game (he might even be all game, but I digress), but when discussing the issue of equal pay for women there must be serious and aggressive action taken
- Scientists have found that, even without global warming, atmospheric temperatures will rise due to the expansion of cities
- There is probably a radiation leak at a military nuclear site in New Mexico when uncommonly high levels of radioactive particles were discovered
- Which animal was the first to have two nostrils? A jawless fish.