It’s Friday. How has your week been?
It has been 49 years since Malcolm X was assassinated.
- At the International Criminal Court, lawyers with Reprieve, a human rights organization, filed a complaint against NATO allies for war crimes involving drone strikes
- A coalition of human rights groups called for the International Olympic Committee to force nations hosting the Olympics to not have any discriminatory laws
- One of the top clerics in Iran warned if the United States attacks Iran, then the country will strike back
- Arab Sunni tribes in Iraq decided to unite to defeat al-Qaeda by protecting their areas
- The Syrian Air Force increased bombardment in southern area of Syria
Asia and Oceania
- China is warning the United States for Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama as it would impact Sino-American relations
- In Egypt, history is providing lessons that are repeating in the country as turmoil continues
- The United Nations is reporting that civilians in South Sudan are the main victims of the violence there due to ethnicity
- 9 al-Shabaab militants died as they were attacking the Presidential place in Somalia
- Good news out of Ukraine as both sidesagreed to a deal that will have a new elections and a new government along with a few other provisions but people are still protesting in the streets. The Guardian has full details of today’s events and the full text of the agreement here
- The Sochi Olympic Games are represented in a negative light by Western media, almost meriting something in return
- The last Buddy Cole segment on The Colbert Report on the situation in Sochi and the gay community there
- IMF head Christine Lagarde pretty much says “Let them eat cake” when remarking there was enough of a social safety net in place in Greece to help Greeks (thanks to your imperial bourgeois antics, you’ve let the neo-Nazis come out throughout Europe as millions suffer in poverty)
- In related news, an article remarks that both the troika and the Greek government have been “in denial” on the effects of austerity
- A proposal has arisen in Spain to bar companies from donating money to political parties; Interesting development
Latin America, Caribbean and Canada
- Who is Leopoldo López? Where did he come from and what’s his motive for coming out now? Max Blumenthal talks about this here.
- The drug war plaguing Mexico for years has its origin within the neoliberal policies conducted by the elites
- The opposition in Venezuela is using this opportunity to overthrow the government to ensure a society of capitalism with haves and have-nots
- Emptywheel: “GAP, POGO, Experience Break-Ins”
- It seems the independent film industry may be heading into a place of exploitation and lots of subsidies, a worrying sign
- Gallup: 54 percent of Americans view foreign trade as an “opportunity” rather than a “threat”
- Here’s an interview by The Real News on whether $10.10 in minimum wage would be significant to her livelihood
- With all this talk about state pensions being a major problem for states, there is little in discussionrelative to corporate subsidies given
- Ralph Nader further discusses the problems within the CBO report on a minimum wage increase
- UAW has filed a complaint with the National Labor Review Board on union vote in Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Natasha Lennard discusses a new plan by the FCC to put government agents in the news to observe how news is collected. Are…are you serious?
- In serious news, hard-hitting testimony to be remembered years from now will be delivered to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Congo by self-proclaimed expert Ben Affleck
- The American Psychological Association rejected a call to ban any assistance for the military on interrogation
- The Justice Dept. revised rules on leak investigations by saying it will notify news organization about obtaining records beforehand to allow news organization to challenge subpoenas or search warrants
- The federal government will pay less to private health insurers in Medicare Advantage plans in the future
- President Obama barred the media from attending his meeting with the Dalai Lama because why not?
- A Democratic state senator in California was charged with corruption for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and trips
- Pew: 51 percent of victims in hate crime cases report their ethnicity was the reason for the attack
- So a bill passed the Senate in Arizona and seems to be cruising to be a law. It features the provision of allowing businesses to not serve same-sex couples
- It seems, according to a report, private prisons still want to live in a place of secrecy even with public funds supporting them
We Don’t Need No Education
- In Oakland, CA there is an organization that focuses on helping at-risk students rather than the utterly inane use of punishment
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- We have been told that there are foods that aren’t good for us (in my case chocolate), but the reality is way different than this fiction
- Jon Stewart jokes about the different amount of food safety problems that companies are dealing with from Subway to Hot Pockets
- Mayor Bill de Blasio relaxed shelter entrance rules for the homeless in New York City
The Second Sex
- A new survey reported by Telegraph found 27 percent of flight attendants reported sexual harassment in the past year
- The CEO of Exxon joined a lawsuit on fracking. No, not the side for it, but against it as he realized drilling will be lowering the property value of his house. Priorities!
- One industry that will be severely affected by this drought in California will be the beer industry
- Idaho throws its hands in the air and decides the sky is pink by declaring the EPA shouldn’t be allowed to conduct regulations in the state
- The alternative of geo-engineering to stop climate change might very well lead to more heat
- So a top lobbyist for Chevron is now a “senior staff member” for the House Committee for Science (that revolving door just keeps spinning!)
- A tragedy is unfolding in California for farmers as little to no water will be available for them during this tough time
- Research out of Hungary found that dogs seem to tell a happy voice apart from a sad voice
- Unable to watch the Lego Movie? Here’s a remake with kittens rather than Legos
- Oh jeez. Steve Jobs will be appearing on a USPS stamp soon