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International Politics

Overall

- The U.N. is calling for an independent investigation of drone attacks throughout the world

- CNN/ORC International: 59 percent of Americans approve of sanctions on Russia in response to its intervention in Ukraine

- The U.S. pledged it won’t recognize Crimea poll to join Russia and will threaten action if done

- Chris Hedges: “Welcome to Satan’s Ball“; On Russia and the West

Middle East

- Despite a committee in Israel extending a law for conscription to include the Orthodox, nearly half a million of Orthodox Jews demonstrated in Israel against the proposal

- The Taliban in Afghanistan threatened to attack the presidential elections next month which they cite as a sham

- It seems a Palestinian-Jordanian judge was attempting to get an Israeli soldier’s weapon, but was killed before he could. Now the Palestinian Authority wants an investigation

- Juan Cole: “A New Arab Cold War: Saudi Arabia Pressures Qatar on Muslim Brotherhood, American Think Tanks

Asia and Oceania

- An operator at the Fukushima nuclear power plant decided there may be no other choice but to dump thousands of tonnes of contaminated water into the ocean

- China has told Malaysia its search for MH370 should be sped up; Still a “mystery” on how it just went missing

Africa

- In Libya, the eastern region of the country is under rebel control and the government called for a special force to “liberate” the towns

Europe

- The Tatar Muslims in the Crimea region are cautious of the new plan for Crimea to separate from Ukraine and become a part of Russia

- Meanwhile, NATO will be deploying planes to monitor Ukraine; Meanwhile, this article discusses the question of sovereignty that Ukraine holds and the problem of fascism in the country

- One economics professor at Oxford said the austerity conducted in Greece is the same as when the Irish faced the famine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- Anti-government protesters in Venezuela are still attempting to barricade themselves and sit-out for the long struggle; Meanwhile, a Chilean woman was killed attempting to take one down

- Guatemala’s lessons on organizing provides us with insights on how to solve our problems and how to move forward

Surveillance Planet

- Natasha Lennard discusses Edward Snowden’s remarks at SXSW and why they are significant in terms of mass surveillance

- Looks like the next person to be in charge of the NSA is against giving over the bulk of data collection to third parties

- Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence agencies will be monitoring their employees who have secret clearances

Financial Matters

- Gallup: Only 27 percent of Americans agree it’s a good time to go looking for a “quality job”

- Dean Baker: “The New York Times Budget Reporting Looks Like RT on Ukraine”

- Now it seems North Dakota won’t be the only state with a state-run bank, Vermont also decided to vote for the creation of one

- The pizza chain Sbarro (not a really good one) declared bankruptcy protection…again

- Economists at Morgan Stanley report the slow growth in the current U.S. economy may become permanent

Labor’s a-Brewing

- A new report from a national union criticized the Affordable Care Act for increasing inequality as it moves money to insurance companies

- Temp workers who are “blue collar” face abuses that are eerily similar to what farmworkers faced in the 1960s

Politics US

Washington USA

- Gallup: Congress has an approval rating of 15 percent for the month of March

- The Supreme Court sided with a private landowner who has jeopardized the railroad right-of-way bike path programs

- At Day Five of Commissioning Peanuts And Candy (CPAC), one panelist remarked those who speak on climate change are “human racists

- In a post after his victory (I guess you call it that) in a straw poll at CPAC, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticizes Ted Cruz and the gang without mentioning them

- Vietnam Veterans sued the government for wrongfully discharging them when they had PTSD and not helping them when it was officially recognized after they served

Anytown USA

- Pew: 61 percent of Republican voters under 30 support same-sex marriage

- Part four of seven where Michael Ratner discusses what occurred in Attica, New York with prisoners on strike there and the riot was brutally broken up

- Amount of New Yorkers who make their travels on public transportation has reached its highest in 50 years

- The Boston Marathon this year will be featuring more security guards than the year before as a result of the bombings last year

- The Israel lobby in the U.S. is trying to get Latinos on their side by offering free trips to Israel, but Latino activists are challenging those actions

- Federal prosecutors said the current Mayor in D.C. knew an off-the-books “shadow campaign” existed and did nothing to stop it

We Don’t Need No Education

- Glad to see New York City’s Department of Education establish stronger rules to protect the rights of transgender students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

-  A new study found a new blood test could help predict Alzheimer’s Disease

The Second Sex

- In the Mormon Church, the number of women involved has tripled over the past two years

- In Detroit, Michigan, one prosecutor is attempting to get 10,000 untested rape kits processed despite budget cuts

- A new campaign in Scotland on sexual assault also also target would-be offenders

- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discusses how a decreased amount of money in politics and better civility would increase women in Congress

Planet Earth

- Awful news. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found 65 percent of Americans approve of the completion of Keystone XL

- Glad to see Neil deGrasse Tyson criticize the media for giving climate deniers equal time with those who have been pleading for change.

- Uh-oh. The troubling news out of the Arctic now is that it’s melting at a quicker pace than before 

- You would think polluting groundwater would be illegal but in New Mexico the copper industry says otherwise 

- Even when it was a statement from a whistleblower to add to the evidence of TransCanada’s wrongdoing, regulators have done nothing

- Steve Horn: “Chicagoans Want the Koch Brothers to Stop Polluting The City

- Some Democratic Senators in Congress have been working diligently to have a plan to make climate change an issue this year.

- Some workers will return to a New Mexico nuclear site after operators and the Dept. of Energy made precautionary protections

Mixed Bag

- It seems, based on a prehistoric plant pollen, forests were shaped by human beings 11,000 years ago

- “Report: Ocean Levels Could Rise Foot Or More If Lots Of People Go Swimming

Break Time

- Fukaki Umi No Kanata [Beyond the Deep Sea]