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International Politics

Overall

- President Obama: Russia is nothing more than a “regional power” who is weak rather than strong; Real strong rhetoric

- Gallup: 43 percent of Americans view Russia as “a serious problem” rather than an adversary, which 26 percent of Americans believe

- John Kerry tried to salvage the Israel-Palestine peace talks by attempting to form a new agreement between the two

- The UN is reporting an alarming trend where the killings of journalists have risen in the past few years, particularly “in part of the Arab region

Middle East

- Foreign Minister of Israel states it would be legal for Israel to transfer Arab-Israelis to a new Palestinian state

- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s home village in Syria was under attack by Syrian rebels, that led to skirmishes between the government forces and rebels

- There were deaths reported in Afghanistan as a result of Taliban attackers, including suicide bombers who were near a presidential candidate’s home

- 29 people have been killed throughout Iraq through a wave of attacks

Asia and Oceania

- The Malaysian government is promising, by all means, to find the Flight MH370 wreckage as relatives of the Chinese passengers have been protesting in China to get a straight answer

Africa

- Here’s an addition to the link I pointed to yesterday on the over 500 Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt sentenced to death. It’s an interview on how due process in the country is “impossible.

- Meanwhile 683 people, all Muslim Brotherhood supporters, have been tried in a mass trial for multiple charges, such as murder

- Unrest is growing in the country of Sudan with the IMF as a major cause

- 10 people in northeastern Nigeria died as a result of two car bombs by Islamic militants

Europe

- It seems back in 2011, half of young adults (18-29) living in Europe were living with their parents.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- Oliver Stone and Mark Weisbrot: “Obama Administration Faces Diplomatic Isolation in Latin America on Venezuela

- Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro states three generals were plotting to overthrow him and are now arrested

Surveillance Planet

- Natasha Lennard reports despite Obama’s pledge to move bulk of phone records collection out of the NSA, it still doesn’t solve the main issue of our privacy under attack

- President Obama: We must “win back the trust of ordinary citizens” after this move; Edward Snowden calls it a “turning point

- Trevor Timm: “The House’s NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform?

- Musician David Byrne criticizes both the NSA and tech companies for allowing this surveillance to happen

Financial Matters

- It’s been 30 years since miners in the UK went on strike. Today, we’re seeing the consequences of a lack of unionism as well as neoliberal state violence. Capitalism is undoubtedly in crisis, but it’s a unique crisis not imagined.

- As if Wall Street didn’t get the memo on not interfering more in society, they have a profit-incentive plan to get prisoners out of Rikers Island in New York

- The IRS announced new rules to tax Bitcoins as property people own rather than as currency

- In what is another indication of how inflation isn’t the biggest threat, the U.K. announces its inflation is at a four-year low

Labor’s a-Brewing

- One manager of a Wal-Mart exposes the dark side we are acquainted with, but this goes into specific detail on the life of workers

- Interested to read on the history of collective bargaining rights and where it might be in a few years? Here’s the article on it.

- In Germany, a main union there called for a strike at airports for a pay hike for workers

Politics US

Washington USA

- Careful in supporting the legislation protecting journalists by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). It does not apply to bloggers or people on social media.

- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): President Obama should apologize to Pope Francis I for Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate

- In Congress, former natural gas lobbyists organized a hearing on natural gas. Certainly there’s no conflict of interest there.

- Here’s an article from ProPublica for anyone unaware on what is going on with the Hobby Lobby case in the Supreme Court who may favor Hobby Lobby

- 100 tobacco smokers in New Hampshire experienced an Obamacare “glitch” when they were charged non-smokers rates and had their plans canceled

- Watch out, billionaire Sheldon Adelson has a new tactic in spending on elections: only go for the electable ones.

Anytown USA

- Gallup: What community in the U.S. is reporting the best in terms of well-being? It is Provo-Orem, UT at 71.4

- Andy Shallal, a candidate for the Mayoral elections in Washington D.C., talks to The Real News in part one of a four-part series on being the “other” in the 1950s and 1960s

- Great to see Jon Stewart back and seriously criticizing the awful pseudo-journalism by the establishment on the missing Flight MH370

- Stephen Colbert interviews Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) of the first district in North Carolina that is hilarious to watch

- You may not believe me at first, but a man in North Carolina was arrested by an police officer for refusing to show his iced tea (I wish I were kidding)

- The FCC is stating thousands of hotels do not offer direct 911 services and wants it to be changed

We Don’t Need No Education

- Great news out of the University of Southern Maine as students and faculty are occupying buildings to protest budget cuts significantly affecting education.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- The World Health Organization reports globally one in eight people die from air pollution; Absolutely alarming

- What’s the best diet to go on? According to scientists, it’s one with real food involved

- A feature piece in Greece on the struggles of one family to escape food insecurity

The Second Sex

- A woman with multiple sclerosis claims New Jersey police refused to take her rape report seriously saying it was a “big joke and a waste of time.”

- A federal appeals court ruled the state of Kansas is able to strip funds from Planned Parenthood

Planet Earth

- Scientists have been studying art to survey the effects of climate change over time. Sounds really interesting to do.

- A new study (which has also made me angry) found that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill (caused by BP negligence) causes heart deformities in fish and may lead to a decline in commercial fishing; Hey another oil spill occurred in Lake Michigan and BP is behind it

- What is occurring in Washington state is sad, but it will occur more frequently as global warming continues to harm our planet; Side note, one scientist warned 15 years ago the mudslide would happen

- Great to hear a court in New Jersey determined the Christie administration in New Jersey acted illegally by refusing to uphold greenhouse gas rules

- One casualty from the oil spill in Galveston Bay will be the migrating birds passing through

- Lithuania is asking the U.S. to send natural gas supplies since Russian gas is not being delivered to the country

Mixed Bag

- A new study found “mentally challenging” jobs which make you stressed now, make you sharper when you retire

- “College Senior Already Has Grueling 14-Month Employment Search Lined Up After Graduation

- Probably one of the best stories I’ve read. One town in Texas is paying Ted Nugent to not perform there

- Some studies found knitting is healthy for your brain. Should pick it up then in the future.

Break Time

- Malambo