Hello folks, how are you? As we finish the end of this month, I’m open for suggestions for improving the Roundup. It has been two months and I feel like it is time to see what I could improve on. Any suggestions, criticisms?
- For us to understand the situation in Ukraine with Western power players, the history of the 2011 conflict in Libya provides us valuable lessons on the power players
- The UN rejected the annexation of Crimea by Russia by declaring it as illegitimate
- During the meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama, they agreed on the poor (that’s rich of Obama) and disagreed on issues like birth control
- Richard Falk, UN rapporteur on human rights, has said Israel is guilty of apartheid and committing human rights violations in Palestine
- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon states 49 percent of chemicals by the Syrian government has been removed
- Meanwhile, in the oil-rich east of Syria, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Islamic rebels have clashed for control of it
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during his visit to Afghanistan that the country is an occupied nation
- 26 people have died in Baghdad, Iraq as a result of bombings from ISIS; I’m tired of this lack of accountability for those who caused this mess in the first place
Asia and Oceania
- The UN has announced an investigation into the war crimes in Sri Lanka during the civil war
- A major problem in France is happening where the National Front, a far-right party, is starting to win over people and get votes.
- A new study on Europe found “serious deprivation” of youths in Greece as the trust in the government falls
- It now seems Youtube is blocked in Turkey amid concerns from the national government of “national security”
Latin America, Caribbean and Canada
- Gallup: A majority of people in Latin American feel Pope Francis brings hope to the poor and reform to the Catholic Church
- President Nicolas Maduro announced he is okay with an outside facilitator to talks with the opposition
- The Argentinian government will commit to austerity, which has led to people going out in the streets asking to stop this
- Census data has found the population in Puerto Rico has been dropping as the recession there still persists
- Since 2009 (remember that’s Barack Obama’s first year in office), government requests for Google user data has jumped 120 percent
- President Obamaformally proposed to end the data collection of phone calls; Why can’t he just refuse to reauthorize as some have been saying?
- Robert Reich: “Billionaires Are Warping Our Political System”
- The CEO of Reddit said the main base behind Bitcoin is full of “crazy libertarians“; I would like to add most of them are white
- One federal judge recommends dismissing a lawsuit against Bank of America for committing fraud against investors as the argument from the government was not sufficient
- It appears likely the state of Connecticut will the first to have a minimum wage of $10.10 for all workers
- Fantastic to hear how teachers are striking in different countries over the state of education and what could be done to bring it here
- Domino’s has agreed to pay workers after it admitted to committing “wage theft”
- Congress passed a new bill to give $1 billion in aid to Ukraine to help it amid Russia conflict
- Pew: Support for Obamacare has fallen among Hispanics from 61 percent (in September 2013) to 47 percent
- The Democratic Party has the ideas to talk progressive, but accept Wall Street funds. It’s causing such contradictions to make it unpopular in the polls.
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) believes it’s a great idea for the Pentagon to get more Tomahawk missiles and not reduce it; Paul is a fraud engaged in manipulating his base for his own political goals and should not be trusted
- Amy Goodman: “Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History”
- Nine more Air Force officers have been removed, along with one resignation, over the cheating scandal in the Air force
- If the Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby, then one major winner may be the Koch Brothers, which I am sure I do not have to explain why that is troubling
- Ralph Nader: “Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors”
- The Department of Justice announces a new program to help train cops how to work with transgender cops
- A new report out found early registration for voters makes them more motivated to vote
- Here are four small towns as examples where the militarization of the police made situations become ridiculous and pathetic with pointless injuries and, unfortunately, deaths
- A lawsuit in Milwaukee, Wis. alleges police officers killed the dogs of a woman after they entered looking for “dangerous animals.” They found only turtles inside if you’re curious.
- An actual Marxist and author talks on how the right-wing’s talk against socialism may be helpful after all
- David Coombs states the trial for Chelsea Manning was not a fair trial and announced he will no longer be representing her
We Don’t Need No Education
- Part three of four with Andy Shallal on how more work is needed to help low-income black children even with the increase on test scores in DC
- With the unspeakable $1 trillion student loan debt, it signifies the major gap in wealth in the U.S.
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- Interested in knowing how your county is faring in your state on health, income or other relevant factors? This interactive provides much-needed data on all of it.
- A much-needed article on why we are not discussing the skyrocketing rate of suicides in our country, caused by capitalism of course
- In genetically modified plants, according to this study, there are “extreme levels” of Roundup, a herbicide, which is becoming a norm in the industry
The Second Sex
- A court in Texas rules abortion restrictions in the state do not jeopardize the health of a woman; Are…are you serious?
- In Tennessee, lawmakers want to jail pregnant women who take drugs rather than help them out
- Highlighting the problem in journalism with not enough women and how Foreign Policy attempted to answer this question with a panel full of mostly men
- It is weird to hear how, during Occidental College’s sexual assault investigation, break-ins and hacks occurred against it
- In Mexico, activists are asking for help in the international community for women who are sometimes forced to give birth out in the street
- Further discussion on the oil spill in Galveston Bay that is endangering wildlife and the environment there
- Here’s another thing that will happen if climate change isn’t stopped, salamanders will shrink
- During the search for the missing MH370 plane, investigators have found a whole lot of trash in the ocean
- What is dangerous is how after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the decision to stick by nuclear power is not questioned by officials in Japan
- If Keystone XL is not fully built (cause the southern part already is), then there’s a “Part B” in place to push for
- Scientists have found a new dwarf planet beyond Pluto. They’ve given it the name of “Biden” after Joseph Biden (ouch…)