Hey folks, it is the start of a brand new week. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

International Politics

Overall

- President Obama states Russia should be open to discussing with the West, rather than side with pro-Russian “thugs“; In addition, he said the world has to be unified for Putin to back down

- The G7 will possibly enact more sanctions on Russia tomorrow over the increasingly volatile Ukraine

- The Philippines and the U.S. agree on a new military deal for the next 10 years allowing the U.S. to further increase its military presence. I wonder what country they are directing this to?

- A U.S. official declared the U.S. was optimistic about a potential deal with Iran, but was worried, along with Gulf states, about ballistic missiles from Iran

- Pro-Russian separatists seized a Ukrainian TV station and switched to pro-Russian stations 

- A new report finds anti-Semitism on the rise, despite a decline in attacks on Jews

Middle East

- In contrast to reports stating the Taliban shot down a British helicopter and killed five British soldiers, the Ministry of Defense announced it was a tragic accident rather than the Taliban

- Iraqi army helicopters shot down what they say was a “jihadist convoy” and killed eight people as a result

- Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas states the Holocaust was the “most heinous crime” in recent history

- 10 people died in the capital of Iraq when a bomb exploded at an outdoor market

Africa

- Juan Cole: “Egyptian Youth Protest against Anti-Protest Law a month before Elections

- More than 1,300 Muslims left the capital of Central African Republic to escape from the bloodshed by Christians

- What has been called a “misunderstanding” led to a clash between a community and troops in South Sudan that left five dead

Asia and Oceania

- In Pakistan, an IED blast killed three security officers and three others were injured

- China forced online streaming sites to stop showing four American TV shows including the Big Bang Theory and NCIS

- A Nepalese official recommended putting barriers on Mount Everest to prevent avalanches

- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation after the numerous mistakes by the government on the ferry sinking

- President Obama said in a speech on a base in South Korea the U.S. will not stand if North Korea continually commits nuclear tests

The Guardian continues its excellent coverage on North Korea with suggestions by North Korean defectors on how to engage the country

Europe

- As the crisis in the political arena now reaches France, the far-right is taking advantage of inaction by the elites

- Pope Francis canonized both John Paul II and John XXIII today

- Arun Kundnani: “The hypocrisy of Tony Blair’s Middle East vision

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- A quality report on police striking in Bahia, a state in northeast Brazil, and how it connects to the rise in violence there as well as the upcoming elections

Surveillance Planet

-The structure of surveillance now spreads into the state and local level as police department refuse to share with the courts what type of surveillance they use

- Trevor Timm: “DC thinks it can silence a new Snowden, but the anti-leak hypocrisy is backfiring

- A German opposition member stated Chancellor Angela Merkel should talk with President Obama about destroying her NSA file when she meets with him this week

Financial Matters

- After President Obama returned from his East Asian trip, Japan rejected the Trans-Pacific Partnership, putting the deal in jeopardy.

- As a result of deregulating economic policies, democracy in the U.S. is declining (I would say it is gone by this point)

- David Sirota: “Wall Street’s Pension Gamble”

Labor’s a-Brewing

- One year after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, numerous issues remain for workers in the area

Politics US

Washington USA

- In response to affordable housing not being affordable, the federal government decided on a new program to privatize public housing, an idea that will surely result in negative consequences.

- Margaret Flowers: “Why I Am a Conscientious Objector to the Affordable Care Act

- When FDR passed the New Deal, it created a tidal wave of activism. If another thing like the New Deal were to be implemented, then the same wave will come.

Anytown USA

- Thomas Frank: “Hipsters, they’re just like us! “Normcore,” Sarah Palin, and the GOP’s big red state lie

- A protester jailed for her protests reports on how Big Agra works with lawmakers to criminalize speech

- Gary Younge: “The Unbearable Whiteness of the American Left

- NBA Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes racist remarks about blacks  to his girlfriend and justifies it by saying that in Israel “the blacks are treated like dogs

We Don’t Need No Education

- Henry Giroux: “Neoliberalism’s War on Democracy“; An introduction to his new book

Top Gun (Stories)

- At the ongoing NRA conference, it is “Youth Day,” where kids could meet with gun manufacturers, shoot a gun, learn about a gun, and hear the re-telling of the Big Bad Wolf story but featuring Gunny the Gun!

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- What is happening in San Francisco is, as this author places it, a “bleaching” where poverty and gentrification run wild

- Eight more people have died, reports Saudi Arabia, from the deadly Middle East virus

The Second Sex

- Two members of Paris police’s anti-gang unit have been charged with the rape of a Canadian tourist — at their station

- North Korea called South Korean President Park Geun-hye a “crafty prostitute” for her “pimp” President Obama

Planet Earth 

- Here is an article on Tony Abbott, prime minister of Australia, and 11 ways he is destroying the environment

- A lobby group for coal refused to answer on the consequences coal has on climate change

- As a result of climate change in South America, the price of coffee is increasing 

- It might be “game over” for the entire planet as the next extinction may also feature us as well

- German researchers found solar and wind power can generate electricity at half the cost for nuclear power

- FEMA is warning central U.S. states it has reports of potential storms and tornadoes

Mixed Bag

- When it comes to poetry, the arrival of the internet has reduced the interest in memorizing poetry, which is a wonderful art form

- A new study found there is “master clock” in your body since birth telling you when to sleep, eat and other necessities

Break Time

- Love Is On Our Side