Hey folks, it’s Tuesday today. How are you?

International Politics

Overall

- A new report found the number of near-misses with almost-launched nuclear weapons may be on the rise

- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced it will investigate claims chlorine gas was used in Syria

Middle East

- The Haqqani Network is public enemy number one for the U.S. government. This article goes back in time to see how this group rose to such a status

- An Iraqi official stated, due to attacks on Iraqi oil pipelines, the health of the Iraq economy and environment were in jeopardy

- Two car bombs exploded in a pro-government neighborhood in Damascus killing 40 and mortar fire earlier in the day killed 14

- President Hamid Karzai claims U.S. and U.K. forces still have illegal detention centers in the country

- Yemeni security officials state, after a raid against al Qaeda hideouts, they killed 8 suspected al Qaeda militants

Africa

- Relatives of more than 239 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram state the girls are now being used as wives. Moreover, it has been claimed some girls were taken to other countries.

- A court in Egypt sentenced 29 people thought to support Muslim Brotherhood to five years in prison

Asia and Oceania

- South Korean President Park Geun-hye: We apologize for our government for not  preventing the ferry tragedy

- Again, The Guardian has wonderful pieces on life in North Korea. For instance, they had a defector write on how the children of the elite get the jobs they want, while ordinary folk are forced into work. Moreover, there is an article on a successful entrepreneur in North Korea, historically not known for promoting capitalism (though I would argue it is disputable based on restaurants they run in East Asia)

Europe

- In eastern Ukraine, the regional government lost control to pro-Russian rebels, who stormed a key governmental building

- An anonymous Greek father, who states he always votes for the right, warns other parents and their children not to join with neo-Nazi Golden Dawn

- Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Latvia to assure the country NATO has its back against Russia

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- More on how the so-called protesters in Venezuela are not really students or the working class, but the privileged who demand attention

Surveillance Planet

- Yochai Benkler: “The US supreme court needs to keep up with our cellphones – and the NSA

Financial Matters

- Economist Michael Hudson talks with The Real News on economist Thomas Piketty’s new book and how it does not go far enough to link with the elites. Thomas Piketty will be here for the Book Salon on May 11, a Sunday

- Large pharmaceutical companies seek to make money even if it causes problems. To their luck, they have an ally in the U.S. government.

- More on how the FCC is allowing large companies the chance to win big by taking control of internet

- If the Social Security cap were removed, then only 5.6 percent of workers would pay more according to a Center for Economic and Policy Research issue brief

Labor’s a-Brewing

- In Seattle, Wash., organizers are pushing extensively to get $15/hour and are gaining a lot of momentum along the way

- Low-income workers marched in the Washington state capital to demand a better life with higher wages, more benefits and an end to exploitation

- An interview with journalist Mark Ames on how Silicon Valley agreed to reduce the wages of their workers despite being competitors

Politics US

Washington USA

- A new report found, since 1996, the federal government has deported 4.6 million undocumented immigrants

- A federal judge ruled Wisconsin’s Voter ID law is unconstitutional as it discriminates against minorities

- The Supreme Court declines to hear a case brought by journalist Chris Hedges, among others, challenging NDAA’s rule allowing the government to detain people alleged to help al Qaeda or the Taliban.

- John Boehner tells other Republican colleagues he does not want to force the issue of immigration reform on them and only said it as show

- Sen. Bob Kerry (D-NE) asks Secretary of State John Kerry about the safety of journalists worldwide as recent events jeopardized their safety

- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduces legislation removing aid to Palestine unless it denounces terrorism and recognizes Israel. Considering I never trusted anything Paul said in the first place, I am not surprised he would stoop this low.

Anytown USA

- Pew: The number of foreign-born Hispanics in the U.S. is in decline, while U.S.-born Hispanics are on the rise

- Dave Zirin: “The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways from Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences

- Part two of two of how residents in Baltimore and workers are fighting against privatized housing

- Liberals in North Carolina are spending millions in advertisements to gain advantages as conservatives have not spent anything

- Fantastic pieces by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore on point

- I’m glad articles like this are coming out because it really bothered me the NAACP did not get more criticism for its intended award for Donald Sterling even before everything came out against him

- In her testimony, Cecily McMillan states she was called a liberal by radical (I would say sectarian) members of Occupy and even was called “Paris Hilton of Occupy Wall Street”

Top Gun (Stories)

- A FedEx employee opened fire at a center that sorts packages, but did not kill anyone. Six people were wounded and the gunman killed himself.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- A new report  found America’s top fruit with pesticides: apples. That and more fruits, along with vegetables, with pesticides can be found here.

- Stephen Colbert reports on the resurgence of preventable diseases as a result of unwarranted vaccine fears

- In New York and Chicago, rules are set in place restricting access to e-cigarettes in the same manner cigarettes are done

The Second Sex

- This article presents four examples of sexism against women of color in U.S. society

- A few members of Congress ask U.S. News & World Report, in its annual college survey, include information on sexual assault and prevention

- A White House task force announced new rules to effectively fight against sexual assault

Planet Earth 

- Part one of five with meteorologist Alan Robock discusses more on global warming and why denial of it is wrong

- As more factory farms think about turning to liquid manure for irrigation purposes, there’s pushback

- In a serious study, it seems scientists warning us about global warming are using a terrible communication strategy as it adds to doubts people have

- The Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-2 decision (Judge Samuel Alito recused himself), the EPA can regulate carbon emissions across state lines. Salon has the three winners from this decisions here.

- With large oil enterprises in the Amazon literally engaging in primitive accumulation of capital, the victims of it live in fear of what may happen next

- Bad news as the South will face more storms, which have already killed more than 30 people

Mixed Bag

- Donald Sterling: “It’s Impossible To Say Whose Voice That Was, But He Made Some Compelling Points

Break Time

- Confianzes