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International Politics

Overall

- Research found more than 2.7 billion people live in countries where it is a crime for being gay

- Vladimir Putin heads to China to better relations between the two countries to counter the West, specifically the U.S.

- The Pentagon announced it saw no evidence Russia is pulling back troops on the Ukrainian border

Middle East

- Juan Cole: “Sunnis Big Losers in Iraq Elections, PM al-Maliki has Largest Party

- A few attacks in Iraq left 13 people dead with no one claiming responsibility for the attack

Africa

- Glen Ford discusses how the kidnapped girls in Nigeria were used to advance the agenda of Western imperialists

- Patrick Cockburn reports on civil order collapsing in Libya and how the country is close to entering civil war

- Nigeria, a few years ago, obtained drones from Israel, yet as a result of poor maintenance, could not be used to find the more than 200 kidnapped girls

- Meanwhile, car bombings in Jos, Nigeria left at least 46 people and wounded dozens. Reuters is reporting 118 were killed and 45 were wounded

Asia and Oceania

- Jason Jones of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart reports on the different voting system in India compared to the U.S.

- An Islamic extremist group released a video calling for attacks against India after the election of Narendra Modi

- The U.S.: Despite the Thailand government instituting martial law, we will not implement sanctions against them

Europe

- On Sunday, in Ukraine, elections for the presidency will happen and a billionaire oligarch invested in chocolate factories seems the most likely to win (Not Willy Wonka)

- A Turkish miner explains the “climate of fear,” lax regulators and devious actions by government officials and owners at the Soma mines

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- Dave Zirin talks about Brazilian soccer legend Pele and his comments that support, up to an extent, the protesters in Brazil against the World Cup

- In Venezuela, the postal service asserted it will temporarily suspend international mail into the countries as a result of disputes with international airlines on currency controls

Surveillance Planet

- Privacy rights are deteriorating in the U.S. as the private sector continues to grow with its infringement on privacy rights for profit

- The founder of Lavabit goes over the history of Lavabit, how it came to the eye of the FBI and what resulted from the government’s pursuit

- After The Intercept reported on the NSA collecting every call in the Bahamas, the Bahamas asked the U.S. why the NSA did this

- Marcy Wheeler: “The NSA reform bill now shuts down a secret database. Will that fix anything?

- The USA Freedom Bill seems to be finalized with restrictions on the NSA with a compromise between Obama administration officials and lawmakers

Financial Matters

- Gallup: 84 percent of small-business owners in the U.S. agree with the statement they would be a small-business owner again if they had the chance

- New reports on both housing and jobs in the U.S. show, six years after the 2007-08 crisis, Americans still struggle with their finances

- After protests occurred in Greece on privatization of beaches, a state fund will not go ahead with its decision

- David Harvey offers his critique of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital”

Labor’s a-Brewing

- A fascinating article on the energy within the fast food minimum wage movement in the U.S.

- A new report from the UN found 21 million are forced into work and produce $150 billion a year

Politics US

Washington USA

- Pew: Republicans prefer a presidential candidate with previous military experience, yet Democrats also do with previous experience as a governor and being a woman also as important factors

- Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) declared his opposition to the nomination of Michael Boggs, a controversial judicial nominee by President Obama, by stating Boggs was “in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career.

- The Roberts Court allowed for corporations to get more rights and power than the public, which we can see the consequences today

- Two U.S. Senators who were on the committee leading the investigation into Credit Suisse state the fine is appropriate but more should have been done

- The Justice Department announced it will release its secret memo authorizing drone strikes against U.S. citizens as a result of a court order and a Senate vote on a nominee who co-wrote it

Anytown USA

- Pew: Conservative Republicans closely followed Benghazi and the Ukrainian crisis, while Liberal Democrats followed the Nigerian kidnapping and Donald Sterling’s comments more

- Allison Kilkenny: “Cecily McMillan didn’t get off easy. Her case is a threat to the future of protest

- A lawsuit in Chicago charged a police officer for shooting a puppy eight times as a five-year-old girl watched, ticketed a father for having the dog off leash and made his teen daughter clean up the blood.

- A good article on the anti-black racism that exists among white Hispanics, something I, unfortunately, know all too well

- Cameras on cops can make a difference as it can provide a check on brutal police officers as seen in Dallas, Texas where a mentally ill man was shot by officers

- A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban the day after a judge struck down Oregon’s gay marriage ban

- Part one of five with Danny Glover and James Early on where the mainstream media is at when it comes to reporting important issues

We Don’t Need No Education

- 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, there is an effort to segregate based on race with wealth involved

- A new CEPR study found black college graduates are not doing well as a result of this economy

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield states the U.S. is experiencing a “nationwide heroin crisis

- A new report warned experiments on mutated viruses is dangerous as it could spread globally

The Second Sex

- In response to the lack of action by colleges against sexual assaults, some Senators suggest removing federal funds until universities act

- Author Rebecca Solnit discusses her new book with Salon on gender, “mansplaining,” rape culture and more on feminism

Planet Earth 

- A new study found sea turtles, as a result of climate change, increasingly have more females than males, which could lead it to extinction

- A debate on The Real News on whether President Obama has done enough so far for the climate

- An energy executive admitted on television hydrofracking wastes methane

- On the coast of Louisiana, climate change is having an impact and government agencies do not seem to be make a serious effort to stop it

- A new report found 90 percent of Japanese workers fled from the Fukushima power plant in 2011

Mixed Bag

Study: Most High School Graduates Woefully Unprepared For High School

- NPR announced it will end “Tell Me More” and cut 28 people to save up money

Break Time

- Corridors of Time