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International Politics

Overall

- In what surely constitutes as part of the neoliberal order, the U.S. continues to supply aid to other countries for “development” and torture

- The UN announced it will bypass the jurisdiction of the Syrian government to deliver aid to the people there

- Newly released documents on Guantanamo Bay showed one inmate vomiting blood after being force-fed

- The UN, in addition to designating them a terrorist group, placed sanctions on Boko Haram

Middle East

- The latest news on the arrest of the “Happy” dancers in Iran is one instance where elites in Iran are wrestling with one another to get control. Background.

- With the continuous destruction occurring in Baghdad, Iraq, it is fitting to recall its history in order to provide a frame of reference to today

- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons stated the last chemical weapons in Syria are ready to be shipped out, but Britain disagrees

- U.S. General Martin Dempsey states the Taliban have the chance to have talks or else see the window close

- Strife continues in Iraq as a number of attacks left at least 29 people dead in Iraq and others wounded

Africa

- Pew: 54 percent of Egyptians not only supported the decision to oust Mohamed Morsi, but also support General Sisi.

- Egyptian officials stated a militant leader and his associates were killed in Sinai in a drive-by shooting

- The Libyan government asserted the armed groups in Tripoli must leave as the soldiers approach the city, while Egypt is worried about the “ungoverned space” on the Libyan border

- Police officials in Nigeria stated Boko Haram killed 29 farm workers in northeastern Nigeria

Asia and Oceania

- Pakistan and China signed a pact to construct a train line in a city in Pakistan to increase speed for commuters

- The Vietnamese government detained hundreds of demonstrators who participated in anti-Chinese protests

- North Korea fired artillery near a South Korean warship in disputed territory, but nothing else resulted from skirmish

- The Thai military stated the implementation of martial law is to keep Thailand in “love and peace,” which the U.S. government does not agree with. Plus, the army chief in Thailand summoned the ousted Prime Minister to hold talks

Europe

- Pew: Two days ago I referenced the Ukrainian Willy Wonka oligarch—Petro Poroshenko—running in the Ukrainian presidential elections. A new poll found 54 percent of Ukrainians view him favorably with strong support in the West, which is more than the other candidates

- Part two of eight with Costas Lapavitsas discusses the left in Greece after the fall of the dictatorship and how it made him interested in economics

- A fascinating article on the marginalized in Romania after the fall of communism and how they went underground

- Pro-Russian separatists fired not only mortar shells, but also grenades at Ukrainian soldiers, killing 17

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- Ahead of the Colombian presidential elections, the FARC negotiations are a key issue voters believe matters 

Surveillance Planet

- Gallup: 45 percent of respondents stated they heard of Heartbleed with 71 percent either “very” or “somewhat concerned.” Moreover, nearly four in 10 of those in the latter category did nothing in response to finding out.

- The Pentagon released a report stating the Snowden leaks compromised intelligence at “staggering” results, which seems a bit too much. Kevin Gosztola has more.

- The USA FREEDOM Act bill—watered down from its original goals—passed in the House with 303 votes in favor and 121 votes against. It now goes to the Senate.

- Trevor Timm: “The NSA bill got to the House at warp speed. Senators are our only hope.”

Financial Matters

- The racial wealth gap in the U.S. is huge with, according to a new study, blacks owning six cents for each dollar whites make

- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave pension cash from the state to the people on Wall Street who supported his campaign; Once an elitest, always an elitest

- Despite Hewlett-Packett making a profit last quarter, it will cut 16,000 jobs 

- The Internal Revenue Service announced 318,000 federal workers and retirees owe $3.3 billion in back taxes

- Three U.S. states investigate the security of eBay after a cyber attack jeopardized accounts

Labor’s a-Brewing

- The CEO of McDonalds claims his workers are paid “fair wages,” despite protests occurring on Wednesday demanding fair wages. Moreover, he said working in fast food can lead to “real careers.

- The death of a temp worker at a hummus factory show how owners neglect to follow safety procedures even when warned

Politics US

Washington USA

- Gallup: 36 percent of Americans prefer each party controlling either the House or the Senate, 32 percent prefer one party controlling both and 24 percent feel it does not matter; I’m with the latter. Jon Walker has more.

- A new bill in the House wants to add more money to numerous programs the Pentagon intends for war.

- SCOTUSblog, which is known for its reports on decisions by the Supreme Court, lost its credentials to the Senate 

Anytown USA

- In El Paso, Texas, detained Sikh asylum seekers continue their hunger strike to address injustices

- Kevin Zeese: “Cecily McMillan’s “Law of Love” Suffers US Injustice

- Jackson, Miss. provides a clear understanding for what the left should do next; Can’t forget Seattle

- In Albuquerque, NM, residents continue to challenge an out-of-control police department even when the Justice Department wonders what to do

The American Prospect, a conservative magazine, features class warfare on its cover for an issue and are concerned about the symbolism of the guillotine; Oh joy!

- An interview with Michael Arras about the problems with MSNBC and how they act as “Fox News for the Democrats

We Don’t Need No Education

- Dartmouth College has a questionable history with its investments, especially handled by the board of trustees

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- Gallup: The obesity rate in the U.S. is 27.7 percent based on Gallup’s own measurements

- A new study found 69 percent of Americans have HPV but not all are malignant

- Even in poverty, there still exists white privilege as those in poverty who are white are given more help from the government than those who are not white

The Second Sex

- Louisiana’s House of Representatives passed a draconian law limiting abortion access which may close three out of the five clinics in the state

- Gallup: 47 percent of U.S. adults consider themselves “pro-choice,” while 46 percent consider themselves “pro-life”

Planet Earth 

- Tom Steyer, a billionaire, launched a $100 million attack against those who deny climate change ahead of the midterm elections

Mixed Bag

- “Resigned Labor Department To Give Every Unemployed American Self-Serve Yogurt Shop“; Yes!

- The mindless, extremely inane cult of objectivity threatens the fabric of critical thinking not only in our classrooms, but our very way of life

- “Congress Reluctant To Cut Funding For Tank That Just Spins Around And Self-Destructs

Break Time

- The Guillotine