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International Politics

Overall

- After the attack in Brussels at a Jewish museum, the G7 will plan defenses against European jihadists returning from Syria

- It matters to discuss foreign aid to Israel when cities in the U.S. are suffering from lack of funds

- President Obama: Russia is using “dark tactics” in its strategy for Ukraine; Dark tactics? This rhetoric is escalating

- The West demanded Iran needs to end suspicions that it works for nuclear armament if it wants a deal to take place; Aren’t you the ones who spread this suspicion in the first place?

Middle East

- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: The U.S. will not pursue their military option against Iran and will use other tactics to persuade Iran

- An investigation by The Real News into Israel and its weapon expos showcasing the latest in arms

- With 88.7 percent of the vote, Bashar al-Assad was re-elected as President of Syria

- With the latest events on the new Fatah-Hamas government in Palestine, Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to get leverage with anything

- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki requested a conference to solve the issue in the Anbar province, but residents state it is too late to do it

- Throughout Iraq, meanwhile, a series of bombings left at least 25 people dead

Africa

- The White House: We look forward to working with Egypt’s General Sisi to “advance strategic partnership

- On a villa outside of Benghazi, a suicide bomber attempted to killed General Khalifa Haftar, but killed three of his aides

- In the first time in the past 20 years, the U.S. appoints an ambassador to Somalia

- In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood stated the presidential vote should be “null and void

Asia and Oceania

- Australia told its citizens not to travel to Pakistan due to a “very high threats” in the country

- An accident in a coal mine in Chongqing, China left 22 people dead and two people injured

- China curbed dissent as it is 25 years since the Tiananman Square protests

Europe

- Nikos Michaloliakos, the leader of Golden Dawn in Greece, states the ruling New Democracy party betrayed then after courting them

- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the international media of working “like spies” to create unrest

- In the Luhansk region in Ukraine, separatists were able to take three bases

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- For communities affected by the World Cup, a “People’s Cup” was formed in Rio de Janiero for any to participate in

Surveillance Planet

- A panel discussion on The Real News on how the reveals of the NSA’s vast power is covered in the mainstream media, its importance to the government and its consequences

- A federal prosecutor in Germany opened up a case to know more about the alleged wiretapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone

- Google announced it will use encryption software with a source code for users

Financial Matters

- A lovely piece about the role of CEOs and why it is dangerous to idolize them

- A new report uncovered Wal-Mart exploited a tax loophole to give $104 million to its executives

- Federal Reserve surveys unveiled a recovering economy in different sectors

- The housing market for the rich in society is doing well. For the rest of the population, not so much.

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Protests occurred in 20 cities with Wal-Mart mothers for better pay and living conditions

- Sarah Jaffe: “Walmart’s women can’t save money or live better with wages or hours like this

Politics US

- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed a new bill for Vermont to create more worker co-operatives; Great news for workers in the state

- The Department of Defense announced it will do more to protect service members from getting unreasonable interest rates from lenders

- As Medea Benjamin and Alli McCracken write, the latest deal by the Obama administration for Bowe Bergdahl shows it can close Guantanamo Bay for good

- Black politicians working in government no longer, as journalist Bruce A. Dixon writes, care about helping their community, but working with major corporations 

- The Supreme Court rejected an appeal to stop same-sex marriages in Oregon

- The U.S. military stated it undergo a “complete review” into the capture of Bowe Bergdahl; Meanwhile, Bergdahl’s town cancels an event to celebrate him as they suspect he deserted his post

- Uh-oh. Officials said 2.2 million Americans have problems on their data with Obamacare and may lose their insurance

- The media, primarily the mainstream U.S. media, fails to report on trans women in a professional way

We Don’t Need No Education

- 6th grade students in Massachusetts demand payments for taking practice versions of the Common Core Standards tests

The Second Sex

- The #YesAllWomen call is not exclusive to women in the U.S. as it has been adopted by women across the globe

- To reduce financial struggle of women, a pay raise along with other benefits could alleviate their troubles

- An insight into the lives of Cambodian women taking low-paying jobs affecting their lives significantly

- With new restrictive abortion laws appearing, there are volunteers helping women receive abortion care

Planet Earth 

- An interview with environmental activist Tim DeChristopher on the power of activism, fighting for a change and how the issue of climate change affects everyone

- The job of regulators on the issue of hydrofracking is to ensure companies uphold the law, but they allow companies to make their own laws

- The conflict between capitalism and climate change could best be found in Vietnam where exploitation by the capitalists is happening

- The externalities caused by capitalism allowed for climate change to occur and it does not seem likely it will stop it

Mixed Bag

- Gallup: 21 percent of Americans agree the Bible is the literal word of God

- A new study found it is best to take notes by hand than by laptop as it allows for more understanding of the material

Break Time

- Green Onions