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International Politics

Overall

- President Barack Obama: What Russia is doing in Ukraine is a “brazen assault on the territorial integrity of Ukraine”; Wait, what?

- Obama’s statements on Russia bring into question what the West seeks to accomplish against Russia

- It seems the U.S. and the U.K. will seek NATO’s help to attack the Islamic State

Middle East

- Max Blumenthal: “The Hannibal Directive: How Israel Killed Its Own Troops and Massacred Palestinians to Prevent Its Soldiers’ Capture

- Israel and Jordan are in negotiations over a $15 billion gas deal, where the oil from Israel will be sent to Jordan

- In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told him to stop with more settlements

Asia and Oceania

- After right-wing reactionary Italian politicians returned from a visit to North Korea, they claimed it was a place to learn from

- It seems the turmoil in Pakistan will soon end as some politicians were willing to go back to government; Unsure or missed how this issue started? Tariq Ali provides an explanation here

- Meanwhile, the country killed at least 910 suspected militants in North Waziristan

Europe 

- While no ceasefire was agreed to, Russia and Ukraine announced a “ceasefire process

- In Greece, a man accused of attempted murder of civilians who were in a Spanish language course back in 2008 was a member of the Golden Dawn central committee during that time

- France said it would not send navy assault ships to Russia over the latter’s actions in Ukraine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- With the issue of debt in Argentina still affects the country, it just goes to show how much damage those vulture funds can do

Financial Matters

- It seems Burger King was avoiding a lot of taxes for a while and made up things on their overseas financial statements

- New government estimates found health care costs will start to rise

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Workers at Jimmy John’s in Baltimore, Md., are attempting to unionize for better conditions

- Drivers in Los Angeles, Calif., that are a part of Uber protested the cut in rates

- Journalist Michelle Chen explains how the state of New York became a place where unions received support and respect

- Atlantic City, N.J., is facing a decline in the drawing power of its casinos, which unfortunately leaves workers at risk of being laid off or already unemployed in some cases

- Guards in tech stores, specifically Apple stores, out in San Francisco, Calif., demonstrated for better job security

Politics US

Washington USA

- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: Both Russia and China seek to close the technological gap with the U.S.

- Pew: The growth of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. stabilized in the last few months

- Vice President Joseph Biden: We will send IS to the “gates of hell“; Did you help build that as well?

- Part three of four with investigative journalist David Cay Johnson about the Washington-Wall Street connection and the power of the elite in our society

- Gallup: 32 percent of Americans believe the U.S. government should take a “major role” in improving the lives of minorities

- A new government report found the state of New Jersey had errors when it came to a marketing effort after Hurricane Sandy

Anytown USA

- When it comes to the situation in Ferguson, Mo., it is important to provide a historical context where racism was supported by the local government; Meanwhile, the state of emergency was lifted

- Bad news. A federal judge ruled a law banning gay marriage in Louisiana was constitutional.

- Theodore Wafer who shot and killed Renisha McBridge was sentenced for 17 years in prison

- After the Los Angeles Police Department wrongly said a friend of Ezell Ford was a gang-member, the rapper demanded an apology from the corrupt and racist police force

We Don’t Need No Education

- Sarah Jaffe: “The Fight for Universal Pre-K: New York Charts a Checkered Path Toward Equal Early Education

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- CVS announced it would no longer sell any tobacco products in its stores

The Second Sex

- Jon Stewart and Jessica Williams joke, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, about the sexism Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) faced and cat-calling in general

- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI): I have never seen sexism in the Senate and Sen. Gillibrand should say who the people are who harassed her

- A wonderful article about the services offered by abortion clinics with one in particular in Jamaica, N.Y.

Planet Earth

- A former government official in Britain runs a climate change denial institute, which is connected to a think-tank embroiled with oil and tobacco companies

Mixed Bag

- In an unfortunate case, The New York Times ran an ad in one of their newspapers where Hamas was equated with IS

- Good news as Michael Sam was signed by the Dallas Cowboys for their practice team

- I think this Reuters article really captures who Steven Sotloff was and why he went to the Middle East

Break Time

- As The Years Go Passing By [Jeff Healey]