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The Roundup for September 20th, 2013

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Hello folks, hope you are doing well this time of the day.

International Politics

– Syrian government might call for a ceasefire says Deputy Prime Minister. “Neither the armed opposition nor the regime is capable of defeating the other side,” he said. “This zero balance of forces will not change for a while.”

– Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Owen: “[W]e always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”

“Syria has submitted an inventory of its chemical weapons to an international watchdog body in The Hague, but the submission was incomplete and Damascus is expected to provide further details in the coming days.”

– Take a quiz on chemical weapons!

– In Morocco, human rights groups are challenging the repressive system they are living in.

– Venezuela has arrested six ex-police officers who “shamed the new [police] force.”

– “Washington politicians’ chagrin at the prospect of a peaceful resolution makes one thing very clear: they do not care about chemical weapons, they do not care about dead children, and they do not care about Syrians, period. If they did, they might have themselves put forth the fairly unimaginative proposal that Syria give up its stockpile of chemical weapons. They might have not helped to nurture the Islamist insurgency.

– Golden Dawn attacks to be investigated as “criminal gangs” after recent attack. Can we do that here at home too?

Financial Matters

– Joseph Biden is on behalf of neo-liberals in Mexico by emphasizing trade.

– The Economic Whatnow? Employers will cut jobs in 20 states.

Surveillance Planet

– “The New York Times is reporting that the NYPD has apparently pumped up their social  media monitoring as a tactic to essentially replace stop-and-frisk.” Here is the NYT article.

– The NSA has played damage control to families of employees. Kevin has more.

– “The private company that vetted Snowden” did a background check on Aaron Alexis. Why do we have this system?

– Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will now bring the conversation to the UN regarding US “supernetworks.”

Labor’s a-Brewing

– CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot has a great article on the fast food workers uprising in the US. “Walkouts and protests by fast food workers demanding higher wages and collective bargaining rights began last November and spread to 60 cities nationwide at the end of August.  It is an inspiring grass-roots movement led by some of the nation’s most underpaid employees and should be supported by everyone who has a sense of fairness.”

Politics USA

– Two New Orleans Cops, who killed two black individuals after Katrina hit, have had their conviction overturned.

– The United States has jailed triple of what South Africa’s apartheid government jailed for one group: black people.

– A couple in Hartford, Connecticut is filing a lawsuit against the Hartford school system after their 12 year old daughter was chased into the woods and was shouted the “n-word” in a slavery re-enactment.

– In America today, the most dangerous people are not the criminals, but the police officers.

– The US has started to curb on power plant emissions, yet are facing legal challenges.

– 13 shot in Chicago in a basketball game. Thankfully, no fatalities.

– In a 217 to 210 vote, the House has approved a bill that cuts $40 billion in food stamps over the next ten years.

– That Facebook like you did on this page? (I know you did, don’t lie) A Virginia appeals court remarked that as free speech.

– Sickening. Homeless were used by business man to purchase iPhones, but were left unpaid after plan exposed.

– One loophole in Obamacare that Jon Stewart joked about. Even John Hodgman got in on the fun.

The War on Women

– Late-term abortion and more. A new documentary titled After Tiller that appeared at Sundance and deals with the issues that are considered “taboo.”

– Pseudo-anarchist Ron Paul calls for women to drop from the workforce to teach a system that is a failure. Did I mention he was an overrated pseudo-anarchist?

– A “Farrah Fawcett wannabe” says a Fox News Contributor to another contributor who, surprising to him, was a woman. Sexism lives at Fox News (was it a surprise to anyone?)

– WASP Representative, Ted Yoho (R-FL), compares self with Rosa Parks. Doesn’t realize he is nothing like her in any way, shape or form.

Planet Earth

Dealing with the post-flooding in Colorado.

Mixed Bag

There is a chance that life may have well not been on Mars.

Break Time

Champagne Supernova

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Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.