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The Roundup for September 25th, 2013

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Hey everyone. Hope your day was both relaxing and beautiful.

International Developments

“A team of UN chemical weapons experts arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent said, ahead of new investigations into the use of the banned arms.”

Investigation under way for attack at mall in Kenya. Expect more information to come out in the next few days.

Top 45 lies from Obama’s speech to the UN yesterday.

There may be more bodies under the rubble after the mall attack in Kenya.

“After Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood and freezes their assets, Egyptian military successfully changes the narrative to paint the Brotherhood as terrorists.” Is it a regional power struggle?

– The US – “the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms” – has signed a UN treaty that limits the selling of arms to areas in “conflict.” So wait, the United States can’t sell guns here?

– Be careful says the US. Why? Because al-Qaeda might be planning something that the US, who has the NSA, don’t know yet. Brilliant, utterly brilliant.

– Italy has intercepted a boat of 700 asylum seekers, which include Syrians.

– No way. Here I thought the police in Greece were all anarcho-communists. “Greek police raided the offices of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and arrested a police officer, authorities said, amid a major probe on the links between law enforcers and far-right politicians.”

– Nikos Michaloliakos, party leader of Golden Dawn, “warned that what he described as mud-slinging and slander ‘would open the gates of hell’.” I’m sure he’s familiar with that area.

Financial Matters

– Socialists in France have “vowed ‘unprecedented’ cuts” in the 2014 budget, though have said it shouldn’t compromise growth. I don’t get it either.

– JPMorgan Chase now reported to settle with the government for $11 billion.

– Slap on the wrist. Citigroup pays Freddic Mac only $395 million.

– Dean Baker has a great piece criticizing WaPo reporter Charles Lane’s statement that Merkel’s victory is a reflection of her “managing the crisis well.”

Surveillance Planet

– Senators on Wednesday introduced a bill to restrict NSA’s spying. “It would prohibit the NSA’s bulk collection phone records of Americans under section 215 of the Patriot Act, the most controversial aspect of US surveillance revealed by documents supplied by Snowden to the Guardian.”

– Meanwhile, it has been shown that the US has spied on India not only in their country, but also when they come to the UN. Guardian has more.

– “A well-known and highly respected Yemeni anti-drone activist was detained yesterday by UK officials under that country’s “anti-terrorism” law at Gatwick Airport, where he had traveled to speak at an event. Baraa Shiban, the project co-ordinator for the London-based legal charity Reprieve, was held for an hour and a half and repeatedly questioned about his anti-drone work and political views regarding human rights abuses in Yemen.” Glenn has more about the overall context of this.

– Head of NSA pretty much tells Congress that they do not know what is best and the NSA does know what is best.

– The Senate Intelligence Committee Open Hearings are “a platform for liars.” Emptywheel has the full story on this.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “Dozens of Nepalese migrant labourers have died in Qatar in recent weeks and thousands more are enduring appalling labour abuses, a Guardian investigation has found, raising serious questions about Qatar’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup.” I always knew Qatar never deserved the World Cup. They should be stripped and never host one until they are qualified.  Official response by Qatar found here.

Top Gun! (Stories)

360,000+ deaths. That’s how much gun-related deaths occurred since 9/11 in the United States.

Politics USA

– “Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey (R) told conservative host Dan Mason that the Republican Party ‘has some great opportunities’ in 2014 because ‘a lot of minorities, a lot of young people’ will not turn out to vote”

– Chelsea Manning is awaiting decision by the military to see if she can get hormonal therapy.

– No shock on this. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was another entitled, rich, snobby kid in college when studying in Harvard. I know, I know. He went to Harvard?

– The seven best out-of-context quotes of Cruz’s speech.

– Pentagon says no way to funds to renovate Gitmo.

– No charges will be brought against a cop in Florida who was caught on camera killing a black man with his cruiser.

– Jeremy Scahill talks about Obama’s speech at the UN and it’s “neo-con” doctrine.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Internships are now the status quo to get into your field. But are they really?

– Adjuncts: The “new working poor.”

The War on Women

– University of Toronto professor refuses to teach books by women. Attempts to apologize by saying it was a joke. Yeah, sexism sure is hilarious.

– Five Ways Americans “Tells Boys Not to Be ‘Girly’.” Never knew long hair was girly, I love my hair long.

– Newsweek in Pakistan believes a cover of a tampon dynamite is appropriate. 

– What is the worst state for women? It is Louisiana. Center for American Progress has the full report.

Planet Earth

Peru hit by 7.0 earthquake, though no casualties or major destruction as of yet reported.

Two billion people are threatened due to water scarcity because of, you guessed it, climate change.

– North Carolina says no to a $700K study to investigative the effects of fracking.

A map of America’s most “energy-efficient” cities.

“Children will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change because of their increased risk of health problems, malnutrition and migration, according to a new study published on Monday. And food prices are likely to soar as a result of warming, undoing the progress made in combating world hunger.”

Hundreds dead after yesterday’s earthquake in Pakistan. 

Good News

– Here are some tips from neuroscientists on balancing your work and life.

Child labor is declining. 

Mixed Bag

– A “testicle-eating” fish has been found by one New Jersey man in a lake.

A man in Florida attempted to pay his water bill with crack cocaine.

– One Vatican cardinal stated that Jesus was the first Tweeter since his words were “brief and full of meaning.” I wonder who he followed.

Animals that didn’t exist before 2013. 

“President Cruz Fondly Recalls 21-Hour Speech that Started it All”

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Brandon Jordan

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