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The Roundup for September 27th, 2013

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International Developments

“The five permanent members of the UN security council reached an agreement on Thursday over the wording of a “binding and enforceable” resolution to eliminate Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons.”

– Surprise! The Hollywood romance finally occurred! Tensions between US and Iran has finally been reduced after a phone call between Obama and Rouhani.

“The world’s chemical weapons watchdog approved an ambitious and risky accelerated plan to rid Syria of its chemical arsenal at a late night meeting Friday.”

– Rouhani, meanwhile, states to the press today that the US “was a great nation” and hopes to conduct talks next month at Geneva.

– Kenya remarks that eight people are being held for their connection on the mall attack that happened earlier this week.

– Latin American leaders have been denouncing US imperialism and hegemony while at the UN.

– Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has stated that prison guards in Russia have “taken water” away.

– Barilla, the Italian pasta company that had their CEO stating anti-gay remarks, is playing damage control and asking for forgiveness.

– I knew I had a right to be suspicious: “Few eyebrows were raised last week when Pope Francis brought the Vatican’s legal system up to date by criminalizing leaks of official information and formalizing laws against sex crimes. But now that the laws have been made public, a closer look revealed that the pope has made it illegal to report sex crimes against children.”

– Former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, whom is being held for war crimes, is an agent for the CIA.

Financial Matters

– Paul Krugman: “Sometimes the wealthy talk as if they were characters in “Atlas Shrugged,” demanding nothing more from society than that the moochers leave them alone. But these men were speaking for, not against, redistribution — redistribution from the 99 percent to people like them. This isn’t libertarianism; it’s a demand for special treatment. It’s not Ayn Rand; it’s ancien régime.”

– Obama: Republicans trying to “blow up the economy” because of refusal to avert government shutdown.

– Detroit will get $300 million from both the federal government and private businesses. 

– “Washington’s increasingly heated battle over raising the US debt limit could all but wipe out the country’s fragile recovery, economists warned on Friday.” Recovery for who?

– With time running out, Senate passes bill that does not feature funding stripped for Obamacare and hands it to House. 

Surveillance Planet

– Emptywheel has analysis of yesterday’s hearing with NSA director Keith Alexander and more witnesses. Catch Dianne Feldstein play damage control for the Democrats! Or even Ron Wyden’s questions that provoked (limited) discussion.

– What is this? High school? NSA employees have been found to spy on their spouses and lovers states NSA inspector.

“A National Security Agency employee was able to secretly intercept the phone calls of nine foreign women for six years without ever being detected by his managers, the agency’s internal watchdog has revealed”

– The shows that predicted the NSA’s rule and controversy.

“Britain has been accused of trying to impede data protection reforms that would make it more difficult for spy agencies to get hold of material online.”

Labor’s a-Brewing

– ILO: Qatar is failing on forced labor. 

“A Brooklyn Federal judge has ordered companies that employ nearly 9,000 city school bus drivers and matrons to pay $65 million in back wages, after pay was slashed in April. An NLRB ruling is also calling for the restoration of paid holidays. “

Working for free while in danger of being deported.

– Subway chain fires worker for giving child a cookie for 66 cents, really an attempt to fire an activist who wants better conditions for workers.  

Politics USA

– Here at home, “American Exceptionalism” is given the center stage not only at home, but in the world and it’s more like a “sweepstakes” than anything.

– Radical ideas or just plain smart? Seymour Hersh states NBC and ABC should be closed down, 90% of editors should be fired and journalists should get back to their jobs. 

– Watch Matt Taibbi on Democracy Now! speak about his latest piece on Wall Street and public funds. 

– What is the secret behind New York’s closure of prisons? Milk. 

– “Seven years ago John Collins was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer, a felony in Illinois. He was sent to a Cook County jail and bond was set at $75,000, which he could not pay.” After living in poor conditions while in jail, Collins has been acquitted and a free man. Now the Chi-Town police will give $1 million to him as a result of a recent case.

Jesus died for your taxes says Bill O’Reilly. 

– NJ superior court has ruled that NJ must allow same-sex marriage to occur because limitation of benefits is unconstitutional.

– Marissa Alexander, who might know as once tried for firing her weapon in the air against her abusive husband, has been given a retrial. 

– Colbert’s hilarious segment on conservatives and children’s books. 

Health, Homelessness, and Hunger

– Only 45% of Americans got flu shot last year and the CDC thinks we can do better.

The War on Women

Coalition of Planned Parenthood, ACLU and Center for Reproductive Rights are challenging Texas anti-choice laws. 

– “The Invisible War” in the military on sexual assault. 

– Activists in Saudi Arabia have called on for women to protest by driving. 

Planet Earth

– “The heat is on. We must act.” said Ban Ki-Moon after the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released another report that states we are the cause of climate change and we must act now.

– Here at the 15 things “you should know about” the latest IPCC report.

– Gov’t in Canada silences scientists, sides with corporate interests. 

“Saturday’s Draw the Line held over 200 demonstrations across the United States – it was a day of action marked by song – a phenomenon that is starting to become a major feature of the climate movement.”

– Study in Japan finds link between bad weather and suicides by train.

– Russian court orders that Greenpeace activists can be held without charge.

– Death toll in Pakistan after earthquake up to 515.

Mixed Bag

– We just found water on Mars, though not a lot. 

– Reza Aslan: The real Jesus makes Christians “uncomfortable.”

“Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart has unveiled plans for a new bank, to be called First Artist Bank, which will offer services designed to ensure fellow musicians ‘don’t sign stupid deals’.”

Which One is An Onion Article?

GOP voters aren’t sure if Twitter gives Obama over 140 characters.

Individual defends Obamacare with little knowledge of it against individual with little knowledge of it.

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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.