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The Roundup for October 22nd, 2013

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Hello everyone, I’ve got blisters on my fingers again. Hope your day went well.

May John Arthur rest in peace

International Developments

Overall

– “The US has defended its drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, saying it takes ‘extraordinary care’ to ensure they comply with international law.” Here’s how they do it: they point at a location in Yemen and Pakistan, then Obama says “Bomb it!”

The five ways we lose and lobbyists win if TPP goes through

– “”The defense attorney for an alleged senior al Qaeda figure captured in Libya earlier this month said on Tuesday it will take several months to sort through hundreds of thousands of documents before the case can proceed.“”

Middle East

Syrian rebels are told to join in Geneva peace conference

– “Bahrain, where tear-gas shells replaced pearls

– John Kerry playing charisma as US and Saudi are butting heads over Syrian rebels

– “Senior U.S. and NATO officials said on Tuesday they were confident Afghanistan’s elders and parliament would back a deal allowing American troops to stay there after 2014, playing down lingering concerns over the accord.

Latin America

– Cuba ending dual currency system 

Asia

– Pew: 47% of Chinese citizens strongly believe air pollution to be a problem

– “Tough questions ahead for China on treatment of citizens

– “Tourism in North Korea

– Starbucks criticized for overcharging its products in China

Europe

– “Four months after the government’s overnight shutdown of the national broadcaster ERT, the country now finds itself in the peculiar situation of having two competing stations claiming to serve the public

– Success! “The Greek parliament has voted overwhelmingly to suspend state funding for the far-right Golden Dawn party.”

Financial Matters

– 148,000 jobs added in September as unemployment falls to 7.2% Dean Baker has more

– Wall Street now profiting off infidelity. What’s next?

10 CEOs who break records for executive pay

David Sirota and Matt Taibbi on Wall Street exploitation of pensions

– “No, sorry, the JPMorgan fine isn’t big enough

– “Let’s Get This Class War Started!

– “America On Fire”

– “Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy”

Surveillance Planet

– “We Can’t Find Justification For These Killings” say human rights groups on drones

– CryptoSeal, a private service, shuts down over “terrifying” surveillance

– Conservative MP Julian Smith: “Guardian should be prosecuted

– Mexico states Obama promises to look into NSA surveillance. Don’t get your hopes up, Mexico

– Emptywheel: Intelligence Committees not informed on much

Labor’s a-Brewing

– After closing 20% of the garment industry, Bangladesh workers achieve a victory by increasing their minimum wage.

Union and management in the BART strike have reached a deal

– “The AFL- Path of Least Resistance?

Politics USA

Government USA

GOP Announces Plan to Go After Obamacare

– Even our attempt to get health care has privatization all over it. “The Obama team outsourced Healthcare.gov to big corporations that rang up large bills without delivering what they promised.

– Doesn’t this make you safe? “Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press.

– Victims of drone strikes are coming to Congress

Everything Else USA

– Pew: 3/4 of Hispanics in the US believe their community needs a leader, but 62% of them cannot name one (can’t blame us for thinking such)

Gallup: 58% of Americans favor legalizing cannabis. Maybe if the other people smoked some, it would be 100%

Idaho cops kills a dog in front of a two year child.

– The dangerous rise of the youth prison-industrial complex

– IRS to delay the start of the tax season

Comparing the Wall Street salaries with New Yorkers’ salaries

– “Statistics concerning Native American death rates as compared to the rest of the United States population deserve much more attention than they receive.

The Gitmo Witch Trials

– New York to protect young models with new laws

– Detroit now facing a “crucial three months” after bankruptcy

– Lhota desperate with attack ads up against de Blasio

We Don’t Need No Education

– “Affirmative Action for the Wealth at George Washington University

College campuses are seeing a rise in homeless studnets

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– GEE, I WONDER WHY ITS A MYSTERY IN THE FIRST PLACE FDA? “A mysterious illness has killed nearly 600 pets, mostly dogs, and sickened over 3,600 others. And the only thing investigators know about it, according to an FDA update released today, is that it has something to do with jerky treats imported from China.

– Study finds that more connectivity does not equal more happiness

– “An international group of more than 90 scientists, academics and physicians released a statement today saying there is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods and crops.

– “Does studying economics make you selfish?” I sure hope it doesn’t make me selfish

– Homelessness in New York should be a major issue in race

– Homelessness among vets tied to lack of financial literacy

Families with kids are going homeless as rent exceeds pay

The War on Women

– Texas’ new voter ID law can disenfranchise a third of female voters

– Co-founder of Vice angry women defying gender roles

– Breast cancer “worse” in black women

Planet Earth

– “Despite protests and previously stating her opposition, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff auctions off 60% of Brazil’s largest oil field 

“Heavy rains have overwhelmed containment tankers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant “

More evidence on how dangerous and poisonous fracking is

– “One year after Sandy — Ignoring Climate Change At Our Own Peril

Mixed Bag

– Study says religious more likely to lie for financial gain

– Like coffee? Well, you’ll enjoy this new Brazilian coffee with a great ingredient!

– Monster oarfish washed up on Californian beach

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Brandon Jordan

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.

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