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The Roundup for October 23rd, 2013

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International Developments


Those who pushed for Syrian war have profited from arms firms

– Pew: Even though most of the world is vehemently against US drone use, 61% of Americans approve of it.

Middle East

– Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons states they will be able to do deadline to eliminate all Syrian chemical weapons

– Pew: Only 10% of Americans believe the US should trust Pakistan

– Prime Minister of Pakistan to Obama: End drone strikes now

US admitting rift with Middle East allies on issue of Iran


– India is accusing Pakistan of new attacks on Kashmir border 


– “[Greek] Police file on forming ‘criminal organisation’ contains transcripts of activists with domestic and international media

– “France warned Wednesday that the Mediterranean had become an open “cemetery” for migrants after hundreds of Africans perished in boat wrecks trying to reach European shores.

Financial Matters

– “The DOJ gives up the ability to prosecute JP Morgan

– Tense phone call conversation between Germany’s Angela Merkel and Obama to assure she is not being spied on

– “Bank of America Corp., accused of lying about the quality of mortgages it passed along to financial firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, was found liable for fraud on Wednesday in a civil case the government said captured the frenzied pursuit of profits at all costs just before the economy collapsed in 2008.

– Fingers crossed. “A federal judge is hearing arguments over whether Detroit city should be granted protection from its creditors.

US arms makers are growing their profits 

– Now a Professor states that studying economics can make greed morally acceptable

Surveillance Planet

“Who is buying the spies?

– “The FBI is looking into whether the U.S.-based director of a Russian government-run cultural exchange program is a spy who tried to recruit young Americans as intelligence assets, a national intelligence community official said Wednesday.

France wants to see US spying on European summit agenda

– Emptywheel: “Under Keith Alexander’s Guard, America Can be Plundered Like a Colony

– “Despite saying they suffered major damage from classified documents made public by an Army soldier and a National Security Agency contractor, U.S. government agencies have fallen behind in installing computer software to stop such leaks, U.S. officials say.

Labor’s a-Brewing

The five reasons why co-ops are great

McDonalds tells workers to get food stamps

– Bangladesh workers get a 50% wage increase — but that’s just 9 cents more

– “The breakthrough came after the worker deaths in Walnut Creek on Saturday. By Sunday, union leaders said they were ready to make concessions. By Monday, both sides agreed to sit down and a deal was struck in time to get limited train service running for the Tuesday morning commute.

Politics USA

Government USA

– Despite shutdown being over, attacks on our social programs are still out there

– During shutdown, one GOP leader told Obama: “I can’t even stand to look at you”

– “Wall Street’s favorite Democrat wants your pension

Everything Else USA

– ““Shopping while black” is apparently a crime in New York, as one teenager discovered, after being unlawfully handcuffed for buying an expensive belt that the Barneys store clerk mistakenly believed he could not afford, even though he paid for it, NY Post reported.”

Police have been sued for shooting at three mentally ill individuals

– “Growing up Black in America

Corporations are getting billions from mass incarnations 

The scary lesson of “12 Years A Slave”: How little America has changed

– “Citing fiscal pressure, some NYC schools want to use in-classroom libraries and parent volunteers instead of certified librarians. Critics say kids need more than that.

One third of Americans live in a state with gay marriage

– “British street art superstar Banksy said police on Wednesday prevented him from creating a new piece of art in New York as promised on each day of the month.

Top Gun! (Stories)

As violence increases across the US, student killers are getting younger and younger

– A couple of AR-15s have gone missing. Well, 63 to be exact.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Since 1996, number of families living in deep poverty has gone up 130 percent

Colbert’s hilarious segment on new brand food

Strokes affecting young people more

High blood sugar may affect memory, study says

The War on Women

Last night Kristen Schaal had brilliant satire on “sexy Halloween costumes”.

– “Seven current and former UConn students have filed a Title IX complaint against the university, alleging that the administration failed to protect them from sexual assault on campus and responded inadequately to sexual assaults that did occur. Their accounts are, in a word, horrifying.”

The link between domestic violence and animal abuse

– “Violence against Women is not a Cultural Tradition, it’s a crime

Planet Earth

Energy efficient companies are growing in commercial influence

A green mystery box

Hacking the Earth to stop climate change

Mixed Bag

Man questioned by cops over knitting, has a laugh over it.

Five facts over athiests

Obama announces the start of Annual D.C. Spooktacular 

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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.