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The Roundup for November 1st, 2013

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Hello all, hope you are well this day

International Developments


– Pew: 46 percent of Americans feel US accomplished goals in Iraq compared to 43 percent who disagree

– Vatican will seek Catholics’ input over family issues

– “I want American foreign policy to fail

– John Kerry to visit Egypt day before Morsi’s trial begins

The US is claiming Israel attacked a Russian missile shipment in Syria

– “ Venezuela has quietly seized control of two oil rigs owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior Energy Services after the company shut them down because the state oil monopoly was months behind on payments.

– “Germany and Brazil circulated a draft resolution to a U.N. General Assembly committee on Friday that calls for an end to excessive electronic surveillance, data collection and other gross invasions of privacy.”

Middle East

– “Alarm sounded over sharp rise in infectious diseases and polio threat amid collapse of Syria’s once-vaunted healthcare system

Al Qaeda’s influence in Syria growing stronger

Largest camp for Syrian refugees becomes a city

– “Turkey and the new Middle East regional political realignment

– A US drone strike may have killed a Pakistani Taliban chief

Part five of Blumenthal’s interview over Israel and response to critics. Book Salon tomorrow FYI

– “Iranian-made submarine dubbed Morvarid can carry four people and will serve tourists in Kish Island, says state [Iranian] television


– “Egypt’s new military-backed government had hoped trying Mohammed Morsi would close the chapter on his presidency. Instead, the trial of the ousted Islamist president on charges of inciting murder, which begins Monday, is only compounding their troubles.”

– “Popular Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s television show has been suspended just minutes before it was due to go on air.”


– Europe will follow US changes with respect to planes and electronics

– “A drive-by shooting killed two members of Greece’s Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party and wounded one outside a party office in Athens on Friday night, in what officials are treating as a likely far-left domestic terrorist attack.”

– Nadya Tolokonnikova is missing apparently according to her family

Latin America (& Canada)

– “Three of Canada’s unelected Senators filed ineligible expense claims and have been told to repay $277,000 in wrongfully claimed expenses

Financial Matters

– “Manufacturing leads recovery in global economy

– “For Twitter’s IPO, will hope count more than cash?

McDonald’s scam over America

– The three insane things rich people spend on

– Study: High home ownership linked to higher unemployment

Surveillance Planet

– Snowden leaks: GCHQ and European spy agencies work together for surveillance 

– More: Documents show close relationship between firms and spy agencies

– NSA surveillance may cause “break up of the internet

– Edward Snowden writes a letter to German government

– White House rejects criticism of Obama over NSA

– Obama administration to meet with Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki over help with surveillance

– Quick! Stop the Presses! “Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark that some National Security Agency surveillance ‘reached too far’ was the first time a high-ranking Obama administration official acknowledged that U.S. snooping abroad might be seen as overzealous.

– “The U.S. refused to show any leniency to fugitive leaker Edward Snowden on Friday, even as Secretary of State John Kerry conceded that eavesdropping on allies had happened on “automatic pilot” and went too far.

– “British authorities claimed the domestic partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in “terrorism” when he tried to carry documents from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden through a London airport in August, according to police and intelligence documents.” The government is an irrelevant entity, only established to place fear and intimidation in people. This is another pathetic example on their part.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “North Carolina, Come One and Rise Up

The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standard, 2011-2012 by EPI

– “While unions are “taking it on the chin” in many areas of the country – e.g. states like Wisconsin and Indiana eliminating collective bargaining rights – organized labor is alive and well in California politics.

Politics USA

Washington USA

Five billion dollars cut in food stamps today. Do I need to say more?

Only six people signed up on Obamacare first day, White House plays it down

– Pew: Non-Tea Party Republicans (61 percent) believe more in global warming than Tea Party Republicans (25 percent) 

– Jon Stewart on Sebelius’ testimony in Congress

Five reasons why Obama should have never trusted the insurance industry

– “How the one percent always wins

– Hillary Clinton on President run: “I’m minded to do it”

– The House passes a deregulation bill written by Citigroup

– A comparison between Obamacare and Romneycare

Congress governs self over Obamacare

“Outages affecting the Obama administration’s balky health insurance website slowed much needed fixes this week, but officials said Friday they remain on track to have humming along by the end of the month.”

Everything Else USA

LAX shooting has one TSA officer killed, gunman in “critical condition”

– “President Barack Obama has called the head of the Transportation Security Administration to express his condolences to the families and friends of the TSA officer who was shot and killed at Los Angeles International Airport and the two other officers who were wounded.

– Pew: A U.S. Human Development Index

– Pew: 55 percent of Americans feel national crime is a “very serious” problem, though only 13 percent feel local crime is a “very serious” problem 

– Federal appeals court blocks judge’s ruling on stop and frisk, removes judge from said case; It’s not biased to see NYPD racism, it’s “objective“; Whoever the next NYC mayor is will end this appeal

– Ohio GOP governor, a darling for Medicaid expansion, is about to kick off thousands of Ohio folk from food stamps

– “How racism goes unquestioned

– Kauia, Hawaii’s anti-GMO bill blocked by mayor over legal problems

– Maine’s lobster industry is dying

– The subreddit of “r/politics” on Reddit has banned Salon, Mother Jones and Huffington Post for “bad journalism.” Why is this the front page of the internet? Couldn’t it be shooed away?

– “Despite Stance, de Blasio, if Elected, Could Find a Police Monitor Intrusive

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

American Satisfaction with Life same as in 1998

Obesity rates increase in 2013 across all demographics. Take it with a grain of salt since BMI isn’t reliable.

– Nine surprising everyday items that can wreck your health

The War on Women

Fewer than 1/4 of Republicans support electing women to Congress

– Lawyer states don’t talk about victim responsibility when it comes to rape

Reinstatement of abortion law leaves few options in Texas

Planet Earth

– “The [new executive] order will encourage local planners to take the future effects of climate change into account when spending federal money to build infrastructure.

A quarter of the world’s agriculture is in water-stressed fields

– “Over 10,000 unique species swim the Antarctic waters, in what Greenpeace International oceans campaigner Farah Obaidullah called ”last intact ocean ecosystem on earth.” They include most of the world’s penguins and the Antarctic toothfish, which seafood lovers know as the Chilean sea bass. But international efforts to create a marine sanctuary in the Ross Sea, a decade in the making, have failed for the third time.

– Noam Chomsky slams Canada’s shale proposals

Mixed Bag

– Almost two thirds of 18 to 29 year olds believe in “demonic possession.” What’s happening to us?

How do dogs think?

– “Scientists have shed more light on how the movements of a dog’s tail are linked to its mood.” Helpful for my job.

– “Rogue researcher has evidence that the kraken existed

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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.