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The Weekend Roundup for November 2-3rd, 2013

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Hey everyone, hope you’re doing well this day. Extra hour of sleep was nice.

International Developments

Overall

“South Africa has slammed Israel’s plans to build new settler homes in east Jerusalem as pro-Palestinian activists launched an international campaign for the release of political prisoners.

– Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to smooth ties between two countries

– “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged “difficult challenges” and “turbulent years” in Egypt and in relations between Egypt and the U.S., but urged Egyptians to continue their “march to democracy.”

– “If you’re a civilian and you die in a drone strike, it’s your fault!

Middle East

– “The Syrian opposition set terms on Sunday for attending peace talks to end the Syrian civil war, in a move that throws the proposed conference into further confusion after the international envoy said there should be no preconditions.”

– Palestinians face discrimination in Israeli economy, majority live in poverty

– “A former head of Iran’s central bank was elected Sunday to head a 13-nation bloc of gas-producing countries as Tehran looks beyond its sanctions-hit crude oil sales to bring in vital revenue and explore new energy markets.

– “Palestinians take hope from Robben Island”

– “A Syrian government minister said Sunday that foreign fighters who have come to the country to wage jihad are responsible for the outbreak of polio in the rebel-controlled north.”

– “A special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced to death two Bangladeshis now living abroad for crimes against humanity during the country’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

– The Taliban in Pakistan vow revenge and will pick a new leader

Africa

Two French journalists dead after being kidnapped in Mali

– “Officials say at least 17 people died in a stampede at an all-night church vigil disrupted by politicking over a contentious Nov. 18 gubernatorial election in Nigeria’s southeast Anambra state.

Europe

– Is Monaco’s demand for housing destroying its history?

Latin America (& Canada)

– A drug tunnel called “sophisticated” has been discovered between the U.S. and Mexico

Financial Matters

– “It’s time for the wealthy with vacation homes and valuable shoreline land to pay their own way — and not rely on us.

– “Call it concealed-carry chic: With all 50 U.S. states now permitting people to pack pistols in public, it was only a matter of time before some company came to market with an apparel line targeting the gun-toting crowd.

Rich families are hoarding cash a new survey finds

Gas prices are falling and it’s helping Americans

Surveillance Planet

– “Lies I told to become a spy

– “German Green politician meets US whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow to discuss possibility of helping parliamentary investigation into US spying.”

– Lawmakers in Washington have rejected the idea of clemency for Edward Snowden (despite no mention of such clemency by Snowden)

– “Edward Snowden says he has been vindicated. The former National Security Agency contractor writes “A Manifesto for the Truth” in Germany’s Der Spiegel on Sunday, saying the debates about mass surveillance that have been sparked as a result of his leaks show he was right to leak the classified information.

– “High-profile” Germans write in Der Spiegel that Snowden should be given asylum in Germany

– Human rights groups warn UK reaction “erodes freedom

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “An Unusual Hero: Warren Pepicelli and the Challenge of Union Transformation

– “Paramilitary and police killings fail to quell a growing movement against corporate mining and agribusiness projects in Colombia

– OSHA weaknesses forces workers to either report safety violations or keep their job

– The State Department has apologized for calling unionization a “security threat

Politics USA

Washington USA

– After one month with the healthcare website, who are the winners and the losers?

– When’s this trial gonna happen? Obama told interns last year that he is “really good in killing people.

– “Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama’s health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know.

– “President Barack Obama cast Republican Ken Cuccinelli on Sunday as part of an extreme tea party Republican faction that shut down the government, throwing the political weight of the White House behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final days of a bitter race for governor.

– Romney criticizes Obama for not being honest over health care

– Hillary Clinton endorsed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) despite not officially saying she is going to run in 2016

– In political messaging wars, White House has a Twitter army

Everything Else USA

– “The unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected in the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport set out to kill multiple employees of the Transportation Security Administration and hoped the attack would “instill fear in their traitorous minds,” authorities said Saturday.”

– “Everything That’s Happened Since Supreme Court Ruled on Voting Rights Act”

Only 3 percent of Americans would lose their current health policies and buy a higher one

– “Health policy canceled? What we know and don’t know

– Seattle’s “Another World is Possible and Necessary” Campaign

Bill de Blasio is set to cruise the New York elections with a possible landslide

– “The revolution of the mind is under way

– “Jon Stewart was right: From Fox News to NPR, pundits hurt the political debate by speaking in the same lazy clichés

– “The terminal at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International airport has been evacuated because of a threat.”

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The seven ways companies are getting rich selling baby products parents do not need

– “New research confirms people with low blood glucose levels are more supportive of welfare-state programs

– Cases of malaria in the U.S. have hit a 40-year high

– New GMO crops have been temporarily blocked in Mexico

– “Scientists speak out against the destruction of experimental fields of Golden Rice, a new type of rice that contains beta carotene, a source of vitamin A with the potential to reduce vitamin A deficiency and resulting blindness in the Philippines and Bangladesh.”

– The U.S. food banks struggle to meet new demand as a result of food stamp cuts

We Don’t Need No Education

– “On Friday, a proposal to drop the phrase “homosexual acts” from Baylor University’s sexual misconduct policy was vetoed by Student Body President Wesley Hodges.

The War on Women

– “For women, more education means more salary discrimination at work

– The most unfair countries for women

“Each week, about a dozen inmates in Vermont’s only women’s prison come together to make peace with themselves and connect with others through writing.”

Over one million K-12 students in America are homeless

Planet Earth

– “Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar,  [UN] scientists have found.

– Could the entire Pacific fishery be tainted by Fukushima?

– Fighting fires is big business

– “Looking back: Important coverage of Sandy and its aftermath

– “Canadian companies have been in the news a lot, from Hudbay Minerals going to trial over allegations of human rights violations in Guatemala to the Canadian government being accused of spying on Brazil’s mine and energy ministry in the protection of corporate interests. Now Toronto-based Gabriel Resources is planning to mine gold and rare minerals in a historic site in Romania, but they are being met with opposition from local people and international environmentalists

– Bill McKibben: “Being green won’t solve the problem

– “Many of the ills of the modern world — starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease — are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.”

– Top US climate scientists have endorsed use of “safe nuclear power

Mixed Bag

Solar eclipse to sweep parts of Africa, Europe and North America today

– SNL and Richard Pryor: The untold story behind one of the edgiest sketch

On pet rescue fraud

Eight amazing sandwiches you’ve probably never heard of

What Americans do during their day

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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.

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