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The Roundup for November 11th, 2013

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Hey everyone, it’s Veterans’ Day today.

Hope you are well today.

Veterans’ Day Stories

“I Should Be Dead

– “Veterans Day Celebrates Warriors From Our Disastrous Wars, But the Day Was Established for Peace and the End of War’s Destruction

– Pew: About 61 percent of veterans say their military work prepared them for civilian work

– “Why is pro sports constantly jamming military fervor down our throats? Their claims are wrong in more ways than one.

“Suicides across the military have dropped by more than 22 percent this year, defense officials said, amid an array of new programs targeting what the Defense Department calls an epidemic that took more service members’ lives last year than the war in Afghanistan did during that same period.

– The training that makes killing acceptable

– “Barack Obama has warned of the danger of forgetting the war in Afghanistan as he marked Veterans Day by discussing preparations to end the longest war in American history.” I’m sure he warned not to forget that he can commit murder anytime he wants.

– Six states discriminate against gay soldiers and their families by refusing to grant spouse benefits

– Iraq Vet: Losing home “worse than getting blown up

International Developments


– “US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Iran backed out of a deal on its nuclear programme during talks with world powers in Geneva on Saturday.

– Other version: “Iran and the United States on Monday blamed each other for the failure to reach agreement on a deal to limit Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of Western sanctions.”

– John Kerry: No deal with Iran is better than a bad deal

– US and China to meet to plan a joint disaster relief exercise

– “David Cameron is to lead a delegation of ministers and business figures to China next month, he has announced.

– Victory. “The Romanian government won’t allow a Canadian company to develop what would have been Europe’s biggest open gold mine, the prime minister said Monday, shortly before a parliamentary commission nixed a bill that would have permitted the project.

– “Protesters have shut Libya’s gas export pipeline to Italy, its only customer, demanding more rights for the Amazigh, or Berber, minority and depriving the weak government of a major source of income.

Middle East

– “A senior leader of the Haqqani network, one of the most feared insurgent groups fighting western forces in Afghanistan, was gunned town in mysterious circumstances on the outskirts of Pakistan’s capital city on Sunday evening, Taliban and official sources have confirmed.

– Syrian rebels are recruiting from refugee camp AP says

– “Iran has agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic EnergyAgency to enter long-unseen nuclear sites, including the Gchine uranium mine and a heavy-water reactor in Arak, as part of a co-operation deal struck in Tehran.

– “Gunmen killed a senior leader of one of the most feared militant groups fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he stopped to buy fresh bread from a bakery on the outskirts of Pakistan’s capital, members of the militant organization and an eyewitness said Monday.

Asia & Oceania

– “China’s leaders will unveil a reform agenda for the next decade on Tuesday, seeking to balance the need to overhaul the world’s second-largest economy as it loses steam with preserving stability and to reinforce the Communist Party’s power.

– Bloomberg News warns reporters to “tread carefully” on stories over China in fear they will anger the government

– “Entrepreneurs are increasingly pushing for change from China’s ruling party because they’re troubled by the government’s authoritarian excesses and by signs Beijing wants to further tighten its controls on society.

– China sees lung cancer cases soar

– “Thailand’s Senate convened a highly charged session on Monday to determine the fate of an amnesty bill, which could pave the way for the return of the self-exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.


– “FIFA assured Ghana officials Monday that security “guarantees” are in place for next week’s World Cup playoff in Egypt. The assurance comes a day after police and fans clashed in Cairo at the African Champions League final.”

– Gallup: Despite Nigeria’s economic growth, few have “good jobs

– “The leaders of a movement for self-rule in oil-rich in eastern Libya said they have formed a regional company to handle its sales of crude oil, one of the most serious challenges yet to the central government and its revenue lifeline.


– “Polish police used rubber bullets on Monday to break up groups of masked far-right youths who threw firecrackers and set fire to cars when a nationalist march through the center of the capital turned violent.

– In Greece, a “bathhouse for the homeless

– The Greek government has defeated Syriza no-confidence vote

– Get this. Sweden closes four of its prisons for low prison rate

– Finally. “The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not “follow a particular ideology” and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church.

Latin America & Canada

– “Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, the once-feared boss of Mexico’s powerful oil workers union, died Monday at age 91, his sons said.

– “Mexican authorities say a U.S. citizen who once served in the U.S. Navy and was a police officer in Texas has been detained in northern Mexico for allegedly heading a group of kidnappers.

– Cuban leaders are looking at a new port as an “economic lifeline

– “A Haitian man was killed and an Irish woman received minor injuries when they were beaten with a hammer during a break-in at the orphanage where they worked [in Haiti], police said Monday.

Financial Matters

– Johnson and Johnson’s $2.2 billion fine is too small

– The four ways capitalism is killing us

– “A majority of Americans, especially women and people of color, will spend their final years living in poverty in coming decades unless Social Security is improved and expanded—not cut back as Republicans and President Obama seek—and there are many fair ways to accomplish that, experts told a congressional briefing last week.

– “The EU and US have begun a second round of negotiations towards creating the world’s biggest free-trade deal.

– Is Ireland’s economy on the move?

– “Corn extended its gains Monday following the government’s forecast last week of lower stockpiles of the grain.

– “Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gave final approval Monday to a package of tax breaks for Boeing Co. in hopes of landing the company’s new 777X, signing legislation at Seattle’s Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.

Public banking in Costa Rica

Surveillance Planet

– “Secretary of State John Kerry says his counterparts in other nations know President Barack Obama didn’t order up all the snooping that the National Security Agency conducted abroad.

– “In the first likely structural reform of the National Security Agency since the Guardian began publishing Edward Snowden’s revelations, the Obama administration is giving strong consideration to appointing a civilian to run the surveillance apparatus and splitting it from the military command that has been its institutional twin since 2010.

So what? is the response from some

–  Medea Benjamin: “Will Jeh Johnson make the homeland more secure?

– “The Italian government says it is taking steps to better protect the privacy of its citizens’ data in the wake of revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance work.

–  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) is in Europe to warn politicians his legislation to reform NSA is facing a tough time in Congress

“The UK’s information commissioner has expressed concern about the extent of the NSA’s surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden, saying that issues of national security cannot be allowed to overshadow concerns of legitimate public interest.

– “New York’s highest court will decide whether state law protects a Fox News reporter from revealing confidential sources from a story about James Holmes, who’s accused of killing 12 people in a suburban Denver movie theater last year.

– Emptywheel: “Tapping the Oil Industry

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Gallup: 76 percent of Americans support increasing minimum wage to $9/hour, 69 percent support the same with inflation-proof increases

– “The time has come for a $15/hour minimum wage

– “How a newly political nurses union got the mayor it wanted

– Protests in Bangladesh closes factories

Politics USA

Washington USA

– “U.S. lawmakers will wait for a briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry this week before deciding whether to impose tough new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, Senate aides said on Monday.

– “America has an Industrial Policy – It’s Run by the Pentagon

– “The press seems to have anointed Hillary Clinton as the next Democratic presidential nominee. But Clinton’s ties to the Wall Street wing of the party could prove trouble for her future. Could Elizabeth Warren, the progressive Senator from Massachusetts, thwart what seems to be the inevitable?

– Obama states he will end illicit trade of ivory

– “Obamacare Q&A: I Don’t Think You Can Stop This Law

– “Initial enrollment estimates for President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform program show participation is falling far short of expectations, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, raising pressure on the White House to get its rollout back on track.”

– “Health Care Delays Squeeze Patients in State High-Risk Pools

– Joe Biden’s request for his staff

– “Faisal bin ali Jaber, a Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in a US drone strike, is traveling to the United States this week to tell his story to Congress and human rights activists at this weekend’s Drone Summit.

Everything Else USA 

– “The Center for Constitutional Rights wants a New York court to vacate their decision removing a judge from a landmark stop and frisk case.

– Gallup: 41 percent of Americans prefer either a male or female boss, 35 percent prefer a male boss and 23 percent prefer a female boss

– Amazon will team with USPS to deliver mail on sundays

– Photographers feel the job cuts at newspapers

– Ann Jones talks about her new book on soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. Book Salon for the book on Nov. 23

– “The 60 Minutes Benghazi Disaster

– “CBS News is facing mounting calls for an investigation into how its flagship programme 60 Minutes was duped into running a fantasy eyewitness account of the 2012 attack on the US compound in Benghazi in which four Americans, including the US ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.

– Jimmy Carter: End the death penalty

– “Opponents of California’s landmark transgender students’ rights law, which ensures that transgender young people have equal access to athletic teams and school facilities, say they have collected the 505,000 signatures necessary to put an initiative to repeal the law on the 2014 ballot.

– Chris Hedges: “The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

– “Why I hate being a black man

We Don’t Need No Education

– “On ‘Country Club’ Campuses: A Public University Ex-President Shares His Second Thoughts

– Study: Record number of foreign students in U.S. colleges

Top Gun! (Stories)

Research finds correlation between white racism and gun ownership

– “On Saturday, nearly 40 armed men, women, and children waited outside a Dallas, Texas area restaurant to protest a membership meeting for the state chapter of  Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun safety advocacy group formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– “Are heartless people born that way?

– America’s most unhealthy restaurant: Cheesecake Factory

– “Hepatitis C, a silent killer, meets it match

180,000 pounds of food recalled for E.coli scare

– “Why Doctors Stay Mum About Mistakes Their Colleagues Make

– “Gun violence in PG-13 rated movies has increased considerably in recent decades, to the point that it sometimes exceeds gun violence in even R-rated films, according to a study released Monday.

A map of clinical depression in the world

The War on Women

– “How should colleges prevent against sexual assault?

– Woman wrongly arrested by NYPD in prostitution arrest and the charges are dropped after judge explains what a pea coat is

– Sportscaster states women shouldn’t be in sports, proceeds to dig a hole with nothing of value to say

– Too hilarious to pass up. Tony Perkins: Denying birth control to women is why “the Pilgrims came here”

Planet Earth

Typhoon Haiyan

– “The Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

More on Typhoon Haiyan

– Why was it so fierce?

– “The head of the Red Cross in the Philippines has described the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan as “absolute bedlam”.”

– “Experts: Man, nature share typhoon tragedy blame

– “The head of the Philippines delegation at UN climate talks in Poland has said he will stop eating until participants make “meaningful” progress.

10 major challenges facing Philippines

– “The United States said Monday it is fully committed to helping the Philippines recover from one of the most powerful typhoons on record, and is providing $20 million in immediate aid.

The Rest

– Pew: U.S. and Middle East publics less concerned about climate change than other nations

– Will Putin’s aggression keep 30 environmentalists in jail?

– “The families of the British nationals held by Russian authorities for two months after a Greenpeace protest have spoken of their fears for their loved ones’ safety, expressing concern that some of the 28 activists and two journalists will be “lost” during transportation within the country’s detention system.”

– “A leading researcher says we have enough wind and solar to power the world. Are we willing to do what’s necessary to transform our society?

– “If you like seafood, stop polluting the ocean

A pro-animal rights game on Xbox

– Spring break: another reason to care about climate change

– Rich guy in California, Tom Steyer, thinks it’s a good idea to spend $8 million in Virginia race to say Ken Cuccinelli isn’t pro-environment. GENIUS!

– Is South Florida failing to acknowledge threat of climate change?

– Another consequence of climate change: Polar bear attacks

– “How climate change will affect you

– Japan starts offshore wind farm

More drillers are turning to recycling

Mixed Bag

What we’ll be driving in 2050

– A new scan can detect heart attack risk

“US faces nationwide knish shortage” Darnit capitalism, you had one job! Now what will I have at Thanksgiving? VEGETABLES?!

– “The Buena Vista Social Club will bid farewell to the world”s stages next year with a tour that caps the group”s 17 years as ambassadors of Cuban music.

– “Other parents suck

– 14 year old teenager creates an anonymous messaging app

– ESPN looking for a few loud guys for their afternoon show

– Smartphones seen to be triple to 5.6 billion by 2019

Break Time

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

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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.