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The Weekend Roundup for November 16-17th, 2013

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May Doris Lessing rest her soul in peace

Hey folks, busy week ahead of me so quality of Roundups might not be as good as before.

International Developments


– “I Thought the U.S. Was the Land of Gold— Now I See It as Rude and Disrespectful

– “President Francois Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had given up any pursuit of nuclear weapons.

– “Iran sees no need for world powers to publicly acknowledge its “right” to uranium enrichment, its foreign minister said Sunday, offering a potential way to sidestep another sticking point on a possible nuclear deal when talks resume later this week.”

Middle East

– “Pakistan’s government plans to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while in power, the interior minister said Sunday.

– A huge bomb hit a government site in Syria

– “Netanyahu steps up attack on prospect of Iran nuclear weapons deal”

– “Thousands of Syrians poured into Lebanon, taking shelter in wedding halls and makeshift shacks after fleeing heavy fighting in a mountainous region across the border in Syria, while a massive explosion Sunday targeting a government building outside Damascus killed at least 31 soldiers.

– “Unknown gunmen shot and killed a senior national security officer in Cairo late Sunday as he headed to his office, the Interior Ministry said.

– Villagers in Afghanistan find six beheaded bodies

– “UN report detailing Taliban fighter deaths warns of force’s illicit funding

Asia & Oceania

– Beijing will focus on a new China

– “Voters in the Maldives have chosen the brother of the archipelago nation’s former strongman to be their new president over the country’s first democratically elected leader in a closely fought runoff election on Saturday.”


– “Libyan deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh has been kidnapped, security sources have told the BBC.

– It’s a “state of emergency” now in Libya

– “The U.S. military is working on plans to train 5,000 to 7,000 members of the Libyan security forces and also special operations forces who can carry out counter-terrorism missions, a senior U.S. military official said.


On the Catholic extremists within the Church that can shatter it

– “Human rights activists struggle to fight Russia’s anti-gay law

– ‘A passenger plane has crashed at an airport in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board.

– Sochi’s “struggling locals

– Bulgarian students demand an end to government corruption

– “A protest organized by Germany’s biggest far-right party has drawn hundreds to a torch-lit march against refugees for the second time this month.

Latin America, Carribean & Canada

– “Left-wing candidate Michelle Bachelet has won the first round of voting in Chile’s presidential election.

– Need some information over the candidates? Here’s something to help.

– “The heart of Argentina’s cowboy culture can be found each year on the Day of the Gaucho, when thousands of people parade on horseback through the colonial streets of a town that seems like a living museum.

– “ Investigators found the bodies of eight people at a home in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez on Sunday and said the dead were believed to be related.

– UN concerned on threat of violence in Haiti

Financial Matters

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “The People Can Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– On the real sharing economy

– “The federal judge overseeing mediation in the Detroit bankruptcy case has proposed that nine nonprofit foundations create a fund to prop up the city’s threatened pension funds and defend the city-owned art in the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit News reported on Thursday.

– What occurs when a society values everything in monetary terms?

– “Gulf airlines splashed out over $150 billion on new plane deals on day one of the Dubai Airshow, underscoring a shift in power in the aviation industry and giving a boost to the formal launch of Boeing’s newest jet, as well as to Airbus’s A380 superjumbo.”

– Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner joins a private equity firm 

– “The president and CEO of Forbes Media says the family owned magazine publisher has put itself up for sale.

Surveillance Planet

– Eric Holder: “Unless information that has not come to my attention is presented to me, what I have indicated in my testimony before Congress is that any journalist who’s engaged in true journalistic activities is not going to be prosecuted by this Justice Department. … I certainly don’t agree with what Greenwald has done. … In some ways, he blurs the line between advocate and journalist. But on the basis of what I know now, I’m not sure there is a basis for prosecution of Greenwald.

– GCHQ spies “luxury hotels

– Emptywheel: “The Era of Big Pen Register: The Flaw in Jeffrey Miller’s Moalin Decision

– “Australia tried to monitor Indonesian president’s phone

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “San Francisco transit officials are calling for a return to the bargaining table, saying an expensive provision was “erroneously” included in a labor contract that settled a union dispute that had caused two recent strikes.”

– “Judge Awards Fired ESPN Zone Workers Major Settlement

– “Qatar’s construction sector is rife with abuse, Amnesty International (AI) has said in a report published as work begins on Fifa World Cup 2022 stadiums.

– “An international rights group is urging Gulf Arab states to take additional steps to safeguard domestic workers who are often outside normal labor laws and protections.

Great article on video game industry exploitation

Politics USA

Washington USA

– “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecuting attackers.

– Republican party will focus on Obamacare chaos for 2014 elections

– Nancy Pelosi: We won’t retreat from Obamacare

– Democratic lawmakers shift blame to the insurance industry

Thinking of the top 1 percent with Washington and Lincoln

– “Thanks for nothing, Disney: Hollywood helped make the Tea Party

Lessons from immigration debate

Everything Else USA 

– Horrible, just horrible this occurs.”Three Million More in Poverty than Previously Estimated

– “Threat to Free Speech in Vermont

“Chomsky’s Right: The New York Times’ Latest Big Lie”

Fantastic article from the person who wore the Captain America costume in a turban

– The guy who gives Bill de Blasio his coffee tells his side of the next mayor of NYC

We Don’t Need No Education

– “Closing the School-Readiness Gap: The Benefits of Preschool for Children of Color

All-boys NYC schools are growing

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The 14 habits of miserable people

– “Layoff my daughter’s ADHD

The War on Women

– In Madrid, Femen protests go topless in an anti-abortion rally

– “Women leading the way on job recovery post-recession

– “Survey: Majority of Saudis Favor Women’s Right to Play Sports

– “Colombian men and women in miniskirts protest sexual violence

Planet Earth

Typhoon Haiyan

– This was expected. “Philippine President Benigno Aquino has criticised authorities in some areas for not being fully prepared for the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.”

– More on the villagers desperately seeking aid. I despise the use of “mob” since it is rooted in racism and ignorance on what survival is.

– “Aid missions boost US troops’ image and readiness

– “China said Sunday it is ready to send rescue and medical teams to the Philippines, in a belated offer coming more than a week after a devastating typhoon struck the island nation.

The Rest

– “New York City’s Bloomberg administration intends to launch a database within two weeks to better track the billions of dollars of federal relief for Superstorm Sandy victims, even as city legislators hope to craft a system of their own.

– The GMO fight reaches Hawaii

– “New York State plans to spend $37.5 million on flood barriers and improved drainage at LaGuardia Airport, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, a little more than a year after flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy closed the facility for three days.

– Wasting helium, our finite resource

– “A solar panel on every home?

– Talks by UN on carbon markets have broken down

– “Powerful tornadoes have swept through the US Midwest, destroying buildings and overturning vehicles in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.”

“Environmental groups have sharply criticised the Polish government for hosting a coal industry meeting while UN climate talks are held in the country.

Mixed Bag

– “A Mind-blowing Journey Into the Jungle for the Sacred, Life-Altering Ayahuasca Psychedelic

– ““Official” Breaking Bad alternate ending unveiled

– ” Nearly 2,000 rare American coins amassed over 90 years by a 102-year-old Missouri collector have sold for $23 million at a two-day New York City auction.

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