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The Roundup for November 22nd, 2013

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50th Anniversary of JFK’s assassination

– AP: “Fifty years after John F. Kennedy fell victim to an assassin’s bullet while visiting Texas with his wife, people at home and abroad paused Friday to remember the 35th president of the United States. Collected here are memories of the slain president, details from the day of his death and live updates from the memorial service at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

– Coverage of today’s event can be found here

On November 22nd, 1963

– “Kennedy Week: The Myth of Camelot and the Dangers of Sycophantic Consensus Journalism

– “Baby boomers in media make the Kennedy assassination all about them

– The uncertain path by Kennedy in Vietnam

– James K. Galbraith: JFK’s Vietnam withdrawal plan was a fact

More on JFK and Vietnam

– Glen Ford: The Kennedy Brothers Thought the Civil Rights Movement Was a Nuisance at Best; Part 1

JFK and Obama

– “Chomsky Weighs in on Kennedy Assassination Anniversary: “It Would Impress Kim Il-Sung

– “The Legend will never die

– “JFK anniversary: conspiracy theorists left out of Dallas commemoration

– Judge: the CIA suppressed facts over Kennedy, but “there was no conspiracy

International Developments


– “US secretary of state John Kerry is rejoining weekend talks in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, amid signs that negotiators are on the verge of a historic peace deal.”

– Pew: Confidence in the developed world governments has fallen

– “Military Aid Gets A Partial Pass on Foreign Assistance Transparency Push”

– “Chilean Socialism 1: Indonesian Fascism 0

– “Pakistani doctor who helped CIA find Bin Laden faces murder charge

– Vice President Joseph Biden to Ukraine: I’m disappointed in the EU pullout

– Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ): Bangladesh is still lagging to catch up on labor rights standards

– “President Barack Obama hosted Morocco’s King Mohammed VI at the White House on Friday for talks on furthering democracy in the Middle East and countering violent extremism.

Middle East

– “Afghanistan: The Occupation, Part II

– A military victory in Syria looks “impossible

– Both Israelis and Palestinians turn to a one-state solution

– Does the Syria stalemate benefit the government regime?

– “Iran’s state TV tries ‘soft power’ to win hearts and minds

Asia & Oceania

– By 2016, China could be the world’s biggest economy

22 are dead after oil pipeline fire in China

– Dennis Rodman to have an upcoming basketball tour in North Korea


– “On the verge of genocide” in the Central African Republic

– Blackwater co-founder Erik Prince: My company would have prevented Benghazi deaths and more

Hunger in Africa can be eradicated by 2025, says U.N.


– “Dozens die in supermarket collapse in Riga, Latvia

– In Greece, an austerity budget has been tabled

– “In a sudden move, the health ministry [of Greece] has announced that it is shutting down a number of wards in three major psychiatric hospitals and that patients will be moved to smaller, out-patient clinics designed for short-stay cases.

– Angela Merkel: Greece will succeed in its commitments

– “The controversy over alleged cronyism involved in the appointment of new directors to hospitals across the country has been reignited with the revelation that the new director of Laconia general hospital is a 33-year-old with strong New Democracy party connections.

– Russia has apparently “blackmailed” Ukraine to ditch the EU plan

Latin America, Caribbean & Canada

– “The son of one of the world’s most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday.

– “The government of the Dominican Republic has developed a plan to resolve the legal status of people who face the prospect of being stripped of their citizenship because of a recent court ruling, a spokesman for the president said Friday.

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Nearly six in 10 small businesses say a minimum wage increase will hurt business

– “The Internal Revenue Service has failed to properly protect taxpayers’ data, leaving individuals at risk of identity fraud, according to an auditor’s report.”

– The Postal Service gives great treatment, while we aren’t give much of the same

Taxing land would solve our biggest problems

– Where does “Black Friday” come from?

– Jobless claims have fallen to a two-month low

– Study: Individuals spend more on warm days

– “A Year Later, Feds Inch Forward on Fair Housing

A map that talks about housing segregation and more

– ” Disney subsidiary Pixar is laying off up to 5 percent of its 1,200 employees after it pushed back the release of “The Good Dinosaur” to November 2015 from next May.

– Virgin Galatic now accepts Bitcoin for space flights

– Noam Chomsky: There’s always a class war going on

– Insanity. “Moritz Erhardt, the 21-year-old Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern who was found dead in a shower at his London flat after working for 72 hours in a row, died of an epileptic seizure, an inquest has found.

Surveillance Planet

– Twitter has toughen its encryption in response to NSA

– “The watchdog tasked with scrutinising the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies is to demand an urgent report from GCHQ about revelations that the phone, internet and email records of British citizens have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency.”

– In NY court, ACLU argues NSA bulk data collection is “unconstitutional

– “The UK and US must do more to protect internet users’ privacy, the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned as a survey of online freedoms is released.”

– The United States, the UK and Australia have failed to water-down U.N. resolution on surveillance

– Emptywheel: “By ‘Application’ the Administration Didn’t Mean ‘Memorandum of Law’

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The National Labor Relations Board has found War-Mart “illegally disciplined” employees. The NLRB may file a complaint, but they will wait if Wal-Mart will settle with employees

– “The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers Local 3299 plan a one day strike on Wednesday at the University of California to protest intimidation of workers who participated in a 2 day strike in May.

– “University of California Workers Strike Against Harassment

– A documentary talks as to whether it is legal to even not pay interns

– “UC Berkeley Professor Sends Heartfelt Anti-Union E-mail To Students on Eve of Strike

Politics USA

Washington USA

– “There won’t be a magic moment, but the Obama administration’s much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday.

– “Starbucks union-buster is ironic winner after liberals push nuclear option

– Pew: Less than 1/3 of Americans can answer where they were when JFK was shot

– “Really—It Is Time to Cut the Giant, Bloated, Destructive Defense Budget so that People Can Eat and Have Roofs Over their Heads

– Pew: 55 percent of Democrats support ACA, a drop from 70 percent

– “Calling himself a pale shadow of his storied predecessor, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx admitted to reporters Friday that he often worries whether he’ll ever be able to live up to the monumental legacy left by Claude S. Brinegar.

– “President Obama has nominated Timothy G. Massad to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. If you thought, “who?” — well, that may be the point.“‘

– Ralph Nadar: 21 ways the Canadian health care system is better than Obamacare

– The House has “hacked away environmental regulations”

– FCC: Cellphone usage ban on airplanes is “outdated and restrictive

Everything Else USA 

State-by-state analysis of where Americans moved

– “What Is the Most Common Way People Are Lured into Sex Trafficking? New Study Shows Surprising Trends

– Jessica Williams of the Daily Show talks about racial profiling and shopping

– “Mass Federal Raids on Colorado Pot Hint at a Crackdown Pattern

– Dave Zirin: “Racist Attack at San Jose State, the Holy Ground of the Black Athlete’s Revolt

– “Jose Antonio Vargas responds to organizers of “catch an illegal immigrant” event

– Videos from a store capture a year’s worth of police racism

– Exporting prisoners across the nation in private prisons

– “Barneys on Racial Profiling Frisks: It’s the NYPD’s Fault

– The second-largest U.S. newspaper — the Tribune company — will cut 700 newspaper jobs

– ” A federal judge on Friday extended her ban on sales of a book containing Malcolm X’s diaries until evidence in a court challenge can be heard next year.

We Don’t Need No Education

– A private school in North Carolina has banned LGBT children and families

– “Long-simmering ideological objections to teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science textbooks but held up one biology tome because of alleged factual errors.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– “What’s Behind ‘Grain Brain’: Are Gluten and Carbs Wrecking Our Brains and Our Health?

10 Doctors talk about whether to go with generic or name-brand drugs

– “In California, $1 Million in Unpaid Fines for Assisted Living Centers

– “The Sleepwalkers Are Revolting

– FCC clears Johnson & Johnson’s new Hepatitis C drug

The Second Sex

– Why are women outnumbered by men in book reviews and magazines?

– America still does not know how to talk about the issue of rape

– Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R): War on Women is “insulting

– After so-called reforms in Texas, programs designed as “family planning” help 77 percent fewer women

Planet Earth

Typhoon Haiyan

– “The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday.

– Philippine government will set up a large television screen in a stadium to show civilians Manny Pacquiao fight

The Rest

– “United Nations talks on climate change were on the brink of breaking down on Friday as a group of developing countries launched a furious attack on the European Union over plans to set out a timetable towards a global deal on greenhouse gas emissions.”

– “The U.S. will assert its sovereignty in the Arctic, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Friday, even as Russia, China and other nations stake claims and expand their use of the icy waters for military exercises and transit.” Calm yourself Chuck, it’s only one planet.

– The United States, meanwhile, is backing a timetable for a “global climate deal

– “Helpless Typhoon Articles Cling To Life On Edge Of Reader’s Consciousness

– Gallup: Nearly four out of five individuals in the world are satisfied with air quality

– The Divestment movement against the Big Energy matters movement

– “Olympic sports federations will be monitoring efforts to clean up the polluted waters around Rio de Janeiro to prevent health risks to athletes at the 2016 Games.

The top five worst corporate polluters

– Report: Climate change caused by 7 billion key individuals

Mixed Bag

– “Five Most Ridiculous Hunger Games Marketing Schemes

– “Harper’s Index

– The National’s Bryce Dessner interview with Salon

– A former librarian has taped 35 years of news

– “Further evidence for a universal law of commuting

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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.