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The Roundup for November 25th, 2013

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International Developments


– “The west is likely to start easing crippling sanctions on Iran in the new year, following the breakthrough agreement in Geneva to freeze and reverse Iran’s nuclear programme

– “Frustrated Iranian Scientist Forced To Shut Down Project He Spent 12 Goddamn Years Of His Life On

– “Israel’s top security adviser plans to go to Washington to discuss a comprehensive nuclear deal that the United States and five other powers hope to negotiate with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

– “Within 24 hours of an interim deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear program, world powers raised hopes Monday for the first face-to-face talks to end the Syrian civil war as the United Nations called the warring parties to the table.

– Phenomenal article: “The Museum of the Revolution

– “Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, proposed new terms for a deal governing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he is in no hurry to sign the accord, the White House said on Monday.

– Juan Cole provides more analysis over the Iran-P6 deal

Five things over the Iran-P6 deal

– Medea Benjamin: Drone strikes in Pakistan

– “Hundreds Killed In Brutal Pro-Something–Anti-Something Clash

Middle East

– Next year, on Jan. 22, peace talks are expected to occur in Geneva for Syrian conflict

– Two bombs have exploded outside of a cafe in Baghdad, which has killed 17 people and injured 37.

Fantastic art from Pakistan on life under drones

– “The US national security advisor is to meet President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, officials said Monday, as Washington presses Afghanistan to quickly approve a deal to allow some US forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014.”

– Rania Khalek: “Drone Strike Victims Find Support From Activists, Silence from Unapologetic US Leaders

Asia & Oceania

– “Anti-government protesters forced their way inside Thailand’s Finance Ministry and burst through the gates of the Foreign Ministry compound on Monday, in an escalating bid to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

– “Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident and legal rights activist who accused New York University of forcing him to leave this summer because of alleged pressure from the Chinese government, will be joining The Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think tank.

– How Chen Guangcheng “got caught up in America’s culture wars

– “China took credit on Friday for its “humanity” in allowing blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng to study in the United States, after he fled to the U.S. embassy in Beijing following months of house arrest.”

– “China’s new maritime air defence zone is unenforceable, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday, in a continuing war of words over air space that includes the area above islands claimed by both countries.


– “Tunisia offers perhaps the last hope for Arab Spring democracy; only in the small nation that inspired revolts from Cairo to Tripoli has the negotiating table won out over the gun, so far.

– After yesterday’s law passed in Egypt restricting protests, police broke up their first one

– “Egypt moderates under fire from Mubarak loyalists, Islamists

– “How Amnesty International was Played by the Egyptian Junta

– “Libyan troops struggling to establish control across the country clashed with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday and at least nine people were killed in the fighting, officials said.

– “A U.N. peacekeeping operation will be needed in the Central African Republic, which is descending into “complete chaos” that may lead to religious and ethnic conflict with “mass atrocities” and even civil war, the U.N. deputy secretary-general said Monday.


– “An army commander found with illegally held guns and ammunition, as well as junta and Golden Dawn propaganda, in his home has been sentenced by to 20 months’ imprisonment suspended for three years.

– Pope Francis to meet with Putin over Syria

– “Ukrainian police fired tear gas at pro-Europe demonstrators and authorities sought to isolate jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko on Monday as she launched a hunger strike over Kiev’s rejection of a European trade pact under pressure from Moscow.

– “Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich acted on Monday to defuse pro-Europe street protests, saying a decision to suspend moves towards a trade pact with the European Union had been difficult and vowing to bring “European standards” to the country.

– “Education Minister Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos removes two senior officials from a committee when they asked to cross check personnel files of university administrative staff to establish if they lied about entering civil service via examinations

Latin America, Caribbean & Canada

– “Caribbean leaders will hold a special emergency meeting to discuss a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that could strip citizenship rights to migrants and their descendants.

– “Political tension loomed over violence-torn Honduras on Monday as the conservative candidate led the early count in presidential elections while his leftist opponents claimed fraud.

Live blog of yesterday’s Honduran election

Financial Matters

– “ The parent company of American Airlines on Monday asked a bankruptcy court to approve a settlement with U.S. regulators that would allow it to merge with rival US Airways Group and create the world’s largest airline.

– CEPR paper: “Policy Alternatives for a Return to Full Employment in Spain” Press release can be found here

– New book by economists Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker titled “Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People

– Know your enemy. “Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) named the head of its international division, Doug McMillon, to replace Chief Executive Mike Duke, who will retire on January 31 after five years at the helm of the world’s largest retailer.

The four ways the Koch brothers’ wealth is beyond comprehension

– “Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes hit a 10-month low in October, but a strong rebound in services sector activity early this month suggested some resilience in the economy as the year winds down.

– “Is Bitcoin about to change the world?

– “A judge said Monday that he’ll announce next week whether Detroit is eligible to overhaul itself in bankruptcy court, the most important decision since the largest public filing in U.S. history last summer.

Surveillance Planet

– Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales: Edward Snowden a “hero

A new document states that the NSA thought it was a good idea for them to get even more power

– “In the national security state, what is everyone so afraid of?

– “Corporations Enlist Ex-U.S. Spies to Surveil Nonprofits

– “Undercover activist who exposed animal cruelty is cited for animal cruelty“”

– “Attorney Placed On Federal Watch List After Representing Student In FBI Investigation

– “The Administration versus James Risen

– “Members of the U.S. Congress met German officials and lawmakers in Berlin Monday in an effort to relieve tensions over allegations of massive National Security Agency surveillance.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “Why Walmart’s Plan to Pit Low-Wage Workers Against Low-Wage Consumers Is Failing

The 10 myths on retail workers

– “Is Amazon Causing Psychiatric Illness in Workers?

Politics USA

Washington USA

– Barack Obama: Congress is an “impediment [to] progress and change

– “Barack Obama intervened with security staff to stop anti-deportation protestors being thrown out of an public immigration event on Monday in an ironic clash that turned into a debate on the limits of presidential power.

– Gallup: Obama at 40 percent for job approval, ties his lowest ever score

– “Battle looms over Iran nuclear deal as Congress pushes back against Obama

– CNN/ORC Poll: 53 percent of Americans don’t feel Obama is “honest or trustworthy

– “USA Today joins media boycott of White House’s official photos

– Poll: 63 percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship

– “President Barack Obama has named a former utility executive as acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Everything Else USA 

– Gallup: Review of American perspective over health care in U.S.

– Pew: Thanksgiving drivers to pay less in gasoline this year

–  Is the “Knockout game” a menace or a myth?

– Pew: “Local TV stations post mixed results as some feel loss of political ads

– “Have Our Lives Turned into a Real-Life Horror Movie?

– “Ohio school official charged with obstructing rape investigation

– “Billionaires Gone Wild: Why a Globalization-Fueled Art Bubble Spells Trouble For You and Me

– Pew: There does not seem to be a “Pope Francis effect” among U.S. Catholics

– “West Virginia’s Bluefield State University is overwhelmingly white—including staff and faculty—but gets a big chunk of its budget from funds reserved for historically Black institutions.

– FBI: Hate crimes decreased in 2012

– “Kaiser waited more than 2 years to warn a patient that test results showed he might have cancer, the man claims in court.

– On “gotcha” journalism and the death of an adjunct professor

– “The Corporate Bully Whose Front Groups, Willful Distortions and Hate-Mongering Has Poisoned U.S. Politics?: Meet Richard Berman

– Sickening. “A teen who spent three years in a notorious New York jail without ever having been convicted or put on trial is coming forward after filing a lawsuit against New York City.

– A journey to find “Real America

– ““No animals were harmed” in the filming of 2011?s “Life of Pi,” but the tiger “damn near drowned.” That’s just one of a litany of abuses against Hollywood’s four-legged actors, according to a scathing exposé in the Hollywood Reporter.

– Chris Hedges: Shielding a Flickering Flame

We Don’t Need No Education

– “Beyond Tests: How to Foster Imagination in Students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– “Threatened cuts to US nutrition programmes will offset all voluntary food donations to the poor this year, according to the authors of a major new report on hunger, who say it is time for charities and church groups to devote more time to political campaigning.

– “Campaign finance reports revealed that Coca-Cola had secretly contributed more than a million dollars to the fight against GMO labeling in Washington. Now activists are fighting back.

– “Canada approves production of GM salmon eggs on commercial scale

The Second Sex

– “An Ohio school superintendent, two coaches and a principal have been charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two football players, the state’s attorney general said Monday.

– “Michelle Obama, “feminist nightmare”? How lazy journalism hurts feminism

– “No, USA Today: “Sex drives” have not blurred the definition of rape

– “Drug company warns morning-after pill does not work for women over 176 pounds

– “The gender wage gap: Made worse by the gender housework and childcare gap

Planet Earth

– “The U.S. has been vastly underestimating its methane emissions

– NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan admits there’s been a drop in NYT coverage of environmental issues

– “Red List reveals conservation successes, but extinctions continue apace

– Commission of EU: Warsaw climate talks nearing “irrelevance

– “Understanding Warsaw: Capitalism, Climate Change and Neocolonialism

– Study: 58 percent of Americans do not know what fracking is

– “China’s prime minister says his country will invest in Romanian nuclear and wind energy production as well as a high-speed railway.

– “Factory-Farm-To-Table Restaurant Proudly Serves Locally Tortured Animals

– German Environmental Minister: U.S. and China must act on climate change

– “A deadly storm that swept the south-western US over the weekend is heading east as forecasters warn it could cause travel chaos in southern and eastern states for millions embarking on Thanksgiving getaways.” 10 killed so far

Mixed Bag

– Study: Having daughters make one more likely to be a Republican; And here I was with the thought of having one

Vegetarians and Thanksgiving

– Novelist Nicolas Baker interview

– The Onion will continue Iran’s nuclear program “until the job is done

– “Evidence of a previously unknown wooden structure unearthed at the Buddha’s birthplace suggests the sage might have lived in the 6th century BC, two centuries earlier than thought, archeologists said Monday.”

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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.