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The Roundup for December 27th, 2013

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International Developments

Overall

– Gallup’s review of its top 10 world news findings

– Michael Ratner discusses Guantanamo and its 12 years so far

– “China says satellite network to be big asset, others can use it too

– The trials at Nuremberg set a valid precedent for Iraq War crimes

– “Increasingly, all Roads run through Iran (Damascus, Baghdad, Asia)

– French President Hollande wants a bigger U.N. role in Central African Republic

– “Syria signs offshore oil and gas exploration deal with Russia

– The U.N. have approved their $5.53 billion budget for 2014-15

Middle East

– “Syrian troops ambush and kill dozens of rebels

– France is trying to usurp the U.S. as Saudi Arabia’s weapons dealer

– Max Blumenthal: “‘Time is running out’: The peace process and the fierce urgency of never

– “Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says uranium enrichment is progressing”

– “Deadly toxins that were to have been removed from Syria by December 31 under an international effort to rid the country of its chemical arsenal have not yet been delivered to port to be put on ships, a Russian diplomat was quoted as saying on Friday.

– The new construction of homes by Israeli can ruin the peace process

– “A senior aide to the former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri has been assassinated by a large car bomb in central Beirut. Fifteen other people were injured in the blast, which destroyed part of a neighbourhood near Hariri’s compound.

– A suicide bomber killed three soldiers in Afghanistan with Taliban claiming responsibility

– Juan Cole: “US Arms Shiite Iraqi Gov’t to Kill Sunni Rebels, Arms Syrian Sunni Rebels to overthrow Shiite Gov’t

– “The other Victim of Israeli settler vigilantism is Israeli Society Itself”

– “In budget row, Israel may put medical care for Syrian war-wounded on ice

– 106 barrels of oil have gone missing in Iraq

– Journalism abductions in Aleppo, Syria are continuing

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The Roundup for December 27th, 2013

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Hey folks, how are you today?

International Developments

Overall

– Gallup’s review of its top 10 world news findings

– Michael Ratner discusses Guantanamo and its 12 years so far

– “China says satellite network to be big asset, others can use it too

– The trials at Nuremberg set a valid precedent for Iraq War crimes

– “Increasingly, all Roads run through Iran (Damascus, Baghdad, Asia)

– French President Hollande wants a bigger U.N. role in Central African Republic

– “Syria signs offshore oil and gas exploration deal with Russia

– The U.N. have approved their $5.53 billion budget for 2014-15

Middle East

– “Syrian troops ambush and kill dozens of rebels

– France is trying to usurp the U.S. as Saudi Arabia’s weapons dealer

– Max Blumenthal: “‘Time is running out’: The peace process and the fierce urgency of never

– “Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says uranium enrichment is progressing”

– “Deadly toxins that were to have been removed from Syria by December 31 under an international effort to rid the country of its chemical arsenal have not yet been delivered to port to be put on ships, a Russian diplomat was quoted as saying on Friday.

– The new construction of homes by Israeli can ruin the peace process

– “A senior aide to the former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri has been assassinated by a large car bomb in central Beirut. Fifteen other people were injured in the blast, which destroyed part of a neighbourhood near Hariri’s compound.

– A suicide bomber killed three soldiers in Afghanistan with Taliban claiming responsibility

– Juan Cole: “US Arms Shiite Iraqi Gov’t to Kill Sunni Rebels, Arms Syrian Sunni Rebels to overthrow Shiite Gov’t

– “The other Victim of Israeli settler vigilantism is Israeli Society Itself”

– “In budget row, Israel may put medical care for Syrian war-wounded on ice

– 106 million barrels of oil have gone missing in Iraq

– Journalism abductions in Aleppo, Syria are continuing

Asia and Oceania

– China has eased its one-child policy

– “Searching for Truth and Reconciliation in Bangladesh

– The Thai army general calls for peace, though neither refutes nor verifies if a coup would occur

– “A long-sought deal with Japan to move an American military base away from populated areas will help complete a wider shift of US forces toward confronting China, the Pentagon said on Friday.

– India is seeking tax violations of American schools and revoked ID cards of US consular officials and their families over Indian diplomat arrest

– “Opponents to fight new US military base on Okinawa

Africa

– Egypt is now increasing its “war on terror” as four die and at least 87 were wounded in Muslim Brotherhood and police clashes

– “Assailants armed with heavy weapons were repelled after attacking the presidential palace and the residence of the Central African Republic’s embattled leader late on Thursday, officials said.

– The South Sudan government has agreed to a ceasefire as 120,000 civilians have fled

– The rebels, meanwhile, are suspicious of the truce offer

– President Salva Kiir gets regional support as the army has regained an oil-rich segment

More attacks increase on military in Benghazi, Libya as a wing commander was shot and killed

– “Hundreds of Libyan protesters have rallied against the interim parliament’s decision to extend its mandate for nearly a year, delaying the drafting of the constitution and the holding of elections.

– ” Mali plans to investigate ex-president for treason

Europe

– “Taksim Square Protesters Charged With Terrorism, Attempting Coup

– Freed members of Pussy Riot still call for Putin to be removed

– “Turkish army says it will not get involved in political corruption scandal

– Protesters in Turkey clash with police as other supporters rally around Erdogan

– “A Turkish prosecutor accused police of obstructing his pursuit of a high-level graft case on Thursday as the prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government weathered a storm of allegations of corruption and cronyism.

– A car bomb has killed three in Russia

– “ Bosnian police arrests 7 war crimes suspects

– Six more Greenpeace activists have left Russia

– “Montenegro newspaper offices targeted in blast

– Anti-immigrant sentiment rising in the U.K. as immigration increases

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada 

– “An indigenous reserve in Brazil’s Amazon region has been attacked in the latest incident of violence in the region.

– “Cuban Economic Reforms Replace Muddy Field with Wholesale Market

– “World Cup hotels costlier than Olympics in Brazil

On the aims of the U.S. within Columbia

– “Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is promoting several military officers who participated in a failed 1992 rebellion led by the late leader Hugo Chavez.

– Opposition and economists angered by delay in inflation report in Venezuela

Surveillance Planet

– U.S. District Judge William Pauley has ruled NSA phone spying is legal. Kevin has more.

– Here is the full ruling of the above.

– “Why the Internet Giants Oppose Federal Surveillance

– How to counteract “Big Brother” in society

– “The world’s mobile phone carriers have failed to implement technology fixes available since 2008 that would have thwarted the National Security Agency’s ability to eavesdrop on many mobile phone calls, a cyber security expert says.

– Target has remarked its “strongly encrypted” data has been stolen in the breach

Financial Matters

– Tomorrow 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits

– Gallup: Saving is the most popular among the lowest-income in the U.S.

– ““Crony Capitalism” and “Corporatism”

– On “age discrimination” in the workplace

– “Barclays has been fined $3.75m (£2.28m) by a US regulator for allegedly failing to keep proper electronic records, emails and instant messages.

– Pew: Exploring where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit the hardest

– “Barry Knight Is Fed Up With the Fed; He Thinks You Should Be, Too

– Dean Baker: “The Bernanke Legacy

– GM has recalled 1.5 million cars in China

– “Real estate has become an extractive industry, mining the air for property.

– A real victim from the “Wolf of Wall Street” writes a letter to DiCaprio and Scorsese saying their film is “reckless

– Japan is beating back deflation as prices are increasing 

– “A Manhattan federal judge on Friday expanded the scope of class-action litigation accusing banks of concealing the risks of more than $34 billion of mortgage-backed securities prior to the financial crisis.

– On the volatility of the shrimp market

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A judge has ruled SeaTac’s rise to a $15/hour wage applies to hotel and parking facility workers

– “Boeing’s Union Workers in the Crosshairs

– “IAM District 751 Urges Rejection of Boeing Offer

– “Cambodian garment workers block traffic over pay

Politics USA

Washington USA

– Rep. Paul Ryan (R-TX): The Pope doesn’t understand capitalism, he comes from a place of crony capitalism

– Could Republicans take the Senate in 2014?

– Democrats are promising a strong showing next year for jobless

– “Could We Make Opposition to Iran War Obligatory for Blue State Democrats?

– Discussing the divide within the GOP

– “The American Civil Liberties Union has urged a federal judge to force the U.S. government to quickly turn over documents it needs to help reform a system in which thousands of immigrants are detained for months or years.

– The shift of a government to a more totalitarian state 

– “For divided Congress, water projects are a unifier

– The AP gives numbers on the ACA

– Natasha Lennard: “Obama signs NDAA 2014, indefinite detention remains

Everything Else USA 

An interview with Noam Chomsky over distraction of right-wing extremists and foreign power struggles

What kind of nation would our incarceration system look like?

– “The Graying of Our Incarceration Nation

Eight charts showing the problems with private prisons

– Regarding the increasing amount of deaths in jails

– How the U.S. is failing young boys

– Natasha Lennard: “Ray “stop-and-frisk” Kelly defends his legacy

– Attention should be given to the apolitical this time of season for more knowledge

– “State of the Nation, 2013

– David Sirota: There is no “War on Christmas” 

– A man in Texas was arrested for not returning a library book

– On Bloomberg and De Blasio

– Is populism rising in the U.S.?

Top Gun (Stories)

– “Convicted Domestic Abuser Amassing an Arsenal? Let’s Wait Until Something Happens Say Police

– A man in Louisiana killed three before committing suicide

– “Police file on Newtown yields chilling portrait

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Using one’s strength may be the best pain medicine

Five surprising things fed to cows

– An Italian “slow food” pioneer talks more about his style and way of life

– Colorado issues first state-license for cannabis to retailers

The Second Sex

– “Libyan Women Were Handed Over as Spoils of War

– Pew: Men are more likely than women to compromise for career success

– “Arizona’s Tenacious Laws Against Sex Workers

– An Indian woman was gang-raped by two groups of men as six have been charged by police

– “Military sex assault reports jump by 50 percent

Planet Earth

– “Carbon Market Looks a Little Livelier

– “As American energy production booms, thousands face pipelines in their backyards.

– “Targets in BP settlement inquiry assail findings”

– ” General Electric Co. said Friday a study requested by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows no need for it to voluntarily expand dredging already underway in a portion of the upper Hudson River contaminated with PCBs.

– Floods have killed 41 people in the southeastern part of Brazil

– The environmental agency in the U.K. is warning more “severe weather” will soon come

– The destruction of chemical weapons by sea may “threaten environment

Mixed Bag

– Pew: 27 percent of internet users download or listen to podcasts

– The rebranded Jesus with capitalism!

– Trying to find the balance between life-anxiety and work-anxiety

– Scientists state there are messages in body odor

– “Duck Dynasty and the Fake Outrage Machine

– “The Futility of Top Ten Lists

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