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The Roundup for January 24th, 2014

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Hello folks, hope you had a good end to your week especially with the weather

International Developments


– On The Daily Show, they joke on the pathetic job by financial journalists at Davos and how the entire event is filled with the bourgeoisie solving proletariat problems

– John Kerry, at the World Economic Forum, has said the U.S. is committed to its foreign policy and was not stepping down as some had thought

– Concerns have been raised by Western nations who are impatient with the slow process of the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

– War crimes experts in the U.N. state they have new evidence of more crimes by the Syrian government and believe they can take it to the International Criminal Court

Middle East

– Not good news to hear. Very troubling as the body of a former New York Times reporter was found in a plastic bag in Helmond, Afghanistan. It was burned and mutilated.

– Both the rebels and the Syrian government have agreed to hold face-to-face talks in Geneva II

– Before you read more online on the Geneva talks, there are three major lies the media is saying that must be known

– In a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, more than 60 have died due to hunger and lack of medicine

– Iraq’s southern province have threatened to stop the oil from flowing if they don’t get a fair share of the profits from the oil

Asia and Oceania

– In Delhi, India, three police officers were suspended after a video on Facebook showed them beating a man with their sticks and taking his money.

– In Qatar, 185 Nepalese workers died last year as new concerns are raised for the country to host the World Cup without any deaths or problems associated it

– In Indonesia, it’s a country where the the existence of the rich and the poor show a nation struggling to find its place and having a horrible environment for its citizenry


– In Cairo, Egypt, six people were killed and at least 100 were injured in car bomb explosions. The White House has condemned it and the recent wave of violence in the country.

– In Mali, 11 militants were killed by French forces in an operation.

– Rebels in South Sudan have accused the government of breaking the ceasefire

– In the capital of the Central African Republic, fighting occurred before French and Rwanda forces arrived to end the fighting


– In Ukraine, the government there has offered to re-shuffle the cabinet and change anti-protesting laws, but main demands do not seem to be on the table.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In the eastern part of Cuba, a rare protest occurred where independent vendors demanded a stop to officials confiscating their goods and a return of their goods

Surveillance Planet

Fifty computer scientists have signed a letter calling for the U.S. to stop with its NSA programs as it invites abuses

– The Republican National Committee has passed a resolution condemning the NSA and its programs.

Financial Matters

There’s a few ways to climb the ladder in the U.S. One way is to be born among the elites.

– David Sirota gives the economic case as to why paid-sick leave laws should be in place and how there are no drawbacks associated with it.

A study out of the University of Oslo has found that after the election of Republican Governor Pat McCrory in North Carolina, employment plummeted in the state.

– The ever-so-loved ALEC is another group that just wants the Trans-Pacific Partnership to go ahead.

– The Justice Department has said to a federal appeals court it should continue to monitor on whether Apple breach anti-trust law despite the company’s objections

– Coca-Cola states laptops were stolen from their Atlanta headquarters that contained information of 74,000 customers, but it has been recovered and they don’t think it was misused.

Labor’s a-Brewing

An Oakland Raiders cheerleader has filed a lawsuit against the team for unfair labor abuses such as five dollars per hour and if any cheerleader gained five pounds they would get docked pay.

– Union membership has held at 11.3 percent last year, but there are more union members in the private sector than in the public sector

Politics US

Washington USA

–  New data from the Dept. of Homeland Security has found that nearly half a million were deported in FY 2012, a record number.

– The Supreme Court has given the Little Sisters of the Poor a temporary exemption from ACA’s contraception mandata.

– Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): We should have focused on income inequality rather than healthcare with Obamacare

– The White House will focus more on opportunity and less on income inequality for next week

Anytown USA

– Could the elites have had King assassinated? It certainly merits discussion after this articles give a good analysis over that question.

– Bill de Blasio has ties to defending Israel and spoke at an AIPAC conference and remarked it’s his job to be “a defender of Israel.

– Stephen Colbert talks on the possible end of net neutrality and how if not solved the dangers would be enormous to us

– In Indiana, a 46-car pileup led to the deaths of three individuals and injured at least more than 20 people

– In order to beat Fox News in the ratings, CNN lays off 40 senior journalists.

– In Ohio, more than 10,000 have lost food stamps benefits due to new work requirements because apparently that makes sense in some other world.

– Part two of five with Gar Alperovitz and how the use of the atomic bomb on Japan was for “diplomatic” purposes rather than necessity

We Don’t Need No Education

– In Chicago on Tuesday, protesters faced the bitter cold and targeted the expansion of charter schools

Top Gun (Stories)

Another school shooting occurred outside a dormitory of South Carolina State University where one person died and four suspects are in the minds of officers to be found.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Pepsi has now decided that its products shouldn’t include the word “natural,” but just “simply.”

The Second Sex

Over a million dollars. That’s how much Kansas has spent in defending abortion restrictions.

– The University of Missouri failed to investigate a rape of a student who was a swimmer by the star football player. The swimmer student latter committed suicide after struggling with mental illness.

– In a new report, it has been found that one in two German female soldiers cite sexual abuse

Planet Earth

– The toxic waste oil companies in North Dakota worked so hard to suppress into the ground after 300 oil spillages from 2011 to 2013 has now come back to the ground.

A decision on Keystone XL will be decided by June according to inside sources in the White House.

– Looks like there’s new advocates for climate change action. Get ready since it’s Coca-Cola and Nike.

– South African rhinos are being slaughtered in record numbers and barely anything is being done.

– The southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline opened two days ago. Don’t think activists aren’t actively trying to fight back against it.

Mixed Bag

– “Interns Treated To Informative 30-Minute Q&A Session With Totally Miserable Employees

– The AP has said a Zimmerman painting is a copy of an AP photo they took

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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.