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The Roundup for August 9-10th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing for the brand new week?

International Politics


– Western tensions with Russia over Ukraine rise and such tensions may be intentional by the West

– The European Court of Human Rights asserted “enhanced interrogation techniques” against suspected terrorist in Poland by the CIA is torture

– Juan Cole: “The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq

– Pope Francis: The violence in Iraq by Islamic State forces against religious minorities is appalling and must stop

Middle East

– Amid the chaos in the Gaza Strip, the devastation continued with horrific massacres of families and incessant bombings

– Yet, a 72-hour ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, was made (again) between Israel and Hamas

– Max Blumenthal: “Evidence Emerges of Israeli “Shoot To Cripple” Policy In the Occupied West Bank

– Trapped Iraqis were saved by Kurdish forces who successfully took down Islamic State forces; Furthermore, it seem IS killed or burned to death at least 500 Yazidis 

– IS forces, meanwhile, are preparing for an attack in Baghdad; Well then

– The U.S., meanwhile, continues to launch air strikes against ISIS as the Kurds ask for international help with weapon requests after taking over two towns from IS

– Bad news as an Iranian plane crashed near an airport in Tehran with 38 on board confirmed dead

Four civilians were killed and 35 were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Asia and Oceania

– Clashes between supporters of an anti-government cleric and police left four people dead in Pakistan

– Despite U.S. intervention into South China Sea disputes, China asserted its role in the zone


– A judge in Egypt banned the Freedom and Justice Party, which was the wing of the Muslim Brotherhood involved in politics, from ever engaging in Egyptian politics


– With the Ukrainian government continuing to advance against the pro-Russian separatists in the east, Kiev warned rebels to surrender

– Recep Tayyip Erdogan won in Turkey’s presidential election with 51.8 percent

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Haiti turns to tourism to help boost its economy and get more foreigners in, but it comes at the expense of locals living in zones designated as tourist spots

Surveillance Planet

– It seems governments used certain spyware in order to snoop on any dissidents in their country

– Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned consumers to be careful with fitness apps as they can jeopardize privacy

Financial Matters

– Companies in the UK state the Russian bans on food from the West are hurting their business

– When President Barack Obama leaves office, Wall Street will be thankful for someone not only allowing but expanding their power in society

Politics US

Washington USA

In a two part series, former U.S. official Burt Wides explains the significance of Watergate, Lyndon Johnson’s cover-up of Nixon’s treasonous acts and what Nixon’s tenure did to the U.S. government

– While speaking with Jeffrey Goldberg, Hillary Clinton claimed ISIS rose as a result of the U.S. failing to intervene in Syria

– Frank Church, a Senator from Idaho (1957-1981), once remarked the CIA was “rogue elephant out of control.” It certainly is true today.

Anytown USA

– Thomas Frank: “Jon Stewart is not enough: The curse of centrism, and why the Tea Party keeps rolling “Daily Show” Democrats

– In Ferguson, Mo., people protested against the police after an unarmed black teenager was killed by police

– Natasha Lennard: “The Fight for Justice is a Fight Against the NYPD

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Part one of two with medical ethicist Harriet Washington on how companies and nations use remedies for their own people rather than for everyone in the context of the Ebola outbreak

– Dahr Jamail: “Open Source Farming: A Renaissance Man Tackles the Food Crisis

The Second Sex

– It is tragic to hear sexual harassment in the venture capitalist community where fear prevents the naming of names

– The Equal Rights Amendment is still in considerion by state and federal lawmakers with different actions set up to see it passed

Planet Earth

– Meteorologist Jeff Masters joins The Real News to discuss the harsh weather occurring throughout the U.S. and why some scientists were hesitant to point at global warming

– With airlines set to contribute more to climate change, scientists warn airlines should cut their contributions or else it will harm us all

– A new study found ocean acidification jeopardizes fishing communities in Alaska; As if they hadn’t been affected by the environment before

– With discovery of oil potentially harming the environment in Canada, you would think the government would side with the environment. Well…

Mixed Bag

– Glen Ford: “James Brown: The Hardest Working Asshole in Show Business

– “Security Experts Advise Americans To Not Click Anything” Too late thanks to The Onion

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “Now Is a Critical Moment to Stop Some Scary Global Corporate Deals That Are in the Works

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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.