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The Roundup for August 11th, 2014

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It’s a Monday today folks. Start of a new week ahead.

May Robin Williams rest in peace.

International Politics


– Fidel Castro: “The Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza

– The destruction in Gaza is unimaginable with the UN warning a sizable number of Palestinians will return to their homes destroyed

Middle East

– Turmoil now reaches the Iraqi government as it seems there is a replacement for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who is not happy as you can imagine.

– Juan Cole: “Iraq: Is al-Maliki Preparing to Make a Coup?

Over 600,000 Iraqi minorities were forced to leave as a result of Islamic State forces; Wow, surreal

– The U.S. announced it is providing weapons to the Kurdish forces in Iraq to challenge IS

Asia and Oceania

– China suffers from a bureaucratic system with control instituted top-down, but union democracy could help break the bureaucracy


– In assisting France, the U.S. set $10 billion to fight “terrorists and violent extremists” in Mali, Niger and Chad


– Despite Western warnings, Russia announced it would send an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine, while NATO warns there is a “high probability” of a Russian assault

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Pew: The 2000s witnessed a large number of Puerto Ricans leaving for the U.S. compared to the 1980s and 1990s

– We know American media coverage of the situation in Gaza is poor, but how about Canadian media coverage? Well…

Financial Matters

– Gallup: 55 percent of people worldwide say it is a bad time to go look for a job, while 34 percent say it is a good time to look for one

– The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will accept complaints from consumers on purchases related to Bitcoin and warned it is the “Wild West” for Bitcoin users

– Dean Baker: “The Entitlement of the Very Rich

– There is another global free trade agreement being talked about by countries in Geneva and it is worse than the Trans-Pacific Partnership

– Gallup: 41 percent of investors in the U.S. would invest $10,000 in the stock market

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Jaisal Noor of The Real News explains more on the discrimination black airport workers at Baltimore’s Thurgood Marshall Airport are facing

– Economist Gar Alperovitz argues on the benefits brought by worker ownership for a company like Market Basket

– After going on hunger strike for 11 days, Bangladeshi workers finally received their wages

Politics US

Washington USA

– A classified 9/11 report details some involvement of Saudi Arabia, although it is still secret and efforts are underway to declassify such information.

– A Pentagon official warned air strikes by the U.S. will have “minimal” impact on IS

– An FBI official admitted the government does not know how many Americans joined to fight in Syria, but they are sure some joined; Don’t you have, you know, an mass surveillance program to find those bad guys?

Anytown USA

– The FBI announced an investigation into the police shooting death of a teenager in Ferguson, Mo.

– The Koch Brothers are spending their money to pander to another community: Hispanics

We Don’t Need No Education

– For the upcoming school year, white students will not be the majority throughout the U.S. in classrooms.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Part two of two with medical ethicist Harriet Washington on explaining the false narrative made by the Western media on Ebola in Africa and the history of shoddy doctors in the continent

Opportunities offered in childhood really affect the future of children in numerous ways

The Second Sex

– Women in Sao Paulo, Brazil who wish to become professors must confirm their virginity, which certainly constitutes as discrimination

– Jessica Valenti: “The case for free tampons

– Iran banned contraception, as well as vasectomies, as the government claims it is to increase the population.

Planet Earth

– Mexico passed a law opening up its oil and natural gas reserves to private companies; And here we go

– Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a bill in the House designed to put a cap on our carbon emissions, give away permits to fossil fuel companies and give all profits back to U.S. taxpayers

– Both ExxonMobil and Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned oil company, will work together to look and drill for oil in the Arctic; Oh joy!

– With oil discovered in Ghana and capitalists set to profit off of it, it is safe to say this will not end up well for the country

– A new study asserted the government’s estimates of Keystone XL’s carbon emissions are underestimated and will released a lot more

– Citizens in Denton, Texas seek to ban fracking in their community, although companies are ensuring, with countless legal actions, fracking will go on

Mixed Bag

– Pew: Bad news keeps coming for the journalism profession as there is a growing salary gap between how much someone in PR makes and how much a journalist makes

– But BuzzFeed raised $50 million, so I guess it is good news, right? Right?

– On Aug. 9, Chris Hedges spoke to protesters marching to the UN to protest attacks against Palestinians in Gaza. Here is a transcript of what he said.

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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.