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The Roundup for August 12th, 2014

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Howdy folks, how are you this fine day?

International Politics


– NATO announced it would come to the defense of Turkey if it was threatened by the Islamic State

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned security forces in Iraq not to be involved in political disputes

– The UN warned there were still thousands of Yazidi trapped on a mountain Iraq and need help

Middle East

– John Kerry: We will not send troops to Iraq, but we will provide much needed supplies

– Doctors in Gaza are struggling to provide care for those affected by bombings and attacks since the doctors themselves are also affected by such bombings

– How does Saudi Arabia view the new prime minister nomination in Iraq? As “good news“; Even Iran views the nomination of a new prime minister as a good idea

– Rania Khalek: “Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields

– Meanwhile, Hamas stated it is “optimistic” of a new plan with Israel to stop the violence in Gaza

Asia and Oceania

– In Baluchistan, Pakistan, 22 people were wounded by a roadside bomb with no one claiming responsibility for it

– North Korea removed the image of Kim Il-Sung from its top currency and it is assumed the move was done to strengthen legitimacy of Kim Jong-Un


– A Human Rights Watch report found the massacre in Rabaa, Egypt last year that left 817 demonstrators dead was intentional and “likely amounted to crimes against humanity

– A former president of South Africa stated there should be a boycott of Israel over its actions in Gaza


– After winning the presidency, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an received a phone call from President Barack Obama to congratulate him on the victory

Financial Matters

– Slavoj Zizek: “Leaving Democracy to the Experts

– Economist Nicole Woo argues the necessity of paid family leave for millions of Americans

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Good news as Subway workers in Bloomsberg, N.J., voted to unionize

– Gallup: In 2013, 1.3 billion, or one in four adults, worldwide were employed full-time

– The government in Quebec was to reform pensions, yet city workers, including transit workers and police, are protesting the acts

– Journalist Josh Eidelson explains the legal protections in the U.S. for unpaid interns in this graphic

Politics US

Washington USA

– To preserve their power the Koch Brothers are spending big in judicial races across the U.S.

– A result of austerity politics: If a virus like Ebola ever reached our shores, then we would not be lucky

– President Obama: The death of Michael Brown led to “strong passions,” yet Brown should be remembered through “reflection and understanding

Anytown USA

– Police brutality in New York City continues to fuel calls for cameras to be worn by officers

– Pew: A large majority of blacks in the U.S. assert the justice system and the police discriminate against their community

– The death of Mike Brown, the riots in Ferguson, the protests, all should have been avoided. But the systemic attacks against blacks make actions necessary.

– Glen Ford joins The Real News to provide context for the protests occurring in Ferguson, Mo., and why mainstream outlets refuse to provide such analysis

– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and his administration have been deleting state employee emails after 90 days, which suggests they are trying to hide something

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A panel in the World Health Organization stated it was alright if experimental drugs are given to Ebola patients although protocol has to be followed

The Second Sex

– Good news as scientists are developing a tampon that can help challenge the HIV virus

– It seems antiabortion activists track people involved in abortion clinics or even go into one, which is alarming

– Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the Supreme Court made great decisions on issues relating to gay marriage, but made poor decisions on women issues

Planet Earth

Part three of five with Chris Williams on the Obama administration’s turn to profiting oil, natural gas and coal companies and neglecting action on climate change

– In Colorado, actions to stop fracking were betrayed by Democratic politicians looking out for their own aims

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: The LGBTQ community in the U.S. is less religious than those who are non-LGBTQ

Here are some clips on Robin Williams’ career in film and television. Furthermore, Jaime Kilstein wrote a touching piece here, Kevin Gosztola has a great piece here and comedian Chris Gethard has a powerful one here.

– Gallup: Americans who work in their communities experience less stress and worry than those who do not

Break Time

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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.