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The Roundup for August 14th, 2014

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Hey there folks. Nice weather here in NYC for a Thursday run. How are you?

International Politics


– Juan Cole: “The Appeal of Intervention: New Iraqi Premier, Libyan Parliament ask for International Troops

Middle East

– Mondoweiss’ Allison Deger sits down with The Real News to elaborate on what has happened in Gaza since her last visit there

– Hamas, meanwhile, believes there is a “real chance” of a peace deal with Israel

– An Iranian official accused former members of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration of making off with $2.7 billion of oil money

– Doctor Mona El-Farra, a Palestinian doctor in Gaza, writes in her latest dispatch about the devastation in Gaza and the toll it took on her

– The U.S. announced more armaments for Lebanon to protect themselves from the Islamic State and stopped humanitarian aid in Iraq

– Speaking of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki announced he accepted the appointment of Haider al-Abadi


– Medea Benjamin: “US Still Funding Repression in Egypt

– CIA efforts in Africa are far too problematic with its fingers in anything that acts anti-American


– Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko talks about Kiev’s recent restrictions of freedom in the context of its tensions with Russia and the military campaign in the east

– Britain decided to continue arming Israel in spite of a few restrictions

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

Excellent Associated Press article on what the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay means

Financial Matters

– Gallup: In Europe, most countries do not trust their banks, with the lowest support found in both Cyprus and Spain

– While everyone talks about Janet Yellen, it is important to notice Vice Chair Stanley Fischer since he ignores ideas to help out working-class people.

– It is strange to vilify poor women when they are in need of diapers since it is a necessity

Here is an in-depth, seven-page story about JPMorgan’s $13 billion fine to the U.S. government over mortgages

– For safety reasons Berlin, Germany, voted to ban Uber from working in the city

– Aid applications for the unemployed rose in the past week, which still indicates problems in the U.S. recovery

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Workers are livid over the decision of single-person train crews for crude oil-by-trains, it does not helps them and is not safe

Politics US

Washington USA

– One aspect of what is happening in Ferguson, Mo., is the troubling militarization of police as they received their equipment from the Pentagon to fight the “war on drugs”

– By not sending Bush administration officials to jail for torture, the Obama administration hopes to ensure torture is still a policy used by the government and they in turn will not be punished as a result

– President Obama: There is “no excuse for police to use excessive force” and no “excuse for violence against the police”; Attorney General Eric Holder said he was “concerned” on what was happening

Anytown USA

– In Los Angeles, Calif., the LAPD killed a mentally ill man as one officer reportedly said “shoot him

– If New York City hosts the Democratic National Convention in 2016, the issue of cops will definitely be one to talk about if you consider what happened in 2004 with the Republican National Convention

– Amid the devastating police brutality occurring, those deemed “good cops” should finally come out to show themselves. If not, then it indicates what the police actually is used for: defense of a few.  Here’s Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson leading protesters on a march through Ferguson.

– Randy Credico, a gubernatorial candidate in New York, was arrested by NYPD officers for videotaping an arrest; This is wrong, Randy is a committed activist who has done nothing to warrant an arrest

– In Ferguson, two journalists were harassed by police officers for being journalists and the police chief was shocked by this. Moreover, Al-Jazeera America journalists had tear gas shot near them despite the police knowing they who they were

– Meanwhile, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon will remove all local police from St. Louis county from the protests, the Highway Patrol will step in to help deescalate tensions while preserving the peace

– A short piece on resistance in New Orleans, La., where immigrants are challenging Immigration and Customs Enforcement

– Glen Ford: “America: Young Black Men Have No Right to Life

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: 27 percent of parents worry about the safety of their children at school, which is down from 33 percent

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Nonsmokers view secondhand smoke as more dangerous than smokers do

– The Food and Agriculture Organization, a UN food agency, warned farms in Gaza were in poor conditions as a result of the bombings

The Second Sex

– Well this is troubling; The amount of birth control available to poor women declined despite a rise in need

– Graduate students are in limbo when it comes to sexual assault, which is very problematic

Planet Earth

– Baltimore, Md.,  is in danger of having its water supply privatized if a new contract is passed

– Fracking companies are using diesel fuel when they frack, which is illegal and they try to cover this up

– New research found the devastating toll previous civilizations faced as a result of climate change, which is a major issue in contemporary times

A new study found most of the glaciers melting can be blamed on human activity

Mixed Bag

– A number of Middle Eastern scholars called for a boycott of Israeli institutions over Israel’s actions in Gaza

– Russell Brand: “Robin Williams’ divine madness will no longer disrupt the sadness of the world

– New research found the mummies in Egypt may be older than previously thought

– The Onion has some comical articles on race and Ferguson with tips for black men, officers unsure on the difference between black and lightly-skinned black men, and an “op-ed” by the Chief of Police in Ferguson

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Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.