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The Weekend Roundup for August 16-17th, 2014

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Hey folks, it is the start of a new week. Have anything planned?

International Politics


– With the U.S. bombing Islamic State forces, it should be noted IS is funded by allies of the U.S. in the Middle East. Politics is a strange thing.

– An Ecuadorean official accused Britain of being apathetic to resolving Julian Assange’s situation

Middle East

– Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, explains the appointment of a new prime minister in Iraq and the value of oil amid the conflict in the country

– The U.S. continued its air strikes against IS to assist its allies in the region as Kurdish forces regain a valuable dam in Mosul

– Meanwhile, IS killed at least 700 people from a tribe in Syria while battling for control in the country

Asia and Oceania

– In an op-ed for a top state-owned newspaper in China, there were calls to restrict ownership of dogs as it is “elitist

– Protesters in Hong Kong marched for democracy in a demonstration that seemed more for the status quo than actual change

Surveillance Planet

– Oops. Looks like Germany “accidentally” spied on phone calls by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry

Financial Matters

– With the World Bank and International Monetary Fund having an ear in Ukraine, their austerity politics will certainly affect living standards in the country

– We’re seeing a mix of mergers and layoffs, which does not bode well for ordinary Americans

– Sanctions against Russia are affecting prices in the country, although it is not extremely serious since sanctions by the West were not harsh

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Workamping is a living standard more Americans are turning to. In general, people travel in their RVs for seasonal jobs. They have no permanent residence and go from one job to the next.

– What is happening with workers of Market Basket is fascinating as they are united and gaining attention nationwide

Politics US

Washington USA

– A new poll found 13 percent of Americans trust the government to do what is right

– Attorney General Eric Holder announced a second autopsy will be done on Michael Brown “due to extraordinary circumstances

– Journalist James Risen: President Barack Obama is “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Just 22 percent of Americans are satisfied with things in the U.S.

– Natasha Lennard: “How Dare Mayor de Blasio Tell New Yorkers To Submit to the NYPD

– In response to Texas Governor Rick Perry threatening lawmakers over corruption investigations, a grand jury indicted the Republican governor

– While the issue of police militarization is an important topic on Ferguson, Mo., there are other important factors to keep in mind

– With a state of emergency and curfew implemented in Ferguson, a person was shot last night and seven were arrested

– Jay Nixon, the Democratic governor of Missouri, criticized the local police chief of Ferguson for releasing the convenience store video of Michael Brown

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “How We Can End Militarized Policing

We Don’t Need No Education

– In Oaxaco, Mexico, teachers continue to resist the neoliberal reforms of the federal governments

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– To prevent the Ebola virus from spreading, the Liberian government announced villages would be quarantined

– Even though this piece speaks on mental health in Britain, it still is valuable to discuss issues men have in terms of silence with their depression

The Second Sex

– A fascinating insight into the Men’s Rights Movement from its origins in being pro-feminist to denigrating itself into extreme sexism

– For some groups that focus on defending the rights of women to have an abortion safely and legally, they are worried about the “pro-choice” term and are thinking of alternative labels better suited for contemporary times

Planet Earth

– With the Arctic warming as a result of climate change, heat waves will get more dangerous

A new report by a think-tank warned oil projects today are not worth the investment since they rely on unrealistic factors for financial success

Mixed Bag

– Reverend Lennox Yearwood joins The Real News to discuss his upbringing, Gaza and police brutality

– This is not really a news article, but Louis Proyect has snippets of articles on professors and Zionism in light of the Steven Salaita issue at the University of Illinois

– Dave Zirin: “Why Pro Wrestler ‘MVP’ Made the Trip to Ferguson

– The value of citizen journalism could be found in Ferguson, which really benefits journalism in general

Break Time

Reagan [Killer Mike]

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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.

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