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The Roundup for August 21st, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing this day?

International Politics


– Iran told the U.S. it will offer help against the Islamic State if sanctions against Iran were lifted

Middle East

Resistance among Palestinians against Israeli aggression is just as high as it was before the last ceasefire

– Israeli missiles killed three Hamas commanders and Israel vowed to continue attacks against leadership

– A Kurdish terrorist group on the State Department’s terrorist list is now an ally of Washington against IS; Politics is strange

Three Palestinians were killed and seven were arrested by Hamas for “collaborating” with Israel

– We must never forget the destruction in Iraq by U.S. hands


– In South Africa, the parliament was in chaos with some lawmakers angry over President Jacob Zuma’s corruption and demanding, while he was present, to elaborate on his misuse of public funds

– Boko Haram took over another town in the northeastern part of  Nigeria


– In Barcelona, Spain, people protested against the acts of tourist with the latest being two Italian tourists wandering around naked

– Russian convoys were able to clear custom checkpoints in eastern Ukraine to deliver humanitarian supplies

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The actions in Haiti today against the poor is horrific with corruption in the federal government, and even here as well, to blame for such destruction

Financial Matters

– Tech companies in Silicon Valley have been involved in mass spying, but are also involved in natural security of the U.S.

– Dean Baker: “What Does the Fed Have to do With Social Security? Plenty

– The banking settlements made by the U.S. government through the Department of Justice have been poor and are a reflectiono of Attorney General Eric Holder’s view of prosecutions

– After closing down four McDonald’s restaurants, a consumer watchdog group stated it will investigate other restaurants of the brand for their food safety standards

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In San Francisco, Calif., taxi drivers decided to unionize as a result of unregulated market alternatives

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 44 percent of Americans approve of President Barack Obama’s job

Part four of six with Gerald Horne on how slaveowners agreed to work with white immigrants to ensure slaves did not rebel

– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): We should increase airstrikes against IS; Even, a former U.S. general called for the elimination of IS

– The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon violated federal law in the Bowe Bergdahl swap

Anytown USA

–  A new poll found 54 percent of Americans do not believe the American Dream is possible based on current conditions of income inequality

– It is interesting, in terms of Ferguson, Mo., money can be used to fund all of these weapons and gadgets, yet it cannot be used for essentials like food security and education

– One consequence of the Bundy ranch standoff a few months ago is how, according to a new report, it will empower other right-wing militias in the future

– Amy Goodman: “The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

– A former Marine breaks down the “arsenal of racial oppression” used by police in Ferguson

– Meanwhile, the National Guard in Ferguson is recalled by Governor Jay Nixon

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Our food, specifically our meat, contains chemicals that are often times harmful for our health, yet are pushed by companies as “natural”

– It seems the American doctor was cured of Ebola after being given experimental drugs

Top Gun (Stories)

– Gun stores in and around Ferguson are experiencing a historic growth in gun sales 

The Second Sex

– Despite a decline in teenage pregnancy rates, there is still no explanation for it

Very interesting article in The Nation by four writers about the criminalization of mothers and changes needed

Planet Earth

– We are in serious trouble (as if we weren’t already) if the Antarctic warms the same or higher rate than the Arctic. If it does, then our sea levels will rise at a higher rate.

– Here is an article on five lessons for environment moments based on Naomi Klein’s new book This Changes Everything

– Looks like oil companies love trains more than pipelines due to the cheap cost of transporting tar sands

– The “pause” in global warming will last, according to research, for another 10 years

Mixed Bag

– Jessica Desvarieux of The Real News pays tribute to journalist James Foley

– Henry A. Giroux: “The Militarization of Racism and Neoliberal Violence

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.