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The Roundup for August 22nd, 2014

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It’s Friday folks. The weekend is here and hopefully some tranquility.

International Politics

Overall

– Iran announced it will send aid to citizens in Gaza through Egypt

– Western countries are deciding what to do in response to recent successes of the Islamic State in the Middle East

Middle East

– After mortars from Gaza killed an Israeli child, Netanyahu vowed to strike back hard; Meanwhile, an Israeli air strike wounded 40 Palestinians

– The UN stated nearly 200,000 people have died as a result of the civil war in Syria

– An attack at a mosque in Iraq left 64 people dead and Sunni lawmakers cautious on forming a new Iraqi government

– Hamas killed 18 Palestinians for “collaborating” with Israel with information on attacks

Europe 

– NATO and Ukraine claimed Russia should have not sent a convoy into Ukraine; Even the White House and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sided with the former two

– In response to Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin claims it would not be acceptable for aid to be delayed

Financial Matters

– Alex Kane: “Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Sound Cannons: Companies Profiting From Police Crackdowns Like Ferguson

– Terrible to hear how over 620,000 military families need to rely on food pantries for food security; Like the old saying goes, there have money for war, but none to feed the poor

– In Jackson Hole, Wyo., Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen stated there was a mixture of positives and negatives with the U.S. economy

– Argentina called U.S. district judge Thomas Griesa an “imperialist” for his recent actions on the country’s new restructuring plans

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Gallup: 29 percent of workers globally are self-employed with the most in southeast Asia

Politics US

Washington USA

– David Sirota: “How Government Blacklists Journalists From Accessing the Truth

– Gallup: Democratic voters view dysfunction government as the most important problem, while Republican voters view immigration as the top problem

– Jason Leopold: “‘Comprehensive’ CIA Torture Report Won’t Even Name Well-Known Architects of Torture Program“; I don’t…I don’t know what to say

– Immigrant groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. over its deportation process, calling it unfair

Anytown USA

Part five of six with Gerald Horne who explains why the Civil War did not end racism

– With the situation in Ferguson, Mo., still chaotic, there are similarities to what is happening in Baltimore, Md.

– While black-on-black violence is an issue many use to discuss their views, little to nothing is said about white-on-white violence

– Mark Weisbrot: “Police Killing of Yet Another Black Man Near Ferguson Protests Warrants Probe

– Josmar Trujillo in an interesting interview with activist Nicolas Heywood discussing police brutality, not only in New York City but across the U.S.

– We understand how officers in Ferguson use military equipment and we have to ask whether it is being used correctly

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Here’s another reason why we should stop our high incarceration rates: major health problems develop among those jailed

– A draconian law passed in Uganda attempts to contain AIDS with jail, even though it is a health problem first and foremost

– Fear of Ebola is not limited to the U.S., Europeans are also worried, sometimes too much, on Ebola spreading

The Second Sex

– An Indian official said the gang-rape of a woman in the country was a “small” incident and affected the tourism industry

– The Obama administration announced new plans to help balance between helping women get contraception and respecting religious institutions when it comes to birth control.

Planet Earth

– We know there is a major drought occurring in California, but it also is raising the ground there too

– With the loss of ice in Greenland, it jeopardizes the world’s climate

– Global warming will fuel more wildfires in Spain, which is still not doing so well as a result of the global recession years ago

– Looks like major newspapers in North Carolina would prefer not to talk about hydrofracking, which is strange

– While China looks to its growth in coal gas, it jeopardizes efforts to rein in excessive fossil fuel use

Mixed Bag

– Photojournalist Ryan Schuessler wrote he would not stay in Ferguson because some journalists were using Ferguson as an opportunity to “network” or get big; As a young, brash journalist, I don’t understand how there are journalists who do not think about the ethics of what they’re doing. It’s chilling and hard to understand.

– Dave Zirin: “The Wrong Question: ‘Where Are the Athletes on Ferguson?’

– Bad news as Chelsea Manning still did not receive treatment for gender transition

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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.

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