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The Roundup for August 25th, 2014

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Howdy folks, how are you this Monday?

International Politics


– Chris Hedges: “How the Brutalized Become Brutal

– The UN condemned the Islamic State for the vicious violence and its atrocities in the Middle East

Middle East

– The Syrian government stated it would welcome any partnership with the U.S. or the U.K. to fight IS

– Juan Cole: “Iraq: Bombs and Bullets versus Political Process

A new poll released found a vast majority of Palestinians do not want to disarm militant groups, absolutely want a long-term peace deal and favor a trial of Israeli crimes in front of the International Criminal Court

– Meanwhile, eight Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes as Egypt hopes to get a ceasefire that lasts

Asia and Oceania

– The King in Thailand recommended General Prayuth Chan-ocha as the country’s next prime minister


– What is happening in Gaza is an important political issue for the al-Sisi-led government in Egypt considering the sympathy Egyptians have for those in Gaza

– Meanwhile, in Egypt, there are more prisoners going on hunger strike as a result of the repressive military junta

– Another prime minister was chosen in Libya, which led to two governments occupying for control of one country

– A ceasefire was agreed in South Sudan with the hope of a unity government on the minds of rebels and government officials

– A Libyan official pleaded for help from international powers to counter the militants in the country

– Boko Haram announced, after capturing a city in the north-east, it is an Islamic Caliphate


– Ray McGovern: “Russia’s Humanitarian ‘Invasion’

– It should be noted how troublesome the Western media’s narrative on the convoy is and on Russia’s presence in Ukraine

– As Ukrainian soldiers fight rebels near the Russian border, Ukraine accused Russia of sending soldiers

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Author Eva Golinger reports on efforts by Ecuador to help Julian Assange get asylum in the country

Surveillance Planet

– The NSA has its own search engine, although it’s for looking up the information on us it obtained from mass surveillance

Financial Matters

– A new survey found 53 percent of economists agree with the Fed’s decisions on fixing on the economy

– Dean Baker: “Truth Has No Place in the Attack of Inflation Hawks

An alternative economic system can help provide for those who are marginalized in our society and propel us forward to stability

– It looks like the fast-food chain Burger King is seeking home in Canada in order to avoid taxes in the U.S., with help from Warren Buffett

– David Sirota: “Gov. Christie Shifted Pension Cash to Wall Street, Costing New Jersey Taxpayers $3.8 Billion

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Workers in Canada are challenging a new plan to shift the risks of pensions to them; Very interesting situation

– The anti-union mentality of Amazon is at odds with workers in Germany who demand better living standards

– Some workplace training programs are unfortunately scams without much oversight, this poses a problem for workers depending on a path to financial stability

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: 11 percent of Americans call themselves libertarian. Specifically, it is likely these Americans are young, wealthy and male.

– Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) protects Wall Street while in the Senate, pitting him against the interests of the working class

– Gallup: In what is good or bad news, it seems more Americans turn out to the polls when approval of Congress is low

Anytown USA

– Pew: Faith in the police is different based on age and race with the youth and blacks questionoing the opportunity to be treated with equality and fairness

– The ACLU helped file a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma over the execution of Clayton Lockett

– It is important we discuss how some Americans are convicted for crimes they never committed

– Gallup: Residents in North Dakota rate their living standard higher than Americans in other states

– Part six of six with Gerald Horne who summarizes the experience of blacks in U.S. history

– The police in Ferguson, Mo., target blacks for petty crimes and give tickets to generate significant revenue for the city

– Alex Kane: “When Did it Become the Norm for Police to Crush Americans’ Rights?

– This article really highlights an important voice in our society—Palestinians in the U.S. viewing atrocities in Gaza

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The World Health Organization reports it requires more than $430 million to contain the Ebola virus

– Pediatricians in the U.S. recommend schools change starting times for students’ health, our circadian rhythms change as we enter teen age

Planet Earth

– Top’Tiro Xavante joins The Real News to discuss the value of the environment and how indigenous people in the Amazon defend themselves from outside exploitation

– In California, a nuclear expert called for the state government to shut down nuclear power plants to ensure they can withstand future earthquakes

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: LGBTQ Americans report lower well-being compared to non-LGBTQ Americans

– Dave Zirin: “On the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West and Michael Brown

– At the funeral of Michael Brown, his family members and the community remember him as a “kind, gentle soul” and remind us of the necessity for peace

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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.