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The Roundup for August 26th, 2014

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It’s Women’s Equality Day today! In other news, I’ve baked some muffins. I can assure you they are quite delicious.

International Politics


– Journalist Arun Kundnani wrote a wonderful piece on how complicit the UK government is with the dirty wars of the U.S.

– President Barack Obama: “Justice will be done” in response to the death of journalist James Foley

Middle East

– A ceasefire deal was reached between Israel and Hamas and let’s hope it sticks this time

– Glenn Greenwald: “The Fun of Empire: Fighting on All Sides of a War in Syria

– It looks like the Islamic State is operating a dangerous entity albeit with oil fields to support them

– It looks the U.S., meanwhile, is providing intelligence to Syria about IS

– Ali Abunimah: “Scorched earth: Israel obliterates two more Gaza high rises

– While Iran announced it will send weapons to Iraq, a car bomb killed 12 people in Baghdad


– Egypt and the United Arab Emirates launched air strikes against Islamist militants

– A UN report found torture in East Africa and the Congo is still common despite efforts to address it


– The French prime minister will create a new government after the ouster of anti-austerity officials

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Pew: 51 percent of Mexicans think the influence of President Pena Nieto is good, while 47 percent disagree.

– A new poll found Marina Silva is in the lead for Brazil’s upcoming presidential election at 45 percent

– Pew: 62 percent of Venezuelans view the U.S. favorably compared to 37 percent of Venezuelans who view Cuba favorably

Surveillance Planet

-Pew: Americans are less willing to discuss any type of mass surveillance stories while online

– ProPublica has a story about a Chinese hacker took advantage of system weaknesses to access personal information while working in Arizona

Financial Matters

– The Federal Reserve needs essential policy changes in order to bring relief to millions of Americans; Although it is the Fed…

– Argentina faces economic actors primarily interested in profiting regardless of the consequences and this threatens Argentina’s sovereignty

– The country meanwhile told the Bank of New York Mellon it could not operate in the country anymore

– As a result of lobbyist efforts, the cost of Medicare is still projected to grow and it could have been resolved if the Affordable Care Act had teeth (or wasn’t negotiated with health insurance companies)

– As a result of Western sanctions against Russia, the country’s economy is nearing recession, according to Russian officials.

– It is more appropriate to use concepts by Karl Marx than John Maynard Keynes when talking about our economic situation

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With the recent ruling by the National Labor Review Board favoring workers, it is time for them to take a stand against the corporation and get major health benefits

Politics US

Washington USA

– Immigration policy in the U.S. is harsh with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency splitting families, as well as children in court focusing on serious issues

– A former vice-presidential candidate for the Green Party reports on what she experienced while in Ferguson

Anytown USA

– Glen Ford: “Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State

– Two Ferguson residents speak with The Real News about the failure of the mainstream media on covering issues in the city

A new study found the military could provide more benefits and help for transgender soldiers as the environment is more open for them

– Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) is playing damage control after it was found a company gave $700,000 to him

– The Los Angeles Police Department refused to disclose any information on the deaths of two black men in custody earlier this month

We Don’t Need No Education

Enrollment at the elite schools in the U.S. is still mostly filled by students from wealthy families

– Robert Reich: “Back to School, and to Widening Inequality

– By turning our education system into a market-driven entity, we are removing that which benefits for the nation’s youth]

– Nearly half the parents of students in the U.S. believe they will be able to pay for their child’s college education if they start saving in the first year of high school

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: LGBTQ Americans are less likely to have insurance, adequate funds for health care, and they have no personal doctor

– Our food system in this capitalist structure is damaging and unsustainable as it is unnatural for us

– The World Health Organization called for regulation over e-cigarettes

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Why is it easier to invent anti-rape nail polish than find a way to stop rapists?

A new study found Hawaii is the best place for women, while Wyoming is the worst

Planet Earth

– A UN climate panel warned governments climate change is, as we already know, dangerous, happening and man-made

Mixed Bag

– “Report: 79% Of Minority Suspects Receive Miranda Rights While Unconscious” Good one The Onion

Break Time

Honey [Erykah Badu]

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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.