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The Roundup for August 27th, 2014

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It’s Wednesday folks and summer is close to ending.

International Politics


– Journalist Patrick Cockburn talks to The Real News about the Islamic State and what the U.S. faces in Syria

– UN investigators say IS and Syria committed war crimes against civilians

– U.S. officials confirmed an American died fighting on behalf of IS

Middle East

– Iraqi Yazidis trapped on a mountain call for more help, especially military assistance, against IS

– Journalist Max Blumenthal joins The Real News to elaborate on the new peace deal; Furthermore, he wrote a piece on how Palestinians in Gaza have been abused

– Just 38 percent of Israelis are satisfied with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, although he is still in power and that’s the tragic part

– An Iranian official asserted corruption under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led to $22 billion being used in exchange-rate abuses

– As Iraqi forces prepare to take back Mosul from IS, some lawmakers in the city called for the Iraqi government to stop the bombings

Asia and Oceania

– Pew: 72 percent of Pakistanis do not agree with the direction the country is going in even though they are happier now than in recent years


– Libya warned the UN if rebels in the country are not disarmed, there will be civil war

– As Egypt denied it ever fired air strikes into Libya, the country is working with Libya to help restore stability


– Journalist Yasha Levine provides his experience following the Russian convoy in Ukraine and what occurred on his travels into the eastern part of the country

– The decision by Denmark to join in fighting against the Islamic State is a regrettable one

– As Finland and Sweden strengthen their ties to NATO, the organization announced more bases to be built in eastern Europe

Surveillance Planet

– The FBI said hackers from Russia broke into computers of large banking institutions stealing data

Financial Matters

– Too much money is preventing campaign finance reform in California; Well then…

– Speaking of the Golden State, lawmakers are hoping to increase the minimum wage and provide more tax credits for the entertainment industry

– Despite calls to stop neoliberal- led austerity, the influence of the austerity folks is still strong and the challenge would have to be stronger than the influence

– The United States is still driving the direction of capitalism

– IMF chair Christine Laguarde is being investigated for political corruption when she served as French Financial Minister

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In Baltimore, Md., workers at Jimmy John’s are attempting to unionize for better working conditions

– UPS workers in Minneapolis, Minn., refused to send packages to a company with ip”connections to Ferguson Police Department “Hands Up, Don’t Ship

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Republicans voters seem to have thought more about the upcoming midterm elections than Democratic voters

– A new audio tape leaked to the public reveals Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promising vast austerity if the GOP gain control of Congress

– Jason Leopold: “Mittens, Not M4s: What Ferguson Police Really Got from the Pentagon’s 1033 Program

– Stephen Colbert talks with Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) about her district and challenges her to a fencing match

Anytown USA

– Gallup: In North Carolina, there is about an even number of Republican and Democratic voters

– A continuation of interviews The Real News is conducting with residents in Ferguson, Mo.

– Pew: Black youths, or youths in general, do not agree the police should frisk civilians based on “suspicion” compared to older folks who tend to agree more with the idea

– As Jon Stewart returns from vacation to speak about Ferguson, Michael Che jokes about finding a place where race does not lead to death

We Don’t Need No Education

– In some Illinois schools, the topic of Ferguson and Michael Brown’s death is forbidden

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found some tea brands contain a high amount of pesticides; This does not bode well

Top Gun (Stories)

– A nine-year-old girl accidentally killed a gun instructor with an Uzi

The Second Sex

A new study found women are disproportionally targeted on the Internet

– Good news out of Illinois as more protections were given to pregnant women who work

Planet Earth

– As California continues to suffer from a devastating drought, the rich live as if there is no drought

– In what is the worst topic to play the objective card, The Washington Post says it will still prefer to accept climate deniers for future op-eds

– Climate change is real and there needs to be a better effort to stop it from growing out-of-control

– In California, nuclear facilities near fault lines are a disaster waiting to happen

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: 28 percent of civilians globally believe their environment is a friendly one to anyone from the LGBTQ community

– “One reporter screamed to Mrs. Brown a question, to which she quietly replied, I just want to bury my son.” It is sad and pathetic to see how desperate reporters are and how their actions affect others when talking about Ferguson. We’re people first and cannot act so abrasively. It’s disheartening.

– Internet for Time Warner customers was interrupted earlier today

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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.

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