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The Roundup for September 1st, 2014

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Hello everyone. Enjoy your Labor Day.

International Politics


– German Chancellor Angela Merkel: It is in Germany’s interest to fund Kurdish soldiers in Iraq

– The UK is proposing isolating Russian businesses from the SWIFT banking system, which would be the harshest sanctions so far

– The UN announced it would send investigators to Iraq to report on war crimes committed by the Islamic State

– It should be noted the narrative by the Western media on Ukraine invokes a good versus evil one

– Officials with NATO announced a new group of soldiers ready for combat in eastern Europe

Middle East

– Juan Cole: “Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaeda Captures Golan, UN Peacekeepers” Juan Cole will be here for FDL Book Salon on Sunday, September 7

– It looks like the Kurdish Workers Party, or the PKK, is effective in resisting the Islamic State

– A State Department official, in response to Israel’s land grab in the West Bank for future settlements, said it was “counterproductive

– Instability still reigns in Afghanistan after talks of a unity government in the country collapsed

– Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pledged to make Iraq a “big grave” for IS militants

Asia and Oceania

– In response to the protests and violent reactions by the Pakistani government, the U.S. urged all sides to be calm

– A Chinese official stated voters in Hong Kong would be “confused by too many candidates” and thus cannot gain democracy immediately


– Uh-oh. British Prime Minister David Cameron proposed a law for authorities to confiscate passports of British citizens suspected of joining a terrorist group; Yeah, that’s not a really good idea

– Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced he would attempt a peace deal with Kurdish rebels

A wonderful article by journalist Alec Luhn on the Azov Battalion, a fascist group fighting alongside Kiev forces; Even Swedish neo-Nazis are joining them

– The Kiev government claimed a “Russian tank battalion” is assisting rebels in the east as government forces now face setbacks and losses

– Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk stated the lessons of World War II show how important it is to stop the war in Ukraine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It looks like the transfer of six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay is still in limbo on an unidentified issue

– Cuba instituted new customs restrictions on goods imported from incoming civilians to curb a black market

Financial Matters

– The fallacies of reactionaries of supporting the rights of fast food workers should be exposed as their injustice is to stand idly by

– The poverty rate in Iraq increased from 19 percent to 30 percent according to an Iraqi official

Labor’s a-Brewing

– It is important to note more low-paying jobs will be created in the future if there is no change in the government’s economic policy

– Dean Baker: “Labor Day Victories to Celebrate

– Some companies might pit their customers against workers, just as some working-class whites are pit against unions, as a result of a higher minimum wage. However, this is just a way to divide and obtain power in the long-run.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Congress was notified by the White House of President Barack Obama’s order for airstrikes in Iraq

– Ralph Nader: “[The] Democrats Are Doomed

Anytown USA

– Kevin Zeese: “Over 1,000 Protest in Ferguson, Call for Highway Shutdown Monday

– Protesters rallied outside of a Wal-Mart in Dalton, Ohio where a black man holding an air rifle was killed by police

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Drug Enforcement Agency stated it would increase production of cannabis for clinical trials and research

A new study found a gap in healthy eating between rich and poor Americans

The Second Sex

– A great article where journalist Jasmine Burnett talks with black women in Philadelphia, Pa., about Women’s Equality Day

– It seems administrators at Columbia University are not too thrilled with student efforts to prevent or even address rape on campus

– A federal judge blocked a Louisiana law that could have shut down the remaining clinics providing abortions in the state

Planet Earth

– With climate change threatening our food security, pests also will present a problem in the future

– Chris Hedges: “The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

– As mentioned before, new research found ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica are melting are a quicker rate than originally thought

– Climate change is happening and whether countries side with the West or side with the BRICS, it is important to abolish capitalism and institute another system

– The UN released a report from the future revealing the dangers of climate change with the message of serious action; Wait, where’s the part where we abolished capitalism?

Mixed Bag

– For Labor Day, it is important to note the value of workers and the power we hold to change our lives for the better

– We must never forget the first factory strike in the U.S. in 1824. Specifically, Pawtucket, R.I., where workers, who were all women, went on strike refusing to accept a cut in their wages.

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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.