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The Roundup for September 2nd, 2014

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It’s Tuesday today folks. How are you?

International Politics


– Dahr Jamail: “Tortured and Raped by Israel, Persecuted by the United States

– Unfortunately, it seems another journalist, Steven Sotloff, was killed by the Islamic State; The article, for those wondering, does not include any pictures from the video and Natasha Lennard, VICE journalist, talks about the issues of viewing such videos here

Middle East

– A new poll found 61 percent of Palestinians would choose the leader of Hamas if the presidential elections were held immediately; And the only thing Israel accomplished in Gaza was death and destruction


– Estonia called for NATO to create a permanent base in the country to counteract Russia’s presence; I’m not sure escalation with NATO is wise

– It seems Russia’s interest in Ukraine is not due to the West, but really a long-term goal carried out by the elites in the country. I found the article in a piece by Louis Proyect describing the history of the place provides a well-informed argument.

– Political scholar John Mearsheimer explains how the current situation in Ukraine is the fault of the West

– In addition, it should be noted, as written by Ukrainian journalist Vladislav Gulevich, Ukraine has tight control over press and speech

– Meanwhile, more than a million Ukrainians fled from the country due to the conflict

– Lawyers in Greece presented evidence to police of Golden Dawn’s role in the 2011 pogrom against immigrants

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It is troubling to know how the humanitarian aid to Haiti was misused and how it failed a country devastated by a natural disaster

Surveillance Planet

– On Saturday, Aug. 30, protesters in Berlin, Germany marched against mass surveillance programs of any country involved in such programs

– Surveillance toys like the Sting Ray offer unlimited power to authorities to find people in America

– It seems Home Depot was the next company to be hacked by hackers assumed to be in Eastern Europe

Financial Matters

– Remember that Russian company that avoided U.S. sanctions because it held U.S. and European advisers? They redesigned their website to make it difficult to find such advisers

– Bill Black joins The Real News to talk on good news out of Sacramento, Calif., where a jury found residents embroiled in the housing crash not guilty of mortgage fraud

– Gallup: Consumer spending by Americans in August averaged $95, which is unchanged from July

– Despite being banned in Germany, Uber said it would continue to operate there as they appeal the judicial decision

– Economist Eileen Appelbaum speaks on the importance of stopping tax inversions; She, along with Rosemary Batt, will be here for FDL Book Salon on Sunday, Sept. 14

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Sarah Jaffe: “It’s time to raise the minimum wage. If Congress would rather suck up to the Koch brothers, we’ll raise it anyway

– In the first half of 2014 wages for millions of American workers declined; A recover-what?

– The tragic death of Maria Fernandes shows how important it is to give a living wage for people in the U.S.

Politics US

Washington USA

– That revolving door still works as Eric Cantor joined an investment bank with $3.4 million coming his way

A disturbing look into the control the Koch Brothers-empire wants using fake attempts to help citizens

– When the elites at the Council of Foreign Relations advocate for more money for the working class, it shows how obvious this issue is

– Trevor Timm: “Homeland Security was built to fend off terrorists. Why’s it so busy arming cops to fight average Americans?

Anytown USA

Part two of four with investigative journalist David Cay Johnson on the LAPD’s infiltration into activists groups in the 1960s through the 1980s and how he covered stories of the have-nots near San Francisco

– Glen Ford speaks with The Real News about the use of police in response to black communities and the lessons of Ferguson, Mo., for future activists

– It seems that media stations show their viewers more crimes committed by blacks than by whites

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Portland, Ore., decided to make small houses in order to give the homeless someplace to live

– An official with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned the “window of opportunity” for preventing the spread of the Ebola virus was closing as the eepidemic is”spiraling out of control”; Meanwhile, another American doctor in Liberia was diagnosed with the disease

The Second Sex

– In spite of the recent McCullen v. Coakley decision, which ruled buffer zones outside abortion clinic are unconstitutional, there still are efforts underway to assist clinics

– Roxane Gay writes a great piece on the leaked naked photos of celebrities. In response to this leak, Apple claims it did not find any evidence of  a breach after an internal review.

– Jessica Valenti: “Beyond ‘no means no’: the future of campus rape prevention is ‘yes means yes’

– An essential article by Sarah Jaffe about the neoliberal feminists who are not truly interested in discussing feminism since they omit the vital class analysis

Planet Earth

A new study predicted there would be a growth of polar vortex-like weather in North America, Europe and Asia as sea ice continues to melt

– China’s plan for shale gas is in trouble as a new report found 60 percent of such deposits are located in places with water shortages

Mixed Bag

– Journalist Nathan Schneider writes about the significance of monasteries when it comes to the tech world

– It seems an Israeli publication company online told its interns to plant stories on the web promoting Israel

A new study confirmed playing music can help the brain development of children

Break Time

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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.