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The Roundup for September 4th, 2014

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Howdy folks, we’re one day away from Friday. Glad the week is coming to a close.

International Politics


– At the NATO summit in Wales, all the Western countries said they would stand with Ukraine and increase sanctions against Russia

– An incident of “friendly fire” that left five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan soldier dead when hit by U.S. bombs was blamed on miscommunication, according to a military report

Middle East

– With the Islamic State continuing to gain more victories on its campaign in Iraq and Syria, the Iraqi government relies now on the Iranian government

– The U.S. warned the Islamic State could obtain chemical weapons from Syria

– Ali Abunimah: “Despite ceasefire, the number of displaced in Gaza is rising again

– Two bombings in Baghdad, Iraq left at least 20 people killed and others injured

Asia and Oceania

– Presidential candidates in Afghanistan told NATO they would work together to form a national government

– Japan announced it aims to reduce the suicide rate in the country by 20 percent over the next 10 years


– A ceasefire was brokered between rebels and government officials in Ukraine with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reporting caution over the latest ceasefire

Surveillance Planet

– It seems a current Associated Press reporter emailed the CIA before he published national security stories; The more I think about it, the more I feel there are some journalists without ethics

– It seems a hacker or hackers attacked the Affordable Care Act’s online service with DDoS attacks

Financial Matters

– Pew: 56 percent of Americans state they are “falling behind” the cost of living

A new study found undocumented immigrants add $130 billion to California’s GDP as well as making up 10 percent of the workforce

– Google announced it would refund $19 million to parents over the charge it deceived children into buying things with real money

– In what reinforces the idea of no recovery, median incomes for all Americans dropped according to the Federal Reserve. Well, not all Americans as the top 10% wealthiest Americans saw their median incomes rise.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– States with “right-to-work” laws spend more in public assistance compared to states without “right-to-work” laws

Politics US

Washington USA

Part four of four with journalist David Cay Johnston on the broken system we live in and how it is ruining our lives

– While the right is jumping on a government study supporting their views on immigration, we should be careful to consider the study’s accuracy as it suffers from major issues

– To witness the blank check Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates with, turn to Louisiana with some Hispanic civilians on edge

– Audio from a Koch brothers-funded summit obtained by The Nation revealed how Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) talked on the same reactionary nonsense that you would expect

– The Department of Justice announced it will investigate the Ferguson Police Department

– Jason Leopold: “Up to 2,100 Photos of US Soldiers Abusing Prisoners May Soon Be Released

Anytown USA

– Journalist Ryan Devereaux writes a feature piece on a Ferguson resident amid the chaos in the city

– Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to going to jail for bribery, corruption and fraud

– Very tragic as the number of LGBTQ teens who are homeless increases, with most due to their intolerant parents

– New York Police Department officers harassed and threatened a human rights lawyer who was waiting for her children

– Good news as gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana were struck down by judges

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: Out of the 86 percent of Americans who say they will purchase back-to-school supplies, 55 percent say they will spend more this year than last year

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– In discussing the infant mortality rate in the U.S., it is important to note the class and race aspect to understand why it happens

– In the first study of its kind, the World Health Organization published a report on suicide throughout the world and called for efforts to stop attempts, there’s one suicide reported every 40 seconds.  North Korea was one of the places with the worst suicide rates.

– Speaking of the WHO, they also called for pharmaceutical companies and regulatory agencies to work together to ensure Ebola does not spread

– In all 50 states, the obesity rate exceeds 20 percent and it may be getting worse

The Second Sex

– After a female employee at a comic book store in Salem, Mass., asked about a “rape room,” she was fired

A new UN report found one in 10 girls worldwide were sexually assaulted or raped; Awful, just awful

Planet Earth

– Ahead of the UN climate summit in New York City later this month, we should not expect capitalist countries to suddenly agree to a solution on climate change

Research verified the findings of the 1972 book “Limits to Growth,” which found civilization would collapse after blindly following the idea of unlimited resources

– Meanwhile, it’s important to know how devastating the effects of climate change will be with an example found in the Caribbean

– 65 million gallons of water will be pumped out of Colorado to be sold as bottled water to profit Nestle because capitalism or something; After a while, doesn’t your conscience as a politician kick in? Who are your constituents?

– A federal judge ruled BP was “reckless” for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and the company faces billions in fines

– Coal companies in Montana announced a deal to export more coal to Asia; Not sure if that’s needed today…

Mixed Bag

– Amy Goodman: “Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’“; More on Sept. 10’s slowdown can be found here

– Journalist Sonali Kolhatkar explains how a conversation she had with elites revealed their viewpoints on modern society

– Think of the size of T.Rex. Archaeologists discovered fossils of a dinosaur bigger than thatDreadnoughtus

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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.