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The Roundup for September 5th, 2014

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It’s Friday today folks. How are you tonight? On Sunday, FDL Book Salon will host Juan Cole so join us if you can!

International Politics


A new report found in a nation’s internal conflict half of agreements where the rebels and the government are to work together fail

– Noam Chomsky: “Owl of Minerva’s View: ISIS and Our Times

– President Barack Obama said the West can defeat the Islamic State just like they did against al-Qaeda; Then I’m sure some other Western-backed group will appear and we’ll hear the same thing again

– Natasha Lennard: “Deradicalization Programs Are the Wrong Response to the Islamic State

Middle East

– The rhetoric by some reactionaries when it comes to the deaths in Gaza is alarming considering it’s given space in mainstream outlets

– The U.S. says there are currently no plans to work with Iran against IS

– In Iraq, bombings in the country left 17 dead and a mass grave was found in the north containing 35 bodies

– An anonymous source from the UN claimed Iran and Saudi Arabia were close to an agreement on a new Iraqi government

– While Iran is continually harassed by the West over its alleged nuclear weapons program, they continue to co-operate with an Israel that actually does have nuclear weapons.


– In northeastern Nigeria, civilians flee from their towns to avoid Boko Haram

– The leader of Al-Shabaab was killed in a U.S. drone strike according to the Pentagon

– It seems IS is extending their influence to Egypt by teaching a terrorist group there


– While there is a temporary ceasefire in Ukraine, it should be noted there cannot be a permanent peace so as long as there are world powers involved

Surveillance Planet

– Marcy Wheeler: “Patriot Act’s absurd new spawn: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse

– Glenn Greenwald: “The U.S. government secret plans to spy for American corporations

Financial Matters

– Gallup: It seems Americans view U.S. banks in a positive light compared to previous years as a result of their criminal actions

– Journalist David Cay Johnston writes on how corporation not only avoid taxes, but force taxpayers to pay for their tax credits

– For the month of August, 142,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent. This was not good news in general and Dean Baker has more.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Yesterday, there were a number of fast-food workers who were arrested across the U.S. after striking for a higher minimum wage. Journalist Michelle Chen has more.

– Josh Eidelson: “Oakland A’s Will Pay Back Wages to Interns and Clubhouse Workers

Politics US

– Glen Ford joins The Real News to talk about how the current narrative of the Justice Department’s probe into the Ferguson Police Department omits the failure of the system itself to address racial and class problems

– David Sirota: “Why Higher Voter Turnout Scares the GOP

– Democrats warned the White House relying on immigration reform will hurt their chances in November; Once again, the Democrats reveal their true colors on immigration

– It is troubling to read how the immigration court backlog is growing without any efforts to reverse it

– Michigan provides a good example of how neoliberals launch their attacks against the working class for personal gains

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– ProPublica features a piece about how children in violent neighborhoods can get PTSD from things like gun violence

– The World Health Organization stated it would use the blood of survivors of the Ebola virus to counter the virus in others

The Second Sex

– Jessica Valenti: “Domestic violence is a problem we are barely managing. But we need to end it

– A Chicago Alderman re-hired a city worker who threatened female employees in the past

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly one in five women in the U.S. are raped in her lifetime

Planet Earth

– Professor Chris Williams argues for the necessity of changing our world around us rather than depending on the exploitation of the planet as capitalism continues to do

– The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will study the effects of the carbon emissions emitted by the airline industry; A start if you read journalist Mark Shapiro’s book and he will be here on Sept. 20, Sunday, for the FDL Book Salon to talk about not only this, but also climate change in general

– Sunlight will be the major reason for CO2 release from the Arctic into the atmosphere

– In Afghanistan, according to a new study, there are minerals worth up to $1 trillion

– In response to the potential $18 billion fine BP faces for its actions in 2010, workers in the Gulf of Mexico hailed it as justice being served

Mixed Bag

– The World Health Organization released a report reiterating how individuals of the LGBTQ community are not mentally ill nor have any psychological problems.

– “Scientists Announce Ambitious Project To Map Layer Of Garbage On Ocean FloorThe Onion reports on something some scientists might find to be a good idea

Break Time

Kollon 3endon Dababaat [Shadia Mansour]

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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.