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The Roundup for September 9th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing this Tuesday?

International Politics


– Glen Ford visits The Real News to discuss whether there are other motives involved in the anti-Islamic State war

– The White House commented it did not believe journalist Steven Sotloff was traded by a moderate Syrian group to ISIL

Middle East

– Michael Ratner talks with The Real News about Palestinian efforts to hold Israel accountable in the International Criminal Court

– It seems the European Union features more opposition to Israel’s actions compared to the United States

– It looks like U.S. air strikes are being used by groups in Iraq against their enemies; It’s Afghanistan all over again

A new report found Israel coerced Africans into leaving the country despite the personal risk involved

Asia and Oceania

– Two officials of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration were caught taking photos with neo-Nazis in the country


– At the end of the NATO summit in Wales, the topic of Ukraine was used to call for a more aggressive response toward Russia

– As a result of Western sanctions against Russia, one in three German businesses believe business with Russia will decline

– Dutch investigators stated MH17 was downed by “high-energy objects

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– With privatization being pushed forth by Mexican politicians in the country, it spells trouble for the working class

Financial Matters

– Pew: 51 percent of civilians in developing countries state the economic situation in their country is positive. 34 percent of civilians in advanced countries and 39 percent in emerging countries say the same.

– Tax evasion is such a problem for developing countries that they requested an international summit to solve the issue

– The presence of the International Monetary Fund in Ukraine reveals efforts to empower the elites in the country

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In Madison, Wis., fast-food workers are challenging YUM! Brands chains like Taco Bell to increase their minimum wage

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Barack Obama: I have the authority over our strategy against ISIL; Based on the Reuters article on Iraqi sectarianism above, you do not have any authority

– The decision of walking away from immigration reform by Democrats  is a costly one and may end up backfiring on them; Very confusing since the ball was in their court

– Natasha Lennard: “A Justice Department Memo Provides the CIA’s Legal Justification to Kill a US Citizen

– Dick Cheney called for GOP lawmakers to act aggressive against the Islamic State; I mean, if you listen to Dick Cheney…

Anytown USA

– Journalist Raven Rakia wrote on an important issue in Ferguson, Mo., where there is a rift among the movement in the city with “peacekeepers” and demonstrators

– In Minneapolis, Minn., Betsy Hodges was elected mayor recently and her background is mostly activism. It raises questions as to whether she will provide change to the community.

We Don’t Need No Education

– According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. is behind other countries in terms of college completion as fewer Americans are graduating college compared to their parents.

– Steven Salaita, the professor whose appointment to the University of Illinois was revoked as a result of his stance on Israel over Gaza, released a statement calling for reinstatement

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– In contrast to the claims made by companies of raw sugar, it is not that different from sugar

Top Gun (Stories)

– For those fighting for gun control, the topic of a ban on assault weapons is off their radar as activists prefer other issues to go for

The Second Sex

– Some food places in Baltimore, Md., stated they would offer free food and/or drinks to customers who trade in their Ray Rice jerseys

– Zaid Jilani writes a strong piece on feminism and discrimination in the gaming community

– Abortion clinics in Ohio are closing one at a time, which is dangerous as local courts are not doing anything

Planet Earth

A new report warned again greenhouse gases were at an all-time high and it’s essential to take action. Yet, we are nearing a sixth extinction and governments are failing to adjust to climate change.

– Despite warning investors about the problems of tar sands rail trains, Goldman Sachs is investing in tar sands by rail

– Diablo Canyon Power Plant, located in California, is less than a mile from the Shoreline Fault which is a major problem since it is a nuclear power plant.

Mixed Bag

Part two of eight with Eddie Conway on how living in the 1960s while in the Army changed his perspective

– In a conversation about domestic violence with #WhyIStayed on Twitter, DiGiorno, a pizza company, made a tasteless joke about pizza

Break Time

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Brandon Jordan

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.