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The Roundup for September 10th, 2014

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International Politics

Overall

– Henry A. Giroux: “Remembering Hiroshima in an Age of Neoliberal Barbarism

– U.S. officials confirm President Barack Obama is ready to fire air strikes in Syria, which highlights a change in Middle East policy. This is perhaps a desperate move considering things are not so favorable for him.

Middle East

– Despite a new Iraqi government being formed, it is likely this new government will follow U.S. goals in the region; It is important to note Secretary of State John Kerry said he was “encouraged” by this new government

– Speaking of Iraq, a town there is under siege by the Islamic State and they are calling for help; In addition, bombings in the country killed at least 30 people

– In what is certainly significant, a new poll found 36 percent of Israelis are considering emigrating

– While we understand the U.S. is terrible at foreign policy, we must ask why they expect to get their way

Asia and Oceania

– Afghan officials report an air strike by the U.S. (or NATOkilled 11 civilians and injured 12

– Japan will be restarting two nuclear reactors although the community’s reaction is something officials are considering

– Bad news as thousands of Pakistanis have been forced out of their homes as floodwaters rise. More than 450 people have died as a result of flooding.

Africa

– Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thani denied the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were involved militarily in the country

Europe 

– The recent ceasefire that was broken immediately serves as a reminder eastern Ukraine cannot rely on such fragile truces

A new poll found 53 percent of Scottish residents would vote “No” for independence

– Natasha Lennard: “Yes to Scottish Independence — and to the End of British Neoliberalism

– An insight by The Guardian on the Azov battalion in Ukraine and its far-right politics

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

Good news as three former military officials were charged with the murder of Chilean singer Victor Jara

Financial Matters

– Gallup: 44 percent of Americans say they are spending more this year than they did last year

– Because of new government rules, home-ownership for regular Americans is more difficult

– The growing wealth gap in the U.S. is not only an issue of class, but also one of race as new data shows a major gap based on this as well

– Even when a solution is desperately needed for the working class, the elites will not be receptive toward it

– While the well-off are wondering how to get the upcoming iPhone 6, we must not forget the Apple workers who are abused and mistreated overseas

– The line between private and public is blurred with government contracts being given to private contractors to support special ops

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Wal-Mart told its employees to buy new clothes for work, which means more money for the company and less for the workers.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a “political commentator“; And the door keeps revolving!

– Glen Ford: “Obama and His Head-Chopping Friends

– Gallup: 43 percent of Americans trust the U.S. on international issues and 40 percent trust the U.S. on domestic issues

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pens a piece on fighting for an estate tax

– Pew: 62 percent of Americans say they are “very concerned” about Islamic extremism

– Trevor Timm: “The American fear-mongering machine is about to scare us back into war again

– U.S. officials reported there were no credible threats by ISIL, although they may have the potential to do so in other parts of the world

Anytown USA

– Sarah Jaffe: “How Zephyr Teachout Taught Democrats a Lesson in Democracy“; Very important for those who have followed the campaigns in New York State

– A circuit court ruled the review site Yelp can change the rating of a company even if it has a previous or current monetary relationship with the company

– The issues of fines in Ferguson, Mo., may persist as a result of proposed rules

– Even with the system pressuring certain segments of the working class, they are still resisting strong as ever

We Don’t Need No Education

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) writes on why it is important to resolve the student crisis in the U.S.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

New research found it was possible to change the way the brain thinks about unhealthy food

– In a classic example of sweeping things under the rug, Hawaii is moving homeless cpeople away from tourist hotspots

The Second Sex

– Reactionary site GoFundMe announced it would no longer support any campaigns relating to funding abortions. But they allow any anti-abortion fundraising campaign; Priorities!

Planet Earth

– As a result of a stagnant Congress and the power of “dark money,” climate change activists turn toward direct action because lobbying is not particularly effective

– With the upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City in just a little more than week, its potential is significant and may change the narrative on climate change

– Good news as the ozone layer protecting us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays is recovering according to the UN

Mixed Bag

– Pew: It seems youth in America are slightly more likely to use the local library compared with older Americans

Part three of eight with Eddie Conway where he speaks on the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and elaborates more on the Baltimore chapter

More than half of Americans are single, which is extraordinary as it can change the way society functions

– “Obama To Assure Nation That ISIS Campaign Will Be Drawn-Out Ordeal They’re Used To” Good one The Onion

– The head of the FCC stated the name “Redskins” is offensive and should be changed

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.

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