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The Roundup for September 11th, 2014

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Hello folks.

Today is a day of remembrance of Sept. 11 not only in the U.S., but also in Chile.

International Politics

Overall

– The lust of the U.S. for violence against the Islamic State will only fuel their growth, rather than stop it. A ground war is something ISIL wants; and if the West is not careful, it may end like that.

– John Pilger: “Breaking the Last Taboo: Gaza and the Threat of World War

– While some Arab countries pledged to help in the coalition against the ISIL, Iran expressed skepticism

Middle East

– Rania Khalek: “Israeli officer admits ordering lethal strike on own soldier during Gaza massacre

– After 13 years, the appearance of the Islamic State represents a failed war carried out by the Bush administration and continued by the Obama administration

– In Iraq, car bombs throughout the country killed at least 17 people

– A member of Hamas stated the group is ready to talk with Israel over a deal

Africa

– Bad news as lawmakers in Gambia passed a bill jailing anyone who engages in same-sex relations

Europe 

– Russia warned the U.S. its decision on air strikes over Syria should be considered at the UN first

– Meanwhile, Russia faces new sanctions not only by the European Union, but also by the U.S. as well

– Some banks in Scotland threatened that they will leave Scotland if it becomes independent of the UK

– Speaking of independence, Catalans in Spain hope to have the same vote in their country

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Clashes in Chile erupted between protesters and police officers, which may be over the anniversary of coup installing the Pinochet dictatorship after the overthrow of Salvador Allende

Financial Matters

– John Perkins, a former “economic hit man,” talks with Truth-out about what he did, why he did it, and using an example like Greece to shows the consequences of such actions

– The money coming from tobacco settlements with state governments is partially going to investors who have done nothing to deserve it

– FEMA requested households suspected of misusing Hurricane Sandy funds return the money

– Radioshack may undergo a Chapter 11 bankruptcy if it cannot reorganize its debt

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The 15now movement provides a way to understand how working people unite with one another for change

– Rail workers rejected a contract with Burlington National Sante Fe over one-person crews

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Just four percent of Americans state terrorism is the top problem

– Since Sept. 11, 2001, American foreign policy in the Middle East caused a chaos in which groups like the ISIL gained significant power

– Gallup: 55 percent of Americans say Republicans do a better job of protecting the country on international issues compared to 32 percent who say the same for Democrats

– Here’s a pleasant thought: A former Reagan official who was the head of FEMA wrote a thesis about rounding up blacks and putting them in concentration camps.

– President Barack Obama’s announcement of plans to take down the ISIL highlights how our dirty wars are incessant; It is comical and depressing Obama stated earlier today that 9/11 reminds us we should never “give in to fear

– Deportations of undocumented immigrants this year is declining, although I must note this does not amount to good news

– Former President George W. Bush claims he never wanted to be a wartime president; Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Anytown USA

– A lawsuit contends police in Chicago, Ill., killed an 86-year-old man from behind and shot his 91-year-old wife.

– A Republican in Georgia stated he preferred “educated voters” rather than making it easier for African-Americans to vote because it was a “partisan attempt” for the Democrats.

– New York Police Commissioner William Bratton stated critics of the Broken Windows theory “just do not get it

– U.S. officials, specifically a part of the FBI and ICE, noted how Los Angeles, Calif., is an “epicenter” for money laundering for drug cartels

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

An international report by former world leaders called for major legal reforms for drugs like cannabis

Another study found a switch to a single-payer health care system can save money as it shrinks bureaucracy

The Second Sex

– A former executive of the New York Mets sued the group because she was discriminated against for being pregnant and unmarried

– Jessica Valenti: “If you think men should help decide if a woman gets an abortion, just shut up

– Missouri women will need to wait 72 hours before undergoing an abortion after strict laws were passed there

Planet Earth

– As a result of the devastating drought in California, the number of West Nile virus cases are growing in the state

– In 2013, as a new report mentions, deforestation of the Amazon increased by 29 percent

– Amy Goodman: “The Climate Marches On

– As journalist Greg Palast notes, the court case with BP on its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident reveals how the environment can be put in the back seat

Mixed Bag

A phenomenal piece by Michael Stipe, most famous for being the singer of R.E.M., on Sept. 11 and how our society became one of vengeance

– With “brand journalism” now being a thing, it threatens the very fabric of what journalism is in contemporary times

A new survey found 50 percent of LGBTQ actors and actresses feel bias against them by producers and directors because of their sexual orientation

Break Time

El Derecho De Vivir En Paz [Victor Jara]

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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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