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The Roundup for September 12th, 2014

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Hey there folks. It’s Friday today! How are you on the end of the week?

International Politics

Overall

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to discuss the world after Sept. 11 and how the U.S. contributed to instability around the globe

– The U.S. launched new sanctions by restricting Russian companies from accessing oil projects; I am guessing Russia will respond to this since it is energy

Middle East

– Sunni tribes in Salahudeen, Iraq united together to defeat the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, the Iraqi government will release more than 1,000 prisoners, which may be because most of them being Sunnis

– Syrian rebels and ISIL members agreed to a “non-aggression” pact as they both focus on the Assad government

– As the U.S. arms Lebanon to attack the ISIL, Secretary of State John Kerry said it would not be appropriate to work with Iran in the case of the ISIL; Wait, what?

– Ali Abunimah: “Palestinians in Gaza are still waiting for the siege to end

– Some veterans of Israel’s intelligence services signed a public letter refusing to serve in the occupied territories of Palestine due to mass surveillance of civilians there

– U.S. airstrikes in Syria worry the Assad government since it may be the target of future airstrikes

Africa

– Fighting in the Central African Republic took more than 5,000 lives and violence in the country is not likely to end

– The Nigerian military stated it achieved a victory against Boko Haram near a town in the country

Europe 

– The U.S. told Turkey it should close its borders where ISIL militants are present to cripple them

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Argentinian lawmakers passed a bill that restructures their debt, which goes around a U.S. court ruling

– Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the decision by Texas to deploy National Guard troops on the border was “reprehensible

Surveillance Planet

– Marcy Wheeler: “Tech giants pull massive bait-and-switch on your privacy

– When Yahoo! refused to comply with requests from the NSA, the U.S. government threatened the company with a $250,000 fine per day; Dan wrote more on it here

Financial Matters

– While the current capitalist system creates more volatile situations, change is still possible for a better world as there are ideas that can help bring about such change

– With some employers checking the credit history of job applicants, New York State is seeking to block this since such checks are often discriminatory toward those who fell on hard times

– The free trade agreement between the European Union and Ukraine will be delayed until next year; I wonder why…

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With workers going into jobs where they may or may not be called in on short notice, Truth-out spoke with Rep. George Miller (D-CA) about a bill he co-sponsored that forces employers to pay workers who are called in at the last minute extra

Politics US

Washington USA

– Phyllis Bennis talks to The Real News on things President Barack Obama could do besides escalating warfare against the Islamic State; She also wrote a piece for The Nation on what President Obama should have said

– With Hillary Clinton hanging out with Henry Kissinger (and going so far to praise a new book by Kissinger), it shows she aspires for a position in government again with more power

Anytown USA

– Gallup: 59 percent of Alaskan residents identify as independent. Meanwhile, 25 percent identify as Republican; Jon wrote more on it here

– The racist rhetoric of conservative politicians in the South reveals the legacy of Republican politics from the 1960s

– A new study found Proposition 47, a measure in California that will be voted on in November, would reduce the population in prison since it changes six non-violent felonies to misdemeanors.

We Don’t Need No Education

– 50 years after Freedom Summer, there is a renewed effort to continue the spirit of the movement through students and labor activism

– A new study found black children in California were the most likely to skip school compared with every other group

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– With the Ebola outbreak wosrening, there is certainly blame to pass around for something that could have been avoided

A new study found nearly one in three former football players will develop cognitive problems such as dementia

The Second Sex

– While it is important to discuss the role of women re ISIL, we should be cautious of the Western narrative

Good to hear students at Columbia University assisted Emma Sulkowicz, who was raped by another student in the school, by carrying her mattress to classes

– Abortion clinics in Texas are in jeopardy as one of the most conservative courts in the U.S. hears a case on strict abortion laws; Jessica Valenti has more on this here

Planet Earth

– With the climate across the U.S. changing in ways that threaten us, it further highlights how climate change is already here.

Mixed Bag

– Jesse Myerson: “I drive right-wing trolls crazy: Here’s why they still don’t understand anti-capitalism arguments

– Journalist Jeremy Gantz remembers journalist James Foley back where he started off in journalism and how he grew; It should be noted Foley’s mother blamed the U.S. government for not doing enough to rescue him

Break Time

Smash [Avishai Cohen]

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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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