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The Weekend Roundup for September 13-14th, 2014

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Hello everyone. Yesterday marked my official first anniversary with Firedoglake. I am thankful for everyone, from the staff to the readers, who have supported the Roundup in the previous year. It has been quite a journey so far and I hope the Roundup can continue to improve in the future.

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International Politics

Overall

– The rise of the Islamic State is due to the actions of the West in their incessant meddling in Middle East affairs. In fact, it reflects a complex political situation in the region where powers only seek control and resources.

– U.S. officials state Arab countries offered to fire air strikes against the ISIL to contribute to the war (I must warn readers there is a slightly graphic photo in the second link.)

Middle East

– Where are the moderate Syrian rebels? Journalist Patrick Cockburn believes they cannot be found and are a myth the Obama administration relies on in their war against the ISIL.

– The ISIL stated it beheaded a British aid worker in a new video released. There is a photo of the aid worker next to the guard but it is not graphic.

– Human Rights Watch called for an investigation into air strikes by the Iraqi government after civilians were killed in a recent strike.

– While Iran may side with the U.S. in order to stop the Islamic State from making more gains, it worries that such a decision will jeopardize the stability of its ally in Syria.

– In Falluja, Iraq, residents are returning to their houses after a halt of bombings and hope peace can finally come.

– Juan Cole: “Middle East ‘allies’ decline to commit forces and resources against ISIL.”

Asia and Oceania

– Bad news as 11 people died in Pakistan as a result of the horrible flooding persisting there.

Africa

– Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni accused Qatar of sending military equipment to rebels in Tripoli.

Europe 

– The myth of socialism in Sweden with a squeaky-clean image that should be emulated in the U.S. omits the problems that can be found in Swedish art.

– It should be noted the left in Sweden returned to power in a recent election, yet the far-right made some alarming gains.

– With France somewhat likely to see the far-right gain power if things become worse, it jeopardizes the entire European Union.

– With more fighting reported between government and rebel forces in Ukraine, it reveals how fragile the truce is.

– The Queen of England told Scottish citizens to “think very carefully” about a vote of independence.

– NATO members are sending military equipment to the Kiev government to fight rebels in the east.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It seems FIFA officials, when the World Cup started, received luxurious watches from the Brazilian government; Priorities!

Surveillance Planet

– New documents find the NSA and the GCHQ spied on German satellite companies.

– Jason Leopold: “The NSA Has Revealed New Details About Its Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden’s Emails“; Very revealing of the NSA.

Financial Matters

– David Sirota: “Shareholders Say, ‘Show Me The Money’.”

– An economist with Deutsche Bank stated Scottish independence would be a major blunder for the country; Would it though?

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With some unions standing with environmentalists for the People’s Climate March, it highlights how important this coalition is on climate change.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Thomas Frank: “All these effing geniuses: Ezra Klein, expert-driven journalism, and the phony Washington consensus

– U.S. officials threatened family members of journalist James Foley with terrorism charges if they paid the ransom themselves.

– Trevor Timm: “Obama’s legally dubious Isis campaign is just a way to continue perpetual war.”

– Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY): While President Barack Obama has a point on what to do on ISIL, this is still an issue for Congress to vote on.

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Just 23 percent of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the U.S.

– Part four of eight with Eddie Conway where he explains how the U.S. government went after the Black Panther Party not only due to their race, but also because they were community organizers without a capitalist mindset.

– An actress that appeared on Django Unchained was arrested by police after they assumed she was a prostitute.

Top Gun (Stories)

– Two decades ago, assault weapons were banned by the U.S. government. Since then, it did very little to stop gun violence.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Diabetics face an issue with the price of insulin growing as it is a market that is not tightly regulated.

– Uh-oh. Fruits and vegetables assumed to be packed full of vitamins are only full of them if grown organically. The country’s turn to industrial agricultural forced vitamin C, for instance, in oranges to decline over the past few decades.

Good news as Cuba sent the largest delegation of doctors to West Africa to battle the Ebola virus.

The Second Sex

– The same prosecutor dealing with Ray Rice’s case is acting strict against a mother over misplaced paperwork for a gun.

– Good news as it seems the Spanish government abandoned its plans to limit abortion.

Planet Earth

– Naomi Klein writes a powerful piece on the failure of our capitalist structure, most notably capitalists themselves, to “fix” the issue of climate change.

– While the People’s Climate March provides an opportunity to show the importance of climate change, we must also stress the importance of community.

– With an abnormal climate in the Amazon, Brazil faces a devastating drought that highlights the effects of climate change.

– Comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over the Algonquin Pipeline, an inter-state pipeline in the Mid-Atlantic area, end on Sept. 29 and that means time is running out for citizens to write on how harmful such a pipeline will be.

– It’s a battle over resources as Pacific Rim, a Canadian mining company, wanted to operate on land in El Salvador where there is public water. However, the country refused and the case on it is being decided in the World Bank.

– We can gain inspiration by actions of the First Nations in Canada against oil companies

Mixed Bag

– Jaime Kilstein does a wonderful segment on a $1 million parking spot in Manhattan; He, along with Allison Kilkenny, will be here on October 18th, a Saturday, to discuss #Newsfail in the FDL Book Salon! It was definitely be exciting so come join!

– Retired General Michael Hayden called bombing ISIL like having “casual sex“; Ew

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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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