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The Roundup for September 16th, 2014

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Hey folks, it’s Tuesday today. How goes it for you?

International Politics

Overall

– A new study shows instability in the Middle East jeopardizes the world’s food supply

– Chelsea Manning: “How to make Isis fall on its own sword“; Kevin speaks more about this piece here

– Bill Clinton was recorded saying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “not the guy” who could get peace

– With Sept. 11, it is still important to discuss the connection with Saudi Arabia and how the government continues to cover-up this connection

Middle East

– After the war in Gaza, Israel is facing a major crisis with its budget

– Pentagon officials reject a “shock-and-awe” strategy in Syria against the Islamic State

– The World Bank estimated the Palestinian economy would shrink this year

– In Iraq, lawmakers in the country rejected two potential nominees for the government

Asia and Oceania

– In Afghanistan, three NATO soldiers were killed in a convoy hit by a suicide bomber

Africa

– Clashes in Benghazi, Libya, left nine people dead and at least 30 wounded

Europe 

– A vote of independence for Scotland is less about nationalism and more about separating from the European elite

– A new survey found Greece was last in the European rankings on social justice

– Some Ukrainian lawmakers are in favor of giving some eastern provinces temporary autonomy from Kiev

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Brazil, housing activists and police clashed over evictions

Surveillance Planet

– An investigation in the healthcare.gov website found major security issues, which can affect millions of Americans

Financial Matters

– There is still confusion about how capitalism can be reformed to serve society, but its structure prohibits such a goal

– A former Russian official criticized the Russian government for not investing in its own economy, which places it at risk of a recession

– Dean Baker: “The Myth That Sold the Wall Street Bailouts

A great piece on ProPublica on how debt collectors abuse a 1968 law allowing them to take the income of those in debt with little oversight

– Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows how the income of Americans is still stagnant, but poverty rates declined

– A court in Germany ruled Berlin could not ban Uber from operating in the city

Labor’s a-Brewing

– While Uber may believe profits will continue to rise as it cuts costs at every corner, workers resist the company’s efforts to cut their salary

Politics US

– The Obama administration lent its support to body cameras on police but noted it cannot institute the policy

– A former Air Force member involved in the drone program describes why it’s dangerous

– U.S. General Martin Dempsey said President Barack Obama is considering a plan to send troops to Iraq

– Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: We are reviewing our policy toward talks with families of hostages held overseas

Part five of eight with Eddie Conway on how the U.S. government’s campaign against the Black Panther Party in the 1960s was strictly authoritarian

We Don’t Need No Education 

– For the University of Illinois to not reinstate Steven Salaita reveals how cowardly the administration is

– The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Corinthian College, a for-profit college, for its “predatory lending scheme

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A homeless shelter in New York City had some of its children arrested when they left to go outside

– Gallup: Out of all Americans, Hispanics are least likely to have either a doctor or health insurance

– Poultry companies abuse antibiotics placing American consumers in danger

– President Obama: With the Ebola virus “spiraling out of control,” the U.S. will do as much as it can to prevent it from spreading; The UN says it will take a billion dollars to bring Ebola under control

– A new Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports an increase in the number of Americans who are overweight

The Second Sex

– According to a new study, one in five men admit to hitting either their wife or girlfriend; Scary

– The state of female veterans in the U.S. is terrible and will get worse if nothing is done

Planet Earth

– It is very unlikely the U.N. will create an aggressive deal on climate so all attention will be on the People’s Climate March September 21st

– The People’s Climate March, as argued here, suffers from a lack of direction on such an important issue

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “What Will It Take to Create Climate Justice?

A new report argues climate change can be prevented without sacrifice. Really?

– The Obama administration halted plans to implement new carbon cutting rules

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: One in six civilians worldwide are thriving

– Hispanics and blacks tend to distrust the mainstream media when it comes to the narrative on their communities

– There is a dark history to the Star-Spangled Banner as we celebrate its 200th anniversary

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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