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The Roundup for September 17th, 2014

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Hey there folks, what are you doing today?

International Politics


– Russia and Egypt agree on a new $3.5 billion weapons deal to arm Egypt

– A U.S. Senate investigation found China hacked into the Pentagon a few times

– Russia called for a UN Security Council hearing on the MH17 flight after a recent Dutch report on the shootdown

Middle East

– There’s collusion between Israel and the U.S. in terms of foreign policy goals in Israel

– The ISIL’s sexual violence against women is underreported and important considering the more than 1,500 people sold into slavery

– Both Saudi Arabia and Iraq reached an agreement not to attack each other in the media as they wish to focus on the Islamic State

Asia and Oceania

A very thorough review of a book by Felix Abt who went into North Korea to live for seven years as a typical capitalist and analyzed the state there; I personally liked this review since it highlights an important topic and provides a very unique perspective


– Unsure on what is happening with Scotland in terms of their independence debate? The Real News covers it here; Just as a reminder, the vote on independence is tomorrow.

– While the left in Sweden gained seats, the rise of the far-right in the country shows how much they failed ensuring protections for the working-class; It’s a powder keg in Europe in terms of the far-right

Surveillance Planet

– According to Edward Snowden, the NSA shared information with Israel over the status of Palestinians and Arabs living in the U.S. with relatives living in Israel for instance

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Americans say 51 cents per dollar is wasted by the federal government in terms of taxes

– The International Monetary Fund warned there were new threats to the global economy; A system inherently unstable cannot sustain itself

– Recent Federal Reserve call into question the institution’s commitment to tackling banks; It is the Fed…

– Pew: 81 percent of civilians worldwide say trade is positive and 74 percent believe foreign companies creating jobs in their home country is positive; Interesting that Americans are more skeptical on both

– Private equity companies are not interested in improving Olive Garden, just maximizing their profits

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Home health care is the of the fastest growing job sector, yet the wages are very low

Politics US

– Glen Ford: “Naming-and-Shaming the Black Caucus

– The Justice Department reports an increase in the prison population in 2013

– Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies still place most of the cost on those who are sick

– Attorney General Eric Holder: We should bolster our incentives for whistleblowers on Wall Street

– Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR): “Hey, FCC: do your job and stand up for net neutrality, not Big Cable schemes

– In a 273-156 vote, the House of Representatives approved arms to be sent to Syrian rebels. It now goes to the Senate.

– In addition, in a 319-108 vote, the House avoided a potential government shutdown on Oct. 1 and to extend the Export-Import Bank

– President Barack Obama: I will not send any troops to Iraq to fight against the ISIL; Even the Iraqi Prime Minister opposes it

– A new report found the Los Angeles County police kill a person every week; Why doesn’t gun control involve this issue?

– The New York Police Department will increase their security due to an alleged terror plot; This is nonsense, it’s obviously for the Peoples Climate March Sunday

We Don’t Need No Education

– It looks like high school students in the U.S. value the 1st Amendment more than U.S. adults do, according to a new study

– Great news as Occupy activists were able to pay off the student debt of some students in the U.S.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Did Liberians trust their government on Ebola? No, they assumed it was a lie. Did it cause significant issues? Of course.

– Natasha Lennard: “The World Should Follow Belgium’s Lead In Granting Prisoners the Right to Die

The Second Sex

– Police in Memphis, Tenn., found 200 more rape kits unprocessed adding to the enormous backlog, which highlights the major problem of police in dealing with rape

Planet Earth

– Naomi Klein speaks with Salon about what the environmental movement needs and what the main issue is

– Rebecca Solnit: “The silence on climate change is deafening. It’s time for us to get loud

– While wind power is providing energy for communities in Mexico, it still is controversial considering its impact on animals and plants

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: 40 percent of Americans still trust the mainstream media a “great deal/fair amount”

– Dave Zirin: “The 2014 NFL: Where Racketeers Condemn Child Abusers

– In a meeting of Chicago journalists, the White House was blamed for its dedication to “secrecy” on issues like national security

– The love for Theodore Roosevelt is peculiar considering how racist he was

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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.