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It’s Thursday folks. As we approach the end of the week, what’s on your mind today?

International Politics


– Former U.S. officials warned the U.S. government, in terms of the fight against the Islamic State, all options must be placed on the table

– Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: We need supplies to defeat the rebels in the east; It should be noted he delivered the speech in front of the U.S. Congress

Middle East

– Even with a coalition, the U.S.-led effort against the ISIL will fail as only a political solution to the instability there can effectively reduce ISIL’s hold in the region

– Juan Cole: “Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject US Return, Threaten to Attack US Forces

– As a result of the instability in Iraq, the Kurdish region faces a financial crisis with a lack of revenues

– In another hostage video, the ISIL showed it had a British photojournalist as a hostage

– In Iraq, three car bombs went off in Shiite neighborhoods killing at least 23 people

– Rania Khalek: “Israeli drone conference features weapons used to kill Gaza’s children


– A new report from Amnesty International found police officers in Nigeria often use torture


– As the “Great Terror” continues in the media to scare voters in Scotland, the decision can potentially shake up politics in the UK

– It should be noted, however, if Scotland becomes independent, then it must turn to a socialist program or else face the same problems

– At time of this post, which is the 5:00 PM on Sept. 18, no leads with 53 percent compared to 47 percent who say yes

– France announced it would provide air strikes against the ISIL in Iraq, yet stressed it would not attack in Syria

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Venezuela, a cartoonist says she lost her job at a newspaper after drawing a cartoon critical of the government

Surveillance Planet

– Natasha Lennard: “Apple Has Ensured It Can’t Hand Over iPhone Data to Law Enforcement

– The gaming company TinyCo illegally collected data of minors when they were online

Financial Matters

– Another aspect of Scotland becoming independent is how it can establish a public bank and separate itself from the fierce corporate control

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: The latest sanctions by the West violate the principles established by the World Trade Organization

– In order to help the image of a soda company, Wal-Mart was accused of hosting a cockfight in a store in Mexico; Well then…

– Albeit a very short article, U.S. judges are suspicious that Argentina is going “rogue” against U.S. banks; Who decided U.S. judges could decide international cases?

Labor’s a-Brewing

– AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka thinks labor activists must confront the issue of racism; Still disappointing labor has not been able to decide where to stand on the issue

– Employees under American Airlines and U.S. Airways voted to unionize together

Politics US

Washington USA

– Deepa Kumar and Peter Hart join The Real News to discuss the failure of the mainstream media to provide accurate coverage on ISIL and groups in general

Anytown USA

– The labels of today are too vague to describe our society at large. It is still the classic example of the working class versus the elites.

– In another post in its Freedom Summer series, ProPublica highlights the story of two sisters in Mississippi and how the civil rights movement has not ended for them

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: Black college graduates are more likely to graduate with student debt compared to white college students

– School police were able to obtain grenade launchers or M16s. It is another case of the utter ridiculousness that goes on in the U.S. law enforcement.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– As West Africa struggles to contain the Ebola virus, they also face the dilemma of dissatisfaction by the public on health care within their countries

– When children are exposed to domestic violence, it affects their cognitive and emotional development

– Since the World Food Programme is unable to financially sustain itself providing food aid to Syria, it warned it could cut off aid to the country

The Second Sex

– Hillary Clinton: Those women who work in minimum-wage jobs or low-paying jobs are “on the brink

Planet Earth

– Amy Goodman: “A Climate Week to Change Everything

– Our oceans are being exploited and abused. The worst part is nothing is being done to prevent and as a result the future will be catastrophic.

– A new report found the world’s population will rise to more than 11 billion by 2100 and is projected to keep growing

– With more temperature records being broken, it serves as an incessant reminder that climate change is real and it’s here

Mixed Bag

– Pew: Children with liberal views are more likely to favor creativity, tolerance, and empathy

– “British Empire To Be Reduced To 8 Acres Around Buckingham Palace By 2050” Color me surprised, The Onion

Break Time

Marching on Ferguson [The Nightwatchman]

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.