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The Weekend Roundup for September 20-21st, 2014

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Hey everyone! Lest you thought there would be no Roundup due to the climate march coverage, rest assured I am still able to juggle both things at once.

International Politics

Overall

– United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: We are living in times where there is an “unprecedented level of crises

– President Barack Obama wants to push for a ban on travel for anyone looking to fight foreign wars

Middle East

– More than 100,000 refugees went from Syria into Turkey to escape from advances of the Islamic State

– Iraqi troops near Falluja, Iraq, are struggling to survive against ISIL militants as their supplies run down

At least 13 people died in Iraq after both bombs and mortars went off

Asia and Oceania

– John Pilger: “War, Circus and Injustice Down Under

– Ashraf Ghani, a former financial minister of Afghanistan, is named the next president of the country in a new deal

Africa

– In Libya, a number of assassination attempts left some journalists, soldiers and activists dead

– The Nigerian government allegedly is in negotiations with militants from Boko Haram over the release of the girls kidnapped months ago

Europe 

– Tariq Ali writes on Project Fear, the media campaign waged by “No” supporters,” and its intention to scare Scottish voters to oppose independence

– In Moscow, Russia, thousands demonstrated against the government’s intervention in Ukraine

Financial Matters

– Deflation is apparently a major worry for leaders in Europe as it could spiral out of control if they do not counteract it

– Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: Boosting demand should be top priority for Europe

– Resistance against large telecommunication companies can best be found in small towns as they understand why it is important to stop the profit-incentive for the internet

Politics US

Washington USA

– Zephyr Teachout: “Antonin Scalia’s bad law, bad history: How the Supreme Court legalized corruption

– Trevor Timm: “Is Obama really going back to war with a worse legal rationale than Bush? He still won’t say

Anytown USA

– Thomas Frank: “In Brownbackistan, everything is awesome! And don’t let any liberal tell you different

– Anna Lekas Miller of Waging Nonviolence interviews Cecily McMillan on the prison system and feminism

We Don’t Need No Education

– Higher education cannot sustain itself on a model prioritizing trivial things instead of actual education. It jeopardizes the very fabric of education.

– The way adjuncts are treated in our higher education system (poorly) reveals how little valued they are by college administration

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– If nations do not coordinate with one another to contain the Ebola virus, then the “window of opportunity” will close forever

– Jacob George, a former veteran and anti-war activist, committed suicide; Tragic news highlighting the necessity to provide support for those at risk.

The Second Sex

– Carol Hanisch, of “The Personal is Political” fame, pens a piece on the Miss America contest during the 1960s and now

– What’s “more costly than war”? According to a new study, it’s domestic violence.

– San Francisco, Calif., opposed efforts to ban “sex-selective” abortions as another attempt to restrict abortion rights

Planet Earth

– With more than 310,000 people estimated participating in the People’s Climate March, it seems the energy from those demonstrating really struck a chord; I will be providing updates throughout the week on this

– Arun Gupta: “How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign“; Perhaps essential reading for those following coverage

– The inclusion of 350.org in the march today is suspicious considering its history of undermining change

– Aside from the march, the buildup to the UN General Assembly is depressing with major nations unable to provide a thorough plan

– Instead of saving the world as if it was a classic of tale of good versus evil, we should transform the world into another type of society

– Naomi Klein, Chris Hedges, Kshama Sawant, Bill McKibben and Bernie Sanders all spoke in New York City on the environment last night (10 minute highlighters here); I will provide a post tomorrow or Tuesday about the event itself

– Naomi Klein: “Climate change is a global emergency. Stop waiting for politicians to sound the alarm

– With wells in California drying up, bottle water, specifically donated, is the supplement for civilians there

– John Kerry: Climate change is just as dangerous as Islamic State or the Ebola virus; Good joke Kerry! Next thing you’ll say is that we’ll commit to environmental polices or, even better, stop funding terrorists!

– The divest movement in the University of California system failed as the university decided to stick with its tainted investments

– A new forecast warned the West will face heavy drought next year

Mixed Bag

– Louis Proyect goes into the fascinating history of Stieg Larsson in both journalism and Marxism; This makes me want to pick up his books since I was previously unaware of this

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Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.