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The Roundup for September 22nd, 2014

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Hey there folks! How are you doing today?

International Politics

Overall

– A U.S. official estimated 20 to 30 Americans fighting with ISIS, which is down from the previously estimated 100

– Jason Leopold: “An Exclusive Look Inside the FBI’s Files on the US Citizen Who Edited Al Qaeda’s Official Magazine

Middle East

– Kurdish fighters in Syria were able to stop Islamic State militants in the country near the Turkish border

– The U.S. announced it would provide more funds for Gaza to help them after the destruction of their lives

Asia and Oceania

– Students in Hong Kong will begin protesting the entire week to call for more access to elections

– A new report from Amnesty International criticized the growing torture tool industry in China

Europe 

– A new disturbing video appeared showing a member of Golden Dawn teaching children how to give the Nazi salute

Surveillance Planet

The Real News hosted a panel on whistleblowing featuring Thomas Drake, William Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe, Phil Donahue and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

– Despite Apple pledging to protect the privacy of their users, they still collude with the federal government on user data. Yet it, along with Google, are untrustworthy in general.

Financial Matters

– Dean Baker: “The Mysteries of Inequality Are Only Mysterious to Elites

– Google announced it would leave ALEC due to its position on denying climate change

– Alexis Goldstein: “Can a ‘Firewall Strategy’ Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 40 percent of Americans think one-party control of Congress matters “a great deal”

– Vice President Joseph Biden told Hispanic community leaders President Barack Obama would be accomplishing something on immigration; It’s year six now, you know?

– Glen Ford visits The Real News on how the Congressional Black Caucus does not represent the views of the black community

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Americans slightly favor their local government over the state government

– Rick Perlstein: “From Watts to Ferguson

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new governmental report found the number of homeless students is on the rise

The Second Sex

– After Emma Watson spoke on the importance of breaking down gender barriers at the UN, hackers threatened to leak nude photos of her

– A list of rapists at University of Chicago appeared online and was sent to Jezebel, this is similar to what happened at Columbia University earlier this year

– Dave Zirin: “Are Head Injuries the Bridge Between the NFL Playing Field and Domestic Violence?

– It was reported former Senator Daniel Inouye was one of the people who harassed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Planet Earth

– Juan Cole: “The Top Five Massive Rallies That Had No Effect

– Chris Williams visits The Real News talks on how leaders at the UN summit tomorrow would have to change the system in order to do anything. It should be noted CO2 emissions will break records later this year

– The Rockefeller Foundation announced it would divest from fossil fuels

– Journalist Matt Surrusco provides a summation of the People’s Climate March. Natasha Lennard of VICE offers her perspective of the march here.

– Chris Hedges: “The Coming Climate Revolt

The Real News speaks with people who marched yesterday in Manhattan including well-known figures

– #FloodWallStreet may have been moved by police, but actions are still going on as around 2,000 joined today

– Dahr Jamail: “UN Report: Human-Caused Climate Disruption Is ‘Severe, Pervasive, Irreversible’

Mixed Bag

– Pew: 72 percent of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the U.S.

– A new album by Pink Floyd will be released on Nov. 10

Break Time

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Brandon Jordan

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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.

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