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The Roundup for September 23rd, 2014

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Hey there folks, how are you doing today?

International Politics


– With over 50 countries joining, President Barack Obama said the fight against the Islamic State was not “America’s alone“; Even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon offered his support

– Glenn Greenwald: “Syria becomes the seventh predominately Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate

– With the recent release of Turkish hostages by the Islamic State, there are suspicions of collusion among ISIL and Turkey

– The Russian ambassador to the UN said there may be a solution to the Ukrainian crisis as progress is being made

Middle East

– The Pentagon justified bombings on Khorosan Group, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, due to a potential plot against Western allies

– Not only is the U.S. using air strikes in Syria but Saudi Arabia is joining in as well

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called airstrikes in Syria illegal since the Syrian government did not give approval

Asia and Oceania

– With eyes on China’s next moves, the U.S. is heavily considering reducing the arms embargo on Vietnam


– The Libyan government asked a watchdog group to create plans for exporting all of its chemical weapons


– The Italian army will be growing marijuana in a military lab to lower costs of medicinal cannabis for patients who need it

– A court in Greece sentenced two Golden Dawn figures to jail for attempted murder

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez met with billionaire George Soros, who holds stocks in Argentina’s energy sector

Financial Matters

– Former President Bill Clinton called the U.S. tax system “crazy” and advocated for lower corporate tax rates

– Sam Knight: “Rich neocon’s twisted scheme: Meet the private equity hawk cheering for Ukraine

– President Obama was able to close a loophole used by corporations for “inversions

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Canadians are working more in recent years as their incomes cannot keep up with the cost of living in the country

– Michelle Chen: “Aging Jazz Artists Sound Note of Protest

– While at the People’s Climate March, it was inspiring to see workers stand with environmentalists

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: While 56 percent of Republican voters believe their party is not doing a good job on immigration issues, 44 percent of Democrats say the same about their party

– It may be time to create an agency in the government specifically for robotics

– A U.S. veteran and former staffer of the Obama administration said the events in Ferguson, Mo., could set a precedent for the U. S.

– It is very depressing to see how the Koch brothers extended their reach to the crisis with veterans to gain victories for privatization

Anytown USA

– In Florida, a cop shot a deaf person to death after the cop told the man to throw away his concealed weapon

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the city’s jails a “very bad situation

– Good news as a judge in Louisiana ruled a state law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional

We Don’t Need No Education

– When for-profit colleges collude with Wall Street firms on financial matters, it jeopardizes students attending such colleges

Top Gun (Stories)

– A UPS worker who was fired returned to his station to kill two supervisor and then commit suicide

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A new report from the World Health Organization states the Ebola virus outbreak is worse than we imagine and will only get worse for a long-time

– By 2025, soda companies hope to reduce calories in their products by 20 percent

The Second Sex

– A new report from the University of Southern California found how international films rely on gender stereotypes reinforcing them

– Fraternities announced major changes to combat sexual assault, hazing and racism

Planet Earth

– President Obama told other nations earlier today at the United Nations that they have to do their part on the climate

– Meanwhile, at the summit, nations commit to curbing deforestation by 2030

– Pew: While 61 percent believe global warming is real, only 46 percent say it is a major threat to the U.S.

– If the U.S. wants to be serious about curbing carbon emissions, then it must curb supplies to the military

– It may be possible to create an energy system moving away from fossil fuels toward alternative energy

– The Real News reports on what happened at #FloodWallStreet yesterday and interviews people like Chris Hedges and Tim DeChristopher

– Arun Gupta: “To Fight the Unpredictable Effects of Climate Change, We Need an Unpredictable Movement

– There have been numerous reports on the People’s Climate March, but here is the personal account of one attendee.

Mixed Bag

– The CEO of the San Francisco Giants said advertisements on jerseys may be coming soon to Major League Baseball

– Awful to hear a memorial to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was on fire and members of the community had to rebuild it

– The Security and Exchange Commission gave $30 million to a corporate whistleblower

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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.