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The Roundup for September 24th, 2014

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Hey there folks, what are you doing this Wednesday?

International Politics


– More information on Turkey’s possible role in working with the Islamic State to prevent the Kurds from gaining more power

– President Barack Obama: In our war against the Islamic State, I vow we will not be an “occupying power“; Too late

Middle East

– Due to reports of Iraqi officers stopping Kurds from entering certain towns, the Iraqi government vowed to punish such officers

Asia and Oceania

– Secretary of State John Kerry: North Korea must end its “evil system” of prison camps, it is time to enter the 21st century


– After an alleged leader of Boko Haram was killed by the Nigerian military, over 260 Boko Haram militants surrendered


– Leftist politics in Poland, if successful in gaining workers on their side, can produce a ripple effect throughout Europe

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared at a Labour Party conference to talk about the benefits of speaking about inequality to the public

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an criticized other countries for not doing enough to stop foreign fighters from entering Syria

Surveillance Planet

– Apple was notified of a potential flaw in its iCloud system months ago, although whether it led to the nude leaks scandal is still unknown

Financial Matters

– Facebook now joins Google, Yelp and Microsoft in leaving ALEC over its views including denying climate change

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 58 percent of Americans say a third party is needed today; Noteworthy that in another poll 78 percent of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the direction of the U.S.

– Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said the latest war by the Obama administration against the ISIL is “illegal

Anytown USA

Part six of eight with Eddie Conway on his trial for a crime he did not commit while a member of the Black Panther Party

– After a video came out where a New York Police Department officer slammed a pregnant woman on the ground face first, the NYPD announced an investigation into the incident

We Don’t Need No Education

– High school students and faculty in Colorado town protested a decision to change AP U.S. History curriculum favoring the system rather than discussing about the struggles of those oppressed

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Lyme disease is “the new plague” in New York City yet it gets little media attention

– With more than 350 new cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone, things are going from bad to worse

The Second Sex

– Due to a “glitch,” CVS Pharmacy illegally charged copays for women when they purchased birth control, this is against the rules set up by the Affordable Care Act.

A new report found treatment for female veterans declining and more should be done to help them

Planet Earth

– Glen Ford visits The Real News to provide the economic context for the water shutoffs in Detroit, Mich., and why one group gets preferance over another

Salon’s Lindsay Abrams discusses her experience at the United Nations for their climate summit

– With the amount of food wasted rising every year, how do we let this continue?

– Journalist Sarah Jaffe interviews Naomi Klein about her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, relating capitalism to climate change

– Journalist Michelle Chen notes it is possible to create not only affordable housing, but also environmental-friendly housing as well

– California Governor Jerry Brown is trying to court the environmental voters and oil interests; although at the end of the day, he is on the side of Big Oil

Mixed Bag

– Chris Hedges spoke with Reason Magazine, the Koch-backed magazine (as well as a bunch of Holocaust deniers), the interviewer spoke with typical reactionary nonsense

– Pew: 20 percent of adults in the U.S. over the age of 25 have never married, which number is bound to increase

– Harry Smith, a 91-year-old man, talked at a Labour Party conference and mentioned how important it was to keep the National Health System free or else the nation will face the brutality of full-on capitalism

– A new poll found 54 percent of Americans believe sponsorships with the NFL should be ended. Specifically, 30 percent say it should be permanent, while 24 percent say only for this season.

Break Time

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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.