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It’s Friday today folks. What are you planning?

International Politics


– It’s official: Britain, Denmark and Belgium join the U.S.-led coalition to go to war with the Islamic State; The White House is pleased with Britain’s decision to join

– U.S. General Martin Dempsey: In terms of Syria, rebels would need to make a force of 12,000 to 15,000 soldiers to defeat the ISIL

– Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the U.S. for its airstrikes in Syria without permission of the Syrian government

Middle East

– In Iraq, a Kurdish politician called for segregation among Kurd and Arab civilians due to the latter’s support for the ISIL

– As a result of U.S. air strikes, Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria, is backed up to a wall and may have to join with the ISIL

– Despite an uprising in Yemen by Shia rebels, the U.S. stood firm in its support of the government

Asia and Oceania

– Hundreds of children joined with students in Hong Kong to march for democracy


– With Libya a “terrorist powder-keg,” France called for Ansar Al-Sharia to be designated a terrorist group by the UN


A new report found Greece is the only member of the European Union not to have a minimum guaranteed income for citizens

– A politician of the Kurdish Workers Party threatened to renew war with the Turkish government due to the government’s refusal to respect a peace agreement

– Due to unpaid bills, Hungary announced it would suspend its exports of oil to Ukraine

Financial Matters

– William Black joins The Real News to discuss Eric Holder’s tenure as Attorney General and his refusal to go after major banking institutions because they were “too big to fail”

– Amazon is able to avoid regulation like its competitors, which allows it to dominate the market

– District Attorneys in California send letters to Uber, Lyft and Sidecar for allegedly breaking laws while conducting business in the state

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Richard Wolff: “Four-Day Workweeks: Change for the Better?

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Just 52 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance

– Former U.S. Colonel Douglas Macgregor warns the decision of the Obama administration to continue to punish all evil doers strategy will fail

– While Ken Burns’ documentary may show Franklin Delano Roosevelt as one of the greatest presidents, the omission of people power during that time is troubling.

Anytown USA

– The Real News hosted a discussion, in part one of three, with some youths from Baltimore, Md., to discuss violence in the city and what can be done to prevent it

– In Ferguson, Mo., the police chief marched with protesters calling for his resignation and immediately riot cops went after protesters and arrested a few of them in trying to protect the police chief.

– At the Chicago O’Hare airport in Chicago, Ill., an employee intentionally started a fire that led to most flights heading to and from the airport cancelled or delayed

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Lyme disease is not the only thing we would have to worry about as there are other diseases ticks can spread that are deadly

– New data found only half of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with the HIV virus were treated in 2010

– The World Health Organization stated there should be vaccines for the Ebola virus over the next few months

The Second Sex

– Journalist Dave Zirin interviewed DeMaurice Smith, the associate executive director of the NFL, about Ray Rice, domestic violence and more.

– Despite championing a rational belief system, militant atheists suffer from the irrational idea of sexism in the movement

Planet Earth

A debate on The Real News between Dr Steffen Bohm and Nigel Topping over the effectiveness of cap-and-trade

A new study found hydrofracking will do very little in reducing carbon emissions

– Factory farming was not the only thing to enter into Britain as free market economics entered as well in full force

– New research revealed more land for use to global warming; however, yields will decline.

– It important to keep our capitalist interest from the public and private sphere from taking over water resources in El Salvador

– Oil imports from Canada to the U.S. reached an all-time high, which only highlights both administrations commitment to profit over the planet

Mixed Bag

– Part eight of 10 with Eddie Conway on how he resisted dehumanization while in prison

– Despite FIFA creating an investigation into the bidding process for Qatar to host the World Cup, FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced it would not be made public

– While the media may use the Islamophobia narrative when discussing the Islamic State, we must ask whether the ISIL follows Islam in the first place.

Break Time

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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.