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The Roundup for September 30th, 2014

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Hey folks! What’s going on today?

International Politics

Overall

– Henry A. Giroux: “ISIS and the Spectacle of Terrorism: Resisting Mainstream Workstations of Fear

– It seems Russia is providing military gear and equipment for Iraqi soldiers against the Islamic State

Middle East

– With the U.S. unable to contain the ISIL, it only reflects the lack of understanding on the Middle East by the U.S.,  as Lawrence Wilkerson points out

– While the ISIL may still control oil, they also recently obtained wheat in Iraq

– With allegations of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi fueling conflict within the country’s Kurdish parties, some Iraqi Arabs blame the Kurds for refusing to help them amid the ISIL crisis

– It is being reported the ISIL adjusted to the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

– Meanwhile, a series of attacks through Iraq left at least 47 people dead

– Even United Against Nuclear Iran admits the country does not have the ability nor do they have a nuclear weapon

Asia and Oceania

– With protesters in Hong Kong going up against the neoliberal structure, it is important to note the U.S. has been very passive on the matter. Even the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of Hong Kong declined to attend the protests.

– The new agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan will keep U.S. troops in the country until 2024

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Mark Weisbrot: “Hard choices: Hillary Clinton admits role in Honduran coup aftermath“; The thought of Clinton as a potential presidential candidate for the Democrats becomes funnier and funnier

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “Your iPhone is now encrypted. The FBI says it’ll help kidnappers. Who do you believe?

– Four men were charged for hacking into the U.S. Army, Microsoft and other tech companies to obtain valuable intellectual property

Financial Matters

– Gallup: While 56 percent of small-business owners say they are “very satisfied,” only 37 percent say they are “very successful”

– With Wal-Mart looking to be a banking institution as well, it only spells doom for the poor in the U.S.

– The European Union accused Apple of illegally receiving tax benefits while operating in Ireland

Labor’s a-Brewing

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasion signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage in the city to $13.13 per hour. There’s a catch—only 18,000 workers will benefit as this affects those who receive no benefits from their job.

Politics US

Washington USA

Commentator Glen Ford and lawyer Shayana Kadidal both provide criticisms of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder on civil liberties. Furthermore, Dean Baker writes about Holder’s failure to hold Wall Street accountable here.

– Kevin Zeese: “The Next Attorney General Should Enforce the Rule of Law, Protect Constitutional Rights and Investigate Abuse of Power

– Even if some police departments want to give up their militarized equipment, federal agencies prefer to give the inventory away due to the cost of storing it. Still, these are police departments that also get training from Israeli forces

Anytown USA

– Gallup: While 41 percent of Louisiana residents identify as Republican/Republican-leaning, 45 percent of residents identify as Democrat/Democrat-leaning

We Don’t Need No Education

– In West Africa, there is a growing number of children whose parents or parent died of Ebola and are currently alone

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus in Dallas, Texas; And cue the fear by the media in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

The Second Sex

– While outlets like Business Insider may hide the suppression of women’s rights in the United Arab Emirates when talking about the country’s first female pilot, it is an issue that needs discussion and suppression only makes such stories untrustworthy.

Planet Earth

– The state of California passed a new law to ban single-use use plastic bags in the state

– While ExxonMobil told its investors hydrofracking was a risk to the environment, they justified it by saying it was a lesser evil compared to alternatives

Mixed Bag

– Part one of three with Phil Donahue on the change in his perspective from supporting America to doubting its status

– A good clip with Reza Aslan on correcting the reactionary liberal Bill Maher on what Islam is and is not

– Wondering how the protests in Hong Kong look like from above? Here’a a video.

– Piers Morgan will stay in journalism commenting on the U.S. in a British tabloid; And so the circle of needless pseudo-journalism continues!

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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.

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