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The Roundup for October 1st, 2014

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It’s the start of a brand new month folks!

International Politics

Overall

– Juan Cole: “Congress Cut $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps in Same Year We’ll Spend $22 Billion to Fight Islamic State

– The White House warned Israel to stop with its settlements or it risks isolation from the Western community

Middle East

– After the devastating attacks by Israel in Gaza, rebuilding is the main priority amid the destruction

– Two bombings in Homs, Syria left at least 41 children dead, the bombs went off near a school

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is not in favor of Arab countries launching air strikes

Asia and Oceania

– Despite a new government in Afghanistan, allowing the U.S. government to continue military operations reinforces the status quo

– Meanwhile, suicide bombers from the Taliban killed seven people and wounded 21 in Kabul, Afghanistan

– Eli Friedman, professor at Cornell University, visits The Real News to provide the context of workers’ involvement in the protests in Hong Kong, as well as the Catch-22 China faces in response to this protest. You can read his piece for The Nation here.

– Speaking of China, the country warned citizens in Hong Kong to stop any “illegal” protests

– More than 10,000 workers in Hong Kong joined demonstrators in solidarity

– Natasha Lennard: “Occupy Central Is Not Like Previous Protest Movements

Europe 

– With a new Secretary-General in NATO, it seems NATO will aim to work with Russia, although it is talk at the moment

– In eastern Ukraine, at least 10 people were killed by shelling and both sides in the country blame each other for the attack

– The new prime minister in Poland called for a more active U.S. presence in eastern Europe due to the situation in Ukraine and the presence of Russia

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Danny Glover writes on the interference of the U.S. government blocking the return of ousted Haitian president Aristide to a role in Haiti’s politics

– It is fundamental to know the history of U.S. actions in Latin America as American meddling reverberates to this day

Surveillance Planet

– An artist was able to obtain some personal information from New York City residents in return for a cookie (the edible kind)

Financial Matters

– Juan Carlos Fabrega, who runs the Central Bank in Argentina, resigned from his position

– A judge ruled hedge funds do not have the right to obtain part of the bailout fund from the 2007-08 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailout

– A new poll found 92 percent of Americans worry about the economy ahead of the midterm elections in November

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Affirmative action rules, as well as enforcement, set up by the federal government have not been updated in 30 years,  groups are pressuring the federal government to update them

– A victory for unions with new members coming in from the hotel and casino industry means New Orleans, La., will have better and stronger union power

Politics US

Washington USA

– Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigned after the number of security issues at the White House over the past two weeks

– Jason Leopold: “New Gitmo Commander: ‘Majority of Detainees Have… a Relative Degree of Freedom’“; Wait, what?

– The Federal Communication Commission is considering fining both television and radio stations over the word “Redskins”

– Glen Ford: “Eric Holder’s Damnable Legacy: Impunity for the Rich and the Death of Due Process

Anytown USA

– Officials in Ferguson, Mo., are stonewalling journalists inquiring about documents pertaining to the shooting of Michael Brown

– As a group of black teens were walking in Brooklyn, a New York Police Department car followed them, the officers told them to “get out of the neighborhood” over the car’s loudspeaker

– The mayor of a town in California was shot and killed by his wife after fighting with his son. The wife was released earlier today (Wednesday).

– A federal appeals court ruled a voter ID law in North Carolina was unconstitutional

– Although some towns throughout the U.S. haie a large population of black people, such towns are typically run by white politicians – see Ferguson, Missouri

We Don’t Need No Education

– Thomas Frank: “College is ripping you off: Students are cash cows, and schools the predators

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A teenager in Pennsylvania who (allegedly) stabbed 21 students and faculty members at his high school was rejected from several psychiatric hospitals due to safety concerns

The Second Sex

A new study reveals there is barely any representation of women in Silicon Valley and the issue is the system itself

– Good news as California will implement a new law to prohibiting sterilization of females in jail; Their needs to be a law?

Planet Earth

– With the planet warming, the loss of sea ice is forcing walruses to move on land to rest (pictures)

– Dahr Jamail: “Climate Disruption’s ‘Confederacy of Dunces’

– Without any discussion about war any effort on preventing climate change from getting worse will be for nothing

Research from Japan found global warming is correlated with the growing number of females compared to males ,due to the extreme weather

Mixed Bag

A new study shows playing video games considered violent actually lower violent impulses

– Facebook apologized to members of the LGBTQ community, changing their policy on the use of legal names

– Dave Zirin: “The Death of the Blackout Rule, and Why the NFL Fights On

– There will be layoffs at The New York Times in the next few weeks, around 100 people are expected to lose their jobs

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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.