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The Roundup for October 3rd, 2014

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Is it the end of the week already? It certainly went by quick, no?

International Politics

Overall

– Islamic State militants killed a British volunteer on video after warning they would do so; President Barack Obama personally condemned the killing and called it a “brutal murder

– An official with the White House admitted the fight against the ISIL will not be short

Middle East

– The regional Kurdish government in Iraq told the national government to provide a framework to “open [a] new chapter” in the relations between the two

– A Kurdish militia group in Syria called for more soldiers with ISIL militants attacking the town they are in

Asia and Oceania

– Attorney Robert Lee, based in Hong Kong, provides proper context on The Real News over the past few decades for recent demonstrations not only internationally but domestically as well

– Meanwhile, some demonstrators were beaten up by thugs and some leaders among the protesters called off talks with Hong Kong officials

Africa

– Gallup: 67 percent of Egyptian say they are “struggling,” although more Egyptians say they are “thriving” compared to the previous year

– At least 24 people were killed and at least 120 were wounded in Libya due to “terrorist attacks

Europe 

– Sweden announced it would recognize Palestine as its own state and advocated for a two-state solution

– Pro-Russian rebels aim to capture the airport in Donetsk, which again highlights how the ceasefire is dead at this point. Even a U.S. official said violence threatened the ceasefire agreed upon.

Surveillance Planet

– Google CEO Eric Schmidt defended the company’s security and said it was better than Apple’s

– Illinois and Connecticut announced an investigation into the hack into JPMorgan’s computers

Financial Matters

– Staffers at the Washington Post are resisting efforts by owner Jeff Bezos to cut their pensions and switch retirement plans

– Desperation for a job may be the main ingredient for the success of companies like Uber or Lyft in terms of making profit

– The jobs report for September found 248,000 jobs were added as the unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent. Dean Baker has more here.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With a case heading to the Supreme Court on worker grievances with Amazon, the chances of a progressive ruling are slim due to the conservative nature of the court

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 32 percent of Americans who will vote will do so to send a message against President Barack Obama, while 20 percent will vote in support of him

Part three of three with Phil Donahue on using hope in response to the use of fear in our society

Anytown USA

– With Michael Dunn found guilty of killing Jordan Davis, activist Keith Alexander Gray joins The Real News to discuss how important it is to challenge Stand Your Ground laws to ensure safety in the community

– In Beavercreek, Ohio, protesters will demonstrate outside of the Wal-Mart where an unarmed black man was killed by police, who were not charged.

– St. Louis County police will once again be in Ferguson, Mo., after city officials delegated control to them

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Dr. Taha Taha of John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health talks to The Real News on the importance of community and health care in curbing the outbreak of the Ebola virus

– U.S. officials do not believe it is likely an outbreak of Ebola will occur in the U.S.

– The Food and Drug Administration reveals farm animals were given more antibiotics over the past few years

– While spending for food at the grocery store is stagnant, spending for snacks grew by two percent last year

– An American cameraman for NBC in Africa reporting on the Ebola crisis tested positive for the disease and will return to the U.S. for treatment

The Second Sex

– A federal appeals court upheld a Texas law potentially closing down abortion clinics in the state

– Jessica Valenti: “‘Our daughter is dead. We’re the surviving victims’: rape, bullying and suicide, after a viral flood

– A law in Alabama is providing a lawyer for a fetus aborted in a case against a teenage girl who got an abortion without parental consent

– There are some leftists who speak on abortion as if they are walking a fine line. There should be strong defense of the rights of women on this issue.

An incredible and powerful piece by Jessica Williams on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart regarding street harassment

Planet Earth

– The People’s Climate March may be over, but the “hunger for change” still exists and we can go out to do something

Mixed Bag

– Want to hear a funny/depressing joke? Regulation in the housing market is so bad not even Ben Bernanke, former chair of the Federal Reserve, can refinance his mortgage

– Jose Mourinho, coach of Chelsea FC in the English Premier League, denied there was racism in soccer and felt merit dictated the success of players and coaches

Break Time 

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Brandon Jordan

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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.

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