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The Weekend Roundup for October 4-5th, 2014

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It’s the start of a brand-new week everyone! Let’s hope sunshine stays with us.

International Politics


– U.S. officials say Islamic State militants use the tactic of beheadings in response to deaths of members by airstrikes

– Meetings were held in Turkey between Turkish intelligence and an official of the Syrian Kurds

– U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apologized to Saudi Arabia for saying the country supported militants in Syria

Middle East

– In this interview with Radio Free Iraq, a Kurdish General calls for reinforcements as well as help since Kurdish forces are struggling to get supplies

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called American criticism of new settlements in Israel “anti-American“; Wait, what?

Asia and Oceania

– Over the weekend, bombings throughout Pakistan killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 25

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “Hong Kong: Now The Hard Part, Kick US Out, Build National Consensus

– Speaking of Hong Kong, protesters were warned by local authorities to disperse or else face consequences; Sounds very familiar…


– The Kiev government accused separatists in east Ukraine of violating the ceasefire over the past few weeks

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– While Dilma Rousseff received the most votes in the Brazil presidential election, she enters into a run-off with the centrist candidate Aecio Neves

– In Mexico, bodies were found that are suspected of being students murdered by police officers. However, authorities cannot determine identities

Surveillance Planet

– On June 1, 2015, a vital part of the PATRIOT Act used for mass surveillance will expire. All eyes are on Congress

– Trevor Timm: “NSA defenders think they can make surveillance reform vanish. This is how wrong they are

Financial Matters

– It seems private investors are eating up foreclosure mortgages and are more interested in turning a profit than helping out homeowners

– Hewlett Packard announced it would split into two different companies to adapt to new technologies

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With firms changing retirement plans from the traditional model to the more privatized one, they realize how easier it is for them

Politics US

– Louis Proyect pens a piece on what type of speech Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) should give yet will not

– Cornel West: “The state of Black America in the age of Obama has been one of desperation, confusion and capitulation

A new poll found more than half of Americans do not trust the government to solve major issues

– Apparently, New York Police Department officers do not trust New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over recent incidents

We Don’t Need No Education

– College in Germany is now free after Lower Saxony, the last of the German states, abolished all tuition in colleges and universities

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Polio cases in Pakistan are rising dramatically, officials blamei the Taliban

– As China pushes to convince people in China of the benefits of GMOs, Monsanto announces a new center in Mexico to study GMOs of corn to resist the changing climate

– In Dallas, Texas, the man with Ebola, Duncan Hunter is struggling to survive

The Second Sex

– There are centers operating with federal tax dollars preventing women from getting an abortion by tricking them

Planet Earth

– Instead of marches designed to apply pressure on officials in government, there should be marches designed to create analternative to capitalism

– Salon interviews Professor Karen Piper on how water is slowly becoming a private commodity, which certainly is scary

– Large waves enjoyed by surfers will decrease as a result of climate change, according to new research

Mixed Bag

– As journalist Alex Kane reports, Hollywood is split on the issue of Israel-Palestine

– Thomas Frank: “Genius grant or TED talk: Does a MacArthur grant make a genius smarter?

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.