The Roundup for October 6th, 2014

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Hey there folks, how are you doing today?

International Politics


– As economist Aleksandr Buzgalin tells The Real News, when it comes to the the Syrian government, there certainly are Russian interests in providing support for the oligarchs

– The U.S. government is still unsure about providing support for rebels in Syria against the Islamic State

Middle East

Part one and two with journalist Eva Bartlett on living in Gaza as an independent journalist and what she primarily saw through her experiences

Asia and Oceania

– A U.S. drone strike killed eight people and wounded at least six in Pakistan, where authorities claim it was a Taliban commander’s home

– Hong Kong officials will soon discuss with protesters on their demands for change


– With Turkey’s involvement in the war against the ISIL, the country will be viewed closely by some in the region

– A former Greek official working underneath the New Democracy government is considering a new right-wing organization involving Golden Dawn members

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Argentinian President Cristina Kirschner: Business and governmental elites in the U.S. are able to overthrow our government; She’s not wrong…

– While the Brazilian presidential election enters its run-off phase, we at least know Wall Street’s choice is eliminated

Surveillance Planet

– A British intelligence official told The Guardian citizens need to trade privacy for security because there are criminals out there

Financial Matters

– A declining unemployment is good news for the rest of us right? As economist Pavlina Tcherneva explains, the “rest of us” can only mean the rich. Dean Baker provides his own perspective here.

– President Barack Obama: We are doing well reigning in Wall Street with regulations so far; Wait, where can I find such information?

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “Are New York’s Sex Workers Getting Their Fair Day in Court?

Politics US

Washington USA

– Chris Hedges: “The Ordeal of Stanley L. Cohen: Justice as Farce

– Gallup: Only 44 percent of Americans approve of the Supreme Court, while 48 percent disapprove

– If the current peace movement wants to move forward, then it should focus on challenging the Democrats

– Gallup: While 45 percent of Americans do not view Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) favorably, 50 percent feel the same for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)

– The Supreme Court declined to hear appeals on allowing gay marriage, which now means some states have gay marriage legalized

– Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg feels the latest war against ISIL is like Vietnam

– The FBI alleged an al-Qaeda-tied group could strike in the U.S. although they did not know much else aside from that

– We cannot forget the contribution of liberals in the the creation of our awful prison system

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Pew: 67 percent of Americans are not worried about the Ebola virus; Good news

– The White House may consider new screening proposals for travelers coming into the U.S. from affected countries, but will not ban travel from affected areas outright

– President Obama: We in the international community are not doing enough to stop Ebola

– With even more studies relating Monsanto’s Roundup to cancer, it reveals how the elephant is still in the room (i.e. significant side effects)  for the company

– In Madrid, Spain, a nurse contracted Ebola after handling two patients who died as a result of Ebola

– Sarah Jaffe: “America’s Ebola blind spot: Why this country isn’t equipped to save patients

The Second Sex

– The idea of abortion is more complex than pro-choice and pro-life since a lot goes into the idea of reproductive justice. It’s a process involving the community on many topics.

– Jessica Valenti: “Men deserve everything women get: waiting periods, purity control and science-free sex education

Planet Earth

– In what should be obvious, but is unfortunately a believed myth, natural gas does not constitute as a solution to curbing global warming

– Huh. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration interfered with a study on hydrofracking by softening the the dangers of it. Dan has more here.

– Meteorologist Jeff Masters joins The Real News to talk about a new report relating recent heat waves to climate change

Mixed Bag

– Pew: 43 percent of Americans say recent issues with Secret Service represent major issues with the agency, while 42 percent say they are isolated issues

– Three scientists received a Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering brain cells that allow people to know where they are

– New research found the poor are giving more to charity than the rich do; Wow, incredible.

Break Time

What Does Your Soul Look Like? (Part One) [DJ Shadow]

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