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The Roundup for October 8th, 2014

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Hey there folks, how are you doing today?

International Politics

Overall

– The Pentagon does not believe airstrikes against the Islamic State will workand no  quick victory as there are no real allies within Syria

– Glen Ford: “Vice President Joe Biden Accidentally Tells A Little of the Awful Truth

– President Barack Obama: We are currently moving forward as we fight against the ISIL, but this will not be a quick battle

– John Pilger: “From Pol Pot to ISIS

Asia and Oceania

– North Korea publicly admitted health issues with Kim Jong-un and also their use of labor camps

– China announced spending by elites in the country fell by $9 billion in the past year

Europe 

– In Turkey, 19 people were killed in protests criticizing the government ‘s treatment of Kurds in Syria as the ISIL advances toward a border town. The Turkish Prime Minister defended the government’s decision and criticized any protest calling for action as going “against democracy.”

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The decision of Canadian government to join in the U.S.-led coalition against the ISIL reflects their reactionary views on foreign policy

– While former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier passed away, the legacy of corruption and inaction in the country persists

– In Venezuela, five people were killed in a stand-off with police, President Nicolas Maduro called for an investigation into what happened

– Speaking of Venezuela, assassinations in the country reveal outside elements at play that Western media refuses to talk about

– There are both positives and negatives on Bolivian President Evo Morales as elections come up in the country

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “The most important national-security secrets case you’ve never heard of

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration in New York City revealed their position on mass surveillance by the NYPD. Specifically, they resorted to arguments heard under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the justification of these spying programs on Muslim citizens.

Financial Matters

– Gallup: The amount of Americans without health insurance stands at 13.4 percent

– New York City will focus more on assisting people on welfare with long-term investment rather than the federal government way of getting people to work as quickly as possible

– With Forbes Magazine releasing their latest top 400 list of the wealthiest people, it highlights how the rich are getting as rich as other countries

– Due to extremely low-interest rates, the International Monetary Fund warned countries of a possible financial crisis

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A new report found workers, mostly women, who make the tipped minimum wage of $2.13 per hour experience a lot of sexual harassment at work

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: 54 percent of Americans say the provisions within the Affordable Care Act already implemented have hurt them

– Speaking of ACA, Californians will vote on Prop 45, which would regulate health insurance premiums not found in the federal law, and health companies are scrambling to kill it at any cost.

– The Government Accountability Office found voter ID laws discriminate against the youth as well as blacks

Anytown USA

Part one of three with author Antero Pietila on racism to enrich the elite in Baltimore, Md., especially in the early 20th century

– In North Carolina, a black teen living in a foster home with white parents was assumed to be a robber by neighbors (hi racism!). When police came by the house, they pepper sprayed the teen inside his home.

– The victory of independent candidates in Lorain, Ohio, shows how important it is to break from the Democrats even if candidates running in the city may still want ties with the party.

– Molly Crabapple: “How can we stop cops from beating and killing?

We Don’t Need No Education

– With Germany making tuition free for college students, we must ask, as Bruce Dixon writes, why aren’t our leaders here doing more?

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Just 22 percent of Americans worry about contacting Ebola

– Meanwhile, Thomas Duncan, the man in Texas diagnosed with Ebola, died early this morning.

The Second Sex

– At Texas Tech University, a fraternity displayed a sign saying “no means yes, yes mean anal.” Thankfully, their charter was revoked by the parent organization.

Almost all speakers invited by top drug and medical device companies are men

Planet Earth

A new study found cities on the east coast of the U.S. face huge risks with rising sea levels due to climate change

Mixed Bag

– What does Bill Maher represent? He does not stand for liberals throughout the U.S., but he does stand for bigotry in the guise of liberalism.

– Dave Zirin: “The NBA’s 21st-Century Vampires”; Zirin writes on owners attempting to get the best team possible even by blood testing

Break Time

Trouble Ain’t Far Behind [Gary Moore]

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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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