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The Roundup for October 9th, 2014

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It’s Thursday folks. What are you planning today?

International Politics


– Ray McGovern: “Guantanamo’s Force-Feeding Challenged

– An online poll found a disturbing number of Israeli respondents, 46 percent, would want Ebola to be sent to President Barack Obama. This reflects a society of entitlement and privilege despite the huge support given by the U.S.

Middle East

– In Baqouba, Iraq, a suicide car bomb killed nine people at a police checkpoint

– Airstrikes by the Syrian government left 25 people dead in a city outside of Damascus

– Rebels in Syria do not believe airstrikes are effective against the Islamic State. Rather, they bolster Bashar al-Assad’s government.

– David Graeber questions why there is not more support for the Kurdish Workers’ Party in its fight against the ISIL, but for creating a new way of life

Asia and Oceania

– Wealth inequality is so huge in China that the elites would stick by the status quo no matter what happens to the rest of the population

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: Pakistan and India should resolve dispute over Kashmir with talks rather than violence

– A suicide bomb in Sana’a, Yemen, killed more than 20 people, which only adds to the instability within the country


– The United Nations called for $35 million to assist displaced residents in Libya. Keep in mind, member states owe $3.5 billion to the organization.

– Fighting in the Central African Republic left eight people dead and at least 25 wounded

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The Western media continues to attack Venezuela for standing with Syria and for its position in the UN Security Council

– Authorities in Mexico announced the arrest of the alleged head of the Juarez drug cartel

Financial Matters

– Pew: In advanced countries, 65 percent of respondents said their children will be worse off than their parents financially. In contrast, around half of respondents in emerging and developing nations say their children will be better off.

– Sarah Jaffe: “Bank of America’s horrid ‘customer service’ scandal

– Part two of three with author Antero Pietila on how real estate developers used race to profit in Baltimore, Md.

– According to the International Monetary Fund, China is now the world’s largest economy thereby usurping the U.S.

– If the U.S. could close the racial wealth gap in our society, it could provide economic benefits for all in the long-run

– Amazon announced it would open its first retail store in Manhattan, N.Y., although it is unknown if it will only be for the holidays

– A World Bank arbitration tribunal ordered Venezuela to pay $1.6 billion to ExxonMobil for nationalizing a project originally under the company’s control

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: For registered voters in both parties, the topics of good jobs and the economy are important issues

– New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized the “extreme left” in the Democratic Party; The extreme…left?

Anytown USA

– The Mayor of Baltimore, Md., along with other city officials, announced new measures to combat police brutality in the city.

– A black teenager, 18-year-old Vonderrit Jones Jr., was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., after shooting at the officer; Still doesn’t justify a reactionary police force

We Don’t Need No Education

– Philadelphia, Penn., decided to back out of a contract with a teacher’s union. Angered by this sudden and sneaky decision, teachers decided to protest by walking out, and possibly even legal action. You can read more on the role of the students in this strike here.

– In 22 states throughout the U.S., adjunct professors are organizing for living wages and quality benefits

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned international agencies inaction on Ebola will create another crisis like the AIDS crisis. (Where have they been until now?)

– A new poll found 58 percent of Americans would recommend banning all flights to the U. S. from Ebola-infected countries

– The World Health Organization cited budget cuts as a major reason for a delayed response to the Ebola virus

– The Spanish government blamed human error for the Ebola infection of a nurse and the resultant isolation of four other people.

– As the UN calls for more funds from member states to combat Ebola, some researchers already are looking into creating a vaccine for Ebola

The Second Sex

– Amy Goodman: “Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

Planet Earth

– With oceans warming at a pace faster than expected by scientists, it only jeopardizes fisheries around the world more. This quick pace of warming pokes a hole in the idea of global warming slowing down or experiencing a “pause.”

– After a campaign by Greenpeace, Lego announced it would not renew its partnership with Shell Oil

Mixed Bag

An interview with Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny about their new book titled #Newsfail. They will be here at the FDL Book Salon October 18th, a Saturday, to discuss the book.

– In Philadelphia, Penn., Conflict Kitchen unveiled cuisine from Palestine. Some in the Jewish community were not happy.

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Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.