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The Roundup for October 14th, 2014

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International Politics

Overall

– Despite U.S.-led efforts to combat the Islamic State, they scramble as IS continues to grow

– Juan Cole: “In Symbolic Vote, UK Parliament Urges Recognition of Palestine“; More can be found here. As expected, Israel denounced the vote.

– In response to the vote, France said it would support such a measure only if it could achieve peace rather than be a symbol.

Middle East

– Dahr Jamail: “Iraqi Doctors Call Depleted Uranium Use ‘Genocide’

– Amnesty International warned, in a new report, how Shiite militias were killing Sunnis with the backing of the current government

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now focusing on keeping his position on the right in Israel to win re-elected

– Earlier today, a car bomb exploded in Baghdad, Iraq, with at least 23 people killed. One Shiite lawmaker was among those killed.

– A journalist with the Associated Press had to move to Malaysia after the struggle to live in peace in Gaza with his family

– An American defense contractor was killed and another was injured in the capital of Saudi Arabia. Apparently it was a revenge attack.

Asia and Oceania

– Without the necessary funds, the World Food Programme announced it would cut funds to give Afghans food

– It is tense in Hong Kong with demonstrators facing against police officers in riot gear

Africa

– A UN official warned the people in Libya face a grave threat, due to militias

Europe 

– An unofficial poll for Catalania independence (i.e. going around Spanish restrictions) will be held

Surveillance Planet

– James Risen, New York Times journalist, releases a new book tomorrow and thankfully it will not have the government trying to block it like it did for his last book.

– All eyes are on the FBI after it was found one of their informants hacked into British news websites

Financial Matters

– Settlements in the U.S. against banking institutions for misleading and harming homeowners seem more like a pathetic joke than actual punishment. It seems the only thing left is jailing these criminals.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– While we assume reality TV displays only the most rich in our society, workers behind the scenes struggle with the anti-union mindset of the production company

– Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker (R) believes the minimum wage of $7.25 constitutes as a “living wage.” Wait, what?

– In San Francisco, Calif., shuttle bus drivers for Facebook are on strike for better living conditions

Politics US

Washington USA

– Lawyer Michael Ratner visits The Real News to talk about a case surrounding force-feeding in Guantanamo Bay and the importance of such a case

– The White House believes its campaign against the ISIL is successful, in contrast to other reports

– The White House announced the new Attorney General will be nominated after the Nov. 4 midterm elections

Anytown USA

Part two of five with Deepa Kumar on the rise of Islamophobia in the U.S. after 9/11 and her background in politics

– Glen Ford joins The Real News to talk about the necessity of empowering communities after coming back from Ferguson, Mo.; In related news, 20 people, including Cornel West, were arrested for civil disobedience in Ferguson

– It seems highly unlikely there will be a strong sense of justice for Michael Brown’s murder in a capitalist system. However, we can never be certain about anything.

– Dave Zirin: “#FergusonOctober Comes to Monday Night Football

We Don’t Need No Education

– A community college in Texas rejected an international student from Nigeria over fears of Ebola

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– There is a disturbing link between the use of pesticides and depression as well as suicide in farmers, which certainly is something that should be addressed.

– The case of the drug Sovaldi, which may cure most people with Hepatitis C yet is expensive, shows the conflict between private profit and the public good

– Here are 10 facts detailing the state of homelessness in the U.S. and what causes it

– As the World Health Organization warns 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week may soon occur, 4,447 are dead as a result of the virus.

– Meanwhile, in terms of good news,  an American nurse diagnosed with Ebola is “doing well.” Plus, the U.S. government said they would send an immediate medical team to any hospital facing an outbreak.

The Second Sex

– Gallup: Americans cite equal pay as the most important issue affecting women who work today

– Jessica Valenti: “Abortion isn’t about the right to privacy. It’s about women’s right to equality

– Facebook and Apple announced it would cover egg freezing for women based on non-medical reasons

– Gallup: 46 percent of Americans do not care whether they have a male or female boss. However, 33 percent prefer a male boss while 20 percent prefer a female boss.

– Gallup: 35 percent of respondents in Latin America say women are respected within their countries, which is the lowest in the world.

Planet Earth

– It is grim news for drought-stricken California as some water in the state has been tainted by hydrofracking companies

– In what is more evidence of global warming, this September was the hottest September ever recorded

Evidence was obtained on how one mining company was able to give “dark money” to an advocacy group in exchange for favorable legistlation; Welcome to the stars and stripes of corruption!

Mixed Bag

– Citizen Radio‘s Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny speak with journalist Courtney Caldwell about their new book #Newsfail, atheism, surveillance and more. Jamie and Allison will be here on Saturday with host Kevin Gosztola for the FDL Book Salon.

More Americans over 50 are looking for romance online, which certainly means a potential societal change within the status quo.

– Russell Brand: “What monkeys and the Queen taught me about inequality

– Owners of NFL teams agreed any potential host for the Super Bowl must have their team play a “home” game in London, England. Expansion dreams.

– Speaking of football, Louis Proyect provides a powerful piece, Against Football.

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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.

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