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The Roundup for October 15th, 2014

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It’s Wednesday folks. This week is just flying by quick.

International Politics


– Despite Pentagon officials saying “several hundred” Islamic State fighters died in Kobani, Syria, a former U.S. general warned the group made significant gains in Syria and Iraq.

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: The situation in Ukraine threatens global stability with international powers involved

Asia and Oceania

– Sean Starrs, a professor in Hong Kong, provides an excellent dispatch to The Real News on what is happening in Hong Kong. Specifically, local government ties to anti-Occupy protests and how China is dealing with the demonstrations.


– Pew: Just 48 percent of Tunisian citizens believe democracy is a good system to choose, down from 54 percent last year.

– Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed the U.S. was committed to help strengthen Libya

– A bomb near a busy center in Cairo, Egypt, killed at least 12 people


– Family members of a deceased fascist killed last November want Golden Dawn to stop using the person’s name for their purposes

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Despite creating an international conference to raise funds for preventing the spread of cholera in Haiti, more funds are needed. Will the UN step in? Well, they were the ones to introduce cholera so…..

– Just to reiterate, neoliberalism is what drove people in Mexico to move to the U.S. as the introduction of NAFTA eliminated valuable jobs for them.

– Wondering what folks in Bolivia were saying before they voted in the presidential election? Wonder no more as this article provides quotes from folks on the ground.

– Authorities in Mexico say the bodies found in the mass grave are not the missing students

Surveillance Planet

– In what serves as a reminder of protecting vital information, 850,000 profiles of people in Oregon seeking jobs were at risk of a hack in; Thanks to mzchief for providing the article

– An anonymous router raised $300,000 in two days on Kickstarter despite placing its goal at $7,500.

Financial Matters

– Journalist Lynn Parramore interviews economic journalist Jeff Madrick on the errors of economics today

– The Greek government will provide a guaranteed minimum income to citizens, but it is below the amount necessary to live on

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Some folks may be familiar with the “flexible scheduling” of contemporary firms, which is another way to make the worker into a commodity. It is as Marx once wrote, work under a capitalist system alienates the worker from him/herself, from his/her friends, from their community and their product.

– Arun Gupta: “Debut of Politico’s ‘Morning Shift’ Raises Ethical Questions Around IFA Sponsorship

– When you think of wage theft, you would first think of corporations typically associated with retail. However, even baseball teams are guilty of wage theft, as journalist Michael Arria reports.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: While 81 percent of Americans believe most members of Congress are corrupt, only 47 percent say their representative is

– An eyeopening reading on civil liberties and how black Muslims are harassed by federal agents when the former decides not to spy on other Muslims

– Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) called for more support for Democrats in the House as it seems likely Republicans will win more seats

Anytown USA

– Part three of five with Deepa Kumar on the how the origin of Islamophobia does not come from the clash of civilization argument, but economic circumstances

– Natasha Lennard: “Ferguson and the Violence of Sanitizing the Struggle for Civil Rights

– When Cornel West said the nation needed to face the issues of the day, in Ferguson, Mo., he was certainly right. There must be some action done or we risk the problems relating to racism only balloon.

– Karen Lewis will not run for mayor in Chicago, Ill., since she has a malignant brain tumor.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Despite tech companies claiming more minorities with STEM degrees are needed, there is an abundance of them and some are not being hired.

– When education becomes a means for profit, as such with a billionaire in North Carolina using charter schools, then we might as well go back to the drawing board.

– As adjunct professor notes, higher education does not provide adequate help to professors in terms of overall benefits.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– When we live in a society that is failing in terms of understandin, we often hear misconceptions on things like Ebola. Thankfully, this interview with Dr. Lawrence Brown on The Real News provides facts on Ebola.

– A second nurse was diagnosed with Ebola from the same hospital where Thomas Duncan, “patient zero” so to speak, died.

– The White House said we should not blame the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for its poor response to Ebola; Right, we should blame the capitalist system for failing to provide investment in case anything like this happens. Always knew Obama was a Marxist and now the cat’s out of the bag.

– The United Nations said the world has failed in its response to prevent Ebola from spreading

The Second Sex

– The Supreme Court ruled abortion clinics can stay open in Texas despite a new law. There’s a catch: they stay open until the law in question is ruled constitutional or not.

– Gallup: When women divorce or become widowed, their well-being diminishes

– It’s troubling when gun rights suddenly triumph the safety of others, as evident with Anita Sarkeesian’s canceled trip to Utah State University.

Planet Earth

– When discussing who receives the most in terms of the impact of pollution, we must remember the importance of wealth inequality

– In Richmond, Calif., Chevron is hoping to get one of its candidates into the mayoral office to reduce regulations so it can continue to operate in the city. Even though such regulations are used to prevent another incident like an explosion at a refinery two years ago.

– It seems the polar vortex talked about about a year ago will soon return, which once again highlights climate change.

Mixed Bag

– Henry A. Giroux: “Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism

– The image of Malala Yousafzai in the Western media is one of cherry-picking whatever may work for their benefit. For instance, neglecting her socialist stance really changes the entire framing of what she stands for.

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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.