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The Roundup for October 16th, 2014

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International Politics

Overall

– Despite $5.4 billion raised to help Gaza rebuild, the Palestinian Authority does not expect to get half of it. Rather, it will go to Israel.

Middle East

– The economic platform of the Palestinian Liberation Organization is somewhat like the African National Congress in South Africa where the shift went to accepting neoliberalism after a few decades.

– Rania Khalek: “St. Louis police pressured me ‘to snitch on my friends,’ says Palestinian-American protester

According to a new study, more than 80 percent of Palestinian journalist admit to censoring themselves

– In the West Bank, a 13-year-old boy was killed by Israeli forces, it is unknown whether it was a stray shot or intentional

– An Iraqi official praised Lukoil, Russia’s state-owned oil company, for operating in Iraq

– Islamic State militants attacked Baghdad, Iraq, killing at least 150 people

Asia and Oceania

– Unsure on anything regarding the protests in Hong Kong? Jacobin Magazine has it covered here.

– Now officials in Hong Kong are interested in talking with demonstrators despite previous talks breaking down

Surveillance Planet

– New Zealand journalist Nicky Hager had his home raided by the government’s authorities over his ties to Edward Snowden’s documents as well as working with The Intercept

– James Corney, director of the FBI, disagreed with the decision of tech companies to turn to encryption

– Whisper, allegedly an app promising anonymity for its users, actually locates where their users are and even shares the data with government officials

Financial Matters

– The Departments of the Treasury and Transportation met with private companies to discuss how to inject more energy in the privatized model of infrastructure

– New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Airbnb violates many New York laws not only in the state, but also in New York City

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Challenging their government’s decision to “reform” pensions and benefits for workers, the three largest unions in Morocco called for a day-long strike on Oct. 29

– In Manhattan, N.Y., protesters marched in front of Wal-Mart heir Alice Walton’s apartment to demand higher wages for Wal-Mart workers.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Glen Ford: “FBI and Local Cops Jointly Track ‘Outside Agitators’

– Desperation is what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is using as the midterm elections come up.

– Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies talks to The Real News on the U.S. government’s failure to have any military strategy against the ISIL

– The Pentagon launched a website to remember the Vietnam War, although there are no mentions of any anti-war movements.

– It is strange Republicans would go against President Barack Obama’s decision to close down Guantanamo Bay, yet be okay with his other executive decisions on foreign policy

– The Justice Department asked whether a judge could delay her order to release tapes on force-feeding in Guantanamo Bay

Anytown USA

Part four of five with Deepa Kumar on how Islamophobia extends into pop culture with the TV show Homeland as one example

A new study found 67 percent of whites support voter ID laws. However, when white subjects are shown photos of black voters, then the number rises to 73 percent.

– According to a new study, youth stopped by police in New York City experience higher stress and anxiety levels

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Amy Goodman: “We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

– In a town in Florida, a defense contractor is to blame for high cancer rates due to radioactive waste entering the water supply

– The National Nurses United criticized health officials for not providing essential information in preventing the spread of Ebola.

– A scientist said a vaccine to the Ebola virus could help contain the virus

– Despite calling for $1 billion to fight against Ebola, the UN has collected $100,000

The Second Sex

– It is a hostile environment for abortion clinics in Texas especially with the closure of some clinics before the Supreme Court’s decision to keep all clinics open

Planet Earth

– Despite the Pentagon saying climate change will affect military operations, they must realize they are contributing to carbon emissions

– As environmentalist Pete Wilkinson notes, there are more issues to talk about in terms of climate change such as loss of wildlife.

– Journalists Steve Horn and Alexandra Tempus report on how pro-fracking companies utilize inane lies, such as Vladimir Putin funding anti-fracking activists, to discredit the anti-fracking movement in Texas.

– In contrast to yesterday’s report on how the polar vortex may return, U.S. official say it is unlikely it will occur again

Mixed Bag

– A new study from the UK found people who experience near-death experiences are actually somewhat conscious after their heart stops beating

– Dave Zirin: “Pre-Season #FreePalestine NBA Protests Come to DC

Break Time

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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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