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The Roundup for October 17th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing this evening? Tomorrow, the FDL Book Salon will have authors Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny for their new book, #Newsfail. On Sunday, author Helen Caldicott stops by to talk about her new book on nuclear energy post-Fukushima, Crisis Without End.

International Politics


– Pew: On each continent, civilians worry about one unique issue. For example, North America and Europe worry about inequality, while Asia worries about pollution.

– U.S. General Lloyd Austin said Iraq was an integral part in U.S. strategy against the Islamic State

Middle East

– Max Blumenthal: “International Community Promises to Rebuild Gaza … with Sweat Shops to Exploit Palestinian Workers

– Apparently, ISIL militants are being trained to fly jets captured from the Syrian military

– An Iraqi official invited U.S. investment in the country’s oil industry, which is interesting considering yesterday’s report on another Iraqi official praising Russian investment.

Asia and Oceania

– With more clashes reported in Hong Kong, the situation on the ground is still tense with the future unknown

– At a concert in South Korea, 16 people died after they fell through a ventilation grate


– Reporters Without Borders called for the arrest of militants who went after media personnel in Libya

– The Nigerian military announced a truce with Boko Haram, which will include all girls kidnapped earlier this year to be released.


– A Greek prosecutor recommended to a court that all MPs of Golden Dawn should be criminally tried

– Looks like a deal between Ukraine and Russia will see Russian gas sent to the former once again

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “The government wants tech companies to give them a backdoor to your electronic life

– Lawmakers in Germany were blocked by intelligence officials in their own country when inquiring about the latter’s relationship on the NSA

– The NSA will investigate the decision former NSA official Keith Alexander made creating a private firm

Financial Matters

– Michael Hudson, an economics professor and author, joins The Real News to talk on how the volatile stock market is a microcosm for the world’s financial system

– An interview with economist Juliet Schor on consumption in modern society as well as the state of our economic system with no recovery in sight

– Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve, warned income inequality in the U.S. was a danger that must be addressed

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Michelle Chen: “Workers Bring $15 Hourly Wage Challenge to Walmart

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Barack Obama signed an executive order to tighten security on federal credit and debit cards and called for private companies to do the same.

– The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in more states where it was legalized through the courts

Anytown USA

– A fantastic dispatch from The Real News on Westminister, Md., where they present the reality of working-class life in the community

– Michael Dunn, who killed Jordan Davis, was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Florida.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Sarah Jaffe: “The Resurgence of the Public Education Nation

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The U.S. response to Ebola is sub-par and reveals how our system cannot deal with this virus; Not a story, but one expert warned the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about this and was ignored.

– A nurse who handled Thomas Duncan’s lab samples in a Texas hospital is now being isolated at sea for possibly having Ebola, she’s on a cruise ship

– Race may play a factor in the mainstream narrative on Ebola, but the superstructure of capitalism distracts us from the real issues and creates a myth on Ebola.

– The World Health Organization admitted it was at fault for not handling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa properly

The Second Sex

– Gallup: While 34 percent of men in the U.S. say they are satisfied with their salary, only 28 percent of women say the same.

– Furthermore, according to another Gallup poll, 34 percent of men worldwide have a full-time job compared to 18 percent of women.

Planet Earth

– With temperatures rising, ice melts at a quicker rate. Yet, as the ice melts, the temperature increases more. Thus, it is a snowball effect.

– The U.S. government may be able to avoid Senate ratification on a climate treaty with an international deal, although it suffers from countries being their own regulator

Mixed Bag

– Journalist Steve Horn currently is trying to raise money for an investigation on the death of two women in Wisconsin by a police officer. If you can pledge to assist his work, then I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

– GamerGate reveals how misogynists can feel empowered with anonymity using rape threats  at the expense of others

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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.