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The Weekend Roundup for October 18-19, 2014

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Hey folks, what are you doing today? It’s the start of a whole new week.

International Politics


– The British ambassador to Israel said the recent symbolic vote for Palestine represented a shift in public opinion

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an refused to send U.S. aid to Kurdish rebels against the Islamic State since they consider them were terrorists as well.

Middle East

– According to a report from the United Nations, the Iraqi government executed at least 60 people this year and some of the cases are questionable

Asia and Oceania

– Journalist Michelle Chen speaks with Mung Siu Tat of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions on the latest in Hong Kong and the role capitalism is playing in the region

– Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying accused “external forces” at play in the demonstrations in the ground; Ha, that’s a good one.


– In el-Arish, Egypt, seven soldiers were killed in the Sinai pennisula by a roadside bomb and six were wounded.


– German intelligence concluded rebels in eastern Ukraine are to blame for downing Flight MH17

– The Swedish government is still looking for a Russian submarine off the coast of the country after a tip came in there was one; Russia denies a submarine of theirs experienced issues off the coast of Sweden

Surveillance Planet

– Emptywheel: “Why Isn’t FBI Investigating the Hackers Who Broke into Google’s Cables?“; Good question

– After The Guardian‘s investigation into Whisper, the CEO released a statement saying there were not “infallible” and were seeking to improve; In other words, damage control.

Financial Matters

– Thomas Frank: “Paul Krugman’s sloppy, wet kiss

– An accounting inquiry into the retailer Tesco in England found the company overstating their profits and entering into an illegal agreement with suppliers over keeping such revenue high

– Dean Baker: “The World’s Richest Man Tries to Defend Income Inequality

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With some employees considered as freelancers or sub-contractors, firms only pivot toward labor violations as neoliberalism redefines the rules

– After Uber fired an employee for tweeting an article critical of the job, a media firestorm got the employee his job back. However, this shows how protective Uber is and blocks any forms of criticism.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Part five of five with Deepa Kumar on the “fear and obedience” the U.S. teaches the public in terms of its policies

– Journalist Todd Miller joins The Real News in part one of two of this interview to discuss the strategies the Republican Party uses regarding Ebola and the immigration crisis

– The U.S. government still is doing nothing about Cliven Bundy, which will only empower right-wing militias

Anytown USA

– This week marks 48 years since the founding of the Black Panther Party and former Black Panther Eddie Conway joins The Real News to talk about its origins

– According to a leak, a grand jury may not indict officer Darren Wilson. Furthermore, Wilson told federal investigators he was scared for his life when with Michael Brown.

We Don’t Need No Education

– There are an alarming number of Millennials, from age 25 to 32, without a college degree and this holds significant consequences, not only for their future but also the future of the U.S. as well

– A new report found charter schools in Chicago, Ill., mostly did worse than public schools, despite city officials shoving the system down the public’s throats.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– It’s a tragic tale for the relatives of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan as they face harassment and fear from their community

– A filmmaker in Liberia said reports of deaths due to Ebola are underreported in the country

– A U.S. health official said new guidelines to be issued will be stricter than before

– The Spanish government announced the Spanish nurse diagnosed with Ebola tested negative for the virus meaning she has been cured

The Second Sex

– A new report found Mississippi as the worst state for women for a multitude of reasons including pay, government representation, and poverty rates.

Planet Earth

– Financial experts advised investors and firms at the World Bank to avoid climate change, they should not be investing in fossil fuels. Plus, it will only end up hurting their investments.

– Those who escaped from Fukushima may never return again as the contamination from the nuclear fallout is so severe; It’s really revealing how much impact all of it has on Japanese civilians

– Trade unions still are siding with fracking companies despite the plethora of information on its harmful effects on the environment as well as labor

– Based on data from satellites, deforestation of the Amazon is happening at a rapid pace in the past two months

Mixed Bag

– Richard Stallman, who made the GNU operating system, warned Cloud computing would only lead to disaster for users

– Natasha Lennard: “Google Glass Addiction Is Real Because Despair Is Real

– Living under a capitalist structure where state and non-state actors prefer the coercion is a life we cannot accept

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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.