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The Roundup for October 23rd, 2014

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With Thursday here, we are almost to the end of the week. Just one more until November!

International Politics


– Confused on why the U.S. is supporting the Kurdish Workers’ Party in Syria despite classifying the PKK as a terrorist group? Well no worries, as international politics are never so simple.

– Natasha Lennard: “We Can’t Properly Debate Drone Casualties Without Knowing The Names of Those Killed

Middle East

– The Islamic State, according to U.S. officials, make nearly $1 million as a result of oil sales

Asia and Oceania

– John Pilger: “The Forgotten Coup [in Australia]


– There might not have been a truce in Nigeria after all after it was reported more than 60 women were kidnapped by Boko Haram


– Disgraced politician Silvio Berlusconi said civil unions should be allowed in Italy, but gay marriage could not be possible

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The U.S. revealed its true colors when they told a U.S. judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Haitians affected by cholera introduced by the UN because the UN is immune.

Surveillance Planet

– We can learn a lot about the origins of Big Data from its history in Latin America along with support from the U.S. to support reactionary governments

– Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) called for Whisper to come to Capitol Hill to discuss the latest revelations it follows its users and gives up such data

A new report warned federal and state governmental agencies to tighten security of tax data for citizens based on the Affordable Care Act

Financial Matters

Part two of five with economist Costas Lapavitsas on the unique aspects of the capitalist system in the 21st century, with the 2007-08 global crisis as exemplar

–  A new report found Americans are working more and taking fewer vacation days, which means they are essentially working for free sometimes

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The right to strike is a right first and foremost. It is not to be frowned upon. It is not to be avoided. It is not a counter-acting tactic. It is used to give victories for workers.

– In five cities, Uber drivers turned off their apps to protest the company’s harsh policies on working and low pay

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Despite Democrats being viewed more favorably than Republicans, registered voters favor the Republicans in terms of having solutions on issues

– A former attorney with the Internal Revenue Service accused the entity of allowing companies to avoid paying millions in taxes; Wait, what?

– Gallup: 63 percent of Americans support the death penalty, which is all but unchanged from 64 percent in 2009

– The White House may look to the Republican Party to stop the release of any report relating to torture and the CIA

Anytown USA

Part one of three with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author and historian, on her upbringing as an activist and relating it to her work

– Current Republican candidate for the Senate in South Dakota Mike Rounds is under investigation for corruption. Specifically, it involves not only him, but former staffers when he was the state’s governor on providing economic benefits to firms they invested in.

– In New York State, all leftists should view Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins’ campaign for Governor as he received endorsement from six teacher unions. With a reactionary Democrat and a lost Republican in the running, Hawkins seems like the only candidate to go for.

– A potential mayoral candidate in Washington D.C. believed gentrification was “progress” in the city

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

More cities across the U.S. are making it illegal for people to give food to the homeless but this only highlights how out-of-touch city lawmakers are in dealing with a systemic problem

– Another case of Ebola was confirmed in New York City in a doctor with Doctors Without Borders just back from Guinea

– A new report found at least 60 percent of teenage boys and girls were victims of psychological abuse while dating

The Second Sex

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said she as well was treated differently as a woman but did not elaborate on which lawmaker(s) treated her so

Planet Earth

A new study found there is a correlation between toxic particles in the air and children with autism

– In what registered as bad news for the future, a study found an increase of temperature leads to more violence

– When an animal rights activist told a group of diners in the Bay Area about the dark secrets of the food industry, she was dismissed as emotional and irrational. This pretentious dismissal reveals how the superstructure of society keeps the status quo, or the base, as is.

Mixed Bag

Part two of eight with journalist Chris Hedges and philosopher Sheldon Wolin on the breakdown of the global system after the rise of neoliberalism

– New research found plants are aware they will be eaten and attempt to prevent that

Break Time

Dancing in the Moonlight [King Harvest]

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Brandon Jordan

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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.