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The Roundup for October 24th, 2014

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It’s Friday. We’re ending another week full of news stories. How are you today?

International Politics


Excellent piece by journalist Nathan Fuller on rejecting the idea the ruling classes are inept in their imperialist adventures. Rather, as Fuller writes, they know what they are doing and they seek to advance their own agenda at the expense of everyone else.

– Marcy Wheeler: “America’s great terrorist mystery: When our allies and enemies engage in the same ‘evil’

Middle East

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn joins The Real News to talk about the sudden shift in U.S. policy to support the Kurds in Syria against the Islamic State and how Turkey plays into all of this

– A Palestinian-American teenager was killed by Israeli forces and, as expected, the U.S. government will do nothing

– How valuable is Iran for Iraq? Based on estimates on trade between both countries for this year, Iran will export $30 billion worth of goods to Iraq.

– A new Interior Minister in Iraqi government pledged to drive out sectarianism from the government

– It seems ISIL militants are using chemical weapons in their fight against the Kurds

– A U.S. drone killed three alleged members of al-Qaeda in Yemen; While I understand how easy it may be to follow through with “suspected members,” I do not really trust government word considering drone strikes to them are always 100 percent effective

Asia and Oceania

– Demonstrators in Hong Kong will poll folks to see whether they should stay or move out and accept the government’s plan for talks


– Two attacks in the Sinai area of Egypt left 28 security forces dead with no group claiming responsibility for the attacks


– Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the U.S. for major global events such as in Ukraine and terrorism

Financial Matters

Part three of eight with journalist Chris Hedges and philosopher Sheldon Wolin on the changes capitalism brought and how it is used today by its proponents

A new report found most middle-class black children will be poorer than their parents when growing up; We certainly are viewing a system allowing problems to happen with no solutions

– As reported previously, local and city officials who decided to work with investors for their deals with tobacco companies lost more money than simply getting money from such firms

– Part three of five with economist Costas Lapavitsas on how state actors are looking for ways to survive in the new economic system

Labor’s a-Brewing

– NBCUniversal announced it would settle with interns who sued the corporation for working on its shows without pay. The firm will pay $6.4 million in total.

– Being a taxi driver in New York City is not easy as journalist Michelle Chen reports on the safety issues along with competition from Uber

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: More Tea Party Republicans are motivated than the actual Republican Party base for the upcoming midterm elections

– Salon speaks with economist and writer Doug Henwood about his latest piece about Hillary Clinton, the Democrats, and why the establishment left will always fail; I highly recommend for anyone who is subscribed to Harper’s to read his piece

– A new poll found 65 percent of Americans believe the ISIL to be a significant threat. However, 55 percent do not approve of the handling by the Obama administration on the ISIL.

Anytown USA

– Oakley, MI, allows anyone in the small town to pay the police department to become a police officer with your own badge and gun permit

– Kevin Zeese: “The Post-Michael Brown Agenda Provides Goals for the Movement to End Racist, Militarized Policing

We Don’t Need No Education

A report from the University of Oregon found an expanding Greek system correlates with more sexual assaults

– New York and New Jersey announced any person coming from West Africa will undergo a mandatory 21-day quarantine

Top Gun (Stories)

– There was a school shooting today near Seattle, WA, the shooter, a student, killed himself Iand at least one other and three were injured.

– Amy Goodman: “Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A new poll found a vast majority of doctors are significantly worried about antibiotic resistance

– $25 million: That’s how much food companies are spending to ensure ballots on labeling genetically modified foods in Colorado and Oregon are defeated

– The World Health Organization will make millions of doses of an experimental vaccine against Ebola next year, but are unsure whether they will work effectively.

The Second Sex

– Any version of feminism relying on the existing capitalist structure to further the goals of feminism is only another reactionary form of it.

Planet Earth

– With one town in California without water, we are now entering into a new period of civilization where capitalism now sucks out our <del>lifeblood</del> livelihood even more than before.

– Naomi Klein: “The Polluters Must Pay“; To misuse a quote by neoliberal Margaret Thatcher, “There is no alternative.”

– Despite leaders in the European Union pledging to cut 40 percent of carbon emissions by 2030, there is no set plan in motion for next year’s talks in Paris, France

Mixed Bag

– Fascinating work out of Australia where doctors used, for the first time ever, dead hearts for heart transplants. It is still early to see if this works, but doctors are optimistic.

– Jose Martin and Jesse Myerson provide excellent history of property destruction throughout the world and why it is accepted

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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.