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The Roundup for October 27th, 2014

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Hey there folks. It’s the start of a brand new week! Enjoy the rest of your day.

International Politics

Overall

– Despite Western efforts to get involved in the war in the Middle East against the Islamic State, they are too ignorant of the situation in the region

Middle East

– It is sad to hear the next generation is fighting in the Iraq War, a war that seems to have no end.

– In Iraq, a suicide bomber and a car bomb killed at least 42 people and most victims were Shiite

– At a protest in Jerusalem to demonstrate against the death of a 14-year-old Palestinian teen by Israeli forces, such forces fired rubber bullets at two photographers

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Brazil, Dilma Rousseff was re-elected with nearly 52 percent of the vote and promised to be better in her next term as president; An extremely close race.

– With Brazil and Uruguay pivoting toward the left, the left is able to dominate in Latin America due to one simple thing: economics.

– In Canada, Bob Paulson, commissioner of the nation’s police force, called for more efforts to prevent terrorism

Surveillance Planet

– Gallup: A vast majority of Americans worry about hacking of their phones or their credit card information

– A few weeks ago I posted up an introduction by Katrina vandel Heuven and Stephen F. Cohen on an interview with Edward Snowden. Here is the full interview.

– The federal government apparently raided an unknown whistleblower’s home who supposedly has been contributing information to journalists like Glenn Greenwald

Financial Matters

– Gallup: It seems Americans will be spending more for Christmas this year, compared to last year

– William K. Black joins The Real News  to discuss how the Justice Department uses excuses not to go after large banking institutions

– U.S. officials told banks in Arab countries not to launder money for the ISIL and their operations

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Great to hear about a program, as journalist Michelle Chen reports, that is like Yelp for the workplace, in describing what to do with horrible bosses and creating a space for immigrant workers

Politics US

Washington USA

Part two of three with historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on challenging the mainstream narrative of the early United States and its history

– As journalist Thomas Frank notes, liberals like to believe in a fantasy of going beyond politics with the latest ideological incarnation. However, they only fail and fail by doing that.

– It is weird to see two major parties go out seeking the votes of Americans and then turning around to follow private interests.

Anytown USA

– Fans of the San Francisco Giants showed solidarity with St. Louis against police brutality before the fifth game in the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals

– The large divide in inequality extends also to urban police as they do not make much money compared to others who work in “safer” communities. However, I disagree with the idea low pay is related to “do[ing] stupid things” as cops who earn more do stupid things as well. No one ever calls them out because they are the ones with the big stick.

– It is hard to grasp the idea, but our prison system might as well serve as rest homes for the elderly. Wit harsh and draconian sentences, prisoners are locked up for decades.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found an alarming rise in the number of homeless children in New York City, with an estimate near 80,000

– Dean Baker: “The Ebola Vaccine, Traffic Congestion and Global Warming

– There are alarming similarities between the way Ebola is being treated by public officials and the way AIDS was treated in the 1980s

– The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended guidelines for any doctor handling patients with Ebola, but did not call for mandatory quarantine

– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: We should isolate the Ebola virus, but not people or countries

The Second Sex

– Despite less than five percent enrollment of women at MIT, a new survey found one in six women were sexually assaulted

– Jessica Valenti: “Why are some men so angry?

– According to a new study, changes in different societies have reduced the global gender gap

Planet Earth

– Despite officials in Australia denying climate change exists, research indicates the country is experiencing a significant heat wave

– Dahr Jamail: “On Climate Disruption, Washington Governor Inslee Vows ‘Disruptive Change’

– Speaking of hot weather, new research suggests Europe and Asia will experience higher temperatures due to melting sea ice

– Research found a worldwide one-child policy would not significantly change population rates in the future

– In what certainly is depressing, a new report found some of the oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is lying on the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico

Mixed Bag

– Students at the University of California – Berkeley are petitioning to remove Bill Maher from the commencement address; Awesome news

– Chris Hedges: “The Myth of the Free Press

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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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