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The Roundup for October 28th, 2014

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It’s Tuesday folks.

International Politics


– Max Blumenthal: “Samantha Power, Obama’s Atrocity Enabler“; I am sure many, if not all, will agree with Max’s words

Middle East

– The Iraqi government rejected a plan by the U.S. government to build a military base in the northern Kurdish region

– Kurdish forces in Iraq will go through Turkey to enter Syria in order to fight the Islamic State

Asia and Oceania

– In Hong Kong, some demonstrators advocate for communication with Chinese officials to get a solution


– German officials warned the country was at significant risk due to Muslim populations in the country

– Russia announced it would recognize the separatist vote in eastern Ukraine despite anger from Kiev

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: We will have security that is not intrusive for the 2018 World Cup

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– With Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff re-elected, she now faces major challenges ahead such as keeping her party stable as well as facing opposition in congress

– Stephen Harper’s administration in Canada is a major threat to Muslims across the country as the government is launching attacks against them

Surveillance Planet

– In what is unexpected, the U.S. government is increasing requests to look into “snail mail” of Americans

– Both the Associated Press and The Seattle Times are not happy the FBI made a fake news story with their names attached

– California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris warned cyber-attacks jeopardize the personal information of nearly 18.5 million residents

Financial Matters

– With Mexico moving toward neoliberalism, the market now reigns supreme with a bleak future for the working class.

A new report found poverty rates for children increased in 23 developed countries since the 2007-08 financial crisis

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With wages for fast-food workers in Denmark around $20 per hour, we must ask why such pathetic wages still exist in the U.S.

– The precariat, or the class of workers deemed unstable laborers, grows throughout the world. This has huge ramifications for the future if they organize against capitalist interests.

– Tech companies exploited immigrants overseas for their own financial benefit as they game the system and harass workers who threaten to rebel

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: 46 percent of registered voters say they generally pay attention to campaign ads

– Speaking of campaigns, the private prison industry is making sure its presence is known throughout the U.S. with contributions to candidates

– It is very strange: There are members of Congress who favor having no deal with Iran rather than getting one.

– The Democratic Party gave up spending big in South Dakota with Republicans polling well there; Ohio also looks like a GOP victory

Anytown USA

Part three of three with historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on how influential Americans like Walt Whitman were huge racists and how this opens the door to history covered up in society

– After a white police officer shot a mentally ill black man 14 times in Milwaukee, WI., the officer was fired. Nothing else happened.

– In St. Louis, Mo., the police department ordered more riot supplies for fear of more demonstrations

– New York City will investigate cases involve suicide or self-harm in jails to review the effectiveness of current policies

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: 35 percent of parents do not like the Common Core standards, while 33 percent favor them

– Henry A. Giroux: “Higher Education and the New Brutalism

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– President Barack Obama: We will stop Ebola at its source and “it will be defeated“; He says it like it’s a war

– After Australia banned people from Ebola-affected countries, it was swiftly condemned for being too harsh

– A UN official criticized efforts to track new cases of Ebola in West Africa as ineffective

The Second Sex

– In New York City, a team recorded a woman walking throughout New York City. They found many instances where she was cat-called.

– Two start-up entrepreneurs sent a female journalist a basket of sex toys. They defended themselves by saying the journalist “misunderstood” the situation.

Planet Earth

– With the Republican Party assumed to be victorious next week, denials of climate change will certainly be augmented in Congress

– Plus, oil companies are spending in different areas throughout the U.S. to ensure anti-fracking measures are defeated

– In southern Japan, a town voted to reopen two nuclear reactors. However, such reactors must be thoroughly checked to see if they can be operational.

Mixed Bag

Part four of eight with journalist Chris Hedges and philosophy Sheldon Wolin with both elaborating on Friedrich Nietzsche as well as the state of American politics with the two main parties

A new report found cocoa may help reverse memory loss in older adults

Break Time

West End Blues [Ethel Waters]

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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.