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The Roundup for October 29th, 2014

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It’s a Wednesday today folks and it’s been 85 years since “Black Tuesday.

International Politics


– The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting regarding Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem

– After an anonymous U.S. official criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “chickenshit prime minister,” Netanyahu responded by saying he was under attack for “defending Israel”

Middle East

– Journalist Max Blumenthal joins The Real News to provide a perspective of the situation of Palestine, the right-wing in Israel and a possible third intifada

– The Islamic State killed 30 Sunni tribesmen in a town in west Iraq with the victims shoved around town before execution

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– While some media outlets focus on the successor to Rob Ford in Toronto, the biggest issue should be the failure of the left to push forth a candidate in the city and win over the working-class.

Surveillance Planet

– Journalist Nathan Fuller reports on how the PayPal14 case will be ending today and how this will be a part of the lives of those involved especially with restitution; I highly recommend this for anyone following the case or wondering what it is about

– Cyber experts believe there will be more cyberattacks in the future as we become more connected as well as more vulnerable

– The FBI wants to extend its surveillance powers to easily enter computers to find hackers. Trevor Timm has more here.

Financial Matters

Part one of two of investigating the stigma of welfare in Westminister, Md., and where it originates from

– A ProPublica/NPR investigation reports how badly the American Red Cross botched its response for Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac. Here are 10 horrific parts of this story and Zaid Jilani provides a basic overview of it here.

– A new report found most billionaires did not come from the bottom, but really stayed within the higher-income class

– So far this year, Canadian firms spent $15 million lobbying the U.S. government

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Next Tuesday a number of citizens will go to the ballot box to vote on minimum wage referendums. Thankfully, politicians are not involved in this issue.

Politics US

– Pew: Support from Hispanics for Democrats for next week’s election is expected to be lower than the 2010 elections, but support is up for Republicans

– With more voter ID laws being considered across the U.S., the early history of voting reveals how blocking certain folks from voting persists

– Some electronic voting systems in two cities had a glitch where the machines switched the votes cast

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: Forty-four percent of teachers do not view Common Core favorably, although 41 percent do; In addition, teachers generally dislike the evaluations and standardized testing involved

– Teach For America is more interested in protecting its image no matter the cost rather than, well, teaching American children

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– It was previously mentioned on the Roundup Ebola could cause a failed state in the West African region, but the state itself is weak and a major contributing factor in the spread of the disease

– Glen Ford: “For Moment, the World Embraces the Cuba Model – and Slaps the Empire

– Maine warned a nurse infected with Ebola it will go to court to uphold her quarantine

– Good news on Ebola as the World Health Organization reported a decline in the number of new cases in Liberia

The Second Sex 

– When will we get gender equality in the workplace? According to a report from the World Economic Forum, it may happen by 2095.

– At Columbia University, and elsewhere, there was a major protest against sexual assault with demonstrators carrying mattresses

– Jessica Valenti: “No one can prevent all abortions. You can only eliminate safe abortions

– The woman who was in the viral video of men catcalling her is now facing rape threats

– GamerGate is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of attacks against women online

Planet Earth

A new report found developing countries were making more progress in terms of renewable energy compared with developed countries, which do very little

– The Weather Channel officially announced climate change is man-made; although for a channel devoted to weather, you would think they would had announced it sooner.

Mixed Bag

– An artist in Denmark displayed blocks of ice melting to provide a statement on global warming to the public

– Pope Francis I said it was possible to believe in both evolution and in creation; Well then…

Break Time

Night Sky [Taliesin Orchestra]

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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.