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The Roundup for October 30th, 2014

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It’s a Thursday today and 76 years first Orson Welles went on radio to read “War of the Worlds.”

International Politics


– Alex Kane: “Our Warped Idea of Terrorism: It Only Applies to People Who Oppose America and Its Allies

– The United Nations warned a significant influx of foreign fighters were heading to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State

Middle East

– Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the anonymous U.S. official who called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit”; Wonder who told Kerry to do damage control

– The U.S. is considering bolstering Sunni tribes in Iraq to challenge the ISIL although its all in its initial stages

– Malala Yousafzai donated $50,000 to rebuild schools in Gaza, which is fantastic news to hear


– After anti-government protesters in Burkina Faso stormed their parliament to demonstrate against their president’s indefinite rule, authorities announced emergency measures to take place


– The latest elections in Ukraine were a victory for oligarchs and the neo-Nazis groups, which highlights what the West values in the country.

An agreement between Ukraine and Russia was reached that will see gas from Russia supplied to Ukraine

Surveillance Planet

– Verizon and AT&T track users with a specific cookie code and that is a significant issue if such information is given away

– The Intercept published the manuals telling governments and officers how to hack into different technologies

Financial Matters

At least 9,000 people have an IRA account worth more than $5 million. This means as the rest of America struggles with surviving for retirement, these folks can enjoy their money with no taxes.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With no recovery, the job situation in the U.S. is making people who work get more responsibilities and do their work at a faster pace

Politics US

Washington USA

– Amy Goodman: “The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote

– The factions James Madison warned about are currently running the show on Capitol Hill with little thought of the consequences for the rest of us

– Four billion dollars will be spent for the 2014 midterm elections and most of it is from secret donors

– Despite the U.S. government feeding information to media about the Tsarnaev brothers murdering three people, authorities admitted in court they had no evidence to connect them to the murders; Yes! Journalism wins again!

Anytown USA

– The City Council of Baltimore, Md., is pushing forth body cameras for police officers, but the mayor’s office is resisting efforts to do so

– The introduction of Obamacare in Mississippi did not help the situation of the state’s poorest residents

– A judge allowed Stockton, Calif., to declare bankruptcy without pensions being affected

We Don’t Need No Education

Part five of eight with Chris Hedges and Sheldon Wolin about the element of capitalism and democracy and universities

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A major study found those who visit a psychiatric emergency room or hospital are at significant risk of suicide

The Second Sex

– Shoshana Roberts, the woman who was in the catcalling video that went viral, told CNN she wanted to “start a dialogue” with the video. She also said how she was affected by sexual assault in the past.

– Jessica Valenti: “If that viral street harassment video shocked you … you’re probably a man

Planet Earth

A new study found 30 percent of shrimp sold in the U.S. is not what’s advertized

A new law in Argentina would relax import controls on companies investing in the country’s shale oil market

A new survey found most insurance companies are not prepared to deal with the cost of climate change

Mixed Bag

– Pew: More civilians in emerging markets rate their life better now (51 percent) than seven years ago (33 percent). This jump was not found among developed and developing countries.

– Bill Cosby is not a person we should revere, he has a horrific history of harming others through his actions and words

– Monsanto hired a Director of Millennial Engagement. No seriously, they hired someone with that actual title.

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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.