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The Roundup for October 31st, 2014

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Enjoy your Halloween everyone! It’s been 497 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on a door of a church.

International Politics

Middle East

– Islamic State militants are killing ex-police and military soldiers in Iraq to prevent any uprisings; A warning to readers that the link contains a graphic image immediately.

Africa

– After major demonstrations in Burkina Faso, the country’s dictator resigned from office

Europe 

– Pew: There is no country or group Turkish civilians favor. To provide an example, 26 percent of Turks favor Saudi Arabia and that is the highest out of all the countries suggested.

Part two of two with Professor Ivan Katchanovski on how the elections in Ukraine will not stabilize the country as conditions still can lead to more fighting

Surveillance Planet

– A Canadian court fined Google for violating the privacy of woman through its Google Street View where photos were taken of her cleavage

Financial Matters

– In Baltimore, Md., there is a federal program called Section 8 housing. With a new waitlist open and barely any affordable housing, one in 10 residents applied for the program.

Part six of six with economist Costas Lapavitsas on how the established left is losing its ground in Europe and why it is important for the left in general to take command

– Russia’s central bank raised interest rates from 8 percent to 9.5 percent due to inflation

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Gallup: Countries with disengaged workers also have high rates with under and unemployment

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Barack Obama: The Affordable Care Act will cease to be called Obamacare in the next decade by the GOP because it will be viewed as a success then; So it’s a failure now? I don’t understand.

– With major firms providing funds to judicial campaigns, the political system in the U.S. is more of a hard-to-believe cartoon than an actual democracy.

– In fact, this election features a lot of secret donors in major campaigns; I’m not sure it’s called an election anymore. Just a game of chance at this point.

– Just to provide an example, a school board election in Minnesota is now a battleground with money coming in even from Michael Bloomberg.

– But it’s not like the Democrats are reaping the benefits, the GOP will possibly have such a significant hold in House that has not been seen since 1928

– Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was tied to a ocean vessel, under control of his wife’s family, containing 90 pounds of cocaine. It’s not coincidence considering McConnell is profiting extensively from his wife’s family company.

Anytown USA

– Despite officials in Baltimore, Md., denying water will be privatized, residents in the city believe it will, along with other social services

Early voting rates in Georgia found a growth of black voters compared to 2010

– A new report found the New York Police Department, since 1980, stopped a significant number of blacks and Hispanics for even the littlest things

– In Washington state, Jess Spear, part of the same organization with Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, is running a campaign against a top corporate Democrat.

– A judge in Maine said a nurse that treated Ebola patients is free to travel anywhere since placing her under quarantine is done “out of fear” not rationality.

– In a space tourist test, a Virgin Galactic craft crashed with one person dead and another seriously injured

Top Gun (Stories)

– Gallup: Forty-seven percent of Americans prefer stricter gun control laws compared with 38 percent who prefer laws already in place

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– In part two of two with Allyson Pollock, she discusses how connected the inequality in West African countries and the cases of Ebola are

The Second Sex

– Some military members were offended due an new version of a survey given by the U.S. military on sexual assault where some questions were deemed “intrusive.

Planet Earth

– Twelve people arrested at #FloodWallStreet decided to go to trial after refusing to plead guilty saying the situation regarding climate change forced them to demonstrate.

A new report found community-owned alternative energy sources create economic benefits

– Rick Berman told major oil and natural gas companies to “win ugly or lose pretty” when dealing with environmentalists

– With “black gold” discovered in Anelo, Argentina, the community is not able to share in the riches with major companies coming to take the profits.

– Major banking institutions invested more than $80 billion into the coal industry in 2013; That’s insane

Mixed Bag

– Terrible to hear Bill Maher will be kept on by the University of California – Berkeley administration for commencement because of “free speech”; Wow, anything can be considered free speech today. I imagine protesters at the event will be kept there because of free speech.

– A program started by dentists and orthodontists would pay kids a dollar for each pound of candy

– The UK government announced it would retire some of its World War I debt

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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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