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The Roundup for November 4th, 2014

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Hey there folks. I haven’t been so active in the comment section recently. I’ve been handling a lot of things, but expect a surprise in the next week.

Also it’s Election Day! Go out and vote for one of two parties destined to do very little on our systemic problems.

International Politics

Overall

– Israel’s high value to U.S. officials stems from the country’s origin and how after the Second World War Zionists used the U.S. for their own goals

– The Pentagon rejected criticisms on how U.S. strategy against the Islamic State was failing

Middle East

– A number of former Israeli military and security officials called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to begin a process of peace

– Rania Khalek: “Israelis demand more police violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem

– The Knesset, or Israel’s parliament, suspended a lawmaker representing Palestinians for “incitement.” In other words, they did not like how she spoke about the bombings of Gaza.

A report by Human Rights Watch found ISIL militants abusing Kurdish children kidnapped in Syria

Asia and Oceania

– The Obama administration does not favor Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president in Myanmar despite praising her in the U.S. as a model citizen

Africa

– What happened in Burkina Faso was a rebellion against neoliberal policies in the country as neoliberalism failed the entire African continent; That is until the military stepped in so…

Europe 

– Ukraine is fearful of separatist attacks so it sent more troops to key cities in spite of no major attacks by rebels

– Plans to vote on Catalanian independence were suspended by Spain’s Constitutional Court

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum wage in the country by 15 percent

Surveillance Planet

– A former NSA official said there’s a new cyberwar between tech companies and the U.S. government

– Using a messaging system? Worried about your privacy? Journalist Julia Angwin writes on secure messaging systems to use.

– Requests by the U.S. government for information on Facebook rose 24 percent in late 2013/early 2014, according to the company

Financial Matters

– While it is important to focus on the racial and social discrimination in Israel, we cannot forget the economic discrimination there as well

– Thanks to a billionaire, taxpayers essentially paid millions to a former Israeli prime minister suspected of bribery by Israeli authorities

Labor’s a-Brewing

– What is frustrating for most workers is how wage theft is legal in most cases as employers look to cut costs at every single corner

– An emphasis on good eating, along with community-grown food potentially can help food workers

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Just 58 percent of Americans said they are “absolutely certain [they] will vote.”; Well then…

– Glen Ford joins The Real News to talk about the value of a grand jury surrounding the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and why it is important to view the city as a “no justice zone”

– The Associated Press should definitely do more against the FBI for fabricating an AP story to catch a suspect

– President Barack Obama conceded things are not looking so good for Democrats in different states; Even Vice President Joseph Biden predicts Democrat losses

– Exit polls as of 7:20 p.m. on Nov. 4 reveal voters are angry with the two-party system, are not optimistic about the future, and have little faith in government; I’m sure they would have been happier had there been a referendum on abolishing capitalism but no one listens to my ideas so…

Anytown USA

– Journalist Arun Kundnani, in the context of reactionaries like Sam Harris and Bill Maher, writes on how there is no liberal anti-racist. Highly recommended for its concise point on the matter of Islamophobia.

– An elderly man in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is at risk of going to jail for feeding homeless folks; USA! USA! USA!

– In Chicago, Ill., Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed another investment banker in the state treasurer’s seat after the former treasurer, an investment banker too, left

– Zephyr Teachout: “What ever happened to ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’? A manifesto“; Teachout will be here on the FDL Book Salon on Nov. 16, a Sunday, to talk about not only this, but her new book as well.

We Don’t Need No Education

– If Andrew Cuomo is re-elected as Governor of New York, then public schools should be cautious of someone who often said vile things about the system

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Margaret Chan, the Director-General of World Health Organization, criticized the “profit-driven” pharmaceutical industry for not producing a vaccine for Ebola; Glad we recognize how messed up capitalism is

The Second Sex

A new study found women who have friends who hold pro-life beliefs typically do not share their stories of abortion out of fear

– Jessica Valenti: “A radical fix to the world’s wage gap: why not just pay women more – and pay men less?

– Awesome to hear the state Supreme Court in Oklahoma struck down two restrictive abortion laws

Planet Earth

– Despite the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releasing a significant report on the destruction so far, it is a conservative view of the situation at hand.

– Furthermore, as a result of this report, the only thing the world needs is a major political change

– Shell sponsored a conference on climate change in London, England, and was criticized because of the company’s hands in global warming.

– Great news as “citizen interventions” cost $17.1 billion for the tar sands industry in Canada; This is awesome to hear. These capitalists should be extremely uncomfortable and directed challenged at all times

Mixed Bag

– Natasha Lennard: “29-Year-Old Brittany Maynard’s Suicide Was Heroic“; It should be noted one Vatican official called Maynard’s decision an “absurdity.”

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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.

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