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The Roundup for November 5th, 2014

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Welcome to the hangover for the midterm elections. There will be a good number of links but journalist Nathan Fuller provides the best description of the elections here. If you haven’t caught his commentary on the PayPal14 case and where it will go next, definitely check it out here.

It’s Guy Fawkes Day today folks so that is one of the positives for today. Soon, we can sway the working class to a better alternative.

International Politics


– Jason Leopold: “The First Detainee Since the Bowe Bergdahl Swap Just Left Guantanamo

Middle East

– In what readers here are aware of, Amnesty International wrote a report on Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza over the summer

– A new poll found 62.6 percent of Christians in Lebanon prefer Hizbollah because the group protects them from larger state actors

– The Islamic State, along with Sunni tribesmen, were able to turn backIraqi and Shiite forces in a battle over Baiji

– Mortars killed at least 13 children in a rebel-held neighborhood in Damascus, Syria

– Rania Khalek: “Palestinians ‘struggling for survival’ in Jerusalem

Asia and Oceania

– A U.S. General said casualty rates for Afghan soldiers is alarmingly high compared to last year; We could have done no war but I suppose it’s too late now

Surveillance Planet

– There was worry over the Alaskan election that, since it would be done over the internet, it could be hacked

– Trevor Timm: “Mark Udall’s loss is a blow for privacy, but he can go out with a bang: ‘leak’ the CIA torture report

– U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who previously argued for government surveillance, is a top choice for Obama administration officials as the next Attorney General; USA! USA! USA!

Financial Matters

– What does Wall Street make of the midterm elections? Well, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 closed today on record highs

According to an investigation by The Guardian, Luxembourg is giving the a-O.K. for multinational corporations to avoid taxes

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Good news as a number of states and cities passed referendums to raise the minimum wage, with the highest in San Francisco to $15 per hour.

– AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, despite election results across the U.S., there is still good news for workers going forward; Uh, you know Scott Walker and Andrew Cuomo were re-elected right?

Politics US (Midterm Extravaganza Edition)

Washington USA

– Gallup: Thirty-one percent of Americans believe Congress should fix problems in the political system

– The political spectacle yesterday could best be defined as theater as there was less in advocating changes and more of creating an appearance of change

– Journalist Zaid Jilani writes on five victories for progressives despite the next two years of a Republican-controlled Congress

– David Sirota: “Election 2016: Republican Midterm Wins Don’t Mean The GOP Is Set For 2016 Presidential Race

– President Barack Obama, after yesterday’s election show, said he “hear[d]” voters who did and did not vote; Meanwhile, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the Obama administration should seek compromise after the latest election

– To provide an example of what Obama will be doing, he called for Congress to help fight against the ISIL

– Gary Younge: “Republicans didn’t win as big as you think they did. And Obama didn’t lose

– Democratic strategists know they lost, but they are shocked at how much they lost to the GOP.

– In the the New York State gubernatorial election, the Working Families Parties received less than Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate, and shows how much the party failed to make an impact; Speaking of Hawkins, he received around five percent of the vote, which is more than his 2010 showing despite a decline in NYS turnout

Anytown USA

– The elections in North Carolina may be over, but the Moral Mondays movement still presses on to get the change it deserves for the state

– As previously said, voter ID laws did effect the turnout this year. Thus, it reveals how the laws sought to preserve GOP power.

– We can’t forget about Ferguson, Mo., where demonstrators interrupted a Democrat’s speech after winning the County Executive office and reminded him of what needs to be addressed; As Rosa Luxemburg said, if voting changed anything, the ruling class would have made it illegal

We Don’t Need No Education

– With unionization rates decline in the U.S., we can witness this in Jewish schools where unions are targeted by administration officials and then become extremely weak

– At Loyola University Chicago, Palestinian students held a peace protest against the Birthright program and administration officials delivered a harsh punishment with probation and “dialogue training” as well as other charges yet to come.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: In the past year, 17.2 percent of Americans reported they were struggling to afford food, which is the lowest recorded in the past six years

– Berkeley, Calif., passed a referendum where a tax will be applied to sugary drinks despite the heavy campaigning by the soda industry

– Chagas, a tropical disease, is something doctors are warning about since at least seven million are infected in the Americas and it can be fatal

– President Obama will seek $6.2 billion to fight Ebola overseas as well to prevent more cases in the U.S. (despite it not really being a problem here); Wait, now you say this?

The Second Sex

– I suppose some good news for the next Congress is that there will be more than 100 female lawmakers, the most in the institutions’ history.

– In India, women were permitted to work as makeup artists for films after previously being barred from doing so

– Good news as a personhood referendum was shot down in North Dakota despite it being popular in polls before it was voted on

– Numerous lawsuits from female employees at auto plants reveal the sexual harassment and discrimination happening to  them

Planet Earth

– Despite talks in Paris next year on what to do on climate change, countries do not have an actual plan on what to bring to the talks

– With Republicans dominating Congress, it does not bode well for legislation pertaining to global warming, for instance, as journalist Steve Horn and expert Daphne Wysham elaborate on The Real News

– However, residents in Denton, Texas, passed a referendum to ban hydrofracking. Plus, other towns also banned fracking, which is incredible to hear.

– Dahr Jamail: “Assigning a Cost to BP’s Gulf Oil Spill: Four Years On, Debate Continues

– Klaus Jacob predicted a storm like Hurricane Sandy would significantly affect New York City, although no city, state or federal official is listening to him. Now Jacob warns we are not safe from future storms.

Mixed Bag

– A programmer was able to make Punk-themes for old Nintendo games for the NES, which could be found here

– Another overrated comedian tweets something sexist to a black woman and then cries foul when called out for it

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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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