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The Roundup for November 6th, 2014

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International Politics


– Pew: A majority of respondents in emerging and developing countries report crime and corruption as two major problems

– The Pentagon accused Iran of supporting the Taliban and fighting against Western forces

– Despite the International Criminal Court acknowledging war crimes may have taken place, they will not charge Israel with war crimes for the flotilla raid to Gaza in 2010

– Glenn Greenwald: “How many Muslim countries has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980?

Middle East

– Rania Khalek: “Leading Israeli lawmaker ‘trying to start holy war’ in East Jerusalem

– A suicide bomber and bombings in Iraq killed at least 13 people and wounded 20 people.


– Alexei Devotchenko, a Russian actor and critic of the government, was found dead with allegations he was murdered.

– Russian President Vladimir Putin talked with some of his security officials about the “deterioration of the situation” in eastern Ukraine

Surveillance Planet

– The Justice Department supported the FBI’s call for expanded surveillance powers, despite it, you know, not working

– Emptywheel: “Even the Government Can’t Figure Out How It Uses Its FISA Dragnet

– Across the pond, the GCHQ was authorized to spy not only on lawyers, but also journalists in “sensitive professions

– Home Depot announced 53 million email addresses and credit card data were taken by hackers

Financial Matters

Part seven of eight with philosopher Sheldon Wolin and journalist Chris Hedges about the transformation of capitalism and the state, as well as its conflict with democracy in the new century

– Authorities arrested a man in Texas and charged him for running a Ponzi scheme using Bitcoin

– Despite Proposition 45 in California limiting the times health insurance companies jack up premium rates, it failed with 60 percent opposing it; Big money wins again unfortunately

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Amy Goodman: “Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

Politics US

Washington USA

– Howie Hawkins: “America just took a wrong turn. It’s time to take a hard left

– Pew: The GOP must thank older, white voters for providing them the support to win in the most recent election

Billions were poured into the most recent election for a low voter turnout. We cannot help ask when will a limit to campaign spending come?

– Journalist Thomas Frank speaks with Salon about the failure of the Democrats to provide a clear alternative and why this will persist with President Barack Obama

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent money to reactionary Democratic politicians such as Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA); This is certainly disappointing as this runs contrary to his rhetoric

– Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) warned President Obama of acting on his own, with immigration for example, as Boehner used the recent election to show the GOP is still in control

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Twenty-six percent of American households report someone in the household affected by crime

– The Real News covers where the left in Maryland, a blue state, will go after a Republican was elected governor in the state. As the video said, it is “stunning.”

– I would recommend reading on the case of the Dallas 6, six prisoners who blew the whistle on the awful conditions in Dallas, Penna. (not Texas). As a result of sending information to outside organizations, the state charged the six men with a felony.

– It is possible to defeat big money as evident in Richmond, Calif., where candidates not funded by Chevron were victorious.

– After the Working Families Party failed in New York State, such parties are better off supporting real leftist candidates or wither away for good

– An appeals court upheld same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: Only nine percent of business major graduates reported emotional support from a faculty or staff member when in college

– Despite children with ADHD being very creative, schools often neglect to help develop that creativity thereby failing in providing an education

The Second Sex

– Despite women outperforming men, they are paid less than men, a new report found.

– Jessica Valenti: “2014 was an election of firsts for Republican women. But it wasn’t a ‘win’ for women at all

Planet Earth

– Doctor Giovanni Baiocchi argues the importance of reducing carbon emissions and advocates for energy efficiency in the developed and developing world

– In Washington D.C. this week, at least 50 demonstrators were arrested after protesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to allow hydrofracking

– Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is set to take over the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, which means nothing will be done on climate change

Mixed Bag

– Pew: One-in-five Americans talk about their religion online through social networks, for example

– Holland will make a bike path that also will be solar-powered.

– Henry A. Giroux: “Capitalism Is a Tumor on the Body Politic: What’s the Alternative? Beyond Mid-Election Babble

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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.