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The Roundup for November 7th, 2014

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Hey there folks. How are you enjoying your Friday? It’s been 96 years since the Russian Revolution and Jacobin Magazine had a great article over the summer about the lessons learned.

International Politics


Part eight of eight with journalist Chris Hedges and philosopher Sheldon Wolin on the perils of revolution and the question of power

Middle East

– The Obama administration will send 1,500 more troops to Iraq so this is an endless war with no end date

– During their tours in Iraq some American soldiers were exposed to chemical weapons made in the U.S. and Europe

– A Syrian official said displaced Syrians may return to the country once countries in the region stop supporting the rebels

– Fatah officials blamed Hamas for bombs hitting the homes of their officials and party members; A reminder, just a few months ago they said they would work together

– Meanwhile, in east Jerusalem, Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces with tear gas fired at the former

Asia and Oceania

– The past twenty years in Afghanistan have been harsh for the civilians there and continued U.S. involvement will only deteriorate conditions further

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Mexican authorities believe a drug gang may be behind the disappearance of 43 students 

Surveillance Planet

Part one of two with editor-in-chief of The Nation Katrina vandel Heuvel on what it was like to interview NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

– The FBI went further than publishing a fake news story. One of their agents faked being a journalist with the Associated Press to get close to a suspect; Are we sure they still aren’t doing that now?

Financial Matters

The jobs report for October shows the unemployment rate drop to 5.8 percent with 214,000 jobs added, mostly in retail and restaurants.

– In part one of five, Karl Alexander, a sociology professor, explains the results of his 25-year-long study on the power of class and race on youth in Baltimore

– Smaller, less developed countries are being neglected by major states on the issue of global tax evasion, which is significant

– American and European authorities seized more than 400 websites and arrested at least 16 people on the dark market

A new report from the Center for Economics Policy and Research found household wealth declined for most Americans in the past few years. The press release can be found here.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Jason Leopold: “The Senate Report on CIA Interrogation Is About to Reignite Debate Over the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called for Election Day to be a holiday to drive up the voter turnout; Also, how about you stop funding reactionary candidates and start supporting progressive candidates? You know that works, right?

– What does the mainstream media think about the failure of Democrats to gain ground in the 2014 election? They believe it is a failure of liberalism and advocate for more right-wing rhetoric; Yeah! Journalism!

– President Barack Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch, an African-American prosecutor in New York City known for handling police brutality cases, for Attorney General

– In case anyone is wondering, the Obama administration is keeping in touch with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on the situation in Ferguson, Mo.; Still nothing about arresting Darren Wilson though.

– The Obama administration will seek $5.6 billion from Congress for its fight against the Islamic State; Quite a lot of money against a Western-made group

Anytown USA

– Now, in 2014, debtors’ prisons are making a comeback.

– Populism helped Democratic politicians in Minnesota

– As journalist Michael Arria notes, we can at least take comfort in some positives from Tuesday, including paid sick leave in Massachusetts

We Don’t Need No Education

– After officials in North Carolina requested information regarding the use of public funds in charter schools, some refused to offer any information and deemed it a “trade secret

Top Gun (Stories)

– Gallup: Sixty-three percent of Americans believe having a gun in the household makes things safer

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Once again, we must point out the role of neoliberalism through the International Monetary Fund, for example in destroying West Africa’s health system

– Our current system affects the way people interact with the world as it values materialism and disregards true human interaction

– Some scientists recommend major governments use the blood of Ebola survivors to combat the virus

The Second Sex

– A high school in Texas told its football team not to wear t-shirts with the slogan “Shh…Just let it happen” and those siding with the football players say it does not refer to rape whatsoever

– The draconian aspects of a new law designed to help prevent sex trafficking, are hurting sex workers in the state

Planet Earth

New research shows global warming is affecting pollination rates in a number of species

– India is seeking to expand coal production despite, you know, all of the drawbacks and externalities involved

Mixed Bag

– Dave Zirin: “A-Rod and Ray Rice: If They Go Down, Let Them Not Be Alone

– Consumerism persists as a way to rebel against the system and, in reality, it is not that whatsoever

Break Time

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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.