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The Roundup for November 10th, 2014

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Hey there folks, what are you doing today?

International Politics

Overall

– A lawsuit by American families of deceased U.S. soldiers alleges European banks  send money to Iran, which in turn helps orchestrate attacks against them in Iraq

– The State Department will review its programs of delivering “democracy” (whatever that means) to other countries

Middle East

– Scholar Phyllis Bennis joins The Real News to explain different news stories, for instance the latest Amnesty International report criticizing Israel for crimes happening with relation to Gaza

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is considering a UN proposal for a ceasefire in Aleppo

– Iraqi media claimed an aide to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike but did not offer details

Africa

Forty-six students died in northeastern Nigeria after a possible Boko Haram member entered a school and blew himself up

Europe 

– With growing support for Catalonia independence in Spain, it could be argued it will happen one day in the future

– With renewed fighting in Ukraine, we must not forget the recent election where reactionary forces took power as the backdrop for the fighting.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Demonstrators, mostly students, in Mexico protested against the national government and destroyed a palace door of the Mexican president

Surveillance Planet

– Malware may affect many iPhone users as a specific piece of malware could replace apps without the user noticing; however, the apps will be infected

Financial Matters

– The piece of the Dodd-Frank law to prevent banks from getting larger avoids the problem that banks are already large to begin with

– Dean Baker: “Election Results Indicate Huge Mandate for New Trade Pacts

– AOL decided to leave ALEC, what other companies will decide to leave the reactionary organization?

– Ukraine’s currency fell by nearly five percent and the financial status of the country is poor

Labor’s a-Brewing

A powerful piece on the underground labor economy using Chinese immigrants in U.S. restaurants

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Sixty-six percent of Americans are personally satisfied with the health care system

– President Barack Obama: We need “the strongest possible rules” in order to protect our internet and we need to advocate for net neutrality; Telecommunication and cable companies were not happy with his comments

– Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel urged outgoing Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) to put the Senate torture report into the record

– Trevor Timm: “Obama is doubling down on an Isis war with no end in sight. Why does he get a free pass?

Anytown USA

– In Baltimore, Md., a civilian review board exists to check on the power of police. Unfortunately, the board is considered weak by city officials.

Part three of five with Professor Karl Alexander on the importance of race is on a study he co-authored about the city of Baltimore.

– The New York Police Department is considering just ticketing people carrying marijuana rather than arresting them. Here’s Jon Walker’s take.

–  An argument women’s prison are contrary to the idea of rehabilitation and providing support. Thus, they must be abolished.

– There is no system to provide a check on our courts and that is a major problem

The Second Sex

– Gallup: Women are more confident in the Americas in finding a job compared to men

– Lincoln University President Robert Jennings told a group of female students they should think before submitting a sexual assault report

Planet Earth

– Dahr Jamail: “Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park and Forest in Washington State

– In Detroit, Mich., water bills are skyrocketing and residents are not happy about it

– Dead zones, where there is a lack of oxygen in the water, will increase as global warming becomes worse, researchers warn

– Chris Hedges: “Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time

A new report from Australia found the importance of coal to the world economy overrated

– It is tough to be an environmentalist and see the loss last Tuesday. That is an understatement, it was a disaster; Can’t forget bright spots like Denton, Texas, though, except the state regulator says it’s not Denton’s place to decide

– In Canada, a report found the country should prepare for “climate migrants” escaping from areas affected by the worst of climate change

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: More Americans under 50 are using texting and/or phone calls with their cell phone

– Michael Moore defends Bill Maher’s comments and writes a poor argument rooted in misconceptions and stereotypes.

– George W. Bush said he would enjoy to see a Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton election in two years; Great! More dynasties!

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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.