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The Roundup for November 11th, 2014

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It’s Veterans Day folks and Eugene Debs’ words are as relevant as ever.

International Politics


– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell warns on The Real News how the situation in Iraq could end up like Vietnam

– Trita Parsi joins The Real News to talk about President Barack Obama’s letter to Ayatollah Khamenei and the threat of the Islamic State in the Middle East

– Libyan men who were detained by the CIA said they were never asked about their time tortured as the U.S. heads to defend itself on torture

Middle East

– Juan Cole: “Ferguson & Israel? Netanyahu Calls for Stripping Palestinian-Israelis of Citizenship

– Fatah and Hamas officials blame each other for bombings targeting Fatah leaders a few days ago

– Iraqi forces captured an essential town from the ISIL Beiji contains a major oil refinery

Asia and Oceania

– An traffic accident involving a bus and a truck killed 58 people  in Pakistan, and others were seriously injured as well


– Instability continues to plague Libya as three activists were beheaded in the eastern part of the country


– No matter what Turkey does, it is very unlikely they will be kicked out of NATO

– As a result of changes in Russia, CNN announced it will cease broadcasting in the country

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A new report, based on statistics from 2009 to 2013, found police in Brazil kill about six people per day

Financial Matters

– Economist Richard Wolff joins The Real News to discuss the contradictions of capitalism and how apparent it became in recent years

In part four of five, Professor Karl Alexander explains social mobilization as well as challenging and disproving the right-wing narrative of blacks who are inherently lazy.

– The European Court of Justice ruled member states can deny benefits to citizens who move solely to obtain them

– Argentinian authorities targeted numerous financial organization involved in money laundering

Labor’s a-Brewing

– As a result of not working with a contract, longshore workers on the West Coast are working slower, which is irritating companies ahead of the holidays

– Sarah Jaffe: “The secret to raising the minimum wage may be to stop trusting Democrats“; Bingo

Politics US

Washington USA

– Salon interviews Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about his latest book on soldiers, the political environment after the midterms and what he wants to focus on next

– President Obama can sign an executive order to force all companies that work with government contracts to reveal where they donated for each election, thereby reducing the power of dark money

Anytown USA

– The boyfriend of a deceased woman in Ann Arbor, Mich., heavily criticized police for shooting his girlfriend after responding to a dispute

Gun sales are through the roof in Ferguson, Mo., ahead of a grand jury decision on Darren Wilson; Incredible. Instead of such funds going to invest in the community, they are used to purchase arms primarily for self-interest. Again, incredible.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– In New York City, Dr. Craig Spencer was released after being under quarantine for contracting Ebola as he recovered. Spencer said his case highlights how important it is to detect the virus early.

– Homelessness is an issue for the Department of Veterans Affairs considering they potentially could under-report such numbers

The Second Sex

– With the Catholic health system expanding and entering into mergers, what will happen when merging with secular hospitals and providing care for women?

– A sterilization campaign in India is under fierce criticism after eight women died and others became seriously ill

Planet Earth

– Climate change is a unique issue in regards to how ignored it is in society and why scientists, often revered for their work, are heavily criticized by deniers of climate change.

– How much are G-20 nations spending for oil exploration? $1 billion? $2 billion? $50 billion? A new report found they spent $88 billion.

– Radiation from Fukushima was detected on the West Coast but it is not that severe; Interestingly, the government does not have the ability to monitor for radiation.

– Workers at fracking sites are at risk of inhaling a dangerous amount of chemicals, according to a new report

– If you want any indication what the U.S. perspective is on climate change, look no further than Wyoming where coal is providing a huge profit for the state

Mixed Bag

– Censors in China went to work to remove all videos and mentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin putting a coat on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wife; Sounds hilarious

– Dave Zirin: “Kurt Busch, Ray Rice and How Sports Disseminates the Burdens of Racism

Break Time

War/No More Trouble [Bob Marley and the Wailers]

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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.