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The Roundup for November 12th, 2014

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Hey everyone, looks like we’re half-way into the week folks. How are you doing?

International Politics


– Richard Wolff: “The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Failures of Actually Existing Economic Systems

– A reply was sent to President Barack Obama’s letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, although it is unsure whether Khamenei was to one who replied

– Meanwhile, Russia and the U.S. both urged Iran to agree to a new deal immediately; Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for the U.S. to stop on its “excessive demands

Middle East

– In Syria, Kurdish forces were able to block a road used by Islamic State forces to transport supplies

– With no budget agreed upon for 2014 and 2015, Iraq will suffer significant instability as a result

– Attacks in Jerusalem, Israel, reflect the response by Palestinians to Israel’s bombings of Gaza as well as their draconian control

– Since Monday, the U.S. launched 23 air strikes against the ISIL in Iraq and Syria combined


– With Libya suffering massive turmoil and instability across the country, it is important to look back on the NATO imperialist adventure that led to such events; Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain also write more about this here


– NATO accused Russia of sending troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine; Meanwhile, Kiev is preparing to mobilize its troops to go east

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– On The Real News, Professor John Ackerman emphasizes how important the case of the 43 missing students is in Mexico

Surveillance Planet

– Pew: A majority of Americans are cautious not only of government snooping, but also of corporations taking their information as well

An investigation found Chinese hackers broke into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration server to tamper with weather forecasts; Maybe they wanted to warn us?

– In Houston, Texas, the police are using Sting Ray surveillance tools to collect text messages and phone calls within a specific radius, this is funded by asset forfeiture

Financial Matters

– Center for Economic Policy Research fellow David Rosnick joins The Real News to discuss a paper he co-authored on the decline of household income in the U.S.

– With net neutrality now re-entering mainstream discussion, we must not forget how corporations value profit and why they despise net neutrality

– Bad news: We have underestimated global income inequality significantly, according to new research

– With many companies deciding to leave ALEC, you would think eBay would join due to their criticism of the organization. Well not really…

– In spite of what an unregulated Airbnb might say, their business harms other businesses working with regulations and fixed costs

– Six banking institutions were fined $4.3 billion for their actions into rigging the foreign exchange rate

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A cleaning and home repair start-up in California is being sued for alleged labor violations including treating employees as independent contractors (despite working like employees), paid less than minimum wage, no overtime pay and etc.

– Cambodia will increase the monthly minimum wage for its workers in the garment industry

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Only 36 percent of Americans support the Democratic Party, a record low, compared to 42 percent who support the GOP; Moreover, 53 percent of Americans prefer Republicans leading the way forward. However, according to Pew, only 44 percent of Americans agree with the GOP plans.

– The Justice Department launched an anti-extremist program to reduce the number of Islamic extremists although their focus will certainly fail

– As we approach nearly 10 years of John Roberts on the Supreme Court, what he said in 2005 is worth examining considering how conservative the Court is today

– Gallup: The economy and the government are the most important issues for Americans in contemporary times

Anytown USA

In part five of five, Professor Karl Alexander stresses solutions to curtailing class and race inequality

– Journalist Charlotte Silver joins The Real News to discuss the trial of Rasmea Yousef, which readers of The Dissenter know was not fair whatsoever.

– A mentally ill man, who murdered two people and showed up to his trial as a cowboy, will be executed on Dec. 3 in Texas

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The World Health Organization reported more than 5,000 people died as a result of Ebola with a consistent rise only in Sierra Leone

– The U.S. will reduce its troops presence in Liberia, although they noted the crisis was not over; Mission Accomplished! Bring the carrier!

The Second Sex

– In New Orleans, La., cops did not investigate 1,111 sex crimes in the city despite victims providing evidence

– New York State will share $35 million with towns across America to reduce the number of untested rape kits

Planet Earth

– The real tragedy of the 21st century will be the failure of world capitalism to address climate change as the system contributes significantly to it

– Jason Leopold: “Primary Sources: How BP Lobbied the EPA to Let it Continue Being a ‘Business Partner of the Government’

– Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said she is able to get votes to ensure the full construction of Keystone XL pipeline; Because, you know, President Obama already built half of it

Mixed Bag

– Consumerism is so bad in the U.S. that a mall in Buffalo, N.Y. is forcing businesses to open in the afternoon on Thanksgiving or face a fine

– Outgoing Uruguayan President Jose Mujica received a $1 million offer for his Volkswagan Beetle

– Ahead of the FIFA report on whether Qatar used bribes to get the 2022 World Cup, the BBC said they were notified Qatar was found to be innocent

– With more and more drones sighted in the U.S., officials are worried about collisions with planes or appearing near airports

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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.