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The Roundup for November 13th, 2014

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It’s Thursday folks and my midterms are over. Now to enjoy the rest of the time until finals week rolls around next month.

International Politics


– As journalist Gareth Porter explains on The Real News, Russia has a stake in the U.S.-Iranian agreement on Iran’s nuclear ambitions

– You might have read about the U.S. defending itself over its use of torture to the U.N., but I must place this article by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee here as it provides an essential understanding on what the issue is here: Accountability

– At a U.N. conference in Geneva, delegates warned the international body on the dangers of killer robots if no regulations are put in place

Middle East

– In a reversal of comments made months ago, the U.S. military is considering sending troops back to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State

– A rebel commander in Syria said al-Qaeda and the ISIL agreed to a truce and are joining forces

– Meanwhile, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL, declared the organization is expanding and called for invasions into other countries, like Saudi Arabia

– Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is highly valued by Israeli officials as they have a friend in him

– The Kurds may still be a part of Iraq technically, but with the money they hold,they might as well be called independent.

– It is strange to think the U.S. can imagine getting away with paying off family members whose relatives it killed accidentally

Surveillance Planet

Part two of two with Katrina vandel Heuvel, editor-in-chief of The Nation, on meeting Edward Snowden and what the future may hold in terms of resisting surveillance

– The European Union instituted new rules to see where surveillance programs are going as there is suspicion countries with poor human rights records will use such tools; I mean, the U.S. was obviously one from the start

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Fifty-five percent of Americans who are uninsured are likely to seek out insurance in the future

– How does Russia respond to Western sanctions? By agreeing to more trade deals with China of course!; I have to admit it is a smart move on Russia’s part

– The American Red Cross is so inept in providing care that even some of its employees do not trust its vision

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Labor unions in Afghanistan hope to produce change in the country to provide benefits for workers

– Federal workers today went on strike to protest for better working conditions, along with $15/hour

Politics US

Washington USA

– Journalist Nathan Fuller rightfully explains how The New York Times refuses to evaluate themselves despite repeatedly taking the side of the establishment on pressing issues

– After Sept. 11, elites’ decision to turn to extreme militarization and fear could be found in agencies like the Border Patrol

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is now a policy adviser for the Democratic leadership in Congress; It better not be for foreign policy

– Rania Khalek: “Pentagon denies seeking advice from Israel on limiting civilian deaths

– While Congressional Democrats urge President Barack Obama to commit to immigration reform, Obama may sign an executive order next week

Anytown USA

– Detroit, Mich., will go down as a huge fumble for American capitalism as a result of the bankruptcy case. For a city that was hailed as “The City of Tomorrow,” what happens after bankruptcy is something no one wants to think about.

– In understanding the latest midterm election, we should understand why economics is far more important to voters than social issues

– As journalist Dave Zirin mentions, Boston, Mass., is not in favor of hosting the 2024 Olympics

– Eric Frein, who was captured by Pennsylvania police after killing one officer and hiding in the woods, is facing two terrorism charges

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: Compared to previous generations, more college graduates say they are able to apply skills from their internships to their classes

– The Government Accountability Office called for more efficiency in terms of managing indigenous American schools

Top Gun (Stories)

A new report found 1.7 million children in the U.S. are at significant risk of dying due to easily obtainable guns

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A new report found fast food companies are heavily marketing to poor children, especially those who are black.

– The Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned of growing use of e-cigarettes among teenagers

The Second Sex

– Indigenous American women are able to obtain Plan B, although certain areas lack resources for them to get it

– Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader in the House, criticized a journalist’s question on whether she will be stepping down citing it as sexist

– Columbia University charged senior Emma Sulkowicz, along with others who marched with her, $451 for dirty mattresses

Planet Earth

– Pew: While most Americans say President Obama is good on environmental policy compared to the GOP (very depressing), most also support construction of the Keystone XL; By the way, the southern half is already built thanks to the Obama administration but I’m sure Pew would love to skip over that

A new report found at least 670,000 people died in China during 2012 as a result of the air pollution

– The decision of the Democrats to support Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and her Keystone XL vote is a reactionary one

– In Colorado, an accident on a fracking site led to the death of one worker and injured two others

Mixed Bag

– It is fascinating to see more folks in Latin America turning away from Catholicism and more are becoming Protestants

– Amy Goodman: “Tomas Young, Rest in Peace

– It is revealing to see black entertainers decide to criticize and generalize bad folks in the black community

– Pope Francis announced showers to be built in St. Peter’s Square for the homeless

– Does political correctness work? According to a new study, it does and it should provide us lessons on what we should do with it.

– English Football Association President Greg Dyke considers FIFA’s report on finding Qatar and Russia innocent a “joke

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.