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The Roundup for November 14th, 2014

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It’s Friday today folks. What are you looking forward to this weekend?

International Politics


– Gareth Porter: “US Sanctions Relief Fails, Threatening the Nuclear Talks

– Journalist Nathan Fuller explains those journalists who advocated for the war in Libya three years ago were rewarded with more access

Middle East

– While mainstream outlets focus on the crimes of the Islamic State in Iraq, there are crimes committed by Western-backed militias that cannot be ignored


– The Egyptian government is ramping up its campaign against human rights groups and NGOs operating inside the country

– A group claiming to be Islamic State took responsibility for an attack where 31 people were killed in a bombing last month in Egypt


– There were protesters in Romania over voting for the presidential election

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Natasha Lennard: “Americans Support Mexico’s Anti-Government Protests — As Long as They Stay in Mexico

– Executives were arrested in a kickback scheme involving Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned energy company

Surveillance Planet

– AT&T announced it will not be using a tracking number on its customers that is impossible to find and delete

Financial Matters

– William Black joins The Real News to explain a recent op-ed by Joseph Fichera calling for less regulation and talks on how corrupt Wall Street is; Spoiler: It is very corrupt

– Microsoft is now the second most valuable company in the world, behind Apple and ahead of ExxonMobil

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Pew: For Americans aged 16 and up, there is a rise in the number leaving the labor force in the past decade, mostly due to the weak economy

– Despite Whole Foods appearing as a progressive supermarket, its labor policies are extremely anti-union and workers are upset with the lack of major benefits

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Seventy-four percent of Americans who received insurance through the Affordable Care Act rate their insurance well; Still, premiums will rise for many of them according to analysts

– The use of socialism as a scare tactic predates the shift of the Republican Party as a radical right-wing reactionary group. Actually, it originated before the Civil War.

– David Sirota: “Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses

– Republicans have not taken their newly-won seats in Congress and Democrats are alreaedy offering them things they could not imagine before

– Glenn Greenwald: “Cynics, step aside: There is genuine excitement over a Hillary Clinton candidacy

– The U.S. government will offer refugee status for undocumented children who entered from Latin America

Anytown USA

– Even schools near Ferguson, Mo., will be notified of the grand jury’s decision; Wow, so much fear at play here

We Don’t Need No Education

– Teach for America creates a program where students are robbed of an education with teachers being put into schools at the last minute

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– West Virginia University suspended all sororities and fraternities after finding one frat member unconscious after a party, he has since died

– Michelle Chen: “Want to feed the homeless? Be prepared to pay the government for the privilege

– The Center for Disease Control said a significant milestone was reached when a strain of polio was eliminated

The Second Sex

– Antibiotics given to the Indian government for its sterilization campaign is linked to rat poison

Pseudo-science pays well, especially when fighting on behalf of anti-abortion activists as RH Reality Check reports

– Rivera Sun: “Women Hold the Lever to Move the World

– Corporations like Apple and Facebook are not helping women when offering to freeze the eggs of their female employees

Planet Earth

– Bill McKibben: “Congress is about to sabotage Obama’s historic climate deal

– A new agreement between the U.S. and China was extensively talked about in the media, yet it is not impressive considering the media exaggerated what it would accomplish; More on it can be found here

– Great to hear Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy (a coal company), is indicted for neglecting to establish safety standards that led to the deaths of 29 miners.

– The House voted 252-61 to pass a bill constructing Keystone, it was the hottest October on record and global warming will increase the amount of lightning storms; In general, a bunch of good environment news to share!

– President Barack Obama pledged to send $3 billion to poor countries to fight climate change

– The Justice Department is investigating Chesapeake Energy for using fees originally intended for landowners to pay off corporate debt

Mixed Bag

– Pew: Forty percent of marriages in the U.S. included as least one person who was re-marrying; however, this is more prevalent among older Americans than younger ones.

– The Onion may be going up for sale in the future, although very little else is known at this point

Part one of three with Emery Douglas, formerly a minister of culture in the Black Panther Party, with an exploration on his upbringing in San Francisco, Calif.

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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.