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The Weekend Roundup for November 15-16th, 2014

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Today’s song comes from the album “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough” which, funny enough, it is.

International Politics


– President Barack Obama: With the recent announcements by the U.S. government, it is a return of strong leadership; Just a week ago he was pulling out the white flag

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to discuss the U.S. at the Geneva hearings on torture and how their actions speak louder than their words

Middle East

– Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor who went to Gaza in 2008 to help out civilians hurt by Israeli bombings, was banned for life by Israel should he re-enter Gaza; It really is a sick society

– U.S. General Martin Dempsey arrived in Iraq to analyze strategies against the Islamic State; I’m sure there are other reasons

– In Israel, a train operator called for every Israeli person to run over an Arab; Again, it really is a sick society

– A car bomb exploded at the international airport in Baghdad, Iraq, five people were killed as well as 20 others were wounded.

– It was confirmed by U.S. officials that U. S. aid worker Peter Kassig was beheaded by Islamic State fighters

Asia and Oceania

– In southern Japan, an anti-U.S. base candidate was elected in Okinawa, which will certainly affect the U.S. and Japanese governments’ plans for the controversial air base


– The Nigerian military announced it retook a town captured by Boko Haram forces a few days ago


– Russian President Vladimir Putin:  The sanctions imposed by the West against Russia will backfire on those countries; Meanwhile, Putin left the G-20 meetings early to go back to Russia after the constant comments on Ukraine

– In Ukraine, the Kiev government announced it would suspend all governmental services in the eastern region

– In a trial against Golden Dawn members in Greece, a former Golden Dawn member revealed the organization trains its members to kill with knives and even planned to storm the parliament to kill lawmakers

– A former British official said ground troops might be necessary to defeat the Islamic State

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– When a liberation psychologist was assassinated by U.S.-backed forces in El Salvador in 1989, the U.S. psychology community was quiet. That man, Ignacio Martin-Baro will be honored by a psychology journal in Latin America, and the community here is still quiet.

– Despite Mexican President Pena Nieto pledging to change the country, the missing students in the country reflect how corrupt Mexico still is

– Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the investigation into kickbacks with Petrobras and some government parties may “change the country forever.”

Surveillance Planet

– Trevor Timm: “First Snowden. Then tracking you on wheels. Now spies on a plane. Yes, surveillance is everywhere

– The State Department shut down its email system after a suspected breach, although officials called it an “activity of concern

– Emptywheel: “Undercover: The Targets of Stings“; Considering the article deals with federal agencies sending undercover officers, they often send such operatives to places that don’t really need them

Financial Matters

A report funded by big business to promote a deal made by big business to benefit big business said it was possible for small businesses to thrive.

– William Blacks explains to The Real News how pathetic the $4.3 billion fine was for market manipulation by six major banks considering how much of a fraud the manipulation was

– British Prime Minister David Cameron: “Red lights are flashing on the global economy

– China announced it would double its investments in Iran, which will be $52 billion

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “College Athletes of the World, Unite

– Journalist Sarah Waters interviewed Patrick Ackermann, a trade union leader in France, about the recent spikes in suicides in the country due to privatization efforts

Politics US

Washington USA

– Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will explore possible routes to expand the U.S. military’s power in spite of recent difficulties; Better technology is one thing the military is looking into

– Thomas Frank: “How ’70s and ’80s cynicism poisoned Democrats and America

– After one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act said it passed due to the “stupidity” of the American voter, President Obama said it was untrue

Anytown USA

– Baltimore, Md., is not the only city with a weak civilian review board for police abuses as the same can be found in Washington D.C.

– A new video surfaced where officer Darren Wilson is seen threatening someone for video-tapping him

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Homelessness cannot be ended with reforms only as it is a systemic problem and the only solution to abolish the system

– A surgeon in Nebraska is under quarantine for Ebola, and was called “seriously ill,” with health workers at bio-containment unit working “hour-by-hour

The Second Sex

– Rossville, Ga., will vote to ban abortion clinics in the city because they fear the “drama” of anti-abortion protesters

– Society in general is failing to provide assistance for young black girls, and oftentimes demonizes them or pushes them to learn reactionary ideas

Planet Earth

A new report found a switch to a vegetarian diet would reduce carbon emissions, reduce obesity rates, and preserve more forests

– Alternative energy will not provide a solution to our climate woes and the only way to change our society is a radical restructuring of our way of life

Mixed Bag

Another excellent article by Louis Proyect on the failure to understand Vladimir Lenin and to promote him as a cult figure despit not being one.

– The German Football League president threatened to leave FIFA along with UEFA if an American attorney’s report on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process was not released

– Michael Moore’s decision to defend Bill Maher’s Islamophobic comments was incredibly shameful as he neglects to understand the reality of what is happening overseas

Break Time

Maps [Emancipator]

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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.