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The Roundup for November 17th, 2014

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Hey there folks. How are you doing today? It’s been 31 years since the Zapatistas were founded.

International Politics


– Gallup: It was found 35.8 million people, including children, are slaves throughout the world with the most in India.

– The European Union is considering some sort of punishment against Israel for its actions in Gaza

– Emran Feroz of The Electronic Intifada interviews journalist Max Blumenthal on his time in Gaza, his experience in Germany and what may happen in Israel based on the heated situation there

Middle East

– Juan Cole: “Saudi Arabia at the G20: Is it waging economic war on Iran, Russia and North Dakota?

– An Iraqi official claimed planes under Islamic State control were flying throughout Syria and Iraq to deliver weapons to its forces

– Israel verified it banned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from entering into the country; although it denied it banned him for life

– Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the country will never limit its settlement expansion in east Jerusalem

A new report found Israelis who attack Palestinians rarely are punished as a result of their actions


– Before analyzing the social uprising in Burkina Faso, the history of the country in terms of rebellion is essential to understand the mindset of the folks in the streets.


– British authorities are investigating the claim that a Conservative MP killed a young boy at a sex party in the 1980s

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: Based on recent Western actions, I believe they are provoking a new cold war with us

– More than 10,000 Hungarians demonstrated in the capital to protest against government corruption

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In the quest to find the missing students in Mexico, authorities are uncovering not one, not two, not three, but many mass graves throughout the country; It is very, very eerie

– No foreign power or alternative systemic structure can provide benefits for Haiti, the only way forward is democracy

– Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned energy company, created an anti-corruption agency after the discovery of a kickback program

Surveillance Planet

– John Pilger: “The Persecution of Julian Assange

– A so-called privacy company is under investigation for misleading consumers on its protection software

Financial Matters

– Richard Wolff: “System Change, or There and Back Again: Capitalism, Socialism, Fascism

– The royal family of Dubai will get its wish, Tanzania is forcing 40,000 Masai from their ancestral lands so the Dubai royals can hunt big game there

– When it comes to mining operations that are unsafe, it is assumed federal regulators will fine the companies or add severe penalties if they do not pay; Au contraire, these companies ignore the fines and continue to work with unsafe conditions

– In what seems difficult to believe, regulators at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York expressed frustration on being blocked from taking action on JPMorgan’s wrongdoing; It’s incredible to see regulators actually being told not to do their jobs

– Dean Baker: “The Problem of ‘Stupid’ in Economics

– The U.S. government will auction Bitcoins it confiscated when it went after Silk Road

– In Chautauqua County, N.Y., a recent deal regarding bonds received from the tobacco agreement in the 1990s would make more for investors than the citizens; It may be misleading to say citizens, but the assumption is that the funds will be re-invested for the benefit of its citizens, which in many cases is not true

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Workers involved with nail polish or makeup in salons face a terrible working environment with toxic fumes being one example.

– Pew: Services dealing with food employ the most workers who make near-minimum wage and it is overwhelming in terms of numbers

– Dave Zirin: “New NBA Union Chief Michele Roberts Slams the League’s Old Labor Practices

– The U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation reported a deficit of $62 billion for the pension system, predicting workers will struggle to make ends meet in the next ten years

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Thirty-seven percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act, which is the lowest ever recorded; In related news, the ACA website is starting up for next year’s enrollment, and it is, again, experiencing problems

– The wife of Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) was recruited by a firm interested in advancing its agenda in Capitol Hill; There couldn’t be any conflict of interest there, right?

– Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) will head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested him

Anytown USA

– Journalists Sarah Macaraeg and Alison Flowers join The Real News to talk about the impunity police in Chicago, Ill., have based on their investigation of police brutality and corruption.

– Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a state of emergency for Ferguson that will last for a month; Wow, they really are scared

– In Ferguson, Mo., a correctional officer was accused of raping a pregnant woman in a boiler room

– Diane Guerrero, an actress, writes on her experiences when her parents were deported when she was 14 years old

Top Gun (Stories)

A new study from Stanford University found states with right-to-carry laws actually have higher rates of violent crime compared to states without

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found one in 30 children in the U.S. were homeless in 2013, it rose from the year before; I cannot imagine what it is for 2014

– In Nebraska, the doctor who was infected with Ebola while assisting in Sierra Leone passed away

The Second Sex

– In India, it was found guards at a prison turned women into prostitutes for the male prisoners charging high rates

– Football players in the NFL who are also perpetrators of domestic violence receive “special treatment” by officers.

– Jessica Valenti: “If you can’t talk about rape without blaming victims, don’t talk about rape

– The University of Tennessee will remove the word “Lady” from all, but one, of its female sports teams

Planet Earth

– The Pacific bluefin is under the threat of extinction as a result of consumption although it is not the only species facing such a threat

– In the past 10 years, the polar bear population north of Alaska declined by 40 percent

– Dahr Jamail: “Climate Disruption Depression and 2013 Emissions Set New Records

– The Sioux tribe in South Dakota vowed to close their borders if the Keystone XL pipeline is passed and built, they called such a plan an “act of war

– A wind energy company is suing the U.S. government in order to avoid disclosure of how many bird deaths occur due to the wind turbines

Mixed Bag

– Chris Hedges: “The Last Days of Tomas Young

– A Qatari whistleblower denounced FIFA’s report that cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing

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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.