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The Roundup for November 18th, 2014

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Hey folks, how are you doing today? It’s been 151 years since the Gettysburg Address.

International Politics


– Glenn Greenwald: “On media outlets that continue to describe unknown drone victims as ‘militants’

– A new report from the U.N. found that with sufficient investment nations could prosper under changing demographics

– A U.N. official called for Muslims to counteract the ideology of the Islamic State; Or, just a thought, tell the West not to create groups like ISIL

Middle East

– Tensions contine to rise in Israel after the murder of five Israelis by two Palestinians; Israel pledged to respond with force

Fourteen people were killed and at least 20 were wounded by Syrian government airstrikes

Asia and Oceania

– China blocked some websites, including HSBC’s, for allowing users in the country to go to sites deemed illegal


– A report on the Russian Rupert Murdoch who is connected to Vladimir Putin

– Greece is reportedly clashing with officials from both the EU and the IMF over its economic plans

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– With gang violence on the rise in El Salvador people are forced to go north to safer lands

Surveillance Planet

– WhatsApp announced it would encrypt its messaging system for users to prevent surveillance programs from snooping on its users

Financial Matters

– The G20 Summit did not accomplish anything worthwhile as they did not focus on long-term issues; It is peculiar since they are the largest economies in the world, and you know, there are long-term problems

– Who will profit off the illegal expansion in east Jerusalem? American real estate firm RE/MAX of course!

– Journalist David Dayen reports thatcriminals behind the housing bubble in 2007/08 did not learn their lesson and are up to their old tricks again

– Bad news as private equity firms are now interested in going after 401(k)s; The vultures eye their next prey

A new report found 29 of the richest CEOs in the U.S. received more compensation than the U.S. government received in taxes from their companies

– In Chicago, Ill., the unemployment rate for blacks is at least 25 percent, which is astounding considering it is the highest in the nation; Plus, racial segregation in the city is another significant problem for residents

– Japan is now back into a recession revealing the failure of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his economic policy

Labor’s a-Brewing

– At a talk at the University of Chicago, some labor leaders responded to the question of unions in crisis and offered hope going forward; They are so out of touch with the worker in America

– On Nov. 14, USPS workers staged demonstrations across the U.S. to protest against privatization and cutbacks

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sen. Harry Reid (D-NM): President Barack Obama should act immediately on immigration

– Pew: Despite populations of undocumented immigrants rising in seven states, they declined in 14 states

– Kevin Zeese: “Net Neutrality Shows People Power Can Make the Politically Impossible, the Politically Inevitable

– Journalist Nathan Fuller reports on the reality, not fiction, of undercover officers and the government’s ability to put its ear into anything non-conformist

– Jason Leopold: “Net Neutrality Emails Reveal a Cozy ‘Social Network’ Between the FCC and Telecoms

– In the House of Representatives, Democrats chose, without any opposition, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as their leader

– When you watch the Sunday talk shows, you’ll notice they are overwhelming pro-war, which makes you wonder if they learned their lesson from 2003

Anytown USA

– Gallup: While 60 percent of whites believe police officers can protect them, only 49 percent of non-whites say the same

– Glen Ford joins The Real News to discuss what may happen in the unlikely event they indict Darren Wilson, as well as the forces on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., from the elites to the community organizers

– Natasha Lennard: “Ferguson’s State of Emergency Proves America’s Social Contract Has Been Broken

– Speaking of Ferguson, organizers there see the police “preparing for war,” which is a frequent thing authority figures in the U.S. do

– Despite the snobbish criticisms of even liberals on people who do not vote, it must be acknowledged there is a systemic problem that voting cannot address

We Don’t Need No Education

– Henry A. Giroux: “Academic Madness and the Politics of Exile

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A new study found Modafinil, taken by one in five students in the U.S. for better performances, does not help for tests

A report from the UN warned we need to fight AIDS aggressively now or else it will resurge

– President Obama: While progress is being made in West Africa on Ebola, we are not “out of the woods” yet

The Second Sex

– In Russia, lawmakers who are also Orthodox Christians pledged to ban abortion and bring about “personhood” for fetuses

– In South Korea, the Labor Ministry backtracked on suggestions to women to accept sexism when going for a job interview

Planet Earth

– Speaker of the House John Boehner said a presidential veto of Keystone XL would ignore the interests of voters; What voters? Also, the southern half is already built so…

– Still, the bill in the Senate failed by only one vote so that is good news to hear; I’m sure Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) will be disappointed, but she’s a capitalist so it does not matter

– There is a backup plan for TransCanada should Keystone XL fail to go through and their strategy is just as dirty as their products

– In 2008, an oil spill in Nigeria led to a lawsuit against Shell, which owned the pipelines. New documents found Shell knew it was possible for the pipelines to burst.

– It seems very unlikely Naomi Klein’s wish for a climate-orientated movement will appear in four to five years considering the weakness of the left in the U.S.

Mixed Bag

Part two of three with Emory Douglas, former Black Panther, on his experiences when he first joined the Black Panther Party

– Dave Zirin: “Beyond the Drug Raids: Why the Feds Are Fed Up With the NFL

– It might have been a cold day in your state, but it was also cold in every single one today

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Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.