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The Roundup for November 19th, 2014

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Hey everybody, how are you coping with the cold weather?

International Politics


– Max Blumenthal: “How the Israel Lobby Protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

– The British government is not confident an international deal can be reached with Iran; And the merry-go-round spins on

– President Barack Obama praised Saudi Arabia in its fight against the Islamic State; Wait, what?

– Glen Ford: “Political Prisoners Seek Justice at UN Committee on Torture

Middle East

– Due to recent events in Israel and tensions on high, some Palestinians are stranded outside Gaza and may not be able to return until the situation deescalates

– Provinces in Iraq that produce the most oil want a bigger share of the pie


– In Benghazi, Libya, a 12-hour-truce was agreed upon by government and rebel forces with the U.N. mediating. Albeit shaky, the truce is to deliver supplies to civilians in the area


– There will be no more protests at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, because groups do not think it is relevant anymore

– An Obama administration aide called for arms to be sent to Kiev to send a message to Russia

Surveillance Planet

– The USA Freedom Act failed to pass in the Senate, falling short by two votes, although some of the elites are using ISIS to call for mass surveillance; Glenn Greenwald has more here

– With technology advancing in the modern age, almost all products connect to the internet, and therefore, can be hacked

– Trevor Timm: “The good news about the ‘death’ of NSA reform: surveillance supporters may have dug their own grave

– Apparently in 2009 some NSA officials considered reforming the system, but failed to do so

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Currently, 30 percent of Americans believe now is the right time to find a good job

– Tech companies are taking advantage of the lack of net neutrality in other countries by making things like surfing the web exclusive for users who will pay

– Joseph Stiglitz: “How inequality is killing the American Dream and what we can do about it

A new study found the environment surrounding banking breeds cheaters; It is not like this is odd news since even bankers admit this

– The economy in Syria, as a result of the brutal civil war, has been set back by decades, and economists warn it may never recover

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The fast food movement is going global with workers in the Philippines challenging the companies that pay their workers low wages

– But it isn’t just fast food workers, Wal-Mart workers, too, are fighting for better living conditions in many countries

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Thirty-eight percent of Americans rate the health care system in the U.S. as good; Case in point, a Canadian woman gave birth to a baby in Hawaii and the hospital bill was nearly $1 million

– At a forum hosted by the Center for American Progress, Democrats ask why they failed on the midterm elections, and economics is a big topic at the forum

Anytown USA

– With a federal investigation into police abuses in the Seattle Police Department, Mayor Ed Murray announced efforts to reform the police force

– Even if a grand jury fails to indict Darren Wilson, the movement in Ferguson, Mo., will not stop

We Don’t Need No Education

– Despite efforts by the Israeli lobby to prevent a divestment resolution at the University of California-Berkeley to pass, it passed anyway

– Speaking of the UC system, for the next five years tuition will rise five percent annually

– President Obama: We need our schools to enter the 21st century by providing modern tools for students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– It is painful to hear the economy is recovering knwoing more and more children in America are becoming homeless

The Second Sex

– In what is certainly a #Newsfail, CNN anchor Don Lemon asked offensive questions to an alleged victim of Bill Cosby

Planet Earth

– While all eyes are on the Keystone XL pipeline, journalists Steve Horn and Cherri Foytlin explain how the Obama administration quietly allowed another pipeline to connect with the southern half of Keystone; Yes we can (ruin future generations)!

– The diets we serve our pets impact the climate by contributing to carbon emissions, although Western-levels of consumption are the root cause

– Two new reports found regulators in California are not performing their duty protecting citizens from adverse effects of oil and natural gas

– A grim report by the United Nations found there must be zero carbon emissions by 2070, yet it is unlikely considering the failure of governments to implement an effective climate plan; Anyone know any good planets to move to?

– Commodities like wine grapes or chocolate will become rarer in the future thanks to global warming

– There is no better image of the zero waste movement than the workers in Brazil fighting for the environment

Mixed Bag

– Bill Cosby, whose upcoming television show on NBC was canceled by the network, hired a new lawyer on recent rape allegations against him, his new lawyer threatened Buzzfeed not to publish Janice Dickinson’s accusations; What a  creep

– A new report found 70 percent of visual artists display their art at exhibitions for free; What American culture?

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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.