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The Roundup for November 24th, 2014

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How about you folks? What’s happening with you?

International Politics

Overall

– Juan Cole: “Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for Second Class Citizens and Religious Legislation

– In a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Pope Francis told him to advocate peace; Wait, what? He does know al-Sisi is from the military right?

– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the momentum for recognition of Palestine will grow because there is no international solution

Middle East

Nearly 30,000 Iraqis were jailed without a trial during the past few months according to an Iraqi judicial council official

Europe 

– Finland is now considering joining NATO because of Russia’s presence in eastern Europe

– U.K.’s Home Secretary Theresa May said the country is facing its biggest terrorist threat in 40 years; It’s like the story of the boy who cried wolf.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– What is astounding in Mexico is how the people rose up against government institutions in ways not seen for many decades

– After being criticized by Mexican officials for calling the country a “failed state,” Uruguayan President Jose Mujica apologized for his comments; It’s not like he’s wrong. The party in charge failed with their neoliberal plans

Surveillance Planet

– Malware that affected the European Union was linked not only to British intelligence, but U.S. as well

Financial Matters

Part two of two with economist Richard Kozul-Wright on how Latin America is resisting the Global North’s neoliberalism with its new approach to development

– Gallup: Americans will spend a little more this year for Christmas compared to last year; Must explain the early push for the holiday

– Dean Baker: “Seven Years After: Why This Recovery Is Still a Turkey

– How much money do you think Wal-Mart avoids in taxes? $500 million? $750 million? It’s actually $1 billion a year.

– Ignorance is helping Wall Street take over public pension funds for its own malicious purposes

– In the past 11 years, Honda did not collect any data about accidents or crashes with its cars

Labor’s a-Brewing

– For labor to return to a point in time where it was powerful, it must radically change its environment and give workers have the power to lead

Politics US

Washington USA

– Medea Benjamin: “Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars“; Dan provides the story on Chuck Hagel’s resignation here and it seems Hagel was frustrated with not having control over policy

– Trevor Timm: “Obama’s new leader at the Pentagon will mean more war – not less

– “If I ruled the world” is not something elites think about since, well, they technically do if you go based on their money.

– “Many people crave real democracy, but they realize that participating in the electoral game is not a way for them to satisfy this craving”; Indeed this is true, a system designed to keep out any sense of democracy despite calling itself a democracy is a sham

– It is shameful to see Medicaid, once considered a way to alleviate the ills of capitalism, being cut for private interests

Anytown USA

– In Baltimore, Md., residents expressed anger at police able to get away with brutality and called for a removal of the police force’s impunity

– Natasha Lennard: “Being a ‘Rookie’ Cop Is No Excuse for Deadly Policing

– Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s racist comments reflect that group of elites hoping to take control of the narrative

– Gallup: Thirty-seven percent of Americans do not feel safe walking near their home at night

– Eight people were killed and at least 22 were wounded by a car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq

We Don’t Need No Education

– In Chicago, Ill., former Mayor Richard Daley and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel are defenders of a program that promotes their neoliberal version of education

– An interview with political philosopher Henry Giroux on why U.S. youth should resist the oppressive system and a build a new way of life

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Truth-out interviews Silas Siakor, director of Sustainable Development Institute/Friends of the Earth Liberia, on the connection between the destruction of the environment in West Africa and the spread of Ebola

The Second Sex

– Marissa Alexander accepted an open plea deal, which may free her in January

– The University of Virginia dean admits students confessing to sexual assault or rape are never expelled

– Jessica Valenti: “When everyone is a feminist, is anyone?

– In Norman, Okla., students and parents demonstrated in front of Norman High School to stand with the victims of rape against relentless bullying

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said feminists do not understand how to be a mother and said gender equality is not a policy to seek out

Planet Earth

– After biologist Sandra Steingraber was arrested for protesting a gas storage facility in upstate New York, she penned a piece on why she acted and why it is important to fight

– The nuclear energy industry in Europe is struggling as international politics and funding continue to be debated

Mixed Bag

– Chris Hedges: “Why We Need Professional Revolutionists“; Yes we need them

– If an infant hears a language when young, it will recognize that language as the child grows older

– Dave Zirin: “What the Media Are Not Telling You About the Late Marion Barry

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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.

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