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The Roundup for November 25th, 2014

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“You can’t have capitalism without racism.” – Malcolm X

Ferguson Roundup

– Gary Younge: “The law may have spoken but the Ferguson verdict is not justice

– After the abysmal decision yesterday on officer Darren Wilson, “democracy was on fire” across the U.S. with demonstrations and Ferguson had a brutal response by officers; That is a good description of the situation.

– Chase Madar: “Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop

– What will it take for some white Americans to realize black lives matter? At what point do they stop living in a bubble?

– I’m sure some, if not most, of you are dejected by the news. The Ferguson Public Library provides good news as they offered activities for children and opened their doors for the community.

– ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was the first out of many reporters to interview Darren Wilson; I feel uneasy about this since it looks like a game to these journalists

– Apparently, Wilson has a “clean conscience” over what happened and would do it again; Where’s Wilson you might ask? Still on leave actually.

– Meanwhile, more than 2,000 National Guard troops will be called by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to Ferguson; It’s elite panic

– In New York City some protesters threw fake blood on NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton

– U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder: I am “disappointed” by violence displayed after grand jury decision; Never learn Holder, never learn

– Due to the situation in Ferguson, Russia said the U.S. had “massive” domestic issues. On top of that, a French official was angered by the decision, and other countries also noted the instability of the U.S. system through this decision (although glee isn’t a word I would use)

– The family of Michael Brown criticized the U.S. justice system for not doing its job in cases of black youths being killed by police officers

International Politics


– Gareth Porter: “The Failure of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Middle East

– President Barack Obama is currently not interested in removingSyrian President Bashar al-Assad, which is in contrast to the points made by the Obama administration when they first became interested in Syria

– As a result of Syrian government airstrikes, at least 63 people were killed in Raqqa; Meanwhile, the U.N. warns 12.2 million Syrians need help

– How strange is it that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unpopular in the country, yet no formidable opposition exists

– According to a U.N. group, the Islamic State received between $35 billion to $45 billion in ransoms

Asia and Oceania

– Officers in Hong Kong used pepper spray to disperse demonstrators and even arrested at least 80 protesters

– The U.S. announced it would keep more troops in Afghanistan than originally planned; Change we can believe in

– Even more change as new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani allowed for night raids to start again in the country


– In Cairo, Egypt, at least 19 people were killed when a building collapsed

– Two female suicide bombers killed at least 78 people in a town in Nigeria. It is suspected Boko Haram is behind the attacks, yet no groups claimed responsibility.


– Pope Francis I called for action by European states to prevent more migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea

– Meanwhile, the Vatican hosted an event defending the traditional nuclear family and the Pope was in attendance

– One year after the Maidan Movement in Ukraine, the country is being led by right-wing nationalists concerned with their own path to power

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– There is currently a debate in Chile on adopting a new constitution and getting rid of the old one created during the Pinochet dictatorship

– 11 protesters charged with terrorism by Mexican authorities who are rightfully accused of going after demonstrators, this follows up a story mentioned here on Sunday

Financial Matters

– Mouthpiece for the bourgeoisie Andrew Ross Sorkin criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for going after former Wall Street bankers interested in joining government; I bet Sorkin’s real bosses at Wall Street asked him to report this

– In the third quarter, the U. S. GDP grew 3.9 percent, which economists note as positive; Still cautious

– The Security and Exchange Commission subpoenaed documents to investigate Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned energy company.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– An interesting and stellar investigation on the lives of airport workers in the U.S.

– The police union in New York City is countering every move New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio makes for criminal justice reform

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Support from whites for President Obama continues to decline from 2009, especially among non-college graduates.

– Meanwhile, Obama will veto a bill passed by Congress to offer tax breaks to corporations, he did say he would do just that

– Erika Andiola, a director of the DREAM Action Coalition, joins The Real News to discuss the “partial victory” of President Obama’s immigration plan and provide more solutions besides immigration reform

– With Chuck Hagel resigning as Secretary of Defense, the Obama administration might turn to even more warfare if a hawk is his replacement; Michele Flournoy, someone noted in this interview as a potential pick, dropped out of the running

– Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY): The Democratic Party needs to use government to help workers in the U.S.

Anytown USA

Part one of a town hall talk in Baltimore, Md., with residents speaking about the role of police and advocating for reform

– Rudy Giuliani’s race-baiting is just that–race-baiting. He ignores the overall analysis on crime in the U.S. and cherry picks to promote his white supremacist agenda.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Good for students in the University of California system to continue protesting the tuition hikes

– Robert Reich: “Why College Is Necessary But Gets You Nowhere

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Finally, the Food and Drug Administration will provide calorie counts for fast food and vending machines

– In Sierra Leone, workers who bury Ebola victims dumped some bodies in public to protest the lack of pay

The Second Sex

– Eckard College President Donald Eastman III said the best way to avoid rape was not having sex or drinking

– What a coincidence Bill Cosby is a donor to his alma mater Temple University, a college under federal investigation for failing to deal with sexual assault

Planet Earth

– Naomi Klein: “Four Reasons Keystone Really Matters

– Despite promoting itself as a haven for companies to invest in shale gas, Ukraine still cannot find investors

– Nicaragua’s plans to construct a canal is still worrisome considering they refuse to talk about the environmental costs of it

– Out in the Midwest, many cities and towns are unaware and not prepared for the explosion risk of crude-oil-by-trains

Mixed Bag

– According to a new study, heterosexuals, and even some gays and lesbians, do not like when gay men kiss in public

– As a FIFA official admits, it would take years to rebuild trust in the organization, you have to wonder what goes on in FIFA

– With First Look Media operating with a structure similarly found in Silicon Valley, it highlights how problematic it is; It should be noted their project “The Racket” may not be coming at all with the rest of the staff released

Break Time

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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.