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The Roundup for November 26th, 2014

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Quite a lengthy Roundup folks. Apologies, although it was tough cutting it down.

Ferguson Roundup, Day 2

– The parents of Michael Brown called Darren Wilson’s comments on their son, including his description of Brown as a “demon,” “disrespectful

A report by The Real News on protesters in Baltimore, Md., who marched against police brutality and the recent decision by a grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson

– Glen Ford: “Ferguson: It is Right to Resist, By Any and All Means Necessary

– Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA): “Why does Ferguson still look like Iraq? Congress can stop the military police

– Chilling to hear DeAndre Joshua, a 20-year-old in Ferguson, was shot in the head and burned near his car. Joshua was a friend of Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown on the day he was murdered.

– Professor Gerald Horne and organizer Kevin Alexander Gray discuss on The Real News police brutality in the black community, President Barack Obama’s message to the protesters and what the next steps should be

– Protests across the nation are calm and non-violent, which is something the media would not want because framing demonstrators as rioters sells

– Amy Goodman: “Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri

– Darren Wilson does not believe there is any racial tension in Ferguson; What planet is he on?

– It still is shocking how the grand jury’s decision, in fact the entire lead up to it, was awful and “baffling

– Dave Zirin: “Do #BlackLivesMatter to White Athletes? Let’s Ask Them

– Protesters stormed City Hall in St. Louis, Mo., yet officers mobilized to arrest two people and block the rest from occupying the building; The use of “stormed” reminds me of the storming of the Bastille before the French Revolution

International Politics

Overall

– The youth in the black and the Arab communities are pushing for justice and we should support their efforts in fighting for change

– Russia continues its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government in its fight against “terrorism

Middle East

– In Douma, Syria, residents protested against Jaish al-Islam, a rebel group in the country, for controlling the food that demonstrators believe should go to citizens rather than to the fighters

– Despite Iran and Saudi Arabia being categorized as enemies, the issue of Yemen, specifically its government, is one where both sides work together to ensure stability

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to go after the rights of people who commit violence in the country

Asia and Oceania

– Elections in Thailand may occur in 2016, according to one official in the military government.

– In Pakistan, specifically near the border with Afghanistan, a U.S. drone strike killed at least five people

– Key leaders of the movement in Hong Kong were arrested by police and one site was cleared by officers

Africa

– There are reports that feature the Islamic State entering into Libya, specifically in the unstable areas; That 2011 invasion sure was a good idea!

– Meanwhile, residents in Tripoli, affected by a battle between Army forces and militants, were pledged money from the government to help them out. This was promised two months ago and they still have not received it.

– For protesting with Muslim Brotherhood, a court sentenced 78 youths to prison for five years; Shh, don’t say a word about the military junta since they’re the West’s ally

Europe 

– Ukrainian banking institutions cut off activities in the eastern part of the country

– A NATO commander accused Russia of providing “backbone” to rebels in the east; No matter how many times NATO officials say it, it is just the boy crying wolf. Where are the photos of this support?

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– This piece is more than a week old, yet I think journalist Ignacio Portes writes on a valuable topic—anti U.S. sentiment in Latin America

– More than 20,000 bodies have been discovered in Mexico after the search to find the 43 missing students and it showing how drug cartel violence destabilized the country

– Meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto faced criticism for living in a rent-free house for campaigning with all expenses paid by a company

Surveillance Planet

– Glenn Greenwald: “The US/UK campaign to demonize social media companies as terrorist allies

Financial Matters

– Gallup: This Christmas, it is likely shoppers plan to buy clothing or gift cards; Gift cards are an interesting choice

– Bad news for Uber as they cannot operate in Nevada because they refuse to be regulated and a judge ruled the head of the company must reveal emails sent to his lawyers regarding a case on tips for its drivers; Good news for me!

– According to a new study, San Francisco is the city with the most ultra-wealthy surpassing Los Angeles

– One drawback of the Affordable Care Act is how corporations can now shift costs away from themselves to taxpayers

Labor’s a-Brewing

– TV personality Mike Rowe’s refusal to address the work of retail workers, specifically of a worker on Black Friday, highlights how hypocritical he is as he is a spokesperson for Wal-Mart. Thus, Rowe would rather ignore than address any questions on that “dirty” job.

– The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a Retail Worker’s Bill of Rights, which provides benefits and protections for workers.

– Bravo for journalist Michelle Chen to give a voice to workers in Bangladesh ahead of Black Friday. We cannot forget the folks who make the clothes for Americans to buy.

– The strike is still an effective way of going against employers who force their workers to come into work on Thanksgiving; confusingly, companies think Black Friday starts Thursday afternoon

Politics US

Washington USA

– Is President Obama’s immigration reform an actual bold plan for undocumented immigrants? Not really.

The New York Times published a piece where the writers said it was okay for police to shoot first and ask questions later if they, or someone else, is threatened

– Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) criticized President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which highlights a divide in the Democratic Party

A new poll found Mitt Romney as the top contender for the GOP in the 2016 presidential elections; AGAIN?! You want the soulless capitalist in the running again!?

– Emptywheel: “Obama Should Only Nominate Jeh Johnson If He Plans on Breaking Up DHS

Anytown USA

Part nine of 10 with former Black Panther Party member Eddie Conway on how the system is designed to dehumanize marginalized communities to keep order and continue exploitation

– In Baltimore, thanks to high school students, activists were able to fight back against the construction of a trash incinerator

– The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson is not an isolated incident considering the same type of violence can be, unfortunately, found in other places.

– A released video shows how 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by officers in Cleveland, Ohio.

Top Gun (Stories)

– The FBI announced a growing number of customers purchasing guns are able to evade background checks

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The city of Boston launched a war against the homeless by closing down a homeless shelter and it does not help gentrification is affecting the city too. However, this is not an isolated case.

– The first trial of a vaccine against Ebola was said to be successful and gives hope for those at risk for the virus

The Second Sex

– During a protest against rape at San Diego State University, fraternity members threw eggs and waved dildos. As a result, all Greek activities on campus were suspended.

– After making horrid comments on gender equality and feminists, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an played damage control and said he defends women’s rights

– In Saudi Arabia, restaurants are barring single women due to”shocking” behavior

– The struggle to end hunger is a struggle that needs to include ways to empower women since they are a key part of the conversation

Planet Earth

– In Ontario, Canada, the regional government agreed to restrict pesticides linked to the decline of the bee population

– The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules to limit the amount of smog in the air; Any teeth to this?

– Edelman, one of the largest PR firms in the world, ended its relationship with TransCanada after documents were released highlighting its aggressive PR strategy to knock down anti-pipeline protesters

– Considering the United Nations advocated for organic farming and an end to industrial farming, it is possible to provide more food for people in the world and move away from the capitalist way of food production

– The U.S. is the leader in its horrid abuse of animals in terms of lab testing; Quite shameful considering the technological changes that could reduce the number of animals used

Mixed Bag

– Glenn Greenwald spoke with New York Times journalist James Risen about his new book along with the present-day dangers to press freedom. James Risen was just here for an FDL Book Salon hosted by Tim Shorrock.

– Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery today and will be discharged in two days

– It’s The Onion but it’s so right: “Nation Doesn’t Know If It Can Take Another Bullshit Speech About Healing

– Journalist Nathan Fuller provides his own critique of the model First Look Media operates on

Break Time

Burn [Killer Mike]

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Brandon Jordan

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.

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