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The Roundup for November 27th, 2014

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Due to Thanksgiving today, the Roundup will be shortened. Still, enjoy your Thanksgiving folks!

International Politics


– French President Francois Hollande warned other African leaders across the continent that what happened in Burkina Faso may happen to them should they continue to hold power

Middle East

– An Iraqi official said serious reforms to the military must be made in order to fight the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, ISIL militants launched an attack to capture Kirkuk, which it should be noted is an oil-rich city

– All cell phone networks in Mosul, Iraq, were blocked by ISIL to prevent any information on them to be transmitted

Asia and Oceania

– In Kabul, Afghanistan, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a British diplomat convoy killing six people

– After the arrests of key student leaders yesterday, a court in Hong Kong barred Joshua Wong, one of the leaders, from appearing with the protesters


– A new poll found 75 percent of Russians do not believe there are Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine

– Scotland was promised more control of the welfare state along with tax revenues

– Greece is currently being pressured by international lenders to implement more austerity, according to a Greek official.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he would institute major reforms to the police in the country

– Meanwhile, in the state of Guerrero, 11 bodies, all decapitated, were found on the side of the road

Financial Matters

– Leonid Fedun, a Russian oil tycoon, said the shale boom in the U.S. will be the same as the dot-com bubble in the 1990s

– Argentina charged HSBC for assisting rich Argentinians in evading taxes in the country; Considering HSBC money launders, I wouldn’t be surprised they do this

Politics US

Washington USA

– Attorney Michael Ratner talks to The Real News about President Barack Obama’s failure, in the past six years, to uphold civil liberties

– Wondering what Hillary Clinton requires when speaking for $300,000? Wonder no more thanks to a summary of a FOIA request here.

Anytown USA

– The history of the U.S., in relation to Thanksgiving, is a history built upon genocide and exploitation.

– Attorney Chase Madar joins The Real News to discuss his piece in The Nation on the difficulties of indicting a cop 

– Officer Darren Wilson’s actions after the shooting of Michael Brown were very “unusual” with one example of washing his hands afterward before any testing was done

At least 500 people were arrested in California for protesting against the grand jury decision on Officer Wilson

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Fifty-one percent of Americans say they are trying to lose weight

Planet Earth

– The decline of giraffes in Africa suggest the population may be heading for extinction

– A new report highlights how popular water privatization is among corporations interested in turning this commodity into a profit-driven one

– The World Bank warns extreme weather will become the norm by mid-century, yet calls for action to avoid the worst by 2100

– A committee in Nigeria ruled Shell must pay $3.6 billion for an oil spill four years ago

Mixed Bag

– A new study found the Millennial generation is more self-centered compared to previous generations

– Turkeys pardoned by presidents still die young

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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.