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The Roundup for November 28th, 2014

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It’s Black Friday today, so don’t get “lost” folks.

Tomorrow, economist Jeff Madrick joins FDL Book Salon to discuss his new book with Jesse Myerson hosting. The Book Salon Sunday will be rescheduled. Enjoy your weekend!

International Politics


– Jason Leopold: “UN Report Calls On US to Stop Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

– With a delay of an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 that will take even more months to negotiate, Israel is thrilled with the failure of a complete agreement

– Pope Francis I: Instead of using violence against the Islamic State, we should focus on eliminating poverty to defeat the ISIL

Middle East

– A cell tied to the ISIL attacked a Shiite village in Saudi Arabia killing at least nine people

Asia and Oceania

– Tensions are rising in Hong Kong as protesters clashing with police there to reclaim a site


– One of the prime ministers in Libya warned, as a result of the stalemate, the oil-rich nation risks separating into two states

– It is assumed Boko Haram attacked a mosque in Nigeria and dozens were killed


– Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko explains to The Real News how the threat of the far-right in Ukraine is underestimated and may end up being more powerful should the status quo continue

– It is not very likely Turkey will be joining with the European Union, and in fact, Turkey is more distant from the EU than earlier this year

– British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to institute new rules restricting immigrants from entering into the UK and devised strict welfare rules

– Germany prefers the Kiev government not enter the EU due to potential tensions with Russia

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Gallup: Forty percent of Mexicans say gangs are active and 27 percent say there is illicit drug trafficking or sales in their community

– Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in response to the declining prices of oil, pledges to restore the price to to “where [it] should be

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Thirty-three percent of Americans say the cost of health care made them decide not to go for medical treatment

– A new report highlighted the issue Native American children face as a result of poverty and violence, which are growing as services for them are shrinking

– China usurped Japan as the second-largest stock market in the world with more traders confident in the former’s economy

– Mark Weisbrot: “Fixing the Exchange Rate System in Venezuela

Labor’s a-Brewing

– It is a game of divide and conquer when elites attempt to separate workers from undocumented immigrants and pit them against each other.

– The National Labor Review Board should help provide clear legal advice to workers on what to do should they face issues with their employers

– A former Amazon worker writes on how horrific it was to work at one of the company’s warehouses

Politics US

Washington USA

– It is one year after testimony by drone strike survivors in front Congress about the impact of drone strikes. No major reforms or changes have happened since.

– Is it not a shame one of the talked about contenders for the Democrats for 2016 is Hillary Clinton, a hawk supporting imperialist wars?

Anytown USA

– Despite the failure of an indictment against Darren Wilson, the family of Michael Brown can still sue the Ferguson Police Department

– Just as protests against Black Friday happened across the nation, so it happened in Ferguson as well

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found the responsibility messages of the alcohol industry are not really effective

– Tragically, the psychiatry profession is inluenced by large pharmaceutical companies shoving money down the pockets of psychiatrists to promote their drugs

The Second Sex

– An Australia video game reviewer who typically receives rape threats now sends such messages to the mothers of the guys who send the threats.

– Uh-oh. A leader in the “personhood” movement calls for such amendments to be more local to get them to pass.

Planet Earth

– An ecologist warns seafood will disappear by 2048 should current consumption levels continue

– With a world population getting older, global warming presents a problem for them with extreme weather

– Every year, Wal-Mart, as a result of relying on coal, contributes to carbon emissions with eight million metric tons of carbon emitted

– New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill to ban the use of gestation crates on pig farms

Mixed Bag

Part 10 of 10 with former Black Panther Eddie Conway on the reasons he joined The Real News after watching mainstream media coverage of the U.S.

– Actor Shia LaBeouf said, during one of his performances in an art piece, a woman allegedly raped him

Break Time

Lost in the Supermarket [The Clash]

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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.