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The Weekend Roundup for November 29-30th, 2014

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Enjoy your holidays folks! Hope you enjoy today’s Roundup.

International Politics


– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an criticized the U.S. for its strategy against the Islamic State calling it “reckless

– Rania Khalek: “White supremacy and Zionism converge in deleted Times of Israel post on Ferguson

Middle East

– What’s going on with ISIS, you might ask? They were unable to gain control of a Syrian town because of air strikes mixed with opposition forces fighting them.

– An Iraqi official said the deal with the Kurds over oil does not address long-term issues between the national government and the Kurdish government

– An investigation into the Iraqi military found 50,000 “ghost soldiers,” or names that do not exist

– Ali Abunimah: “Top UN official aloof as Gaza is ‘submerged in despair’

– With winter coming, organizations estimate more than 2 million Iraqis are displaced as a result of fighting in the country

Asia and Oceania

– Even Japan is suffering from voters lacking faith in government in providing a solution to economic woes

– Tensions continue to be high in Hong Kong as demonstrators clash with officers


– A court in Cairo, Egypt, ruled Hosni Mubarak innocent of charges he caused the deaths of demonstrators in 2011. He was also cleared of corruption charges. In reaction to the decision, protests erupted across the country.

– At least 81 people were killed in an ancient mosque in Kano, Nigeria, where it is assumed Boko Haram militants launched the attack

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It is disquieting to think in Mexico government officials are able to work with drug cartels to terrify the population

– In Colombia, FARC rebels released an army general with peace talks between the rebel group and government back on schedule as a result

– Tabaré Vázquez will succeed José Mujica as the next president of Uruguay. Vázquez comes from the same party as Mujica.

Surveillance Planet

– Emptywheel: “The FBI PRTT Documents: Combined Orders

Financial Matters

– How did Black Friday sales fair compared with previous years? According to the data, it was less than last year. However, sales on Thanksgiving grew

– Thomas Frank: “Wall Street’s long, slow tease

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The Fight for 15 movement in the U.S. is pressing on and gaining more victories as it spreads throughout the country; Certainly is good news going forward

Politics US

Washington USA

– At the end of the day, is President Barack Obama’s immigration plan helpful for immigrants? Not really.

– All The New York Times does is promote the ideology of reactionary Democrats like Hillary Clinton; A sad state of affairs indeed considering a former GOP official is helping the Clintons out

– It is so funny how not even a month after the midterm elections, Congress wishes to pass a bill provide tax breaks to corporations

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren went on her first trip outside of the U.S. to Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Anytown USA

– Officer Darren Wilson announced his resignation after being warned by the Ferguson Police Department they may face violence if he stayed

– Meanwhile, the FPD was criticized after a woman lost one of her eyes due to a bean bag round, which shattered glass in her car

– Natasha Lennard: “Darren Wilson’s Testimony and the Historically Racist ‘Black Devil’ Trope

We Don’t Need No Education

– With the ROTC re-entering into CUNY, their efforts are to recruit students attending under-funded schools

– The support for charter schools is a sham considering the privatization efforts will lead to no significant changes and will uphold the status quo

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The city of Beijing banned all citizens from smoking in public places and this is interesting with 300 million smokers in the country

The Second Sex

– Despite the huge media attention two years ago on the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, little progress was made in the town on the issue of rape ever since

– There was a vigil in Berlin to commemorate a young woman who was killed defending two girls from harassment

– Dave Zirin: “The Savior Blues: Ray Rice Can Play and Roger Goodell Is Revealed as an Accomplice in Abuse

Planet Earth

– By 2100, polar bears in Canada will be affected by severe flooding that will threaten the species

– An Iraqi official said Baghdad dumps sewage water into the Tigris river every single day

– As nations head to Lima, Peru, to discuss possible ways to reach an international agreement on curbing carbon emissions, the elites are unsure what to do going forward

– Soybeans will be fought over for in Brazil considering it’s extremely useful not only the country, but corporations as well

– Scientists in the U.K. found bioengineering would not be a viable solution considering it will do nothing to curb carbon emissions

Mixed Bag

– New research from the U.K. found people with the certain surnames can benefit or suffer from their ancestors’ history.

– Kim Dotcom said he was officially broke, his lawyers left him after he ran out of money

– Journalist Nafeez Ahmed was fired from The Guardian after publishing an environmental piece related to Palestine. You can donate to his new project here.

– Good for some St. Louis Rams players to come out in solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson

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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.