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The Roundup for December 2nd, 2014

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Hey there folks, how are you doing?

May Bobby Keys rest in peace.

International Politics


– Russia announced the opening of a new command center in the Arctic; I’m sure it is for control of minerals there before other powers get to the resource

Middle East

– A quick post on how The New York Times fails to cover crimes committed by Israel; It was awful in the summer during the bombings of Gaza

– In an effort to regain the “public’s trust,” Israeli Prime Minister dismissed two officials, called for Knesset to be dissolved and wanted an early election

– The problem in Syria is how the West is forcing the population to choose the lesser of two evils between the Assad regime and the Islamic State, when they are both the evils harming the lives of Syrians

– Even a Syrian official said the U.S.-led airstrikes failed to stop ISIS; Says a lot

Asia and Oceania

– With the military coup in Thailand, the U.S. would have had to cut off military funding to the government there, right? Right?


– Juan Cole: “After Acquittal, Egypt’s New Left Vows Mock Trial of Mubarak“; Meanwhile, an appeal will be made soon on Mubarak’s case

– Also, an Egyptian court sentenced 188 people to death after killing 13 police officers last year


– A state-run television station in Russia ran a program on gay indoctrination in the U.S., despite it being untrue and using a clip made by 4chan

– Ireland petitioned the European Court of Human Rights over accusations Britain tortured 14 Irish Republican Army suspects in the 1970s

– With new, pro-Western government in Kiev, Ukraine is not likely to see a ceasefire

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Solidarity to the students in Mexico marching for the missing students and challenging the corrupt government

– Unsure as to what led to this or want to catch-up on information pertaining to Mexico? This post provides in-depth analysis and a background into what is happening.

Surveillance Planet

– A hacking group pledged to deliver a heavy attack against Xbox Live users after taking it offline today, which they called a light attack

– Emptywheel: “Federal Prosecutors Encouraging Localities to ‘Cast a Bigger .Net’

Financial Matters

– Great to hear the NFL is losing its share of younger viewers compared to other age groups; The capitalist framework has got to go

– The Iraqi government is starting to turn to austerity in order to reduce waste; Not a smart idea

– Russia warned its economy may enter into recession next year as a result of Western sanctions and failing oil prices

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Good news: Chicago will raise its minimum wage to $13 per hour. Bad news: It will happen in five years; Can working-class folk pay the rent in five years?

– Graduate students at New York University pledged to go on strike should the university refuse to listen to their demands on providing benefits

Politics US

Washington USA

– Nathan Fuller: “Obama’s Police Reforms Will Strengthen the Police

– Noam Chomsky: “Elites Have Forced America into a National Psychosis to Keep Us Embroiled in Imperial Wars

– Gallup: After the midterm elections, more Americans identify as Republican or leaning Republican compared. However, before the midterm elections, more Americans identified as Democratic or leaning Democratic.

– Both parties pledged to make travel harder to countries where government do not arrest ISIL members

– Pew: Based on data of lame duck Congresses, it may be likely this current lame duck Congress will pass less than 100 bills compared to decades ago where more than 100 bills were passed.

– Glen Ford joins The Real News to discuss how important it is for the black community to mobilize independently from the elites to overcome the system’s problems

– As former U.S. official Lawrence Wilkerson points out on The Real News, veterans are at the mercy of a system without a community behind them

– Congress seems likely not to pass an amendment to a bill to allow the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees

– It seems some Republicans in the GOP favor immigration and will promote it as a way forward for the party; To keep control

– Lawmakers in the House copied the “Hands Up” gesture on the floor…except they also voted to keep police militarization; As a friend said, just wolves in sheep’s clothing

Anytown USA

– Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is sucking up to right-wing billionaire Sheldon Adelson, which does not bode well for the future of U.S. politics

– Great to hear folks walked out of their workplaces or schools to support the family of Michael Brown

– In Dallas, Texas, a community group filed a complaint with the Department of Justice over the brutal brutality shown by the Dallas Police Department against minorities

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: I will pledge $130 million in the next four years to change our policy toward the mentally ill and those affected by drugs; More on this can be found here

We Don’t Need No Education

– Some schools system in the U.S. prefer not to report when they restrain students despite federal law requiring it. Does the federal government do anything about it? Not really.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The Center for Disease Control said it was okay for males to be circumcised as the benefits outweigh the costs

New research found humans enjoy alcohol because ancestors ingested rotten fruit, which led to tolerance of alcohol

– President Barack Obama: We need $6 billion from Congress to fight against the spread of Ebola

– Doctors Without Borders, meanwhile, warns the efforts so far against Ebola are still weak and more is needed

– A judge in Florida suspended a law in a town in the state banning people from feeding the homeless

The Second Sex

– American United for Life, an anti-abortion group, experienced success in getting its restrictive legislation passed in different states; Scary to read about this group

– The “sporting establishment” (like the term) testified in front of the U.S. Senate on domestic abuse and were criticized for a “culture of silence” on the issue

Planet Earth

– In December 1984, a horrific gas leak led to the deaths of thousands of Indians in Bhopal, while others were affected. It should be noted this was warned two years earlier, yet the American company behind this incident is still scot-free.

– Climate change is now affecting olive oil as prices are set to increase due to production levels declining

– A new report found bugs in New York City are helping reduce wasted food and block rats from getting food

– With the international conference on climate change underway in Lima, Peru, the window of opportunity to do something is almost shut

– With the boom in fracking in Argentina, indigenous communities are angry their lands are being used for the process

– What’s ALEC been up to? Just formulating plans to reduce protections for the environment next year in Congress; I cannot help but imagine take place in the Legion of Doom

– Hillary Clinton: We should protect the environmental policies of President Obama; Like constructing Keystone south, supporting LNG firms, allowing fossil fuel companies to dominate. Gosh, I now see the light!

Mixed Bag

– “CIA Admits Role In 1985 Coup To Oust David Lee Roth“; Incredible reporting by The Onion and I am surprised other mainstream outlets did not cover this. Needs to be known.

– The U.K. announced it would ban acts such as spanking and female ejaculation from pornography when appearing in the commonwealth

– Great news as the U.S. Army will “fully recognize” two transgender veterans

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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.