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The Roundup for December 3rd, 2014

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Another lack of indictment, another day of reactionaries siding with oppressors!

Here’s an article by Arun Gupta that provides good vibes. I’m sure we all need something positive to keep going.

International Politics

Overall

– After it was reported Iranian fired airstrikes at the Islamic State in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry called it “positive

– Egypt is attempting to go after a seat on the U.N. Security Council and are determined to get it

– President Barack Obama: I do not believe Russian President Vladimir Putin will change his attitude; But I thought you were the leader of hope and change…

Middle East

– Max Blumenthal: “Why I Was Censored from Talking About Israel In Germany

– Saudi Arabia may have to rethink how to govern when fighting against the Islamic State as it is far different enemy despite some similarities in terms of the structure

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi released detainees not found guilty or sent to trial and cut salaries of top officials by half

– If you think voter apathy is a problem in the U.S., it also is an issue in Israel with Arabs considering the racist system there

Africa

– The Egyptian military government’s draconian social policies against civilians in Sinai as a result of a growing insurgency is creating a sense of fear in the community

– It is notable how social media played a vital role in Egypt considering the U.S. had a hand in the regime change there

Europe 

– Gallup: In 2008, 82 percent of Danish civilians said they were “thriving” in their life. Today, only 67 percent say the same. Less faith in the government is perhaps a cause of this decline.

– The far-right in Sweden was able to block a new budget, which means new elections will happen in the country

– Greece is still experiencing high levels of corruption and an ineffective government unable to provide an alternative life for them

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Some academics in the U.S. wrote a letter to the White House urging a cut of military supplies to Mexico, which they state is aiding the government against citizens there.

– Meanwhile, the Federal Police chief criticized human rights groups were defending students than businesses; In other words, “Why not protect property rather than people?”

Surveillance Planet

– With report of spying at the climate change meeting in Lima, Peru, folks there are not surprised Western countries would do such a thing

Financial Matters

– Gallup: A little more than half of seniors in the U.S. are able to get a doctor’s appointment either in the day or the following day.

– Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff: “Why San Francisco Should Just Say ‘No’ to the Olympic Games

– An economics professor said, after calculating figures related to social mobility in the U.S., there is no such thing as the American Dream anymore as social mobility in the U.S. dropped significantly

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): “An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

– While Black Friday may have been a failure, Cyber Monday was a financial success for many companies

Labor’s a-Brewing

– With Bruce Rauner, a Republican, set to become Governor of Illinois, pensioners will now have a new battle to preserve their pensions

– After Steven Greenhouse accepted a buy-out from The New York Times, it leaves only one full-time labor reporter in the mainstream media.

Politics US

Washington USA

– What the Republican Party is interested in, in terms of immigration, is searching for ways to benefit firms

– While some city officials in Baltimore, Md., deny water privatization is on their minds, there is genuine worry among folks in the community that it may happen

– When President Obama announced a police reform commission, he appointed a cop with a history of being violent against protesters

– Robert Reich: “Patrolling the Boundaries Inside America

– Gallup: When asked if they would support Hillary Clinton for president if she backed Obama’s immigration plan, 85 percent said they would; Por favor no.

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt he did not “help a single family” while in office

– Natasha Lennard: “Obama’s Call for 50,000 Police Bodycams Is Smart — But Not Enough

Anytown USA

– The NYPD officer who choked Eric Garner to death was not indictedSigh

– The officer who choked Garner said it was “never [his] intention to harm anyone

– The right is missing a proper perspective on the Garner case as they believe it is a matter of taxes rather than, you know, police brutality

– Meanwhile, the NYPD is getting ready and Commissioner William Bratton says there will be tolerance or “breathing room”; So funny! Laughing at someone’s death! Was puns a qualification for the job, Bratton? If so, kudos to you and your soulless life.

– As NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio calls for calm after decision, President Obama pledges more action on reforming the police

– What can we conclude about the reaction after the lack of indictment against Darren Wilson? A lot of things, but the most important is reactionaries defending a system designed for injustice.

– In San Diego, Calif., a man is facing life in prison despite never committing a crime in his life? He is accused of making a rap album. That’s it.

– The stepfather of Michael Brown apologized for his angry comments, yet said he was not involved with the riots; Apologizing for feeling angry at the lack of indictment? Good job reactionaries! Look what you did

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A new report from Australia found indigenous population in the country experience high suicide rates, especially in males

The Second Sex

– In Los Angeles, a man was convicted for engaging in “revenge porn” against his ex-girlfriend, which is the first case after passage of the “revenge porn” law

– A former employee sued Zillow, an online real estate firm, for sexual harassment and discrimination by the male workers there. In one case, a worker explicitly asked her for sex.

– Jessica Valenti: “If we truly valued motherhood, we would actually do something to help pregnant women

– The World Health Organization called for an end to virginity tests, which are discriminatory and are ineffective

– A former Democratic staffer who a raped a woman in 2010 was found guilty, yet will not go to jail.

– A new survey released by the Department of Defense found sexual assault reports increased by eight percent this year

Planet Earth

– Journalist Steve Horn explains why oil prices are falling, why fracking production may decline as a result and connecting it to the meetings in Lima, Peru.

– Eighty-three percent of Americans say climate change is happening, according to a new poll.

– Good for Mexicans to fight back against firms hoping to extract natural gas since these are the same companies that will fight tooth and nail for the money only

– With fracking expanding into new areas in the U.S., it must be repeated how there are major side effects due to fracking

– Bill McKibben announced he will step down as the chair of 350.org, yet noted he will still play an active role

According to new research, this may be the hottest year for the entire globe; Sigh

– Mayor Michael Collins of Toledo, Ohio, called for the U.S. government to inspect the quality of water near his town to prevent a lack of water for residents

Mixed Bag

– Great to hear more than 100 gay athletes came out this year, which is helpful for the LGBTQIA community.

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “Glimpses of Our Power

– Sad to hear English Bulldogs are being abandoned at high rates in New York City as a result of their growing popularity

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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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