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The Roundup for December 4th, 2014

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How are you doing today folks?

International Politics


– Pew: Following up on erik’s comment yesterday, the public throughout the world believes corruption is a significant issue in their continent with the most reported in Africa

– Thanks to the efforts of Russia, the prospects of a deal between Iran and the P5+1 is better than before

– A resolution appeared before members of the United Nations banning weapons in space. It passed with the U.S. and Israel opposing it; What diabolical scheme do they planned have in space?

Middle East

– The U.S. strategy of “train and equip” Iraqi soldiers is not working with major problems such as leadership; Meanwhile, at least 37 people were killed by car bombs in Iraq

– After the unity government between Hamas and Fatah ended on Dec. 2, the former said it would renew such a government with conditions attached.


– Officials in Egypt criticized the U.S. for human rights abuses and will investigate such abuses with a committee

– Sam Knight: “U.S. shows remorse over Libya intervention


– An official of the Vatican said they found millions of euros in hidden accounts

– In Chechnya, militants fought with security officers with casualties and injuries on both sides

– A rebel in eastern Ukraine admitted some rebels fired at Kiev’s troops in residential areas, yet noted those folks were the exception and were going to be punished

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– It bears repeating how Cuba’s medical system is astounding and, compared to other Western countries, it highlights an impressive part of their system

– Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the state of Guerrero, where the 43 missing students disappeared, to announce economic stimulus for businesses affected by violence

Surveillance Planet

– Pew: Fifty-two percent of Americans are unsure about what a private policy entails online; I would say it reveals some Americans are too trusting of corporations when online

– According to documents by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA is able to hack into cell phone networks worldwide

Financial Matters

– In part one of two, scholar Emanuele Lobina talks about the privatization schemes surrounding water and the effects of such private-public partnerships

– Twenty-nine, or 88 percent, banks in Iraq are under investigation by authorities for money laundering

– Attorney Dimitri Lascaris talks to The Real News on Nevsun Resources, a Canadian firm, which was able to take advantage of the forced labor program by the Eritrea in Africa.

– Health insurance companies will increase costs for their plans next year in new enrollment season of the Affordable Care Act

– A new report found Brooklyn, N.Y., as the worst place in the U.S. for affordable housing

– Many Americans are unaware about retirement and only a few understand what they need to retire

– Contrary to claims by the American Red Cross how 91 cents per dollar goes to service, the number is much lower; however, no one actually knows what it is.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Today, in more than 190 cities, low-wage workers went on strike for a higher minimum wage

– Meanwhile, a study from the Department of Labor found millions of workers are paid less than minimum wage

– Uh-oh. Some members of Congress are interested in cutting more benefits under private pension plans.

Politics US

Washington USA

– Marcy Wheeler: “Peter King’s racial hypocrisy: Why this police apologist is the king of privilege

– When Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) complains about the Democrats abandoning her, her comments really amount to nothing; I have no sympathy for anyone deciding to join with oil and natural gas firms

–, a group advocating for immigration reform, criticized a recent lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s immigration plan as reckless

– What do all the hawks in Congress think about the negotiations for an agreement between Iran and P5+1? They prefer bombings over negotiations because, you know, that’s totally worked in the past in other countries.

– Mitt Romney may run for president in 2016, so if you were worried about the lack of oligarchs in presidential elections fear no more.

– Chuck Hagel said there were no “major differences” with President Obama, he just decided to step down

Anytown USA

– When protesters marched in New York City last night in response to a lack of indictment, it was a response to a system that cannot be reformed, only destroyed.

– The wife of Eric Garner (rightfully) refused to accept the apology of the cop who killed her husband; The Department of Justice, meanwhile, will start their own investigation on Eric Garner’s death

– What is St. Louis Police Department’s response to the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice? “Kids will be kids.” No seriously, they said that.

– Rice was killed by officers in Cleveland, Ohio, which historically had its police department use excessive force according to a new report by the Department of Justice

– Mark Weisbrot: “In Ferguson, a Prosecutor Manipulates the Justice System to Prevent Indictment

– I question the narrative over the situation in Ferguson after the indictment since the moderate’s position of criticizing riots is too flawed and Sonali Kolhatkar provides good points on what should be talked about

– Amy Goodman: “Hands Up, Don’t Choke

– An attorney in South Carolina accused prosecutors of charging a white police with murder of an unarmed black man of using Ferguson to get charges. He elaborated the event happened four years ago and the current situation was a way to go after the officer; Or, you know, they could want this in jail

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: There is not much of difference in terms of income for traditional and non-traditional college students

– After firing Steven Salaita, the University of Illinois is having trouble hiring faculty members

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Homeless encampments in Silicon Valley were cleared by police after they were set up a year ago

The Second Sex

– All of this talk about why the journalist with Rolling Stone did not approach the Phi Kappa Psi for her article is suspicious as it change the narrative of the debate.

– The U.S Navy announced it would revoke an honorary title for Bill Cosby over the rape allegations; Good

– The Baltimore Ravens said they did not tell Janay Rice what to say at a press conference in response to a recent interview on Today

– We cannot forget how women will be hurt by the lack of a serious reform on immigration as there needs to be more reforms to help them at detention centers

– A Navy officer recorded female officers showering for about a year and sold the tapes. The officer is now under investigation.

Planet Earth

– Scholar Michael Klare joins The Real News to explain the domino effect the drop in oil prices will have for major world powers

Another report found limiting meat consumption can help reduce carbon emissions, although the backlash by consumers is something governments fear; Who cares? The West sells garbage as food, so it is possible to redefine how food is made

– The planet is in trouble in terms of food with less variety among crops compared to many decades ago

– Petrochemical companies spend millions to ensure they are able to cover-up health issues when workers with hazardous chemicals

Mixed Bag

– Pew: When older men re-marry, they are likely to marry women 10 years or more years young

– An app was made by scientists at MIT to counter any misleading claims in the media on climate change

– A court in New York ruled a chimpanzee in captivity has no human rights as it is not a “legal person

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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.