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The Roundup for December 5th, 2014

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It’s Friday folks. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

International Politics


– Several U.N. officials are worried about the lack of justice in the U.S. with recent lack of indictments against officers who killed unarmed individuals

Middle East

– The most corrupt ministries in Iraq are the “defense, municipalities [and the] oil, trade and interior,” based on an internal government report.

– The former prime minister and president of Iraq spent $750 million in two years; I wonder who supplied that money…

– Ahead of the elections in Israel, there is strong support for the right, but not much for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; If Netanyahu, the crazy reactionary, is not doing well, then that means someone even worse can appear

Asia and Oceania

– In China, a senior official was arrested and expelled from the state’s Communist Party, which is a part of President Xi Jinping’s efforts to eliminate corruption

– North Korea invests a lot of resources into a cyber-warfare group known as Bureau 121 to attack other countries


– After documents appeared showing Egyptian officials worked with prosecutors to ensure Hosni Mubarak would be found guilty, authorities denied that was ever the case


– In Greece, immigrants and anarchists are on hunger strike for different reasons but aim for justice

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The U.N. warned the parents of the 43 missing students are at risk after being harassed by police. You can find an insightful interview with one of the missing student’s parents here.

Surveillance Planet

– A tribunal in the U.K. said surveillance programs do not violate human rights violations

Financial Matters

– The November jobs report found 321,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent. Dean Baker writes more on it here.

– Gallup: Fifty-seven percent of Americans are satisfied with health care costs they pay

– There was a very weird op-ed in The Washington Post citing the Koch brothers as figures upholding Pope Francis’ teachings; I am sure someone at WaPo had to scratch their head when reading the op-ed before publishing it

– Here’s the insanity of the American political system: Based on a new study, for every dollar corporations give to influence the government, they receive $760 in subsidies.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– David Sirota: “Wall Street to Workers: Give Us Your Retirement Savings and Stop Asking Questions

Politics US

Washington USA

– It was the Clinton administration that first created the framework for the militarization of the police that we currently suffer from

– Henry A. Giroux: “State Terrorism and Racist Violence in the Age of Disposability: From Emmett Till to Eric Garner

– State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki accidentally admitted the U.S. stance, one she must defend, on events in Egypt is “ridiculous

– Glenn Greenwald: “The new Pentagon chief, Ashton Carter, and the beauty of D.C. bipartisanship

– Secretary of State John Kerry called Sen. Dianne Feldstein (D-CA) to talk about the timing of the Senate torture report on Monday

Anytown USA

– Ali Abunimah: “Rasmea Odeh in prolonged solitary confinement in Michigan jail

– The daughter of Eric Garner said the situation was not a racial issue, rather it was about the police “abusing their power.”

– In terms of the police, there must be a change in terms of the police’s role. The status quo failed, which is something known for many decades, and a radical solution is the only way forward.

– The real issue in terms of all of this is the institutions causing harm to communities of color, rather than bad apples

– There is hope when looking at the people mobilized throughout the country against the oppressive structure

– Peter Liang, the NYPD cop who killed Akai Gurley, texted his union representative instead of calling for help; To serve and protect!

– The family of Tamir Rice, who was killed by police in Cleveland, Ohio, will sue the police department

– The NYPD is sad everyone suddenly is against them and are using dumb counter-arguments in response to Eric Garner’s death

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: Non-traditional graduates are less “emotionally attached” to their alma mater compared to traditional graduates, although not by much

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found people who are obese live eight years shorter compared to those not obese

The Second Sex

– Rolling Stone apologized for not interviewing the men accused of raping at student at the University of Virginia.

– Dave Zirin: “Jameis Winston’s Peculiar Kind of Privilege

– Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) does not trust a new report by the Department of Defense as she believes it was “disappointing

Planet Earth

– More than one billion gallons of waste water was dumped by cruise ships this year, according to a new report

A new report warns there is little time left to avoid climate change, yet it is possible to provide a solution to avoid the worst of it

– The U.N. warns the costs to poor countries as a result of climate change will be worse than expected

Mixed Bag

– Awesome, looks like a documentary on Nina Simone will be released next year.

– With The New Republic changing into a digital media organization after operating 100 years as a magazine, many are angry with the takeover by Chris Hughes, the billionaire in control; Still is a reactionary magazine

– It was a successful test flight for NASA’s Orion, which provides hope for the future of space flight

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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.