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The Roundup for December 8th, 2014

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Hey folks, quite a stacked Roundup today. Anyhoo, how is your day?

International Politics


– It is either funny or sad (perhaps both?) to see liberal and conservative hawks join together to call for regime change in Syria

– Gareth Porter: “Why Hasn’t the IAEA Followed Up Iran’s Inspection Offer?

Middle East

– A U.S. commander pledged to add 1,500 more troops to fight against the Islamic State

Asia and Oceania

– Gallup: Sixty-five percent of civilians in Afghanistan say they are suffering, which is up from 55 percent in 2013


– The U.N. is worried about the strife in Libya as it is preventing oil, I mean, peace from existing in the country. Funny how the U.S. does not trust U.N.-led peace talks.


– In Greece, presidential elections are just two weeks away; however, there are no candidates running

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The left in Mexico can rise up should they unite to fight against a corrupt and vile neoliberal system supported U.S. and Mexican capitalists

Surveillance Planet

– Glenn Greenwald: “What bad, shameful and dirty behavior is U.S. judge Richard Posner hiding? [We] demand to know.

Financial Matters

– With Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned energy company, doing terrible due to a kickback scandal, there is talk of austerity with output being affected by the scandal’s consequences.

– The “champions” who pushed for capitalism centuries ago were, as Howard Zinn once said, robber barons. Considering capitalism is immoral, those who fought for it are immoral as well.

– The poor are spending way more this Christmas compared to the rich; Now this is change we can believe in!

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A former Whole Foods worker provides his experience when working part-time, yet notes he worked more than 40 hours per week.

– Richard Wolff: “The Wages of Global Capitalism

– Employers should be ashamed when forcing workers to work in times when they should be sleeping, especially when operating transportation like trains or airplanes

– Companies involved with constructing stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are accused of abusing labor with low pay and committing abuses

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: In 2009, 58 percent of white Milennials supported President Barack Obama. This year, only 34 percent of them support Obama.

– Marcy Wheeler: “The Government’s Single-Source Theory of Investigative Journalism

– Question the mainstream narrative on the protests that happened in Berkeley, Calif., as there are things that were not talked about.

– The Supreme Court refused to hear BP’s appeal to not pay fines, which means they will be forced to do so although BP isn’t giving up.

– Chris Hedges: “A Society of Captives

– With Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban, two pro-Israeli capitalists, aiming to defend Israeli interests in the U.S. with their money, it is hard to imagine how low they will stoop to promote imperial politics

– Ahead of the Senate torture report being released, the CIA is increasing security at embassies across the world; They have no one to blame but themselves

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Twenty-eight percent of blacks in urban areas trust the police, the lowest out of all ethnicity groups.

– Max Blumenthal: “Inside the Twisted Police Department That Kills Unarmed Citizens at the Highest Rate in the Country

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Rudy Giuliani “misunderstands the reality” of not only race, but policing too in New York City

– Pew: Fifty percent of Americans say the decision in the Michael Brown case was right compared to 22 percent who said the same on the Eric Garner case

– What is frustrating is how some Americans, perhaps blinded by the neo-liberal propaganda, do not take into consideration things like what officers do after murdering unarmed blacks.

– Sarah Jaffe: “‘I didn’t want that to be the story about Mike Brown’: Meet the man showing America the real Ferguson story”

– In Chicago, Ill., guests at a hotel for a convention were affected by exposure to chlorine gas in what authorities say was intentional

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new study found providing facts to people cautious about vaccines does not make them likely to get one

– An insightful look at the poor youth in Britain, who are facing an uncertain future due to neoliberals being in charge

The Second Sex

– Chelsea Manning: “I am a transgender woman and the government is denying my civil rights

– Republicans pledged, after the new Congress is sworn in next year, to push for a 20-week abortion ban.

– Jessica Valenti: “Who is Jackie? Rolling Stone’s rape story is about a person – and I believe her

– It is sad errors involved with Rolling Stone are bigger than the story of “Jackie” in the rape case at the University of Virginia.

– For a commander-in-chief, President Obama is not doing his job when tackling the issue of sexual assault in the military

Planet Earth

– How bad is the drought in California? It is the worst in the past 1,200 years, according to new research. Some communities have to even have to get their water from other places, while federal officials blame natural weather patterns on the drought.

– Companies see this, however, as a potential way to make money for themselves

– Part one with Dr. Thomas O’Donnell, an energy expert, on the geo-politics of oil when discussing falling oil prices. If wondering, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia seem to be the most safe from this.

– Good for environmentalist groups to challenge offshore fracking in the courts to stop these bloodsuckers

– Jesse Myerson: “GOP’s Keystone fantasy-land: How their ignorance prevents jobs in America

– Louisiana needs money to prevent its coastal line from going underwater, but it does not have the money for that; Even North Carolina is facing a similar dilemma although they are restricted due to a law

– With palm oil valued by capitalists in Honduras, there will stop at nothing, and this is key, to make sure it makes money even if it hurts the planet and causes violence

– Considering South Asia is significantly affected by climate change, it is important for the sub-continent to unite for a solution

– Dahr Jamail: “Extinction Rate Rivals That of Dinosaurs, 2014 Likely Hottest Year Ever

– Unfortunately for the bee population, a mixture of harmful factors are leading to their decline

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: Eight-one percent of Americans say they were informed with the Internet when purchasing products or services

– Dave Zirin: “#BlackLivesMatter Takes the Field: A Weekend of Athletes Speaking Out

Break Time

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas [Burl Ives]

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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.