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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?

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

– 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

– 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!

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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.