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The Weekend Roundup for December 20-21st, 2014

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Hey there folks! How are you doing today?

International Politics

Overall

– A favorite term for imperialists is “human rights” because who wants to oppose human rights? No one and that is what makes their campaign so outrageous.

– President Barack Obama: Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a chess master considering he is facing a multitude of problems

Middle East

– On Saturday, at least 12 people were killed by bombs across Iraq with no suspects named so far.

– Syria is worried about a decline in oil from Iran as the government relies on it for fuel; Wow, so many more effects from the decline in oil

– Qatar announced it would provide “full support” for the Egyptian military government; Interesting

– Iraqi officials charged the U.S. with selling them old helicopters that are easily destroyed by Islamic State militants

Africa

– In 2011, the West decided to intervene in Libya because they were concerned with the lack of democracy. This year, the country is still without any democracy and the West is not concerned anymore; Funny that

Europe 

– To prevent gentrification, the city of Paris will take a more active role in which houses are sold to people

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– As much as we can joke about moving to Canada should things get worse in the U.S., the Canadian government is pushing forth a xenophobic narrative in cementing its power

Surveillance Planet

– It looks like “The Interview” may or may not be coming out at this point. How is the FBI investigation going into the hackers, you may ask? The hackers taunted the agency by linking to a video repeating “You are an idiot.”

– North Korea, meanwhile, pledged to assist the U.S. government in finding out the identity of the hackers

– Interestingly, the U.S. may promise to respond against North Korea over the hacking attack, but the U.S. launched cyber attacks for months

– Emptywheel: “We’re Going to Start a War to Protect a Negligent Corporation’s Property?

Financial Matters

– At the end of the day, it cannot be denied the fall in the ruble, the currency of Russia, is something the West is certainly happy about.

– In terms of oil prices, Algeria is another country worrying about its finances due to the drop in prices

– Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, denied there is a conspiracy behind the decline in oil prices and believes the market will solve the problem itself

– After scamming customers, T-Mobile will pay $90 million to the multiple parties after being fined

– Despite a whistleblower coming forward on fraud committed by Bank of America, the Justice Department prefers doing nothing

– Thomas Frank: “First we kill all the diamond-class five-million milers

– With relations between the U.S. and Cuba changing, would it mean oil will finally be open for Western firms? Not really.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The National Labor Review Board ruled McDonald’s is responsible for when workers are fired when protesting for higher wages

Politics US

Washington USA

– The Republican Party wants its members to know if “The Interview” is back in theaters, then everyone should buy a ticket because the movie is about freedom; Yeah and Elf starring Will Farrell is a movie about someone who didn’t fit into the dirty liberal union in the North Pole.

– President Barack Obama: There is no justification for the killing of the two officers in New York City

A new study found the Ku Klux Klan assisted the Republican Party in getting more people out to vote for them

– What is disturbing about the torture conducted by the CIA is how they wanted evidence of Saddam Hussein’s ties to Sept. 11 despite there being no such evidence; They all are sick. That’s just it

Anytown USA

– On Saturday night, two police officers were killed by a man coming from Baltimore, Md., who then committed suicide. He shot his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore, but she recovered.

– The shooter said beforehand on Instagram he would kill officers in response the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

– Patrick J. Lynch, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said protesters will be held “accountable” over the death of the officers.

– When Mayor Bill de Blasio entered into a news conference, police officers turned their backs to him; To serve and protect!

– Steven Thrasher: “Two NYPD cops get killed and ‘wartime’ police blame the protesters. Have we learned nothing?

– In good news, it was inspiring to see more than 2,500 people protest at the Mall of America and shutting it down as a result; There was also a die-in protest in Baltimore, Md. that The Real News covered here

– The famous adage, “There’s a world to win” involves in the south in the U.S. It is an essential part in making sure leftists can be victorious.

– After the prison population was falling for the past few years, it started slowing down last year

Part three of three with Naomi Murakawa explains how liberals, not conservatives, were able to make the current prison system.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Teachers in society hold a powerful role in shaping the future of the nation. Indeed, their voice could provide help in putting pressure against officers to prevent more excessive force.

Planet Earth

– A new study found deforestation of rainforests would create major problems for society in general

– Citizens in Utah are resisting the efforts of fossil fuel companies determined to strike it rich in the state

Mixed Bag

– After an auxiliary cop in a town in Ohio was discovered to be a full-blown racist, he resigned immediately after the Fairview Park Police Department got a hold of the information; Good riddance

A new study found hugs can provide benefits to one’s health; That’s surprising. It’s astounding how the human body works.

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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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