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The Roundup for December 24th, 2014

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Just one more day!

International Politics


– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif believes it is possible an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 can be reached soon

– The Islamic State allegedly shot down a fighter of the Jordan government. I say allegedly because the U.S. denied it happened.

Middle East

Part one of five with Norman Finkelstein on the propaganda Israel pushes to make them appear innocent

– A demonstration calling for a “Christmas without occupation” was dispersed by Israeli forces despite people giving gifts to children and being friendly with one another

– It’s official: Authorities in Israel gave the final approval for 380 settlements to be constructed in east Jerusalem.

Asia and Oceania

– Pakistan announced it would create military courts for cases dealing with terrorism due to the school massacre by the Taliban.


– Economist Costas Lapavitsas explains to The Real News how SYRIZA can achieve victory in the next election in Greece and why it is important for them to deliver

– Russia blamed NATO for Ukraine’s recent decision to not call itself “non-aligned

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Cuba said it would not return Assata Shakur to the U.S. as she earned political asylum in the country

– If you want an example of black lives being disregarded internationally, look no further than the U.S. invasion of Panama in late 1989

Surveillance Planet

– The Seattle Police Department is looking for hackers to edit videos obtained through body cameras to release to the public.

– Just one year ago the FBI was aware of potential malware attacks that could hit companies. Too bad it never told Sony about that.

– Trevor Timm: “Is Sony’s crackdown a bigger threat to western free speech than North Korea?

– A new report found there is no strong legal way to stop the federal government when they snoop on civilians through their webcams

Financial Matters

– Robert Reich: “The Government Problem

– In October, tourism in Egypt rose by nearly 80 percent compared to the previous year, which means the country is slowly becoming stable in terms of its economy

– Meanwhile, Egypt may be benefiting from low oil prices but its allies are suffering from such a drop

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “Right to Work” laws only benefits the leaders of companies and hurt the workers laboring every day

– After refusing to pay workers bonuses at the end of the year, supermarket workers in Uruguay decided to strike

Politics US

Washington USA

– Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, joins The Real News to debate on the role of the U.S. and its influence throughout the globe

– Jim Messina is one of player of politics who does not hesitate when playing dirty. He now owns a house worth more than $1 million thanks to Democrats offering him money; Yes! Now this is the hope and change I knew was going to come.

– A new poll found 68 percent of Americans support the recent change in reaching out to Cuba

Anytown USA

– The pseudo-journalists attacking protesters after the deaths of two officers are working for the cops. If they actually cared about what they said, they would have attacked the right-wing for the deaths of two officers earlier this year by Jerad and Amanda Miller in Nevada.

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized protests in NYC yesterday as “divisive“; A progressive showing his true colors

– Glen Ford: “Cops Threaten a Blue Coup in New York City

– In Baltimore, Md., a FOX affiliate station edited a chant of an anti-police brutality protest to make it seem like protesters were calling for cops to be killed. It was all taken out of context; Just the tip of the iceberg in the role the media is playing to save cops

– In Berkeley, Mo., an officer fatally shot Antonio Martin, an 18-year-old who was said to be waving a handgun at the officer. Protests erupted in Berkeley after the shooting.

– Natasha Lennard: “Asking For Protests to Stop After NYPD Killings Is Standing on The Wrong Side of History

– The reaction from officers and their supporters is pathetic considering how much fear they are spreading. Indeed, blaming activists for the deaths of two officers does not make any sense.

– Indeed, you can see how they react through this article from the Associated Press. Who even said there was no support before for them or no one was defending them? Lots of questions in terms of the narrative chosen by journalists.

– Oakland, Calif., is a good case where the police decided to call the shots and bully around city officials

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– In terms of military suicides, the cause of these suicides may be the culture of the military more than anything else

A fascinating read about a radio station in Argentina operating from a mental hospital featuring patients

Planet Earth

– Sam Knight: “Environmental Regulator Undermines Scientific Integrity, says watchdog

– Overall, Arab countries will invest less in energy over the next few years until the end of the decade

– There was an oil spill in the Black Sea after a Russia pipeline ruptured although its size is unknown at the moment

Mixed Bag

– Pew: Seventy-four percent of Americans identify as Christians with half specifically identifying as Protestant.

– Whoa! Scientists in Cambridge were able to make artificial sperm and eggs from skin cells.

Break Time

Someday At Christmas [Stevie Wonder]

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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.