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The Roundup for December 31st, 2014

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It’s almost here! Also, thought of abridging today’s Roundup, but I did some of it. I guess it’s too hard to choose which stories are the least important.

International Politics


– The parliament in Ecuador passed a resolution to show solidarity with Venezuela after U.S. sanctions were placed on them

– The Islamic State is thankful for the role the internet is playing for them because it helps increase their profile

Middle East

– Rania Khalek: “Killing 40 civilians in one go is “reasonable,” says Israel army ethicist

– The attacks in Jerusalem are being framed as an issue revolving around religion, when they are really consequences of Israeli politics

– Jews emigrating to Israel is at its highest in a decade, reports the Israeli immigration ministry

– Crimes in Iraq are going unpunished and the fault is corruption for going unchecked

– Meanwhile, internal disputes are affecting Iraqi goals to prevent ISIS from gaining more ground in the country

– In Yemen, a suicide bomber killed at least 33 people at a Shiite celebration and no group claimed responsibility so far

– Palestine wishes the join the International Criminal Court in order to get Israel tried for its war crimes

Asia and Oceania

– In terms of the crash of an AirAsia flight, it is important to note this is happening as demand for flights in Asia are rising

– Tragic news out of Philippines where four people were killed and at least 30 were wounded by a bomb in marketplace


– ProPublica investigates the deaths of five Americans nuns during the Liberian Civil War in the mid-1990s


– Internal struggle among the Kurds is being reported in Turkey as there are groups with different political goals

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A health minister in Chile resigned after making comments on how the rich in Chilean society could afford abortion and, thereby, circumvent restrictive laws

A new poll found more than 60 percent of Ecuadorans support President Rafael Correa; Definitely impressive

– Venezuela announced reforms for the next year as a result of the “economic war” conducted against the country

Surveillance Planet

– Under Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, surveillance of phones tripled in two years; Talk about a power trip

Financial Matters

– Officials are the Federal Reserve Bank of New York declined to follow through with recommendations on stopping conflict of interests at Goldman Sachs

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Unions can provide valuable help for the movement happening now in the U.S. for police accountability if they can stand against the terror tactics

– How much is the roles in a family changing in the U.S.? Teenagers in some families act as the breadwinner.

– Civil servants working for Hamas went on strike after the Palestinian government announced it was interested in hiring the people laid off in 2007, which to those very civil servants to be hired.

Politics US

Washington USA

– With Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) resigning due to corruption, Daniel Donovan may be a contender for his seat. Donovan, by the way, was the prosecutor in the Eric Garner case

– Pew: In 2013, 81 percent of Democrats said 2014 would be a great year. This year, 60 percent say 2015 will be better.

– “The Counter-Revolution of 1776” by Gerard Horne provides a narrative not discussed in the mainstream, which shows the Founding Fathers clinging to slavery

– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): “Fight for Our Progressive Vision

– Chuck Todd of Meet the Press admitted he does not correct lies on the program because of fears the guest will not return; Profit over truth!

Anytown USA

– A lot changed after the deaths of the two police officers, but this does not mean the movement needs to slow down. Rather it should continue pushing forward for justice and peace.

– To serve and protect is the motto of the police, but we must ask, “to serve and protect who?” Of course, this leads to the ruling class.

– The Real News provides coverage of anti-police brutality protests in Baltimore for the second month in a row

– Despite defense lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asking to move the trial out of Massachusetts, the federal judge rejected the request

Part three of five with Norman Finkelstein where he explains how he became a Maoist, became disillusioned and began reading on Israel and Palestine

Top Gun (Stories)

– A mother in Idaho was killed by her two-year-old son in a Wal-Mart after he grabbed it from her purse

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: A majority, or near majority to be specific, support labeling on menus at most places serving food

The Second Sex

– A chilling trial occurring in Chicago where an Uber driver is facing a trial where he was accused of raping a drunk woman after he took her back to his apartment. Uber says they did not authorized that driver, although the driver used his wife’s account.

– Funny how former chair of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke is on The Economist‘s most influential economists in the U.S., but Janet Yellon is not nor any other female economist

– Despite passing a law on it, the Lebanese government is not providing women with effective routes when it comes to domestic violence

– Cases of sexual attacks inside hospitals in the U.K. are exponentially rising in the past few years

Planet Earth

– While Naomi Klein pens a brilliant argument in This Changes Everything, it is somewhat limited in blaming capitalism as it is not “neoliberalism” but just capitalism in general to blame for global warming

– Journalist Dahr Jamail joins The Real News to discuss major stories on climate change this year and what it means for next year

Mixed Bag

– Dave Zirin: “Why 2014 Will Be Remembered as the Year the Sports World Turned Upside Down

– Gallup: Forty-nine percent of Americans take time off for vacations, which are good for well-being. It is more likely people take vacations if they make more money.

A new study found people who hear “black” believe such individuals make less money and are less educated compared to “African-American”

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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.