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The Roundup for January 1st, 2015

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It’s a new year, but same Roundup folks! It’s abridged today since it’s a holiday so relax and enjoy the day.

International Politics

Middle East

More than 76,000 people died this year in Syria as a result of the civil war there

– A former Israeli official said the money being used to make new settlements is linked to the government wanting to get some votes

– U.S. officials hope to quickly train Iraqi forces to fight against Islamic State militants

Asia and Oceania

– North Korea’s Kim Jong-un said he would be open to talks with South Korea this year

– Tragic news out of Shanghai, China, where at least 36 people were killed by a stampede


– The conditions in Greece are ripe for change and SYRIZA is the party that may make a difference should they come into power.

– Pope Francis: All countries should unite against human trafficking and slavery

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– If Cuba wants to know what American-style capitalism can bring, it should look to Puerto Rico, which is plagued with the worst of financial issues

Surveillance Planet

– Glenn Greenwald: “North Korea/Sony story shows how eagerly U.S. media still regurgitate government claims

– Emptywheel: “NSA Obfuscated to Congress about Back Door Searches in 2009

Financial Matters

– Iran told Saudi Arabia it should take action with falling oil prices; Keep in mind Saudi Arabia is an ally of the U.S.

– Iraqis want Shell to provide more jobs for them in oil fields, which I assume is for stable income

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Journalist Mark Ames joins The Real News to discuss the wage theft animation studios conducted since the 1980s and refuse to take responsibility for such theft. In fact, the executives of these studios are proud of their decision.

– USPS workers will dread the new year as more than 80 processing centers will close down

Politics US

– Remember, if you help support anything like the “War on Terror,” you’ll get a fabulous multi-million dollar house!

– Matt Taibbi: “The NYPD’s ‘Work Stoppage’ Is Surreal

– In Del Ray, Fla., more than 70 people protected a man from being arrested by police for allegedly smoking marijuana.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

New research from South Korea could ensure antibiotic resistance will not be as dangerous as estimated should the innovations continue

A new study found austerity caused by the International Monetary Fund prevented more of an effective response against Ebola

The Second Sex

A very powerful essay on the fear women have when it comes to the fear in terms of the violence of males and hoping for a future where gender roles are different

Planet Earth

Part one with journalist Steve Horn who joins The Real News to discuss environmental stories not covered in the mainstream on pipelines

– Intense hurricanes due to climate change will cause blackouts in major cities, which means countries should seriously prepare for this; They’ll only protect Wall Street and tell everyone else that they’ll promise with a cherry on top they will save everyone else later

– California is in an environmental nightmare that will only get worse and its only salvation is overthrowing the capitalist system

– The Monarch Butterfly may end up on the endangered species list this year because its numbers are dwindling.

Mixed Bag

– Two airline companies sued a website for providing tricks for consumers to spend as little as possible for air fare

– Dave Zirin: “A Reality of Their Own: Jameis Winston, Rape and Seminole Fandom at Florida State

Break Time

Katamari On The Swing [Shigeru Matsuzaki]

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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.