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The Roundup for January 2

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It’s a new year, but same Roundup folks!

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

Europe 

– 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

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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.