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The Roundup for January 2nd, 2015

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Today’s song seems fitting for an epigraph on a piece about communication.  Also New Wave is awesome.

May Mario Cuomo rest in peace.

International Politics

Overall

– The U.S. announced sanctions against North Korea. For what you may ask? For its alleged involvement in hacking Sony.

Middle East

– At least 170 men were taken from villages in northern Iraq by Islamic State militants to find people who burned their flag

– The U.N. reported more than 12,000 people died in 2014 in Iraq, which made it one of the deadliest years since 2007

– Interestingly, an Iraqi general believes things in Iraq are at their worst as the national government is incompetent and the U.S. is clueless on what to do

– As Syrian opposition groups decide whether or not to follow through with peace talks in Moscow, pessimism is the feeling on these talks

– Ali Abunimah: “As threats to Jews said to mount in Europe, Israeli minister gets ‘excited’

– Israeli settlers threw rocks at  U.S. officials visiting the West Bank to look into the destruction of agriculture for Palestinians; Ball is in America’s court

Asia and Oceania

– Wow. This is an enlightening article about what civilians fleeing from Fukushima are experiencing in Japan. “More people have died from stress-related causes than from the initial disasters in Fukushima.” Damn.

– Also fascinating is the influence of the Little Red Book by Mao Tse-Tung in the West. I found its influence with fascists in Italy quite interesting. Never heard about that before.

Africa

– The three journalists for Al-Jazeera will be in prison in Egypt for a few more weeks and two may be deported

– Meanwhile, Egyptian border guards killed a man from a town in Gaza, although little is know about what happened

– After facing raids by Egyptian police, gays living in Egypt are afraid of more police raids 

– The fire at an oil terminal which worried Libya is now put out by the firefighters in the country

Europe 

– Turkey and the Kurdish Workers Party were not always on good terms, but the recent fight against the Islamic State highlights tensions between the two

– There were protests in Hungary where thousands took the street against government corruption

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Alexander Main of the Center for Economic and Policy Research elaborates on The Real News why the U.S. decided to implement sanctions against Venezuela

Surveillance Planet

– Journalist Jason Leopold speaks on the importance of filing Freedom of Information Act requests in this interview.

– Emptywheel: “FISA ‘Physical Searches’ of Raw Traffic Feeds, Hiding in Plain Sight?

Financial Matters

– Money cannot make you happy, but it can make you selfish; It is peculiar how the most wealthy are worshiped in society

– Iraq’s parliament now will vote on the 2015 budget after the cabinet approved of it and it should be noted one Iraqi official said austerity will soon come due to low oil prices

– Oman, the country east of Saudi Arabia, is another state suffering due to the low oil prices. Should they enact austerity, they could face unrest in the country.

– Low oil prices will affect trains carrying oil prices, right? Well, the wheels still are turning for such trains regardless of prices; I finally made my first pun for the year. More will come.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Where is the power located in the U.S. for change? It is labor. Indeed, 2014 had inspiring fights for minimum wage raises, which were successful in some areas.

– The death of a Chinese worker in China last month shows how brutal labor can be in the country

Politics US

Washington USA

– This year marks 100 years after the end of the Civil War and one thing to remember is the role Irish immigrants had in it

– Journalist Ken Silverstein is doing a great job in revealing the people who profited off the Iraq War and those protecting corrupt people from charges.

Anytown USA

A vital article to understand the overall movement occurring in the U.S. for racial justice and police accountability.

– At Rikers Island, a mentally ill man was supposed to be on suicide watch. However, it was never implemented by the guards and the prisoner committed suicide.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Cooper Union, historically free for students in New York City, is considering tuition fees, which is something faculty and students alike are not in favor and with good reason.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– A U.N. official said the Ebola outbreak would be over by the end of this year, although it is a hopeful estimate

The Second Sex

– Women who are considered nerds also experience more of a struggle compared to males as they face more oppression in society

– Saudia, the airline for Saudi Arabia, will segregate flights by gender after receiving complaints from males on flights who did not like their wife and/or daughters next to “strange men.”; Strange is such a vague term

– Jessica Valenti: “If you call yourself a feminist, make 2015 the year you act on those beliefs

– In India, three men were arrested by police after allegedly raping a Japanese woman

Planet Earth

Part two of two with journalist Steve Horn on the collusion between government officials and the oil industry to promote fracking

– Fracking in the Gulf of Mexico is currently underway, which is something even regulators don’t want us to know.

– Governments are turning to renewable energy, except nuclear energy as the industry goes on the decline.

Mixed Bag

– Today is the last day Bill Moyers will be on PBS for his television show. Not good to hear considering the state of TV journalism.

– Louis Proyect: “Why Selma Matters Now More Than Ever

– A story about a TV show showing the death of a patient on television without the consent of the family. This, however, is the tip of the iceberg.

Some (depressing) humor from writer William Blum about this year.

Break Time

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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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