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The Roundup for January 6th, 2015

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Coincidentally, I did wake up this morning.

International Politics


– Gareth Porter: “Top Secret List Shows McChrystal Halting Night Raids After Controversy

– Turkey foresaw things differently in Libya before the country slipped into turmoil and are now paying the price

– The Pentagon admits its air strikes against the Islamic State may have caused the deaths of civilians

– The European Union said it was wrong for Israel to suspend tax revenue payments to the Palestinian Authority.

Middle East

– Even with the Palestinian Authority’s decision to join the International Criminal Court, it will be difficult for them to move forward

– In a separate note, a Fatah official said the PA will never be disbanded even with outside Palestinian pressure

– Now the Islamic State is burning books it deems blasphemous when they are found within their territory

– Kurdish forces, meanwhile, killed 24 ISIS members in Kobane, Syria.

– The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons accused Syria of using chlorine gas against villages in the previous year

– An Iraqi official said the nation’s army would be remodeled in order to eliminate any weaknesses

– Donors from the U.S. contribute at least 90 percent of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign budget; Interesting

Asia and Oceania

– Journalist Sonali Kolhatkar joins The Real News to talk about the situation in Afghanistan, which had more than 3,000 civilian deaths last year


– Interesting to hear a former inmate at Guantanamo Bay was sentenced to life in Russia along with a group of others

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– An entire police force of a town in Mexico was detained over the disappearance of a journalist

– President Barack Obama, meanwhile, pledged his support for the Mexican government

Surveillance Planet

– Glenn Greenwald: “With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring And Criminalizing Online Speech

Financial Matters

– Robert Reich: “The Largest, Most Disastrous Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard Of“; Yet FDLers are well aware of it

– Because Uber refused to hand over documents on its rides, New York City banned five of its bases.

– The crown prince in Saudi Arabia blames “tensions in the international oil market” for low prices

– Shell announced it would pay $84 million to a community in Nigeria affected an oil spill

– David Dayen: “America’s most ambitious infrastructure project of the century: Why today’s high-speed rail launch is miraculous

Politics US

Washington USA

– If Congress does not extend the legislation providing food stamps for the poor, then it means more people will be suffering

– Trevor Timm: “The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war

– Even though some Republicans in the House decided not to vote for Sen. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House, Boehner still won a majority

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Twenty-nine percent of Jews identify as Republican or Republican, which is up from 22 percent in 2008.

– Natasha Lennard: “Who Gets to Talk About Killing Cops?

– Even with body cameras, there is no guarantee of justice against police violence

– Jules Boykoff and Dave Zirin: “Why All Opponents of Gentrification and Police Militarization Should Oppose the DC 2024 Olympic Bid

Part one of four with journalist Stephen Janis and former police lieutenant Stephen Tabeling on police corruption in Baltimore, Md.

– Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “Let’s Begin the Year With a Major Victory Over Corporate Power

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Psychiatry, discredited as constantly wrong, is still leading in the U.S. thanks to Big Pharma

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals six Americans died as a result of alcohol poisoning

– As Syria continues to suffer from constant fighting, a “medical and humanitarian disaster” is warned from its doctors

The Second Sex

– In terms of abortion, what can on expect this year in the U.S. in terms of law? More bills to restrict it!

Planet Earth

– 2014 was the hottest year on record and, based on the data, it will only get worse.

Part one of nine with Robert Pollin, a professor focusing on environmentalism, who explains the situation with climate change is worse than we can imagine

– Meanwhile, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) will chair a committee focusing on climate change. He is also a climate change denier.

– Alternative energy, specifically solar power, is proving to be popular among some segments in the U.S., which is not making folks like the Koch brothers happy

– Dahr Jamail: “As Climate Disruption Advances, 26 Percent of Mammals Face Extinction

– The White House announced legislation approving Keystone XL will be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Be careful, it is not all good news.

– Bill McKibben: “Obama’s Keystone veto threat is proof that climate activism works, no matter what the ‘insiders’ say

– Will the U.S. Department of Agriculture go ahead with a recommendation of reducing meat in the diet of Americans? Not really.

Mixed Bag

– State names such as New York or Texas are the normal for us. However, what do those terms really mean? Here is a neat map to explain.

– Scientists discovered a planet very similar to our own planet; Quick! Invade it for oil!

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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.