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The Roundup for January 8th, 2015

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Another day, another step closer to the end of the week. Hope you enjoy today.

International Politics


– Writer Richard Seymour talks to The Real News about the hypocrisy of the Western countries when they say they defend freedom of speech after the deaths of 12 people in Paris, France.

– Juan Cole: “What’s the Real Reason Al Qaeda Attacked ‘Charlie Hebdo’?

Middle East

– The Iraqi national government and the Kurdish regional government recently agreed on a joint military effort to attack the Islamic State

– U.S. General Martin Dempsey: We are looking for ways to support the Iraqi military against ISIS

– In Saudi Arabia, a person who criticized Islam on a blogging forum will be flogged 1,000 times.


– Kambale Musavili, an activist from the Congo, explains to The Real News on how wrong it is for the U.S. to continue to push for military action against rebels in the Congo despite it constantly failing

– A Nigeria official said at least 2,000 are missing or dead after raids by Boko Haram forces

– Elections for seats in the Egyptian parliament are in March, but there does not seem to be any strong opposition to the existing government


– As a result of the conflict in Ukraine, at least one million Ukraine are displaced from their homes

– Throughout France, authorities are searching for two suspects involved with the shootings and nine allegedly involved with suspects were detained.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Amy Goodman: “Close Guantanamo—Then Give It Back to Cuba

– A trip down memory lane on how the U.S.-Cuban relations radically changed after the Cuban revolution

Surveillance Planet

– A decision last April by a court in Europe on the use of personal data could limit the dragnet of the NSA

– Director-General of Britain’s MI5 Andrew Parker said the attack in Paris highlights the danger of terrorism

– Emptywheel: “If IPs Are So Solid, Why Won’t FBI Tell Us How Many Americans Get Sucked Up in Section 702?

Financial Matters

– China will invest $20 billion into Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro visited the country for investments

– Professor William Black joins The Real News to examine why mainstream media outlets, like the Wall Street Journal, are shaming Greeks for turning to SYRIZA

– If there is any good example of the power of capital under capitalism, witness its flight from Africa and the consequences of it.

– The major college bowl games are nothing more than a show geared to the pockets of large corporations.

– Funny how a fracking bubble caused by Wall Street is now everyone’s fault except Wall Street. Where have we heard that before?

– The European Union pledged to give more loans to Ukraine if they carried out reforms (i.e. austerity)

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Outgoing New York Times journalist Steven Greenhouse is interviewed by Salon about the changing state of labor journalism

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Those who are more likely to be wealthy are also likely to vote or contact their officials.

– Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced she would not seek re-election in 2016

– Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler said, but not explicitly, he would strongly think about net neutrality

– Matt Taibbi: “Yes, Virginia, Cartoons Are Worth Fighting For

– Because of budget cuts, the Pentagon announced it would cease operations at some of its military bases overseas

– Some lawmakers (reactionaries) believe there should not be any reforms to the defense side of the U.S. because the Charlie Hebdo attacks prove intelligence works somehow

Anytown USA

– Journalist Glen Ford joins The Real News to talk about a people’s grand jury taking place in St. Louis, Mo., where Darren Wilson was indicted and the significance of a such a jury.

– Bill Maher: “Hundreds of millions of Muslims” would commit the same acts in Paris, France if they wanted to; And this is why Maher is a joke

Part three of four with journalist Stephen Janis and former police lieutenant Stephen Tabeling on how justice failed to hold accountable crooked cops during the 1970s and 1980s.

– The Metropolitan Transit Authority banned die-ins from taking place at the Grand Central Station.

We Don’t Need No Education

– As a result of new regulations, schools in Massachusetts are restricted in punishing students through isolation

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Four percent of Americans reported they had the flu in December, the highest in years.

– Folks struggling with hunger is all-too common in the U.S. and these 10 cities are just examples of it

The Second Sex

– There’s a shortage of tampons in Argentina and many entities are being blamed as a result; It’s seems more the fault of the companies.

Planet Earth

– Part three of nine with Robert Pollin, a professor, who explains countries like Brazil or Germany are models for the U.S. to copy in ensuring a smaller carbon footprint

– Sarah Laskow: “Climate activists won the Keystone fight. Great. Now can we actually fight climate change?

– On July 1, styrofoam will be banned in New York City over concerns of how much are wasted. Yet food carts are worried about alternatives.

– The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Obama administration to release documents on offshore fracking in the Gulf of Mexico

– The energy secretary of the United Kingdom said the upcoming talks in Paris will not present a deal that would be “ambitious

Mixed Bag

– Don Lemon of CNN asks a human rights lawyer, who is Muslim, if he supports ISIS. No, this is not The Onion.

– Both coffee and tea can assistant in shielding the brain from significant illnesses and disease

– Expect technology to take a bigger role in the 2020 census as the federal government mulls its use

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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.