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The Roundup for January 9th, 2015

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Friday already? The week just flew on by.

International Politics


– The two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings, along with another individual involved in a different crime, were killed by French forces. While some hostages escaped, four had been killed.

– Jeremy Scahill: “Al Qaeda source: AQAP directed Paris attack

– Mikhail Gorbachev believes tensions between Russia and Europe may lead to outright war

– Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu told France to beef security at Jewish sites across the nation

– Glen Ford: “Once Again, the Empire Rolls the Dice of War

Middle East

– Yemen officials say one of the suspects involved with the Charlie Hebdo attacks trained with al-Qaeda in their country

– In Syria, pro-government forces were able to repel al-Qaeda attackers attempting to capture two towns

– A Shiite cleric, who should be noted is a powerful figure in Iraq, threatened British forces not to build a cemetery for soldiers killed in the country.

– A former United Nations official said the bombings in Gaza by Israel amounted to “massive war crimes.”

Asia and Oceania

– South Korea announced it would deport a woman in the country praising North Korea.


–  A new law passed in Russia would ban people with “sexual disorders” from driving. Such “sexual disorders” include being transgender, transvestites and more.

Surveillance Planet

– A judge in New York ordered the New York Police Department to release information regarding a program where vans equipped with x-ray machines to scout bombs.

– Unidentified intelligence sources claim Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is building an underground bunker to make nuclear weapons; This sounds a little too ridiculous.

– Who helped the U.S. government in determining North Korea was to blame for the Sony hack? The NSA.

Financial Matters

– The unemployment rate falls to 5.6 percent and 252,000 jobs were added in the latest jobs report. Dean Baker has more. Journalist Sam Knight provides another perspective here.

– Turkey and Russia may be getting along in terms of energy, but Turkey still relies on Europe for gas.

– Sam Knight: “N.Y. Fed Official Who Hit Out At ‘London Whale’ Inspector General Report Was Aware Of In-House Stonewalling

– Alexis Goldstein: “Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank – and Win Millions for Local Investment Instead

– Expect in the Iranian budget privatization as well as smaller subsidies considering the impact of low oil prices

– Large agricultural companies want the embargo on Cuba lifted and are definitely planning to use their money to ensure any opposition is stopped

Politics US

Washington USA

– Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) inquired the American Red Cross how much money goes to what type of services after a major investigation by NPR and ProPublica on misused cash.

– Glenn Greenwald: “In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons

Anytown USA

– David Sirota: “Is Chris Christie’s Bromance With Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Violating Ethics Laws?

More than $100,000 was donated from Muslim organizations to residents in Detroit to keep water going for them

– Now New York Police Department cops are spreading a rumor New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio smokes pot; Is this high school?

– Gallup: Thirty-eight percent of Americans call themselves conservative compared to 24 percent who call themselves liberal. The other 34 percent say they are moderate.

– Last year, Wisconsin passed a law forcing outside investigations into police shootings. Michael Bell Sr., someone who actively fought for the law, speaks to The Real News on what made him push for it.

Part four of four with journalist Stephen Janis and former police lieutenant Stephen Tabeling on the murder of a local politician in Baltimore during the 1970s

– The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev still is relevant in that some folks, such as Attorney General Eric Holder, prefer capital punishment for Tsarnaev; Very sick to hear Holder say it should be considered

– The tragic death of Carlos Oliva-Sola by LAPD officers highlights the major problems with the police department

How vital is it for the elites to use a myth of a lazy person of color in order to distract from the oppressive police apparatus

– NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton admits there is a police slowdown, but noted it was going to be “corrected.

We Don’t Need No Education

– President Barack Obama will propose a plan in his State of the Union address later this month for two years of community college for free

– Sam Sacks: “Obama Community College Plan Could Mirror Healthcare Fight

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

A new report found reservists using the planes used during the Vietnam War and sprayed Agent Orange put such individuals at risk due to leftover residue

The Second Sex

A new report found NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did not view the tape of Janay Palmer being beat by Ray Rice, yet lied to save face

– Jessica Valenti: “Republicans are forcing women to have abortions – and then telling us it’s too late

Salon interviews two activists who are showing the stories of women who had an abortion in order add to the public discussion

A new report gave the U.S. a “C” for reproductive rights, which is up from a “C-” last year.

Planet Earth

Part four of nine with Robert Pollin who explains the necessity of alternative energy as making fossil fuel “clean” is just impossible

– On Jan. 9, there was a chemical spill in the Elk River which caused consequences for the residents of Charleston, W.V.

– The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in favor of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, which is not good news

New research found, with global warming rising, oceans will return more carbon dioxide, which will only increase climate change. Thus, the snowball rolls.

– The Obama administration allowed for light crude oil to be exported. Here’s the kicker: they did it all quietly.

Mixed Bag

– Bill Cosby, at a show, made a joke about how women should not be drinking around him.

– Fantastic cartoon by Joe Sacco on what satire means after the deaths of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists

An accident in South Dakota left 500 pounds of McDonald’s french fries on the road; Looks like a car is not the only thing drivers have to worry about getting fried.

Break Time

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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.