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The Roundup for January 12th, 2015

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Start of a brand new week today folks. Hope it starts off well for you.

Feels good to get some jazz back into the Roundup.

International Politics

Overall

– Jeremy Scahill: “The Paris Mystery: Were The Shooters Part Of A Global Terrorist Conspiracy?

– It is sad to see Yemenis held at Guantanamo Bay still be held there even when told they would be able to leave soon

– Chris Hedges: “A Message From the Dispossessed

– Imagine if liberal commentators applied the same nonsense of not connecting issues to the missing 43 students in Mexico as done with the killings in Paris

– Interpol placed former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on its wanted list for embezzling funds

– Noam Chomsky: “We Are All – Fill in the Blank

Middle East

– Israeli authorities closed down two Muslim charities because of its ties to fund “terrorists

– An Iraqi official suggested the country should institute conscription to fight the Islamic State

– President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the U.S. will stand firm against Palestine with its recent decision to join the International Criminal Court

Asia and Oceania

– A branch of the ISIS in Libya kidnapped 21 Christians and some of them are Egyptians

– Meanwhile, a new report from the United Nations found more than half of families in Tripoli are suffering from deprivation

Europe 

– Turkish President Recep Erdogan Tayyip criticized Benjamin Netanyahu from attending the march on Sunday and said he committed state terrorism against Palestinians

– In a separate and unrelated note, the Turkish government is not a good place for foreign journalists who do not follow the Turkish government’s line

– The French government will deploy at least 10,000 troops and provide more police officers across the country

– The remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo announced it would release a new edition with the image of Muhammad

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Five years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, civilians there are angry with a dysfunctional government and apathetic international agency failing to help them. There’s an excellent piece over at Truth-out elaborating more on the earthquake and what happened afterward.

– Truth-out interviews Jackson Doliscar, an activist focusing on affordable housing in Haiti, in the first of two parts.

– As a part of the deal with the U.S. last month, Cuba released 53 political prisoners

Surveillance Planet

– Hackers claiming to be working with the Islamic State took over the Youtube and Twitter sites of the U.S. Central Command. No classified information was taken according to U.S. officials.

Financial Matters

– Journalist Lynn Stuart Parramore interviews researcher Servaas Storm on the fight to the bottom European countries are doing at the expense of its citizenry; I don’t necessarily agree a better form of capitalism is needed. This is how the system works.

– Dean Baker: “Idea for Tackling Inequality Number 27,653: Stop Subsidizing It

– This ridiculous notion of free trade by the elites will be made even more ridiculous if the Trans-Pacific Partnership is successfully pushed through.

– What is the percentage of counties in the U.S. bouncing back from the recession? Two percent.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Dave Zirin: “On Naked Emperors and College Football’s Championship

– Unions would be better off should they focus on organizing and fighting for benefits in the most radical of ways

Politics US

Washington USA

– A recently passed bill in the House could force some Americans off their health care plans because corporate forces want Americans to work more and get less.

– Liberals in the U.S. should not play nice when facing conservative considering liberal tactics often fail

– Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now in charge of all things science, including NASA; There must be some joke to this, but I can’t think of anything.

– Dusty Foggo, a former CIA official, is just one example of a corrupt official in the U.S. government who is able to get away with a lot of things thanks to secrecy

VICE News sits with a former Guantanamo Bay guard about possible murders that happened on June 9, 2006.

– Glenn Greenwald: “Dianne Feinstein, Strong Advocate of Leak Prosecutions, Demands Immunity For David Petraeus

Anytown USA

Part one of two with journalist Maya Schenwar who talks about the failure of prisons in the U.S. to rehabilitate prisoners

– A new report found New York Police Department officers typically use chokeholds despite it being illegal. Rarely are they punished, especially by the police commissioner.

– By the way, the NYPD will back to making unnecessary arrests (in the article’s case “low-level”) after the work stoppage

– Flashbangs, one form of equipment police officers use, are often abused and misused by such officers

– Police officers are just the beginning in the so-called American justice system’s grave errors in providing justice

– Good to hear undocumented immigrants in New York City will be able to get ID cards for vital access in the city

– Greg Abbott, incoming Texas governor, pledged not to expand Medicaid for poor citizens in the state

– Good news as a federal judge ruled the same-sex marriage ban in South Dakota was unconstitutional and struck it down

We Don’t Need No Education

– Gallup: The more teachers are not engaged with their job, the more likely they miss work days

– There certainly are positives associated with free community college for students in the U.S.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Rates are autism are rising so much that it is warned the U.S. will face an “autism tsunami

– In California, workers a part of Kaiser Permanente went on strike for better conditions for patients

The Second Sex

– Naomi Sayers, a sex work activists, joins The Real News to discuss new laws passed in Canada that discriminate against sex workers in the country

– Phi Kappa Psi at University of Virginia was reinstated after it decided to suspend its activities after the Rolling Stone story

Planet Earth

– Larry Summers, a former official in both the Clinton and Obama administration, called for a carbon tax to reduce carbon emissions

– Pope Francis I recently said he was against hydrofracking and supportive of those challenging fracking

– Part six of nine with Robert Pollin who explains how much action can be done at state and local levels considering the difficulty at the national level

– South Korea announced a cap-and-trade method in order to drastically cut carbon emissions

– In spite of all the efforts by nations in pretending to do something on climate change, the reality is it is very little. Our future, thanks to the failure of capitalism, is over.

– The Cajun culture in Louisiana is under threat thanks to the effects of global warming in the region

Mixed Bag

– A cleric in Saudi Arabia issued a ruling barring snowmen from being built because it is against religion; It really is ultra-conservative

– Uber is offering helicopter rides to people going to watch the college football game in Dallas, Texas

Break Time

In A Mist [Andy Bey]

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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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