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The Roundup for January 14th, 2015

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How are you doing today folks?

International Politics


– Journalist Chris Hedges joins The Real News to highlight how the response by Western states to the Charlie Hebdo killings is not genuine

– Al-Qaeda in Yemen said they were responsible for the attack against Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7. Jeremy Scahill writes more here.

– Natasha Lennard: “‘Je Suis Charlie’ and ‘Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie’ Are Both the Wrong Response to the Paris Massacre

– Ever hear of United Against Nuclear Iran? Pro-Zionist billionaire Sheldon Adelson has because he provides one-third of its funding.

Middle East

– An official from Hamas warned extremism may rise in the Gaza Strip should reconstruction effort continue to move slowly

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “shameful” for his comments over Netanyahu’s role in Gaza

– Hezbollah warned Charlie Hebdo its new magazine cover is offensive and would lead to more violence

– Iraq does not believe the U.S. and its coalition are doing enough to stop the Islamic State

– Ali Abunimah: “‘Muslim leader’ who assaulted Jerusalem resident identified as former New Jersey mayor

Asia and Oceania

– Gallup: Thirty-nine percent of Afghans believe their life will be worse off without U.S. and NATO soldiers in the country

– Singaporean officials say they located the AirAsia flight, which went missing last December, at the bottom of the Java Sea


– In the same manner we highlight U.S. foreign policy to terrorist attacks, so must we highlight French foreign policy to terrorist attacks

– A German double agent working for the U.S. stole information of spies working for the German government

– Catalonia, the province in Spain, announced regional elections later this year for independence

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A prosecutor in Argentina accused President Cristina Kirschner of covering up for Iran in a Jewish community center bombing in 1994. The government called such claims “ridiculous.”

– A former mayor of a Mexican city was charged, along with others, with the kidnapping of the 43 missing students

Surveillance Planet

– Verizon users face cookies that cannot be deleted as an advertising company devised one to ensure it cannot be deleted

– Glenn Greenwald: “France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West’s “Free Speech” Celebration

– Uber agreed with the city of Boston to share its data on passengers who use its service

Financial Matters

– Pew: Under President Barack Obama’s two terms, most jobs were created in the retail sector compared to the jobs eliminated in the government sector.

– Very interesting to see how Jeb Bush uses his name to make investments in China, which can be shady

– Jaime Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, believes there is too much pressure from regulators on banks; Not enough actually

– After suffering the worst of financial capitalism, the elections are just the first step in what may be either a road to stability or more of the same

– FBI agents raided the office of a medical device company in Florida where one of its executives is tied to the Wolf on Wall Street character. Why did they raid it? The FBI does not want to say.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Two trade associations, with ties to the Koch-funded ALEC, are challenging the minimum wage increase in Los Angeles

– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is eyeing public teachers unions who did not support him last year and will attempt to block reforms they want; Remember when Cuomo said he would be a progressive leader? Neither do I!

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: In case you were wondering, the 114th Congress starts off with a 16 percent approval rating.

– Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): The U.S. government should act like the Egyptian government due to its “courage

– The House voted 236-191 to fund the Department of Homeland Security and undue Obama’s immigration reform

– Marcy Wheeler: “Jeffrey Sterling: The Government’s Circumstantial Case

– Pew: Forty-seven percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s job. Meanwhile, 55 percent are struggling with the cost of living.

– Jason Leopold: “GOP Senators Are Gearing Up to Fight Obama Over Guantanamo“; Jason Leopold is on a roll

Anytown USA

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to veto any legislation making chokeholds illegal; So cops turn their backs to de Blasio twice at funerals and he vows to defend a barbaric practice of theirs? Gotcha.

– It does not matter whether police officers become more diverse because the uniform provides a sense of entitlement and power used to discriminate against people of color

– Gar Alperovitz: “New York Police Slowdown and the Classic Challenges of Alternatives to Capitalism

– It should be noted how people who are married often gain more privileges than those who are single, a status on the rise in the U.S.

– On Jan. 13, Georgia was the first state in the U.S. to execute a prisoner who was a veteran in the Vietnam War and suffered from mental illness; How does the U.S. treat its soldiers returning from its wars? Under the rug in this case.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Despite a divestment campaign at Harvard University, the college vowed to continue its investments in fossil fuels

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Americans who suffer from depression are more likely to get a heart attack

A new study found children are more susceptible to radiation emitted from technological devices

– The World Health Organization reported there was a decline of Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea

– Meanwhile, a cholera outbreak in Nigeria killed 20 people and infected more than 100 people

The Second Sex

– Pew: While the American public view women as capable of being leaders, there are obstacles that lead them to be under-represented in leadership positions

– One of the women accusing Bill Cosby of rape will soon file charges against him for sexually assaulting her in 2008

Planet Earth

A new study found sea levels are rising at a higher rate than what it rose in the past

Part eight of eight with Robert Pollin on why it is important to make decisions through government in investing for clean energy instead of the “free market”

A new report found offshore wind energy provides twice as much potential than offshore drilling

– Economist Paul Ekins explains to The Real News how important it is to keep fossil fuels in the ground to avoid the worst of climate

– The Obama administration hopes to drastically cut methane through new regulations to be announced next year. Activists say it is not enough and businesses do not like it.

Mixed Bag

– A person is running in the U.K. for Parliament as an anti-feminist and, yes, he is very delusional.

– “New Climate Change Study Just 400 Pages Of Scientists Telling Americans To Read Previous Climate Change Studies“; Spot on by The Onion

– A new study found less Americans are attending places of art, which is definitely problematic in a culture where the most talked about art piece in the past three weeks was a dumb, overrated and racist movie called “The Interview”

Fascinating interview with musician Boots Riley on capitalism, Oakland and his screenplay

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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.