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The Roundup for January 20th, 2015

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I’m in a mood where the entire week will be non-American music. Today we visit Mexico. Yesterday was Japan and Sunday was Pakistan if you were wondering.

International Politics

Overall

Part eight of eight with Norman Finkelstein who explains the faults of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

A new report found up to 4,000 people from former Soviet republics joined the Islamic State

Middle East

– The United Nations reported ISIS was executing many civilians, especially educated women, in Iraq

– After an attack on the presidential palace in Yemen by rebels, the U.N. Security Council condemned it and expressed support for the government

– Airstrikes by the Syrian government killed at least 39 people in the village of Khansaa

– Israel claims it was unaware an Iranian commander was in a convoy with Hezbollah fighters before firing

– Iran said it was prepared to discuss a number of issues with Saudi Arabia

Asia and Oceania

– Indonesian officials say the AirAsia flight, which crashed last month, flew too fast when rising in the air

Africa

– The International Criminal Court pledged to try any member of Boko Haram in Nigeria for their crimes

Europe 

– Gallup: Forty-six percent of British citizens say they are thriving with their finances, which is the highest out of all well-being elements.

Part two of two with Leo Panitch who talks about the capitalist’s perspective of the Greek elections and obstacles SYRIZA will face

– William Blum: “Dumb and Dumber in Ukraine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Thanks to U.S. tactics on terrorism, states in Central America are using it to go after dissenters and human rights defenders

– The Argentinian government pledged to investigate the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Surveillance Planet

– When Americans sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act, companies, thanks to the government, are able to obtain their personal information

Financial Matters

– Nicole Woo of the Center for Economic and Policy Research joins The Real News to discuss Social Security and how removing the tax cap can provide more revenue for the program

– An Iraqi official claims oil prices will rebound in the latter half of this year; He then crossed his fingers I imagine

– The fall in oil prices is making oil companies beg for the end of a ban on oil exports. Still, they are already exploiting loopholes to get more money in their pockets.

– Capitalists, wait, uh, elites, wait no hold on, parasites, I mean CEOs say the U.S. is the best place to invest

– The Supreme Court declined to hear a case on banks charging businesses too much in terms of fees

Labor’s a-Brewing

– At a vegan strip club, two workers there are suing the store over wage theft and harassment

– A labor activist from Minnesota going to the State of the Union pens a piece on the struggle of the working class

Politics US

Washington USA

– Pew: Words like “good” or “incompetent” are typically used to describe President Barack Obama

– Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) pledged to work with the Chamber of Commerce to pass legislation they like

Anytown USA

– Gallup: Fifty-nine percent of Americans are satisfied with the country’s security, which is down from 69 percent.

– A memorial for Eric Garner was on fire Monday and police believe it was an accident. However, Eric Garner’s daughter believes it was done intentionally.

– A maximum security prison in New York is facing a lawsuit by a trans woman behind bars after the prison did nothing when she was raped.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– In Ventura, Calif., three white men lit a homeless man on fire and later ran away

– A new study found families who do not vaccinate their children usually form a community that is more exposed to diseases

– The United Nations say drug addicts in Crimea are dying as a result of not getting treatment

The Second Sex

– For women who have an abortion, what happens afterward is still an issue that needs to be discussed.

– Jessica Valenti: “Will the awful power of the word ‘slut’ defeat feminists’ efforts to reclaim it?

Planet Earth

– A new poll found 61 percent of Americans believe President Obama should receive a notification by the State Department on the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline before moving forward on it; THE SOUTHERN HALF IS ALREADY BUILT! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY IT

– Unions should reconsider their stance on pipelines as they risk jeopardizing their relationship with environment

– On the San Francisco coast, a number of birds are dying from a mysterious substances and scientists are unsure where it came from.

– Forests in South America are at risk as a result of the rise in gold mining

– Crude oil spilled into Yellowstone River in Montana and citizens who rely on the river for water were advised not to drink it.

– Dahr Jamail: “Scientists and Doctors Sound Alarm Over Health Dangers of Oil Spill Dispersants

– CEOs of major companies do not really care about climate change nor are they worried about it

Mixed Bag

– In the U.K., a five-year-old boy did not go to a birthday party and was billed as a result.

– When Juan Cole references communists to talk about a point on al-Qaeda, he is clueless about the rise of Stalinism and the origins of the Soviet state

– Larry Wilmore had a great show Monday night on protests occurring throughout the U.S. for justice

Break Time

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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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