Hello everyone, hope everything is well.
- “With a boost from Russia and China, Secretary of State John Kerry mounted a major diplomatic push Friday to reach an interim nuclear deal with Iran, despite fierce opposition from Israel and uncertainty in Congress.”
- Pakistan has appointed a new ambassador to the U.S.
- “Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group has refused to participate in talks in Moscow with Syrian government organizations on resolving the country’s humanitarian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry and opposition figures said Friday.”
- “Iran and six world powers extended high-stakes talks over Tehran’s nuclear program into an unscheduled third day on Saturday, as their top diplomats labored to hammer out a long-sought deal to end a decade-old standoff.”
- Pentagon: Spike in amount of Afghan troops killed
- “Drone strikes in southern Yemen killed five suspected al-Qaida militants, the country’s interior ministry said Friday, as fighting between rebels and ultraconservative Sunnis raged on in the north.”
- New confusion over Arafat’s death after a Russian report comes up inconclusive
- “A bomb exploded on a busy street filled with shoppers in northern Iraq, part of a series of attacks that killed at least 19 people Friday, officials said, the latest in a wave of violence roiling the country.”
- “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he “utterly rejects” the emerging nuclear deal between western powers and Iran, calling it a “bad deal” and promising that Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself.”
- Afterward, he got a call from President Obama. Because what better way to appease those delusional than speaking with them.
- George Soros pledges $1 million for Syrian “humanitarian work”
Asia & Oceania
- Pew: Chinese public concerned on inflation, corruption and inequality, among other things
- “Two months of political bickering had pushed Maldives voters into the background. But finally they will have their say Saturday when they choose a new president for their vulnerable new democracy.”
- Pew: Despite challenges, Africans hopeful for the future
- “Supporters of Egypt’s toppled president clashed with opponents Friday as security forces fired tear gas to break up their demonstrations over detained female protesters, part of an effort to draw wider support for their dwindling rallies. At least two people were killed and 20 were injured, an official said.”
- Egyptian foreign minister sets out timetable for elections
- Due to the News of the World scandal, there is a push for a press watchdog
- “Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima arrived in Russia on Friday for a visit that aimed to celebrate the two nations’ historical ties but comes as relations between them have soured.”
- “A poll of European Jews has found that more than three-quarters of those questioned believe anti-Semitism is on the rise in their home countries and close to one-third have considered emigrating because they don’t feel safe.”
- “France’s second credit-rating downgrade by Standard & Poor’s in less than two years is as damaging politically for the socialist François Hollande as it was for his rightwing predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost the election shortly after France lost its AAA rating in January 2012.”
Latin America & Canada
- Meanwhile, “Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has announced a slew of policy reforms aimed at combating speculation and hoarding, along with the creation of new government institutions to regulate trade and oversee foreign currency exchange.”
- A small victory for a small fight against Mexican cartels
- Chilean miners in dispute with Hollywood over royalties
- October Jobs Report: 204,000+ jobs, unemployment rate increases to 7.3 percent and labor force declines by 700,000. Dean Baker has more.
- Despite the shutdown, U.S. businesses have boosted hiring
- “Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew makes a five-nation swing through Asia next week and will reiterate that completion of an ambitious trans-Pacific trade pact by the year’s end remains a top U.S. priority.”
- “Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors hedge fund pleaded guilty to fraud charges Friday as part of a $1.2 billion deal to resolve a long-running insider trading investigation, but it did not completely resolve the certainty of the fates of the firm or its principals.”
- Hackers have stolen more than $1 million from Bitcoin site, TradeFortress
- Spain: US ambassador states NSA acts are legal. Wait, what?
- “A federal judge declined to order jail time for the mother of a writer and activist with ties to the hacking collective Anonymous, after she pleaded guilty to helping her son hide laptops from federal agents.”
- Chrysler recalling 1.2 million Ram trucks for steering troubles
- ”Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.” Is this reliable?
- “The Senate Intelligence Committee has quietly approved a plan to step up both public and internal government oversight of the use of armed drones to kill suspected militants overseas, including American citizens.”
- The Guardian will soon face MPs over Snowden leaks
- In LA, 50 workers arrested for civil disobedience against Wal-Mart, huge development
- “Brooklyn College’s plan to dramatically scale back the Graduate Center for Worker Education is one of the latest efforts to curtail examination of working class issues done in a way designed to provide students with activist skills.”
- Gallup: Three in 10 uninsured Americans familiar with the exchanges
- Remember Dianne Feldstein, NSA cheerleader? Well meet her husband who sells our post offices for his friends for privatization.
- Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA): We won’t be voting on immigration this year
- “Dwarfed by towering cranes and cargo containers, President Barack Obama came to a port in conservative-leaning Louisiana on Friday to nudge both parties to stop throwing up roadblocks to jobs and economic progress.”
Everything Else USA
- The alcohol industry is furious on ads saying cannabis is safer than alcohol. Why argue with truth?
- The Detroit bankruptcy case is wrapping up
- CBS admits error in Benghazi “60 minutes” report
- “An aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she was approached by a firm helping Penn State look for a new president but she was not interested, a newspaper reported Friday.” Good.
- Chris Hedges: The detention of Greenwald’s partner on terrorism amounts to “criminalization of journalism”
- Talking about racists, Ray Kelly and Richard Cohen, and how to make them go away
- “Libertarians are confused about capitalism” No, I think they’re are too delusional to know they are really anarcho-communists.
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- Pew: 52 percent of Americans oppose prohibiting restaurants from using trans fat
- In Chicago, homeless student numbers a growing concern
- Dallas reporting increase of homelessness as well
The War on Women
- Lululemon owner states women’s thighs are too big and are to blame for not fitting his company’s pants
- Military women moving into combat more and more
- ‘One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage, officials said.”
- “Bodies in the streets” as more than 100 feared to be dead and destruction continues by super typhoon Haiyan.
- Five things we can learn from the battle against GMOs
- The spent fuel rods from Fukushima are set to be removed
- Bill Koch: Supporters of carbon tax “on LSD.” Not sure that’s an insult…
- Poland double-books climate conference with coal summit. Genius! It shows the world’s commitment to climate change.
- Gallup: 25 years old is the ideal age for women to have children
- Meet the invisible helmet
- NY’s graffiti mecca 5 Pointz might be demolished. I’ve past it through the 7 train many times for the past 19 years. To see it demolished would be a crime against art.
- Rappers in Washington, DC will go to North Korea to record songs and film a music video
- Fox News decided to report on University of Wisconsin since it was called the “sexiest college in America” and interviewed students.