The Roundup for September 3rd, 2014

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We’re in the middle of the week. Half way there!

International Politics

Overall

– President Barack Obama: What Russia is doing in Ukraine is a “brazen assault on the territorial integrity of Ukraine”; Wait, what?

– Obama’s statements on Russia bring into question what the West seeks to accomplish against Russia

– It seems the U.S. and the U.K. will seek NATO’s help to attack the Islamic State

Middle East

– Max Blumenthal: “The Hannibal Directive: How Israel Killed Its Own Troops and Massacred Palestinians to Prevent Its Soldiers’ Capture

– Israel and Jordan are in negotiations over a $15 billion gas deal, where the oil from Israel will be sent to Jordan

– In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told him to stop with more settlements

Asia and Oceania

– After right-wing reactionary Italian politicians returned from a visit to North Korea, they claimed it was a place to learn from

– It seems the turmoil in Pakistan will soon end as some politicians were willing to go back to government; Unsure or missed how this issue started? Tariq Ali provides an explanation here

– Meanwhile, the country killed at least 910 suspected militants in North Waziristan

Europe 

– While no ceasefire was agreed to, Russia and Ukraine announced a “ceasefire process

– In Greece, a man accused of attempted murder of civilians who were in a Spanish language course back in 2008 was a member of the Golden Dawn central committee during that time

– France said it would not send navy assault ships to Russia over the latter’s actions in Ukraine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– With the issue of debt in Argentina still affects the country, it just goes to show how much damage those vulture funds can do

Financial Matters

– It seems Burger King was avoiding a lot of taxes for a while and made up things on their overseas financial statements

– New government estimates found health care costs will start to rise

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Workers at Jimmy John’s in Baltimore, Md., are attempting to unionize for better conditions

– Drivers in Los Angeles, Calif., that are a part of Uber protested the cut in rates

– Journalist Michelle Chen explains how the state of New York became a place where unions received support and respect

– Atlantic City, N.J., is facing a decline in the drawing power of its casinos, which unfortunately leaves workers at risk of being laid off or already unemployed in some cases

– Guards in tech stores, specifically Apple stores, out in San Francisco, Calif., demonstrated for better job security

Politics US

Washington USA

– Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: Both Russia and China seek to close the technological gap with the U.S.

– Pew: The growth of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. stabilized in the last few months

– Vice President Joseph Biden: We will send IS to the “gates of hell“; Did you help build that as well?

Part three of four with investigative journalist David Cay Johnson about the Washington-Wall Street connection and the power of the elite in our society

– Gallup: 32 percent of Americans believe the U.S. government should take a “major role” in improving the lives of minorities

– A new government report found the state of New Jersey had errors when it came to a marketing effort after Hurricane Sandy

Anytown USA

– When it comes to the situation in Ferguson, Mo., it is important to provide a historical context where racism was supported by the local government; Meanwhile, the state of emergency was lifted

– Bad news. A federal judge ruled a law banning gay marriage in Louisiana was constitutional.

– Theodore Wafer who shot and killed Renisha McBridge was sentenced for 17 years in prison

– After the Los Angeles Police Department wrongly said a friend of Ezell Ford was a gang-member, the rapper demanded an apology from the corrupt and racist police force

We Don’t Need No Education

– Sarah Jaffe: “The Fight for Universal Pre-K: New York Charts a Checkered Path Toward Equal Early Education

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– CVS announced it would no longer sell any tobacco products in its stores

The Second Sex

Jon Stewart and Jessica Williams joke, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, about the sexism Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) faced and cat-calling in general

– Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI): I have never seen sexism in the Senate and Sen. Gillibrand should say who the people are who harassed her

– A wonderful article about the services offered by abortion clinics with one in particular in Jamaica, N.Y.

Planet Earth

– A former government official in Britain runs a climate change denial institute, which is connected to a think-tank embroiled with oil and tobacco companies

Mixed Bag

– In an unfortunate case, The New York Times ran an ad in one of their newspapers where Hamas was equated with IS

Good news as Michael Sam was signed by the Dallas Cowboys for their practice team

– I think this Reuters article really captures who Steven Sotloff was and why he went to the Middle East

Break Time

As The Years Go Passing By [Jeff Healey]

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