The Roundup

By: Monday October 20, 2014 5:45 am

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan refused to send U.S. aid to Kurdish rebels against the Islamic State since they consider them were terrorists as well.

- Journalist Michelle Chen speaks with Mung Siu Tat of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions on the latest in Hong Kong and the role capitalism is playing in the region

- German intelligence concluded rebels in eastern Ukraine are to blame for downing Flight MH17

- Emptywheel: “Why Isn’t FBI Investigating the Hackers Who Broke into Google’s Cables?”; Good question


Late Night: The Roundup

By: Friday October 17, 2014 8:00 pm

- An Iraqi official invited U.S. investment in the country’s oil industry, which is interesting considering yesterday’s report on another Iraqi official praising Russian investment.

- The Nigerian military announced a truce with Boko Haram, which will include all girls kidnapped earlier this year to be released.

- Trevor Timm: “The government wants tech companies to give them a backdoor to your electronic life”

The Roundup

By: Friday October 17, 2014 5:45 am

- Despite $5.4 billion raised to help Gaza rebuild, the Palestinian Authority does not expect to get half of it. Rather, it will go to Israel.

- Rania Khalek: “St. Louis police pressured me ‘to snitch on my friends,’ says Palestinian-American protester”

- New Zealand journalist Nicky Hager had his home raided by the government’s authorities over his ties to Edward Snowden’s documents as well as working with The Intercept

The Roundup

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 5:45 am

- Despite Pentagon officials saying “several hundred” Islamic State fighters died in Kobani, Syria, a former U.S. general warned the group made significant gains in Syria and Iraq.

- Sean Starrs, a professor in Hong Kong, provides an excellent dispatch to The Real News on what is happening in Hong Kong. Specifically, local government ties to anti-Occupy protests and how China is dealing with the demonstrations.

The Roundup

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 5:45 am

- Juan Cole: “In Symbolic Vote, UK Parliament Urges Recognition of Palestine”; More can be found here. As expected, Israel denounced the vote.

- In response to the vote, France said it would support such a measure only if it could achieve peace rather than be a symbol.

- Dahr Jamail: “Iraqi Doctors Call Depleted Uranium Use ‘Genocide’”

The Roundup

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 5:45 am

- Juan Cole: “Listening to Nobelist Malala Yousafzai instead of just honoring her”

- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon criticized Israel for expanding its settlements and called it “provocations”

- Despite the time and money invested by the U.S. to eradicate drug crops in Afghanistan, one in 20 civilians still use drugs.

The Roundup

By: Monday October 13, 2014 5:45 am

- Part one of two with Yuezhi Zhao on how the Umbrella Revolution is portrayed in Western media, as well as questioning the narrative itself

- The Governor of Guerrero, Mexico, said the recovered bodies from the mass grave are not the missing students

- Stephen F. Cohen and Katrina vanden Heuvel interview Edward Snowden on patriotism and mass surveillance

- The United Nations placed 41 of its staff members operating in Liberia in quarantine after one member was diagnosed with Ebola

Late Night: The Roundup

By: Friday October 10, 2014 8:00 pm

- Yesterday, a suicide bomb blast in Sana’a, Yemen, killed at least 47 people. Today, an al-Qaeda organization claimed responsibility for the blast.

- Good news for all, as a Kassandra pointed out yesterday, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi both were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai is from Pakistan and Satyarthi is from India so their new award could boost the relationship between both countries.

- Norman Solomon and Marcy Wheeler write about the context of the U.S. government’s war against journalist James Risen and the consequences for journalism today

The Roundup

By: Friday October 10, 2014 5:45 am

- An online poll found a disturbing number of Israeli respondents, 46 percent, would want Ebola to be sent to President Barack Obama. This reflects a society of entitlement and privilege despite the huge support given by the U.S.

- The United Nations called for $35 million to assist displaced residents in Libya. Keep in mind, member states owe $3.5 billion to the organization.

- The Western media continues to attack Venezuela for standing with Syria and for its position in the UN Security Council

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 9 Oct 2014

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 4:30 pm

*USA. When a question like this is the headline in a popular US news mag—“Will Fracking Fizzle? The future of the ‘shale revolution’ hinges on the adoption of best practices as industry norms”—it makes one wonder if we might be turning a corner on this dirty business. Several items below reinforce the possibility, at least for this week.

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