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International Developments

Overall

– ” Syrian activists and other citizens have vanished into secret detention as part of a “widespread campaign of terror against the civilian population” and a tactic of war by the Damascus government, U.N. investigators said on Thursday.

– “The Worst Emergency in UN History” — On Syria

– “A federal appeals court reinstated Saudi Arabia as a defendant Thursday in lawsuits claiming it had provided support to al-Qaida prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.

– “An Interview With Middle East Expert Lawrence Davidson” on Iran deal

– “New delay hits 9/11 case at Guantanamo

– “Russia blocks UN action against Syria air attacks

Middle East

– Great! “Iraq’s Oil Workers Walk Off Drilling Rigs and Take to the Streets

More on American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel

– “Meet the American Hedge Fund Billionaire Who Could Start a ‘Holy War’ in the Middle East

– “Israeli troops have shot and killed a member of the Palestinian security forces they wanted to arrest in the central West Bank town of Qalqilya.

– Report: Almost a quarter of Israelis lived in poverty last year

Asia and Oceania

– John Pilger: “Down Where Apartheid Lives

– “U.S. diplomats, but not prosecutors, seek to quell India dispute

– India to U.S.: Drop charges over diplomat

– “A handwritten poster by a South Korean student highlighting issues such as redundancy and suicide has sparked a nationwide protest movement, reports suggest.”

– “Look Into a North Korean Penal Camp

– On “Kim the Third

– “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle last week is an example of the worrisome unpredictability of that regime and could be a prelude to some kind of provocation by Pyongyang, top Pentagon officials said on Thursday.” [cont’d.]

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