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International Politics

Overall

– Despite mainstream news organization claiming there are no neo-Nazi supporters in Ukraine, recent developments forced the issue

– Gareth Porter: “U.N. Probe Chief Doubtful on Syria Sarin Exposure Claims

– Russia suggests autonomy vote in eastern Ukraine should be delayed because of recent events between military and separatists. In addition, Putin announced Russia’s troops on the Ukrainian border have pulled back

– Pentagon: We have troops heading into Nigeria for kidnapped girls, but we don’t have any plans

Middle East

– Israeli President Shimon Peres stated he had a peace plan three years ago with Palestine, but it was blocked by Benjamin Netanyahu

– The State Department closes its embassy in Yemen for fear of an attack by al-Qaeda-tied forces 

Africa

– Juan Cole: “Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army: Hunted Children & the Problem of Fundamentalism in Africa

– We cannot do anything to get the girls in Nigeria back and the people who have the power to do so, powerful Western governments, are too inept to do so

– Just one judge in a single court in Egypt sentenced more people to death than the entire world executed last year (except China).

– Reporters Without Borders say Libya is a volatile place where journalists are constantly under threat

– Major agricultural businesses are confiscating land in Africa for their own financial benefit. If Marx’s primitive accumulation comes to mind, then it goes to show this will not end well.

– Boko Haram killed at least 300 in a marketplace in Nigeria and then lit houses on fire

– A number of factors—from military conflict to drought—increases potential of mass hunger in Somalia says UN

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.