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Hey folks, week seems to be going fast.

International Politics

Overall

– Journalist Alex Kane explains why the war-hungry folks in Washington are using the kidnapped girls in Nigeria for their personal benefit; Meanwhile, the U.S. General in Africa announces he will offer his help to find the missing girls

– After failing to resolve conflict in Syria, the UN envoy to Syria resigned

– France: We are examining 14 cases where chemical weapons were used to see who did it and how

– The International Criminal Court had a prosecutor reopen a case where British troops committed war crimes in Iraq

– Human Rights Watch found “strong evidence” in Syria on chemical weapons being used by the federal government

Middle East

– Journalist Ali Abunimah talks to The Real News about how he first got involved on the issue of Palestine during 2006-2008 in the first part of this five part interview. A reminder Ali Abunimah will be here on FDL Book Salon this Sunday, May 18.

– Juan Cole: “Israeli Squatter anti-Church Terror in Jerusalem “Poisons” Papal visit

– Iraq tells Turkey it is not “obliged” to sell oil from the Kurdish north to Iraq based on a 2010 agreement

– Ehud Olmert, a former Israel prime minister, was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of accepting bribes from real estate when he was mayor of Jerusalem

– There were car bombings across Iraq killing 34 people in Baghdadas a sign against the Shiites

Africa

– Gallup: 58 percent of African farm workers state they do not have enough funds to purchase food for them and their family

– The recent events surrounding Boko Haram have led the media to report on Nigeria. Yet, what are the contemporary problems facing the country and how do they relate to the situation? The Real News speaks with Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian activist, to talk about this and more.

– The Nigerian government refused Boko Haram’s offer to trade the girls for militants held by the government, yet said they were willing to talk

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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.