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Hey folks, it’s finals week. Hope you have a good one in the meantime.

International Politics

Overall

– Venezuela announces a deal with the Palestinian Authority to provide both oil and diesel fuel for Palestine

Middle East

Part four of five with Ali Abunimah on the element of class in Palestine and its effects on life.

– Syrian rebels launched an offensive in a town in Syria and killed the commander of the air force

– It is estimated at least 400,000 Iraqis fled from the Anbar province, which includes Falluja, as a result of recent fighting.

– A number of attacks in Iraq left 14 people killed and more injured

Africa

– Jimmy Carter says Egypt is not advancing to be a democracy and the Carter Center stated it will send a small team of experts for its elections rather than observers

– At a summit in Paris, France, a few African countries pledge to combat Boko Haram; It sounds like pure rhetoric now since the keys are in the hands of the West

– As anti-government rebels continue their campaign, gunmen stormed into the Libyan parliament

– Rebels in northern Mali launched an attack that killed six government officials and two civilians

– At least four people were killed and at least five were injured when a car bomb exploded in a Christian neighborhood in Nigeria

Asia and Oceania

– The right-wing Hindu nationalist group Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi won huge in the Indian election. With the vote for them being anti-Congress, Modi and his party will implement a neoliberal agenda.

– Juan Cole: “Five Reasons India’s new BJP (“Tea Party”) Government may not be so Great for Business

– Vietnam sent officers to control the anti-Chinese protests occurring in the country

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.