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It’s the start of a new month! I’m curious, based on two or three months, if any readers had any comments on the Roundup to improve it or suggestions.

International Politics

Overall

– U.S. Defense secretary Chuck Hagel states China is “destabilizing” the south-east Asian region

– It is being reported a former Qatari official paid $5 million to get Qatar the 2022 World Cup

– With news reported on the Ugandan Foreign Minister—who helped pass the anti-gay law in Uganda—getting the job of the President of the General Assembly, major criticism arose

– It’s “proto-warfare” now between the U.S. and China/Russia as both sides seek to get an edge over one another

– With calls to re-run the vote in FIFA for Qatar in 2022, here are the basics to understand courtesy of the Associated Press

Middle East

– Benjamin Netanyahu says the coalition government in Palestine is set for terror

– The last American held by the Afghan Taliban was released after the U.S. government freed five detainees; Spencer Ackerman explains this shows a new “political battle” while Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said it was necessary

– Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban supreme leader, called the deal a “big victory

– Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, asserts Pope Francis’ trip to Palestine shows concern by the Vatican for Palestine

– Juan Cole: “What Does Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release tell us about Afghanistan, Pakistan & the Taliban today?

– The Iraqi government denied reports of barrel bombs used in the Anbar province

– The UN reports nearly 800 people were killed in the month of May in Iraq, which is the deadliest month so far

Africa

– In Sebha, Libya, clashes occurred between communities that led to the deaths of two people and more injured

– A bomb attack in northern Nigeria left at least 14 people dead with no one claiming responsibility

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.