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International Politics

Overall

– Russia, Belarus and Kazahkstan signed a deal to make the Eurasian European Union. No doubt this is to counteract the power of both the EU and the U.S.

– President Obama: We will give Europe $1 billion for their military defense; Is this the “American exceptionalism” touted by Obama?

– Also, President Obama said trust was possible with Putin, but it would take time

– Meanwhile, NATO pledges to offer protection for Ukraine in case of an attack by Russia as new fighting breaks out in the east

Middle East

– Iraqi government troops are ready to “retake” Falluja from Islamic State in Iraq and Levant

– Benjamin Netanyahu: I am “troubled” by the U.S. decision to work with new government in Palestine

– The U.S. government called the current elections in Syria as a “disgrace

– With the support of the public behind them, troops in Yemen are gaining more success against Al-Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula

Africa

– Activist Kambale Musavuli and journalist Glen Ford talk about U.S. involvement in the Congo and how it is a microcosm of the U.S. involvement in Africa in general

– After “enormous” pressure, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef cancelled his show after three seasons; Meanwhile, General Sisi is now president-elect of Egypt after getting 96.9 percent of the vote

– 15 Nigerian officers, including 10 generals, were found guilty of help arming Boko Haram

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.