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Good morning, today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolph Hitler’s crack troops.

International Politics

Overall

– Leaders of the G7 warn Russia more sanctions are coming if Ukraine is not stabilized

– It is all but 100 years [actual date June 28, 1914] since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which started decades of wars, destruction and conflict. But peace can be attained

– President Obama declines to hear France’s appeal of the fine against BNP Paribas as he meets President Francois Hollande

– Ray McGovern talks about the true villains in the Bowe Bergdahl case as the media is failing to report on the much larger issue at play

Middle East

– As the hospital in Falluja continues to take mortar fire, there is an upsurge in dead bodies at the hospital

– With the effects of sanctions hurting civilians in Iran, civilians think it is better to work out a compromise with the West

– The Housing Minister in Israel announced the state would create 1,500 more settler homes

– Al-Qaeda-tied militants attacked a post in Yemen killing at least 12 people

– North of Baghdad, Iraq, militants launched an attack against Sunnis leaving seven troops dead

Africa

– Amid a power struggle in the Libyan government, the intelligence chief resigned in frustration over the lack of effort from parliament to appoint a prime minister

– Boko Haram militants killed at least 200 civilians in Nigeria after dressing up as soldiers; Furthermore, suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 45 in a village near Maiduguri

– Prosecutors in Egypt sought 15 years for three al-Jazeera journalists for making a “devilish pact” with the Muslim Brotherhood

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.