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Hey folks, the week seems to be flying by.  It’s Wednesday already and the news today will no doubt be dominated by Eric Cantor’s primary loss.  But in other news:

International Politics

Overall

– Things are escalating in Ukraine with the U.S. recently sending B-2 stealth bombers to Europe that certainly is a message to Russia

Middle East

– The recent aggresive incidents in Israel by soldiers and settlers indicate a system built on the active use of the state monopoly of violence

– Gareth Porter: “How US Policy on Iran Came to Be Based on Fabricated Documents

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn writes on the efforts by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIS) to gain control in Iraq

Africa

– In contrast to an article yesterday about Sudan being the only country to help South Sudan, the President of Sudan said he will take South Sudan or else Sudan will be taken by South Sudan. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.

– Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped 20 more women in a village in Nigeria

Asia and Oceania

– The government in Pakistan fired air strikes in districts with militants killing 15 people

– In a rare move, China announced it will join with the south-east Asian countries and the U.S. in Pacific naval exercises

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.