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International Politics

Overall

– As austerity, reactionary policies, and the rise of the right grow in Europe and the U.S., there are lessons from Venezuela on fighting back

– Turkey said they were “on alert” after Turkish hostages were taken by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIS)

– Syria’s Bashar al-Assad said the West is shifting its position on the Syrian rebels due to domestic attacks

Middle East

– Journalist Alex Kane uncovers similarities between detention policies in Israel and in the U.S.

– In what certainly seems like a very idiotic idea, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria stated more arms should be given to Syrian rebels to bring down planes, including Iranian planes

– Juan Cole: “The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

– Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS, is an emerging figure in ISIS and in the Middle East and has an interesting history

– ISIS, meanwhile, not only took four cities in Iraq, but also army bases as the military retreats; Plus, they looted $430 million from a central bank in Mosul

– After one Iraqi soldier said he was in an “army without leadership,” senior officials said troops were not trained and retreated from Mosul; What has caused such disaster? Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s sectarianism

– The U.S. pledged to send foreign aid, but some are uneasy about keeping al-Maliki

Africa

– The coup in Egypt placed a stranglehold on the populace and criminalized dissent in the country

– A major activist in the 2011 uprising in Egypt was sentenced by a court to 15 years in jail for protesting and assault

Asia and Oceania

– And it continues. A U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan left at least six militants dead and the death toll may rise

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.