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Hey folks. Glad to be back for the Roundup.

International Politics

Overall

– Professor Michael Hudson explains to The Real News that the rise of the far-right shows how much of a void there is when there are no left-wing parties

– Chris Hedges: “The Ghoulish Face of Empire“; On the war criminals in our society

– The White House confirms President Barack Obama told President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting the pro-Russian separatists or else face more “costs

– What is happening right now in Iraq with Islamic State in Iraq and Levant militants shows the extent of the power of Western war criminals

– John Kerry: The future of Iraq will be determined by what will happen with ISIS and we will offer support for Iraq

– Meanwhile, legal protections for U.S. soldiers in Iraq were obtained after reaching an agreement with the Iraqi government

Middle East

– The Real News uncovers the origin of distributing the land in Israel and its consequences for current times

– Ray McGovern explains how Iraqi civilians are being left out of the discussion with too much emphasis on the U.S. government

– Glen Ford: “ISIS Iraq Offensive: Can the Empire Reassert Control of the Jihadists?

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn reports on how Iraq is slipping into state full of chaos as a result of ISIS militants

– With Iraq in disarray, the Kurdish region now sees independence as a realistic possibility

– Juan Cole: “Hardliners in Israel & Iran Resist US Pivot to Iran over ISIS

– An Iraqi official said the country was worried about antiquities being smuggled by ISIS militants in cities under their control; Meanwhile, the largest oil refinery was captured by ISIS rebels

– The last eight percent of chemical weapons were handed to international authorities by Syria; Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair may have been aware of the weapons during his tenure

Africa 

– Three Al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to 10 years in prison by a court in Egypt.

– In Nigeria, a car bomb killed at least eight people and injured at least 20. No one knows who is behind the bomb.

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.