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International Politics

Overall

– As in the U.S., the issue of racism against Palestinians in Israel is a topic major media outlets either refuse to discuss or ignore

– What Vladimir Putin is doing is playing a chess game and trying to avoid war, which is different from what Washington’s policies are doing

Middle East

– Pew: Countries polled by Pew Research Center in the Middle East do not believe a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine crisis will happen

– The Syrian government announced it will join Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant

– After ISIS forces captured a border crossing to Jordan, the Jordanian government went on high alert and mobilized its soldiers

– Juan Cole: “Iraq in last Throes as Kurdistan Seeks Independence, Syria & Iran intervene

– A suicide bomber, along with mortar fire, left at least 12 people dead in south of Baghdad, Iraq

– Iraqi Prime Minister Noura al-Maliki rejected international calls for an emergency government

Africa 

– Even though Egypt continues to repress its civilians and legitimatize itself with its terror tactics, the U.S. still sends aid to the country

– In Benghazi, Libya, clashes between Islamists and security forces left three security soldiers dead and at least 17 injured

– An explosion at a shopping mall in Nigeria killed at least 21 people. One suspect was arrested.

Asia and Oceania

– A U.S. official said China’s efforts to assert its borders in international waters are ruining its image

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.