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Hey folks, it is Friday today. It feels like this week just flew right on by.

International Politics

Overall

– Juan Cole: “Is Russia Replacing US in Iraq?

– The UN Human Rights Office questioned the methods of Israe searching for the three missing teenagers in West Bank

– Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was accused of advancing his business interests in the Middle East amid the crisis

– The U.S. announced it will not purchase or sell any more landmines and will work to ban them worldwide

Middle East

– Gallup: In areas where the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant took control, there are low approval ratings of the national government

– Iraqi officials are criticizing the Kurdish region for not assisting the country as much as possible and being interested primarily in independence

– An official with the Pentagon said armed drones were flying throughout Iraq to protect U.S. citizens and interests

– The alliance among Sunni groups and ISIS is ready to break and could lead to more warfare

– Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister of Iraq, says the current Iraqi government is hopeless and the U.S. is operating in Iraq “without a compass

– Both the militants on the Sunni side and the army on the Shi’ite side are conducting brutal attacks; Meanwhile, an execution site of ISIS was uncovered by Human Rights Watch

– In Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani’s campaign staff claimed victory for the presidential election although Abdullah Abdullah asserts fraud

Africa 

– A mixture of environmental problems, government involvement, and private interests led families in Zimbabwe to be relocated

– Egyptian President al-Sisi was in Sudan to create a regional alliance against Islamic terrorism; I would suspect geo-politics is also a factor

– Libya is still on edge after a prominent human rights activist was killed in her home

Asia and Oceania

– Ridiculous is too weak of a word for what the Thailand military is doing in the country criminalizing dissent

– In China, Hillary Clinton’s new book was banned because of criticism of the government

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.