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It is the start of a new month as the summer continues!

International Politics

Overall

– The UN stated there are more than 4,000 child soldiers fighting in wars throughout the world

– Finland, viewed as a humanitarian country, has a weapons deal with Israel

– There is a lot to learn from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and its consequences for today’s crisis in Iraq

Middle East

– Iraq’s Parliament did not come to a consensus on the way forward as sectarian differences overruled all

– Pew: In the Middle East, countries are concerned about extremist terrorism operating in the region

– The Israeli Supreme Court ruled the Israeli Defense Force can raze the home of families members of a Palestinian individuals who committed murder

– According to an official in the Iraqi government, militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant are escaping from Tikrit as soldiers enter

– The fate of three Israeli teenagers was known to the Israeli government, who refused to tell the press until they thought it was right to release it. Still the Israeli government wants to shoot first and ask questions later

Africa 

– Nigeria announced it broke up an intelligence cell and arrested a businessman involved with the kidnapping of the more than 200 girls

– Meanwhile, in unnecessary spending news, Nigeria signed a $1.2 million contract with a public relations firm in Washington D.C. to improve their 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.