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International Politics

Overall

– Noam Chomsky: “On Israel-Palestine and BDS

– In response to reports claiming al-Qaeda affiliates from Iraq and Syria aim to smuggle bombs into the U.S., international flights to the U.S. augmented their security points

Middle East

– Rania Khalek: “Media whitewash Israeli lynch mobs that preceded murder of Palestinian teen

– Using the deaths of three Israeli teenagers as their catalyst for action in the Gaza Strip, Israel is furthering attacks against Palestinians; Journalist Alex Kane elaborates on this brutal action

– An Israeli official denounced Secretary of State John Kerry for condemning the death of a Palestinian teen who was tortured and killed by right-wing Israelis; Ali Abunimah has more on this here and here

– As a result of the discovery of the teenager, there were clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces

– Think tanks from Britain stated new jets Iraq has against the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant are from Iran

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn explains the problems with the Iraqi parliament and how the Kurdish region is in control

– Iran, meanwhile, suspended travel by pilgrims to Iraq because of the danger there for civilians

– In northern Iraq, which is one of the places on Earth with a lot of oil, they are experiencing a shortage of gas

– Among those in ISIS, Chechens are becoming a vital part of the militant group

Africa 

– Political infighting, fear of militants and recent attacks left the Foreign Ministry in Libya in “disarray

Asia and Oceania

– In response to Japan’s decision to defend allies with the military, China criticized the move as a threat to the region

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.