Happy Fourth. It’s a bit insane here in NYC weatherwise.

International Politics


– Ray McGovern on the dangerous path the Obama administration is taking in Ukraine

– Nick Clegg, British deputy prime minister, says increased airport security to the U.S. may be permanent

Middle East

– Ali Abunimah and Lia Tarachansky explain on The Real News how after the murder of three Israeli teenagers, Israel is set to go for more settlements and destruction in Gaza; increasing the number of soldiers around Gaza

– U.S General Martin Dempsey: Iraq is hopeless against the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant without help

– Meanwhile, ISIS militants took over an oil field in Syria considered very important by th government

– Juan Cole: “Can Tony Blair Mess up Egypt even Worse?

– After ISIS militants took over Mosul, Iraqis living there had their salaries frozen or cut as financial difficulties arose


– Gallup: 70 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa stated they did not follow Arab Spring at all

– In Alexandria, Egypt, a bomb exploded on a train wounding five people

Asia and Oceania

– Japan decided to lift some sanctions against North Korea after the latter pledged to review what happened to Japanese spies in its country

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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.