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International Politics

Overall

– Noam Chomsky: “The Sledgehammer Worldview”; On the war criminals in the U.S. and the U.K.

– A U.S. naval ship has begun a two-month operation to destroy chemical weapons from Syria

– Two U.S. officials stated the CIA was involved with the German spy arrested by the German government

– As the White House played damage control on the arrest of the German spy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the allegations “serious” if true

Middle East

– As Israeli soldiers continue to harass Palestinians, they are also stopping African refugees from leaving Israel

– A former official with Britain’s MI6 stated the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant was not a threat to the West

– It seems both Turkey and the U.S. would not oppose the creation of an independent Kurdish state

– The Governor of Mosul, Iraq, who is currently exiled due to ISIS, stated more local troops would be needed to regain Mosul

– After seven members of Hamas were killed by Israeli air strikes, Hamas said Israel would pay a “tremendous price”

– MPs in Iraq’s parliament have still failed to agree on a new speaker, which shows the divide in government; Meanwhile, an Iraqi general was killed near Baghdad by militants

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.