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International Politics


– Here is something that will definitely make you angry: The U.S. is sending taxpayer money to support an Israeli group defending the killers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. The group in question constantly defends Israelis who assault Palestinians, yet they are giving financial support by the U.S. government.

– Ban Ki-Moon: There must be a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine; French President Francois Hollande also echoed his call

– The International Atomic Energy Agency stated the materials held by Islamic State in Iraq and Levant militants are “low-grade

Middle East

– Part two of five with economist Shir Hever who explains the structure in Israel that creates an upper class and lower class based on status

– Iraq now faces another problem amid its crisis with militants: water shortages

– The latest violent acts by Israel may be seen as the norm for the government and may change perspectives on Israel

– As 81 Palestinians have died so far, the U.S. says it will offer to be a mediator for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine


– China spends over $14 billion in foreign aid, half of which is sent to Africa. They deny there are strings attached, but you never know…

Asia and Oceania

– As Secretary of State John Kerry left China for Afghanistan, it was reported Chinese hackers broke into a database of U.S. government employees applying for security clearances

– As China’s economy starts to decline, the rich in China still are experiencing gains

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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.