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International Politics


– Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson tells The Real News that he blames all the parties involved with the Malaysian plane disaster in Ukraine and wishes for calm

– Secretary of State John Kerry: The evidence at the crash site of MH17 “points a clear finger at the separatists“; In addition, Kerry stated Russia must answer for its involvement

– President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he was “seriously concern[ed]” about the fatalities in Gaza

– Meanwhile, the U.S. is unhappy about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s words on Israel’s offensive

– Pro-Russian rebels tell the UN they would be alright with access to the site of MH17 if a truce is made with Kiev

– In a deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran will eliminate its most sensitive pile of enriched uranium

Middle East

– Scholar Phyllis Bennis explains to The Real News how genocide by Israel is supported by the main government and Western allies

– Juan Cole: “Mosul without Christians for First time in 1,900 Years as Radical Fundamentalists Threaten Minorities

– Despite Israel admitting no weapons were found, the country bombed the only rehabilitation hospital in Gaza. In addition, hospitals in Gaza are unable to handle the number of Palestinians coming in

– Benjamin Netanyahu states Israel is currently in a battle for its home and said there was “very strong” global support for its efforts

– Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians flee from the Gaza Strip as Israel’s ground invasion continues

– The Israeli army asserted 13 soldiers were killed while fighting Hamas, while 87 Palestinians were killed in a single day

– Eight members of a family in Gaza died in their home. Civilians casualties in Gaza grow. There is nothing here to indicate Israel is innocent.


– At least four people are dead after fighting resumed in Libya’s main airport

– In Nigeria, at least 40 people were killed by suspected Islamist extremists, which are thought to be from Boko Haram. In addition, at least 100 people were killed by Boko Haram militants in a northeastern town on July 19

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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.