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It’s the start of a brand new week, folks!

International Politics

Overall

– Lawyer Michael Ratner discusses with The Real News about the poor decisions of Sweden in the case of Julian Assange

– Pro-Russian separatists agree to give the black boxes from the downed MH17 flight to the Malaysian government

– Vice President Joe Biden stated he once told Russian President Vladimir Putin he does not have a soul

Middle East

– Since the beginning of the Israeli operation in Gaza, over 500 Palestinians have died

– With 25 IDF soldiers killed so far and more than 100,000 Palestinians displaced from Gaza, efforts for a ceasefire continue

– Glenn Greenwald: “Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original“; Journalist Natasha Lennard also writes about this horrid comment

– Some Israeli lawmakers and academics call for either the death of Palestinians, rape of Palestinian women, or destruction of Palestine itself

– An Iraqi oil official stated violence did not affect the country’s oil output and they are considering cutting oil to Jordan after they allowed opposition groups to meet there

Africa 

– Boko Haram is a group born out of poverty and elite politics, which says a lot about the state of politics in Nigeria

Seven were killed and at least 40 were injured when Islamist militants fought with soldiers near an army base in Benghazi, Libya

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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.