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International Politics

Overall

– Russia seeks an emergency meeting of countries on the UN Security Council on Ukraine for a humanitarian mission; A UN official even warned a humanitarian catastrophe was occurring in Ukraine

– Secretary of State John Kerry: The ceasefire in Gaza gives an opportunity for a peace deal

Middle East

– Journalist Chris Hedges and activist Linda Sarsour talk, in a 20+ minute discussion on The Real News, about the narrative used to defend Israel’s actions by saying it has a right to defend itself 

– Michael Ratner: “Israel’s Actions Against Palestinians Violate Human Rights

– Israel announced its soldiers will move to defensive positions as a 72-hour ceasefire continues

– The Islamic State is a major threat not only for geo-political reasons, but also because world powers are worried about regional politics

– Some experts warn if ISIS is not contained it will prove to be disastrous for Iraq

– The U.S. neutralized 60 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons

Africa

– To grow trade in the Suez Canal, Egypt announced it will build an extra shipping lane

– President Barack Obama stated $33 billion, mostly from private companies, will be invested into Africa

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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.