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Hey folks, how are you doing for the brand new week?

International Politics

Overall

– Western tensions with Russia over Ukraine rise and such tensions may be intentional by the West

– The European Court of Human Rights asserted “enhanced interrogation techniques” against suspected terrorist in Poland by the CIA is torture

– Juan Cole: “The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq

– Pope Francis: The violence in Iraq by Islamic State forces against religious minorities is appalling and must stop

Middle East

– Amid the chaos in the Gaza Strip, the devastation continued with horrific massacres of families and incessant bombings

– Yet, a 72-hour ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, was made (again) between Israel and Hamas

– Max Blumenthal: “Evidence Emerges of Israeli “Shoot To Cripple” Policy In the Occupied West Bank

– Trapped Iraqis were saved by Kurdish forces who successfully took down Islamic State forces; Furthermore, it seem IS killed or burned to death at least 500 Yazidis 

– IS forces, meanwhile, are preparing for an attack in Baghdad; Well then

– The U.S., meanwhile, continues to launch air strikes against ISIS as the Kurds ask for international help with weapon requests after taking over two towns from IS

– Bad news as an Iranian plane crashed near an airport in Tehran with 38 on board confirmed dead

Four civilians were killed and 35 were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Asia and Oceania

– Clashes between supporters of an anti-government cleric and police left four people dead in Pakistan

– Despite U.S. intervention into South China Sea disputes, China asserted its role in the zone

Africa

– A judge in Egypt banned the Freedom and Justice Party, which was the wing of the Muslim Brotherhood involved in politics, from ever engaging in Egyptian politics

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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.