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Start of a brand new week folks! We’re almost to September too.

International Politics

Overall

– Despite Western propaganda claiming Russia had a hand in the downing of MH17, there are some, even in the CIA, who think Ukraine was behind it

– The formation of the Islamic State is interesting as it includes typical geo-political games between major actors; It should be noted Qatar denied it funds or funded IS

– Good news as Secretary of State John Kerry announced a U.S. journalist was released after being kidnapped in Syria

Middle East

– Ali Abunimah: “Starve or surrender: Cut off all food and water to Gaza, says Israeli general

– Meanwhile, Israel announced it killed a financial official of Hamas in an air strike; It should be noted Israel decided to start bombing apartment buildings

– There does not seem to be any effort by the UN to hold Israel accountable for its action since the U.S. holds a significant amount of power

– Lawyer Michael Ratner speaks to The Real News about a document obtained by Wikileaks on Israel’s Dahiya Doctrine, which refers to the country’s obedience to brutal violence 

– We can never forget how important oil in the Middle East is for world powers

– Iraqis are unhappy with the U.S. showing preference for certain towns when fighting IS

– Iran says it shot down an Israeli drone near a nuclear facility of theirs

Africa

– Things have gone from bad to worse in Libya with Islamist forces taking over the international airport in Tripoli and declaring themselves the new government

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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.