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Howdy folks, how are you this morning?

International Politics

Overall

– Chris Hedges: “How the Brutalized Become Brutal

– The UN condemned the Islamic State for the vicious violence and its atrocities in the Middle East

Middle East

– The Syrian government stated it would welcome any partnership with the U.S. or the U.K. to fight IS

– Juan Cole: “Iraq: Bombs and Bullets versus Political Process

A new poll released found a vast majority of Palestinians do not want to disarm militant groups, absolutely want a long-term peace deal and favor a trial of Israeli crimes in front of the International Criminal Court

– Meanwhile, eight Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes as Egypt hopes to get a ceasefire that lasts

Asia and Oceania

– The King in Thailand recommended General Prayuth Chan-ocha as the country’s next prime minister

Africa

– What is happening in Gaza is an important political issue for the al-Sisi-led government in Egypt considering the sympathy Egyptians have for those in Gaza

– Meanwhile, in Egypt, there are more prisoners going on hunger strike as a result of the repressive military junta

– Another prime minister was chosen in Libya, which led to two governments occupying for control of one country

– A ceasefire was agreed in South Sudan with the hope of a unity government on the minds of rebels and government officials

– A Libyan official pleaded for help from international powers to counter the militants in the country

– Boko Haram announced, after capturing a city in the north-east, it is an Islamic Caliphate

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.