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Good morning.

International Politics


– Journalist Patrick Cockburn talks to The Real News about the Islamic State and what the U.S. faces in Syria

– UN investigators say IS and Syria committed war crimes against civilians

– U.S. officials confirmed an American died fighting on behalf of IS

Middle East

– Iraqi Yazidis trapped on a mountain call for more help, especially military assistance, against IS

– Journalist Max Blumenthal joins The Real News to elaborate on the new peace deal; Furthermore, he wrote a piece on how Palestinians in Gaza have been abused

– Just 38 percent of Israelis are satisfied with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, although he is still in power and that’s the tragic part

– An Iranian official asserted corruption under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led to $22 billion being used in exchange-rate abuses

– As Iraqi forces prepare to take back Mosul from IS, some lawmakers in the city called for the Iraqi government to stop the bombings

Asia and Oceania

– Pew: 72 percent of Pakistanis do not agree with the direction the country is going in even though they are happier now than in recent years


– Libya warned the UN if rebels in the country are not disarmed, there will be civil war

– As Egypt denied it ever fired air strikes into Libya, the country is working with Libya to help restore stability

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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.