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International Politics

Overall

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel: It is in Germany’s interest to fund Kurdish soldiers in Iraq

– The UK is proposing isolating Russian businesses from the SWIFT banking system, which would be the harshest sanctions so far

– The UN announced it would send investigators to Iraq to report on war crimes committed by the Islamic State

– It should be noted the narrative by the Western media on Ukraine invokes a good versus evil one

– Officials with NATO announced a new group of soldiers ready for combat in eastern Europe

Middle East

– Juan Cole: “Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaeda Captures Golan, UN Peacekeepers” Juan Cole will be here for FDL Book Salon on Sunday, September 7

– It looks like the Kurdish Workers Party, or the PKK, is effective in resisting the Islamic State

– A State Department official, in response to Israel’s land grab in the West Bank for future settlements, said it was “counterproductive

– Instability still reigns in Afghanistan after talks of a unity government in the country collapsed

– Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pledged to make Iraq a “big grave” for IS militants

Asia and Oceania

– In response to the protests and violent reactions by the Pakistani government, the U.S. urged all sides to be calm

– A Chinese official stated voters in Hong Kong would be “confused by too many candidates” and thus cannot gain democracy immediately

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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.