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It’s Thursday folks. As we approach the end of the week, what’s on your mind today?

International Politics

Overall

– Former U.S. officials warned the U.S. government, in terms of the fight against the Islamic State, all options must be placed on the table

– Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: We need supplies to defeat the rebels in the east; It should be noted he delivered the speech in front of the U.S. Congress

Middle East

– Even with a coalition, the U.S.-led effort against the ISIL will fail as only a political solution to the instability there can effectively reduce ISIL’s hold in the region

– Juan Cole: “Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject US Return, Threaten to Attack US Forces

– As a result of the instability in Iraq, the Kurdish region faces a financial crisis with a lack of revenues

– In another hostage video, the ISIL showed it had a British photojournalist as a hostage

– In Iraq, three car bombs went off in Shiite neighborhoods killing at least 23 people

– Rania Khalek: “Israeli drone conference features weapons used to kill Gaza’s children

Africa

– A new report from Amnesty International found police officers in Nigeria often use torture

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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.