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Happy Tuesday.

International Politics

Overall

– Chris Hedges: “Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force“; Hedges writes on our culture’s incessant lust for warfare

– To quote David Swanson, “war is a lie” and the use of the Khorasan Group, which does not exist, reinforces how the use of a lie for war can be used those in power.

– In a letter to the International Criminal Court, the National Lawyers Guild urged an investigation into war crimes in Gaza by Israel

A new study revealed eight migrants die per day on the trek to reach a richer, more developed country for security; Very tragic and highlights the divide between the rich and poor countries.

Middle East

– It seems most Evangelical Christians are withdrawing support for Israel and siding with Palestinians

– When an Islamic State fighter says U.S. airstrikes against the ISIL do not work, then it is time to reconsider your strategy

– Journalist Tariq Ali interviews Patrick Cockburn about the rise of the ISIL and where the Middle East is heading

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted the ISIL and Hamas were a part of the same “tree” and also warned (again) about Iran’s role in the region

– A Syrian official called for an expansion of the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria to all hit militant groups in the country

Asia and Oceania

– An organizer that is a part of Hong Kong’s demonstrations called for more action and the numbers so far definitely show thousands are out in force

– With Ashraf Ghani sworn into office as the new president of Afghanistan, his administration will certainly be filled with corruption

– The death toll is at 36 so far in the eruption of Japan’s Mt. Ontake

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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.