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It’s the start of a brand new month folks!

International Politics

Overall

– Juan Cole: “Congress Cut $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps in Same Year We’ll Spend $22 Billion to Fight Islamic State

– The White House warned Israel to stop with its settlements or it risks isolation from the Western community

Middle East

– After the devastating attacks by Israel in Gaza, rebuilding is the main priority amid the destruction

– Two bombings in Homs, Syria left at least 41 children dead, the bombs went off near a school

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is not in favor of Arab countries launching air strikes

Asia and Oceania

– Despite a new government in Afghanistan, allowing the U.S. government to continue military operations reinforces the status quo

– Meanwhile, suicide bombers from the Taliban killed seven people and wounded 21 in Kabul, Afghanistan

– Eli Friedman, professor at Cornell University, visits The Real News to provide the context of workers’ involvement in the protests in Hong Kong, as well as the Catch-22 China faces in response to this protest. You can read his piece for The Nation here.

– Speaking of China, the country warned citizens in Hong Kong to stop any “illegal” protests

– More than 10,000 workers in Hong Kong joined demonstrators in solidarity

– Natasha Lennard: “Occupy Central Is Not Like Previous Protest Movements

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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.