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Hey folks, it’s Friday today. Don’t forget to catch Book Salon over the weekend with Suzanna Danuta Walters on Saturday with her book, The Tolerance Trap, on equality for all. Plus, economist Ha-Joon Chang returns on Sunday with Economics: A User’s Guide. 

International Politics

Overall

– The town of Kobani, Syria, is saved thanks to the efforts of Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State. Fighters the ISIL fears because they are women.

– Still, the UN warns people are trapped in Kobani and the U.S. fears it may slip into ISIL control. Certainly this means it is unknown who knows what is happening in the town.

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an: Bashar al-Assad and his government are waging a “state terror” campaign in Syria not unlike the ISIL

Middle East

– ISIL militants executed nine people in two towns in Iraq for suspicious ties to groups fighting against them

– Yesterday, a suicide bomb blast in Sana’a, Yemen, killed at least 47 people. Today, an al-Qaeda organization claimed responsibility for the blast.

Asia and Oceania

– Pew: 88 percent of Pakistanis think it is important to educate both boys and girls

– Protests still continue in Hong Kong with demonstrators clamoring for change after talks with officials in the local government failed

– Taiwanese officials called for China to allow Hong Kong to gain democratic privileges

– Good news for all, as Kassandra pointed out yesterday, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi both were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai is from Pakistan and Satyarthi is from India so their new award could boost the relationship between both countries.

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Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.