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International Politics

Overall

– Even if Iran decided to join with the U.S. or even decided to officially join the war with an active presence, then it would become unpopular in the country, according to Trita Parsi. Yet both sides are unofficially coordinating with each other on this fight.

– Juan Cole: “Listening to Nobelist Malala Yousafzai instead of just honoring her

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon criticized Israel for expanding its settlements and called it “provocations

Middle East

– Economist Shir Hever explains privatization efforts in Israel are being blocked by workers and industries, with Palestine being used by both sides (although some industries like the military are using it) to advance their agenda

– Based on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, there does not seem to be a clear agreement between Fatah and Hamas

– Three suicide attacks were reported near Kobani, Syria, although no casualties occurred as a result.

– The UN estimates more than 180,000 civilians fled from the Anbar province in Iraq due to the fighting

– Throughout Baghdad, Iraq, three bombs went off and killed at least 30 people

Asia and Oceania

– Despite the time and money invested by the U.S. to eradicate drug crops in Afghanistan, one in 20 civilians still use drugs.

– Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he will confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on Russian involvement in the downing of Flight MH17

– Demonstrators in Hong Kong clamoring for democracy have reinforced barricades after attacks by counter-protesters

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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.