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It’s Friday. We’re ending another week full of news stories. How are you today?

International Politics

Overall

Excellent piece by journalist Nathan Fuller on rejecting the idea the ruling classes are inept in their imperialist adventures. Rather, as Fuller writes, they know what they are doing and they seek to advance their own agenda at the expense of everyone else.

– Marcy Wheeler: “America’s great terrorist mystery: When our allies and enemies engage in the same ‘evil’

Middle East

– Journalist Patrick Cockburn joins The Real News to talk about the sudden shift in U.S. policy to support the Kurds in Syria against the Islamic State and how Turkey plays into all of this

– A Palestinian-American teenager was killed by Israeli forces and, as expected, the U.S. government will do nothing

– How valuable is Iran for Iraq? Based on estimates on trade between both countries for this year, Iran will export $30 billion worth of goods to Iraq.

– A new Interior Minister in Iraqi government pledged to drive out sectarianism from the government

– It seems ISIL militants are using chemical weapons in their fight against the Kurds

– A U.S. drone killed three alleged members of al-Qaeda in Yemen; While I understand how easy it may be to follow through with “suspected members,” I do not really trust government word considering drone strikes to them are always 100 percent effective

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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.