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Today’s song comes from the album “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough” which, funny enough, it is.

International Politics

Overall

– President Barack Obama: With the recent announcements by the U.S. government, it is a return of strong leadership; Just a week ago he was pulling out the white flag

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to discuss the U.S. at the Geneva hearings on torture and how their actions speak louder than their words

Middle East

– Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor who went to Gaza in 2008 to help out civilians hurt by Israeli bombings, was banned for life by Israel should he re-enter Gaza; It really is a sick society

– U.S. General Martin Dempsey arrived in Iraq to analyze strategies against the Islamic State; I’m sure there are other reasons

– In Israel, a train driver called for every Israeli person to run over an Arab person; Again, it really is a sick society

– A car bomb exploded at the international airport in Baghdad, Iraq, five people were killed as well as 20 others were wounded.

– It was confirmed by U.S. officials that U. S. aid worker Peter Kassig was beheaded by Islamic State fighters

Asia and Oceania

– In southern Japan, an anti-U.S. base candidate was elected in Okinawa, which will certainly affect the U.S. and Japanese governments’ plans for the controversial air base

Africa

– The Nigerian military announced it retook a town captured by Boko Haram forces a few days ago

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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.