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International Politics

Overall

– Juan Cole: “Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for Second Class Citizens and Religious Legislation

– In a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Pope Francis told him to advocate peace; Wait, what? He does know al-Sisi is from the military right?

– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the momentum for recognition of Palestine will grow because there is no international solution

Middle East

Nearly 30,000 Iraqis were jailed without a trial during the past few months according to an Iraqi judicial council official

Europe 

– Finland is now considering joining NATO because of Russia’s presence in eastern Europe

– U.K.’s Home Secretary Theresa May said the country is facing its biggest terrorist threat in 40 years; It’s like the story of the boy who cried wolf.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– What is astounding in Mexico is how the people rose up against government institutions in ways not seen for many decades

– After being criticized by Mexican officials for calling the country a “failed state,” Uruguayan President Jose Mujica apologized for his comments; It’s not like he’s wrong. The party in charge failed with their neoliberal plans

Surveillance Planet

– Malware that affected the European Union was linked not only to British intelligence, but U.S. as well

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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.