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International Politics

Overall

– John Pilger: “War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda

Middle East

– Journalist Max Blumenthal explains to The Real News how the right may be able to take control in the next election and how no major political party is able to provide a democratic framework

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bragged the country had a key role in shooting down an international agreement between Iran and P5+1

– Journalist Antonia Juhasz talks to The Real News about the latest agreement between the Iraqi government and the Kurdish regional government on sharing oil profits, which may help against the Islamic State; More on this can be found here.

– ISIL, meanwhile, banned all drugs, including alcohol and cigarettes, from being consumed as they say it is against their religious doctrine

– The media in Syria accused Israel of firing near Damascus where only light damage was reported

– In Saudi Arabia, authorities arrested 135 people, which include 26 foreigners, for “terrorism

– In Yemen, U.S. special forces failed in their rescue mission to recover hostages as some civilians and hostages were killed by militants

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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.