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International Politics

Overall

– A U.N. official said there were “constructive” talks with Syrian rebels to stop fighting in Aleppo, Syria

Middle East

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel more airstrikes against the Islamic State are needed; Meanwhile, seven people were killed by mortar fire

– Despite an agreement between the Iraqi government and Kurdish regional government on shares of oil profits, it is still unknown what will be done with extra oil the Kurds have

– Kurdish officials told the Iraqi government it needs to give more control to Sunnis to fight against ISIS

Asia and Oceania

– Despite U.S. and NATO forces leaving Afghanistan yesterday, a U.S. commander said he was not confident problems in the country would be solved

Europe 

– With Turkey becoming more distant from the West, they look to Russia to create strong ties over a number of issues

Financial Matters

– The failure of a Freedom Budget to pass during the Civil Rights Movement is something that should be addressed in the contemporary age considering old problems rising up again

– Economist Richard Wolff joins The Real News to talk about the flight of capital during the 1970s to third-world countries and how it affects wages worldwide

– A new report found Arab countries need to add 17 million jobs by 2020 to prevent it from growing.

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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.