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International Politics

Overall

– Slavoj Zizek: “How the United States Rolls

– Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the release of the Senate torture report highlights how the U.S. is the “symbol of tyranny against humanity

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised Russia for reaching out for peace talks with the West

– The U.S. stance on nuclear weapons can best be described through the actions of representatives at an international conference on it—total disregard of the facts.

Middle East

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country will manage even if oil prices drop to $40. In addition, Rouhani blamed “certain countries” for keeping the price of oil down.

– Afghanistan’s President Asraf Ghani also criticized the report and said the CIA violated human rights

– A Fatah official confirmed there were talks between Israel and Hamas, but a Hamas official denied it as propaganda; It should be noted Israel and Palestinian Authority are working together to stop Hamas from entering into the West Bank

– Meanwhile, a Palestinian Authority official was killed by Israeli forces when he was protesting in the West Bank

– The Iraqi government was paying more than 300,000 personnel who do not exist, according to an internal report

– Rania Khalek: “CIA cites Israeli court ruling to ‘justify’ torture program

Asia and Oceania

– Part one of two with Sean Starrs, a professor living in Hong Kong, who provides an update on Occupy Central and the issue of police brutality

Africa

– Yesterday I referenced a bill that Democrats and Republicans worked on to avoid a government shutdown. That plan also includes re-instating military aid to Egypt.

– In Nigeria, four people were killed and seven were injured when suicide bombers attacked a market

Europe 

– In Turkey, youths can avoid conscription in the military if they pay $8,700; Sounds like a policy discriminating against the poor

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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.