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International Politics

Overall

– If we take a step back and analyze the problems in the U.S. and in Mexico, there are similarities in terms of the state oppressing its citizens. These similarities are something citizens in both countries are aware of and are thankfully rebelling against.

– Professor Michael Hudson joins The Real News to talk on how Russia is moving away from the European Union and the U.S. after being isolated by them

– In Rome, meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the situation in the Middle East as well as Ukraine; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged he will resist any pressure on settelements

Middle East

– In Iraq, a helicopter of the army was shot down by Islamic State militants. Two pilots were killed as a result.

– With Iran playing more of a role in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Israel are working together to counter that role

– With floods affecting infrastructure in Iraq, corruption is hindering any improvements to such infrastructure

Asia and Oceania

– On Saturday, at least 19 people were killed as a result of attacks by the Taliban across Afghanistan.

– Despite Japan having strict anti-cannabis laws, the use of marijuana goes back centuries in the country’s history

– Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his party were re-elected although with a low turnout not seen since the end of World War II

Africa

– In eastern Libya, Islamic militants fought with pro-government forces to control a vital area of oil

Europe 

– Louis Proyect does a great job in describing how Podemos, the increasingly popular leftist party in Spain, rose and the lessons of American leftists. You can read Pablo Iglesias, a member of Podemos, and his comments on securing a victory for leftists here.

– There may be hope with the EU in holding U.S. officials accountable for committing torture; I just want to see Dick Cheney in a jail cell. If they do only that, then that would be great.

– With xenophobic and Islamophobic protests in Germany becoming more popular, Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing pressure inside and outside government when dealing with the demonstrators

– More than 2,500 people demonstrated outside the Hungarian parliament over corruption and austerity

– A Romanian official confirmed there were at least one black site operated by the CIA in the country

– After the Turkish government shut down a media station for allegedly conspiring to overthrow him, the EU criticized the move as anti-democratic

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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.