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What’s going on folks? Can you believe it’s less than 10 days until Christmas Day?

International Politics


– The Physicians for Human Rights called for those physicians involved with the torture program in the U.S. to be investigated for war crimes

– Juan Cole: “Enter the Dragon: China offers Iraq aerial strikes on the Islamic State

– With a resolution set to be debated in the United Nations for Israel to withdraw its forces in the West Bank, the U.S. noted it would veto it

Middle East

– The fight between Syrian government forces and militants associated with al-Qaeda ended with two bases in the latter’s control and more than 200 casualties

– A school bus in Yemen was attacked by suicide bomber, who intended to attack a Shiite militia leader. Twenty-five people were killed as a result.

– A new report found Syria was the most lethal place for journalists followed by Israel.

Asia and Oceania

– At least 151 people were killed by the Pakistani Taliban at a school run by the army in Pakistan. The government launched airstrikes against the Taliban in response.

– Man Haron Monis, who was killed after taking hostages in Sydney, Australia, was wanted by Iran, but Australian authorities refused to help

– Funny how Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted strict anti-terrorism laws in Australia failed


– In Egypt, as a result of ISIS sending back its Egyptian members, Western countries closed down its embassies

– Some leaders across Africa called for the West to intervene in Libya to stabilize the country; They did that three years ago and look what happened now


– Gallup: Forty-three percent of Ukrainians say it would be important to have close ties to the European Union even if it hurts the country’s relations with Russia. 27 percent say the country should be close with both.

– After choking a deportee on a British Airways flight in Britain, three private security guards were found not guilty of manslaughter despite the man screaming out “I can’t breathe”

– A new report found minorities in Hungary are facing more discrimination than before

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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.