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Phew, all done with finals! That means more attention to the Roundup and more pieces.

Regardless, how have all of you been doing so far this week?

International Politics

Overall

– Pew: In developing and emerging countries, citizens only vote and do little else politically; Do you smell that? It’s the smell of Western democracy

– President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi concerning the mass trials in the country

Middle East

– Part one and two with journalist Lia Tarachansky on growing up in Israel and starting as a Zionist before leaving the dogma

– According to U.S. officials, some Islamic State leaders in Iraq were killed by air strikes in the past few weeks; Meanwhile, U.S. Lieutenant General James Terry said Kurdish forces successfully took over areas formally under ISIL control

– The United Nations asked for $8.4 billion to assist people escaping from the civil war in Syria

– No matter what, Russia’s role in Yemen is to ensure extremism from Sunnis are kept at a low and the country is stable

– Ali Abunimah: “Why I want Obama to veto Abbas’ UN resolution on Palestine

Asia and Oceania

– To monitor North Korea, South Korea will purchase drones from an Israeli companies, whose drones were used in attacks against Gaza.

– U.N. officials warn extremists in the Taliban are becoming more popular in Afghanistan

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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.