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Merry Christmas!

International Politics

Overall

– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif believes it is possible an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 can be reached soon

– The Islamic State allegedly shot down a fighter of the Jordan government. I say allegedly because the U.S. denied it happened.

Middle East

– Part one of five with Norman Finkelstein on the propaganda Israel pushes to make them appear innocent

– A demonstration calling for a “Christmas without occupation” was dispersed by Israeli forces despite people giving gifts to children and being friendly with one another

– It’s official: Authorities in Israel gave the final approval for 380 settlements to be constructed in east Jerusalem.

Asia and Oceania

– Pakistan announced it would create military courts for cases dealing with terrorism due to the school massacre by the Taliban.

Europe 

– Economist Costas Lapavitsas explains to The Real News how SYRIZA can achieve victory in the next election in Greece and why it is important for them to deliver

– Russia blamed NATO for Ukraine’s recent decision to not call itself “non-aligned

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Cuba said it would not return Assata Shakur to the U.S. as she earned political asylum in the country

– If you want an example of black lives being disregarded internationally, look no further than the U.S. invasion of Panama in late 1989

Surveillance Planet

– The Seattle Police Department is looking for hackers to edit videos obtained through body cameras to release to the public.

– Just one year ago the FBI was aware of potential malware attacks that could hit companies. Too bad it never told Sony about that.

– Trevor Timm: “Is Sony’s crackdown a bigger threat to western free speech than North Korea?

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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.