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It’s Monday morning!

International Politics

Overall

– Gareth Porter: “Why Obama Won’t Reach a Deal With Iran

– An AirAsia flight was reported as missing on Saturday night and the plane was not found so far

Middle East

– Due to the constant warfare in Syria, the country will face a serious problem in terms of food security

– The Islamic State is losing vital territory in Kobane, a city located in Syria, to Kurdish forces

– An Iraqi official accused the U.S. of providing air drops to ISIS forces; Whoa, that makes this even more complicated than

Asia and Oceania

– It is tragic to hear Afghan refugees are being blamed in Pakistan after the deaths of students in the school massacre by the Taliban

– Meanwhile, at least 39 militants were killed in Pakistan after the army fired air strikes against them

– On Jan. 1, the U.S. and NATO will officially end its operations in Afghanistan in order to take a less active role

– Good for Okinawa to resist the constant U.S. presence there through an air base that brought nothing but trouble

Africa

– Libya asked for firefighters from other countries to stop a large fire at an oil port

– Meanwhile, a Libyan official said militants in the western part of the country wish to capture vital oil sites

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Raul Castro: “Cuba Will Not Renounce Its Ideas

– Speaking of Cuba, there is a wonderful article on Jacobin Magazine providing stellar analysis on the accord between the U.S. and Cuba and what the way forward can be

– With an occupation force causing major issues in Haiti, it questions why such a force is existing within a country that deserves better

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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.