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International Politics

Overall

– Another segment with Lawrence Wilkerson who explains to The Real News on Russia’s strategy going forward when engaging with the U.S.

– The Taliban in Afghanistan said they won after NATO announced it would cease its active military missions

Middle East

– The Islamic State said they were responsible for the death of an Iranian officer although did not provide information on how they did

– Gaza is facing a significant economic crisis and the only one who can provide a major change is Israel; Not a good sign with the current reactionaries in charge

– Meanwhile, Palestinians, specifically young men, are turning to jobs like bird breeding to get some income

– Also, a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces after throwing stones at them; Don’t they have protective gear? I mean, it’s just rocks.

– At least nine people in Homs, Syria, were killed after a car bomb exploded near a gas plant

– Ali Abunimah: “Revealed: Gaza orphans Israel trip was government-backed PR stunt

– An Iraqi official asked for civilians living in ISIS-controlled territory to escape before the government attacks

– Sam Knight: “Unlike E.U., U.S. doesn’t mildly rebuke Israel for jailing Palestinian ‘prisoner of conscience’

Asia and Oceania

– Constant U.S. military presence in the Philippines is making residents frustrated, but the Philippine government prefers its presence for geo-political reasons

– Will the U.S. open an embassy in Iran after announcing it will open one in Cuba? The short answer: no.

– It is now assumed the missing AirAsia flight is at the bottom of the sea, according to Indonesian officials

Africa

– Now the U.S. government is launching air strikes in Somalia to target the leader of al-Shabaab

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Part one with Sujatha Fernandes, a professor, and James Early, a director at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, on the culture in Cuba and what may happen with it after the recent accord with the U.S.

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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.