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This year is almost ending. Wow, I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

International Politics

Overall

– Lawrence Wilkerson explains to The Real News the blunders the U.S. took in terms of Syria and how they are currently limited as a result of Israel when facing the Islamic State

– William Blum: “American Exceptionalism and American Torture

– The United Nations Security Council rejected a resolution denouncing Israeli occupation of Palestine

Middle East

– In Israel, authorities found two burnt bodies of Palestinians, who were brothers, and believe it to be a murder

– In Jerusalem, Arab bus drivers experience discrimination from reactionary Israelis with vile comments

– A former Hamas official blamed the Palestinian government for failing to protect Gaza

– Nine mass graves of Yazidis were found in northern Iraq and ISIS were blamed as the ones who killed them

– Speaking of ISIS, a magazine of theirs includes an interview with the captured Jordanian pilot who believes he will be killed

Africa

– Egypt is struggling as a result of a decline in economic aid from countries in the Gulf

– The Somalian government said a U.S. airstrike killed an intelligence official of al-Shabaab

Europe 

– After defying a house arrest to go to a protest, Russian critic Alexei Navalny was arrested by authorities. He was not specifically chosen, just arrested along with others at the protest.

– The U.S. next year will be placing more armored vehicles in eastern European countries for training

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Part two with Sujatha Fernandes, a professor, and James Early, a director at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, about the Cuban Five along with the USAID program in Cuba

– Assata Shakur: “I Am A 20th Century Escaped Slave

– Venezuela admitted it experienced a recession in the first half of the year, but blamed its enemies

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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.