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The Roundup for New Year’s Day

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Happy New Year! *Plays noisemaker*

International Politics

Overall

– The parliament in Ecuador passed a resolution to show solidarity with Venezuela after U.S. sanctions were placed on them

– The Islamic State is thankful for the role the internet is playing for them because it helps increase their profile

Middle East

– Rania Khalek: “Killing 40 civilians in one go is “reasonable,” says Israel army ethicist

– The attacks in Jerusalem are being framed as an issue revolving around religion, when they are really consequences of Israeli politics

– Jews emigrating to Israel is at its highest in a decade, reports the Israeli immigration ministry

– Crimes in Iraq are going unpunished and the fault is corruption for going unchecked

– Meanwhile, internal disputes are affecting Iraqi goals to prevent ISIS from gaining more ground in the country

– In Yemen, a suicide bomber killed at least 33 people at a Shiite celebration and no group claimed responsibility so far

– Palestine wishes the join the International Criminal Court in order to get Israel tried for its war crimes

Asia and Oceania

– In terms of the crash of an AirAsia flight, it is important to note this is happening as demand for flights in Asia are rising

– Tragic news out of Philippines where four people were killed and at least 30 were wounded by a bomb in marketplace

Africa

– ProPublica investigates the deaths of five Americans nuns during the Liberian Civil War in the mid-1990s

Europe 

– Internal struggle among the Kurds is being reported in Turkey as there are groups with different political goals

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– A health minister in Chile resigned after making comments on how the rich in Chilean society could afford abortion and, thereby, circumvent restrictive laws

– A new poll found more than 60 percent of Ecuadorans support President Rafael Correa; Definitely impressive

– Venezuela announced reforms for the next year as a result of the “economic war” conducted against the country

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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.