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Today’s song seems fitting for an epigraph on a piece about communication.  Also New Wave is awesome.

May Mario Cuomo rest in peace.

International Politics

Overall

– The U.S. announced sanctions against North Korea. For what you may ask? For its alleged involvement in hacking Sony.

Middle East

– At least 170 men were taken from villages in northern Iraq by Islamic State militants to find people who burned their flag

– The U.N. reported more than 12,000 people died in 2014 in Iraq, which made it one of the deadliest years since 2007

– Interestingly, an Iraqi general believes things in Iraq are at their worst as the national government is incompetent and the U.S. is clueless on what to do

– As Syrian opposition groups decide whether or not to follow through with peace talks in Moscow, pessimism is the feeling on these talks

– Ali Abunimah: “As threats to Jews said to mount in Europe, Israeli minister gets ‘excited’

– Israeli settlers threw rocks at  U.S. officials visiting the West Bank to look into the destruction of agriculture for Palestinians; Ball is in America’s court

Asia and Oceania

– Wow. This is an enlightening article about what civilians fleeing from Fukushima are experiencing in Japan. “More people have died from stress-related causes than from the initial disasters in Fukushima.” Damn.

 

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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.