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International Politics

Overall

– Syria asked the United Nations to punish lawmakers from different countries, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), for entering into the country without visas

– Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition declined Moscow’s offer to meet with the Syrian government in peace talks

Middle East

– Jordan announced it would provide funding for Sunni tribes operating in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, Sunni tribes in Iraq are relying on Iran for funding to fight against the ISIL

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi: We need a “tribal revolution” against ISIS; Easier said than done

– After hearing instances where Iraqi forces and militia groups looted areas, a Shiite cleric published a decree condemned it

– Israeli President Reuven Rivlin: I am opposed to the tax freeze to Palestine over their decision to join the International Criminal Court

– An Israeli group, meanwhile, filed their own claims of war crimes against Palestinians leaders

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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.