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Another day, another step closer to the end of the week. Hope you enjoy today.

International Politics

Overall

– Writer Richard Seymour talks to The Real News about the hypocrisy of the Western countries when they say they defend freedom of speech after the deaths of 12 people in Paris, France.

– Juan Cole: “What’s the Real Reason Al Qaeda Attacked ‘Charlie Hebdo’?

Middle East

– The Iraqi national government and the Kurdish regional government recently agreed on a joint military effort to attack the Islamic State

– U.S. General Martin Dempsey: We are looking for ways to support the Iraqi military against ISIS

– In Saudi Arabia, a person who criticized Islam on a blogging forum will be flogged 1,000 times.

Africa

– Kambale Musavili, an activist from the Congo, explains to The Real News on how wrong it is for the U.S. to continue to push for military action against rebels in the Congo despite it constantly failing

– A Nigeria official said at least 2,000 are missing or dead after raids by Boko Haram forces

– Elections for seats in the Egyptian parliament are in March, but there does not seem to be any strong opposition to the existing government

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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.