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Good morning folks!

International Politics


– At least three million marched, including world leaders, in Paris to express solidarity with those killed on Jan. 7

– French Prime Minister Manuel Valls: We are at war with radical Islam who are against our values; Even Attorney General Eric Holder says the same

– A suspect involved with the Charlie Hebdo killings is still on the run and French authorities believe she may have gone to Syria

– Juan Cole joins The Real News for two segments about the factors not related to Islam that led to the gunmen doing such heinous acts; He does talk about Libya, but glosses over the failure of imperialism to make it stable.

– In general, the monsters often demonized in the Western media are made by the Western nations themselves

– Ray McGovern: “Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust

Middle East

– In Lebanon, a suicide bomber attacked a coffee shop and killed at least seven people. Nusra Front, linked to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility.

– U.S. General Martin Dempsey said the presence of Iran in Iraq can be considered “positive

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised France for its stance the “new antisemitism and terrorism

– Ali Abunimah: “Israel moves quickly to exploit Paris attacks

– Despite the Islamic State holding onto Mosul in Iraq, the group is considering new strategies to keep its hold

– Meanwhile, ISIS launched a surprise attack against Kurdish forces in Iraq and killed at least 24

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.