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International Politics

Overall

– Gallup: Fifty-nine percent of Americans say the U.S. is the world’s top military, which is up from 53 percent last year

– Attorney Michael Ratner talks to The Real News on the case against the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority in the U.S. on their role in Israel. The folks in the trial were convicted for committing terrorism, which Israel is happy to hear about.

– Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: The United States is bringing chaos to the Middle East, which is causing extremism

– Instead of getting rid of nuclear weapons, the U.S. would prefer to keep a close eye on them

Middle East

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is running ads suggesting the U.S. did not support Israel in its early days; No, I’m serious. This is an actually ad.

– Peace Now, an anti-settlement NGO group, reported a rise of 40 percent of settlements in the West Bank

– Meanwhile, in the West Bank, two cities had their electricity turned off by Israel because of unpaid electric bills

– Iraqi residents in al-Baghdadi are starving so much as a result of the Islamic State’s siege that they turned to eating grass

– Speaking of the Islamic State, and this is interesting, there are sympathetic donors in anonymous oil-rich states in the Middle East providing money to ISIS

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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.