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International Politics

Overall

– U.S. General Martin Dempsey believed more air strikes against the Islamic State would not be a good idea

– President Barack Obama: If we are given a bad deal with Iran, then we will walk away

– The U.S. and India will discuss weapons in outer space in talks next week in the latter

Middle East

– Sure ISIS is a brutal, relentless force, but we cannot forget the authoritarian features of the Assad government in Syria

– The Obama administration pledged to defend Syrian rebels, trained of course, against ISIL

– More and more civilians living in Iraq are deciding to pick up arms in the fight against ISIS as society becomes more militarized

– Meanwhile, Iraqi soldiers and militia groups captured parts of Tikrit from ISIS militants

– Even the challenger to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls to Israeli isolation to end

– Meanwhile, tens of thousands marched in Tel Aviv calling for Netanyahu to be replaced

– A new study found Saudi Arabia imported the most weapons last year as a result of instability in the Middle East

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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.