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We now head to Mexico to listen to Los De Abajo, one of my favorite bands of all time. The live version is so darn good though!

International Politics

Overall

– In a conversation with The Real News, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, stressed how Bashar al-Assad will still be a major force in Syria, whether the U.S. likes it or not

– Attorney Michael Ratner talks to The Real News in regards to the latest news of Swedish prosecutors heading to the United Kingdom to talk with Julian Assange

– Which country is the greatest threat to peace worldwide? Not Iran, not North Korea, not Russia, but the U.S.

– The White House say there is a 50 percent chance of having a deal with Iran, while Iranian official say both the U.S. and Iran agree on 90 percent of the technical aspects

Middle East

– The Syrian military said they shot down a U.S. drone flying over the country

– Iran is having more success than the U.S. in terms of influence and command in Iraq

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: Even though there are sanctions against us, it does not mean Iran can’t grow

– The Islamic State beheaded four men in Iraq it alleged were recruiters for the national government

– More militant groups in the Middle East are undergoing internal conflict with different groups vying for power

– Arab voters in Israel are coming out in droves to ensure the status quo is removed

– The status quo, by the way, may be upheld in Israel as Netanyahu is still doing well

– An insightful interview with a former member of ISIS, who explains why he left and what it was like

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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.