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We end our trip at Portugal. So ends our week on songs from the world. Expect it again next month with a new batch!

International Politics

Overall

– The Islamic State now is the talk of the town as governments throughout the world boost their military budget as ISIS watches with glee

– U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be committed to a two-state solution

– President Barack Obama: Iran should return the four Americans it holds captive

– European Union officials were sympathetic to the situation in Libya, but ruled out the possibility of sending troops

Middle East

– At least 142 people were killed in Yemen after suicide bombers attacked mosques. While the ISIL claimed responsibility, the White House said there was no proof of their involvement

Africa

– General Muhammadu Buhari is, if you read Western press, a figure that should come into power in Nigeria. The reality, however, is that he is a ruthless dictator.

– Because of the violence in Libya, more than 45,000 Egyptians escaped from the country

– Meanwhile, UN officials hope to get opposing factions in Libya to come to a peace deal this weekend

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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.