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Quite a roundup, hope you enjoy it!

International Politics

Overall

– We should be careful in saying the United States exports democracy to countries overseas because the U.S. truly is not a democracy; Although, we certainly are aware of that

– U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, to establish safe zones in Syria, American military presence would be needed

– Gareth Porter: “The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’

– The U.S. is pushing, in the United Nations, to hold the Syrian government accountable over chlorine attacks in the country

Middle East

– As 120 die in Yemen due to a mixture of Saudi-led airstrikes and on-the-ground fighting, five people were killed in Saudi Arabia due to shelling from rebels; Chilling to think what may happen next

– The U.S. said the largest oil refinery in Iraq was under threat from the Islamic State

– Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: We will not negotiate under the “specter of threats

– It’s not only Israeli forces causing human rights violations in the West, but the Palestinian Authority too

– An unfortunate reality of the Arab states in the Middle East is that it will become even more chaotic in the future; Indeed, I would say global warming would fuel this

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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.