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US deploys Marines to Iraq

After ISIL rocket attack killed US soldier, Pentagon announces more Marines will be deployed on the ground in Iraq.

ISIL declared a 'caliphate' spanning from northwestern Syria to the outskirts of Baghdad in 2014 [Reuters]

The US announced on Sunday it will put more troops on the ground in Iraq after a Marine was killed in an ISIL rocket barrage.

Troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will add to American forces already in Iraq battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), the Pentagon said.

It was unclear exactly how many Marines would be deployed, but the move was made to bolster security at a coalition base near Makhmur on the frontlines with ISIL in northern Iraq.

A US Marine was killed in an ISIL rocket attack at the base on Saturday, the Pentagon said, the second American combat death in the fight against the group.

The rocket barrage occurred in the autonomous Kurdish region, where Baghdad has recently been deploying forces to prepa…

Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption — and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy

By Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Fishman and David Miranda

(Para ler a versão desse artigo em Português, clique aqui.)

THE MULTIPLE, REMARKABLE crises consuming Brazil are now garnering substantial Western media attention. That’s understandable given that Brazil is the world’s fifth most populous country and eighth-largest economy; its second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, is the host of this year’s Summer Olympics. But much of this Western media coverage mimics the propaganda coming from Brazil’s homogenized, oligarch-owned, anti-democracy media outlets and, as such, is misleading, inaccurate, and incomplete, particularly when coming from those with little familiarity with the country (there are numerous Brazil-based Westernreporters doing outstanding work).

It is difficult to overstate the severity of Brazil’s multi-level distress. This short paragraph yesterday from the New York Times’s Brazil bureau chief, Simon Romero, conveys how dire it is:

Brazil is suffering its worst economic crisis in…