News Roundup 2/23/18

  • Prosecutors use the Alford Plea Deal to cover up the state’s mistakes. [Link]
  • Nebraska’s Governor signs a bill limiting the use of data obtained by licenses plate readers. [Link]
  • 418 people died of overdoes in Maine in 2017. [Link]
  • Iraq War vets who were deployed near Burn Pits continue to suffer and receive little help from the government. [Link]
  • Glenn Greenwald and James Risen debate Russiagate. [Link]
  • Parents say more than 100 Nigerian girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack. [Link]
  • South Sudanese report horrifying human rights abuses to UN. [Link]
  • An outbreak of Listerious has killed 182 in South Africa. [Link]
  • Turkish activist is sentenced to two and a half years in jail for pro-peace Tweet. [Link]
  • US troops that will be deployed close to the front lines begin arriving in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Pakistan deploys an additional 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia. Pakistan now has 2,600 troops in Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • Airwars issues the January report on civil casualties in the Syrian civil war. [Link]
  • Reports claim over 400 people have been killed by Assad bombing near Damascus in the past week. Human Rights Watch claims Turkey is not trying to prevent Kurdish civilian deaths. [Link]
  • Operation Olive Branch has forced 125,000 Syrians from their homes. [Link] Militias allied to Assad continue to move into Afrin to support the Syrian YPG. [Link]
  • A German ISIS fighter surrendered to the SDF. [Link]
  • The US is pushing a UN Security Council Resolution targeting Iran for allegedly arming the Houthi in Yemen. [Link]
  • Saudi’s aid plan for Yemen is a war tactic. [Link]

News Roundup 2/22/18

  • Mitt Romney accepts Trump’s endorsement. [Link]
  • Immigration Agents are setting up checkpoints and carrying out warrantless searches miles from the border. [Link]
  • The US trained Honduran TIGER police forces is arresting protesters. [Link]
  • The Philippines President disputes the claim by US intelligence that he is a threat to the Philippines Constitution. [Link]
  • 50 girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a Nigerian school. [Link]
  • Israeli police arrest two more associates of Israeli President Netanyahu. [Link]
  • Bahrain sentences activist to five years in prison. [Link]
  • The US is moving towards an agreement to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear reactors. Saudi Arabia is refusing to agree to restrictions on enriching uranium. [Link]
  • Turkish forces attack militias allied to Assad as they were moving to support the Syrian Kurds in Afrin. Erdogan says he had Putin permission. [Link]
  • Syrian bombing has damaged or destroyed 13 Doctors Without Borders hospitals in three days. [Link] The US is asking Russia to end support for Assad. [Link]
  • Aid is failing to meet the demands of the Yemeni people. More Yemeni are becoming dependent on aid because of the Saudi commercial blockade of Yemen. [Link]
  • Three village elders were killed by a bombing in Afghanistan. [Link]

News Roundup 2/21/18

  • Lt. Col. Daniel Davis explains how the military spending is hurting the economy. [Link]
  • The US adds a second Navy ship to the Black Sea as a show of force to Russia. [Link]
  • France supports the Iran Nuclear Agreement as written. [Link]
  • The Washington Post looks at the Afghans who clean up from the US war. [Link]
  • The Afghan government claims to have killed 28 militants. [Link] The Taliban kill at least eight Afghan Police. [Link]
  • Forces allied to Assad enter Afrin in support of the YPG. [Link]
  • US weapons, provided to Syrian rebels, are appearing on jihadist black markets. [Link]
  • Syrian airstrikes have killed 250 civilians in the past 48 hours. [Link]
  • The evidence is mounting that Saudi Arabia is targeting civilian infrastructure in Yemen. [Link]
  • Peru’s president rejects calls for him to resign. [Link]

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News Roundup 2/20/18

  • A Baltimore jury awards $37 million to the family of a woman murdered by Baltimore police. [Link] Baltimore ranked first in homicides per capita in 2017. [Link]
  • South Korea’s President says the Olympics have eased tensions with North Korea. [Link]
  • At least 17 people have been killed in a garbage pile collapse in Mozambique. [Link]
  • At least 18 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Nigeria. Boko Haram is suspected to have carried out the attack [Link]
  • Mehdi Hasan blowback series on blowback covers Israel and Hamas. [Link]
  • Two Afghan Governors are refusing requests from the Afghan President to step down. [Link]
  • Nearly 100 people have been killed by Syrian bombing rebel-held areas near Damascus. [Link]
  • Israel is arming at least seven Syrian rebel groups. [Link]
  • ISIS ambushes and kills 27 members of the Iraqi Shi’ite militia. [Link]
  • The Brazilian Army has been deployed to Rio De Janeiro to restore order. [Link]


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News Roundup 2/19/18

  • Mitt Romney will run for Senate in Utah. [Link]
  • The US government created the opioid crisis. [Link]
  • The Muller investigation indicts 13 Russian nationals. [Link] Moon of Alabama responds to the indictment. [Link]
  • National Security Advisor McMaster says Russia meddled in the election. [Link]
  • Conn Hallinan explains how Russia and China are not “great power” threats to the US. [Link]
  • James Bovard explains why George W Bush is still an awful president. [Link]
  • The Intercept looks at the politics around the US drone base being built in Niger. [Link]
  • Four Israeli soldiers were injured by a bomb blast in Gaza. [Link] In response, the Israelis have started to bomb alleged Hamas positions in Gaza. At least two civilians have been killed. [Link]
  • Turkey’s High Court is being overruled by lower courts loyal to Turkey’s President Erdogan. [Link]
  • The Afghan government rejects the Taliban’s offer for peace talks. [Link]
  • The US used 321 bombs in Afghanistan in January. [Link]
  • The US coalition used less than 500 bombs in Iraq and Syria in January. [Link]
  • An American, who surrendered to SDF forces in Syria, is being held under the 2002 AUMF. [Link]
  • Turkey and the US agree to not attack each other in Manbij. [Link]
  • The YPG is reporting that they have reached a deal with the Syrian Army. In the deal, the Syrian Army will take border positions in Afrin to defend against Turkey. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama debunks the most recent claims that Assad is using chlorine gas. [Link]
  • An Emirati serviceman was killed in Yemen. [Link]
  • The US carries out drone strikes in support of Yemeni government troop’s operation against AQAP. [Link]

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the new indictments by the Mueller Probe. Will and Kyle debunk the lies that surround the claim “Russia hacked the election.” We break down the responses to the new incidents by Leon Panetta, Rachel Maddow, Brian WilliamsTucker Carlson, Chris Hayes, Peter van Buren, and Rob ReinerWe also look at possible future of the Russiagate story. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 2/16/18

  • The State Department Spokeswoman says she will be surprised if the US does not add new sanctions on Russia. [Link]
  • The US senior diplomat to Asia says the US has no planned “bloody nose” strike on North Korea. [Link]
  • The US will waste billions of dollars upgrading purposeless nuclear weapons in Europe. [Link]
  • The CIA claims it can disclose classified information to selected journalists in response to FOIA requests. [Link]
  • Rex Tillerson met with Turkey’s president and foreign minister. [Link]
  • A UN report shows US airstrikes in Afghanistan killed 295 civilians in 2017. [Link]
  • Russia says five of its civilian contractors were killed fighting for Assad in Syria. The contractors were killed in US coalition attacks. [Link]
  • Cyril Ramaphosa is elected as South Africa’s new president. [Link]

On FPF #156, I discuss the peace process in Korea and Afghanistan. On the Scott Horton Show, Peter van Buren explained why there was a reason to be optimistic about the hope for peace in Korea. The Taliban have offered to have peace talks with the US. I also update SyriaZimbabweSouth Africa, and Iraq. LISTEN HERE

News Roundup 2/15/18

  • A St. Louis police officer is facing charges for forcing the victim of a crime to perform oral sex on him. [Link]
  • Frannie Mae will require $3.7 billion from the Treasury. [Link]
  • Mehdi Hasan blowback series Ep 4. [Link]
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says North Korea is an extensional threat to the US and the US is fast approaching decision time on North Korea. [Link] Daniel Larison explains why Coats is wrong. [Link]
  • The Dutch foreign minister resigns after admitting he lied about overhearing Putin plotting to expand Russia. [Link]
  • The Israel persecution of Ahed Tamimi is making her into a hero. [Link]
  • The Taliban issued an open letter calling for peace talks. [Link]
  • The US reports there were over 10,000 civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2017. [Link]
  • In Syria, the US has attacked Assad forces twice in the past week. On both occasions, the US claims it was in self-defense. [Link]
  • The Saudi coalition kills 6 Yemen civilians with airstrikes. [Link]
  • Jacob Zuma steps down as the President of South Africa. [Link]
  • The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition party dies of cancer at 65. [Link]
  • Tillerson and Rubio suggest there should be a military coup in Venezuela. [Link]


News Roundup 2/14/18

  • Trump is unconvinced that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. [Link]
  • US Intelligence Agencies claim Russia will try to meddle in 2018 elections. [Link]
  • Berkeley votes to become a marijuana sanctuary city. [Link]
  • Philippines President Duarte suggests his soldiers should shoot women in their genitals. [Link]
  • The Afghan Army announces a plan to push 2,200 older officers to retire. [Link]
  • A US drone destroyed a tank operated by Russian mercenaries in the Feb. 7th attack. [Link] Scores of Russians were possibly killed in the attack. [Link]
  • Trump’s 2019 budget calls for $550 million to support the YPG in Syria. Turkey says the US support for the YPG does not change their plans. [Link]
  • Iraq will need $88 billion to rebuild from the ISIS War. [Link]

On FPF #155, I breakdown Senator Rand Paul’s interview on Fox News. Senator Paul takes advantage of the government budget process to call out American’s 7 wars, the huge Defense budget, and the futility of American Interventionism. I discuss Mike Pence’s statement on North Korea. I also update the Afghanistan War, the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, and the Syrian Civil War. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 2/13/18

  • An Oklahoma judge gave a woman a lenient jail sentence because she sterilized herself. [Link]
  • Trump introduces a $4.4 trillion budget. The budget includes a $1.4 trillion in infrastructure spending. [Link] Trump also plans to expand the US nuclear weapons arsenal. [Link]
  • VP Mike Pence on North Korea, “If you want to talk, we’ll talk.” [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo explains how Mattis is pushing Trump to keep troops in Afghanistan and Somalia. [Link]
  • Trump says he is “not sure if Israel truly wants peace.” [Link]
  • An Israeli Member of Parliment introduced a bill that would effectively annex the West Bank. [Link] Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu lied and said he was discussing the annexation with Trump to delay the Parliment from pushing forward with the bill. The US announced that Trump was not in talks with Israel about annexing the West Bank. [Link]
  • In Somalia, al-Shabaab is stealing aid money given to displaced people by the UN through taxes. [Link]
  • A mayor in Mali was freed after being held by militants for three weeks. [Link]
  • The US now bombing Uighurs in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The Riyadh Ritz-Carlton reopens after the Saudi Crown Prince used the hotel as a prison. [Link]
  • At least 31 Turkish troops have been killed in Operation Olive Branch. [Link]
  • Russian mercenaries among 100 killed by a US coalition airstrike in Syria on Feb. 7th. [Link]
  • 500 civilians killed or injured in Raqqa by ISIS mines since the SDF forced ISIS from the city. [Link]
  • Venezuela oil production down 20% from a year ago according to an OPEC report. [Link]

News Roundup 2/12/18

  • A sheriff ordered deputies to “take out” an unarmed man. The deputies later murdered the man. [Link]
  • Former Kentucky district judge pleas guilty to human trafficking charges. [Link]
  • Trump aide, Rob Porter, resigns after his history of domestic abuse is revealed. Both of Porter’s ex-wives told the FBI that Porter abused them. [Link] White House Chief of Staff John Kelley offers to step down for his role in the scandal. [Link]
  • The US has armed Persian Gulf patrol boats with laser-guided missiles. [Link]
  • 71 people have been killed in plane crash in Russia. [Link]
  • Kim Jung Un invites South Korea’s president to talks. [Link]
  • The US carried out several drone strikes in Pakistan targeting the Pakistani Taliban. [Link] Pakistan Fyle
  • Senator Rand Paul says it’s time to come home from Afghanistan. [Link] The Taliban have invited Rand Paul to peace talks. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • An Afghan governor is rejecting government voter ID card because it labels him as an ‘Afghan.’ [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Israel claims an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace. Israel downed the drone and carried out heavy airstrikes in Syria. Syria was able to shoot down one F-16I involved in the attack. Both pilots survived. [Link] US State Department issues a statement supporting Israel’s actions. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Syrian Kurds down a Turkey helicopter over Afrin. [Link] Assad is allowing the Syrian Kurds to reinforce Afrin. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Daniel McAdams responds to the US attack on Assad allied forces. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Mattis admits that the US has no evidence Assad used chemical weapons. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Human Rights Watch accuses the Iraqi Kurds of carrying out mass executions against alleged IS fighters in mid-2017. [Link]

On FPF #154, I discuss the Olympics and Syria. The Koreans entered the games under a unified flag. Mike Pence and Kim Yo-jong have received a lot of attention for their appearance at the opening ceremony. John Bolton claims the sanctions against North Korea have failed and its time for the US to make “hard choices.” Kim Jung Un has offered to have talks with South Korea’s President.

In Syria, the Syrian Army downed an Israel F-16. Mike Huckabee responded by saying all North Koreans and Iranians are evil.Turkey continues to push into Afrin. I also break down a speech by Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on her Syria policy. LISTEN HERE!!