News Roundup 5/26/17

  • Trump tells the leaders of NATO countries they are not spending enough on defense. 23 of the 28 countries in NATO do not meet the expectation to spend 2% of GDP on defense. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • A high school junior kills himself after he was threatened by police and school administration of being charged with possessing and sharing child pornography. The young man had an audio recording of a sexual encounter on his phone. The police never intended to charge the young man and the goal of the threat was to scare him straight. Hours after being threatened he jump off a building. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The DEA lied about their role in a shooting that left two pregnant woman and two other civilians dead in Honduras. A new report found that the DEA and Honduras police fired on the civilians without being provoked. [Link] War on Drugs Fyle
  • The Army’s request for funds 2018 asks for $6.4 million to build a forward operating base in Turkey. The base could be a site for THAAD missiles. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine introduce a bill that will be a new AUMF. The new AUMF will give the authorization to fight ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The UK has condemned the leaks coming from the US related to the Manchester terror attack. [Link] UK Fyle
  • An estimated 23 people were killed during an attack on an Egyptian church. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • At least 13 Afghan fighters were killed while fighting militants in the Kandahar Province. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • A video shows Iraqi special forces torturing and killing suspected members of ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The US now admits to killing over 100 people in the March 17th attack in Mosul that killed up to 278 civilians. Before this admission, the Pentagon only admitted to killing 14 civilians in the attack. [Link] ISIS War Fyle 
  • Between April 23rd and May 23rd, the US coalition in Syria killed at least 225 civilians and only 122 suspected ISIS fighters. May will be the 5th straight month that the US coalition has killed more civilians than Russia. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Syria and Jordan trade threats because of international war games that were played out in Jordan. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The US killed 35 civilians in East Syria with airstrikes. This brings the two-day total of civilians killed in US airstrikes to over 50. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 5/25/17

  • A grand jury finds that a police officer who killed a man after a high-speed car chase had committed no wrongdoing. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The UK has positioned 1,000 heavily armed soldier around high profile sites. [Link] UK Fyle 
  • The UN reports that 400,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing severe malnutrition. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The US carried out 460 airstrikes in Afghanistan in April. This seven times more than the amount in April 2016. This is the highest number of airstrikes in a single month since August 2012. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Russia and US agree to improve communications to avoid conflict in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • At least 16 civilians were killed in a US-led coalition airstrike in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Yemeni civilians give their account of an April 23rd airstrike that the US claims killed seven members of al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula. The Yemeni civilians claim that the strike killed civilians and not members of AQAP. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle 
  • Yemeni civilians gave their account of a recent raid by US special forces. The US government reported that the raid resulted in seven dead members of AQAP. Civilians report that the special forces shot a man who went to welcome them to the town. The special forces then shot four other civilians, including a 69-year-old man. The US special forces then engaged with AQAP fighters and killed two. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • 100 ISIS fighters stormed a town in the Southern Philippines and killed 13 soldiers. The ISIS fighters were also able to take several hostages. [Link]
  • UNICEF reports that 24 million children in the Middle East and North Africa are threatened by conflict. [Link]

On Foreign Policy Focus #44, I discuss the terror attack in Manchester. The man who carried out the attack was of Libyan descent. Libya has been turned into Hell since a US-led NATO war destroyed the country. Libya is now a failed state with slavery and warring governments. The US-backed government is committing war crimes and huge numbers of refugees reporting being raped or sexually assaulted. The Manchester Terror Attack was an example of blowback. Politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama created the situation that led to this terror attack. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 5/24/17

  • The military planned to replace the A-10 Warthog with the F-35. The Air Force announced the A-10 will not be retired. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Congressman Mac Thornberry proposes an $2.1 billion in additional military spending the Asia Pacific. The increased spending will be for munitions and THAAD missiles. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Senator Rand Paul has proposed a new bill that would block the $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. [Link] Foreign policy Fyle
  • The UK has raised the terror threat level to critical. This will allow troops to be deployed in the UK. [Link] UK Fyle
  • British police identified the bomber of the Manchester terrorist attack as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Abedi is of Libyan heritage. ISIS has celebrated the attack on Twitter. [Link] UK Fyle
  • The leader of the opposition party in Zimbabwe has demanded the president step down and leave the country. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • In Nigeria, 1.4 million people are in an emergency food crisis, and 44,000 are near starvation. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Ten Afghan soldiers were killed in the Kandahar Province. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Turkish government is seeking to arrest 144 it claims are tied to the coup. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart said, “Kurdish independence is on a trajectory where it is probably not if but when.” [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • The president of the Philippines declares martial law in a southern province. [Link]

News Roundup 5/23/17

  • The World Health Organization spends over $200 million a year on travel expenses. [Link]
  • At least 22 people were killed when a bomb exploded outside of a concert in the UK. [Link] UK Fyle
  • The president of South Sudan announced a unilateral ceasefire. The president is also looking at releasing political prisoners.  There is no indication if this ceasefire will be effective or not. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Iran’s President Rouhani plans to use his second term in office to improve relations with the West. [Link] Iran Fyle
  • Fighting in Mosul continues to progress slowly. Many civilians are still trapped in the ISIS-held areas of the city. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Syrian government now controls the City of Homs. The Syrian government and Syrian rebels completed an agreement. The Syrian rebels were granted passage to the Idlib Province. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 5/22/17

  • Trump compliments the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and condemns Iran in his speech given in Saudi Arabia. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • During Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the two countries agreed to a $350 billion weapons deal. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US signs a deal with the Gulf Coordination Council to not provide support to terrorist organizations. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Human Rights Watch claims that the US-backed Libyan government executed 30 soldiers from a rival government. [Link] Libya Fyle
  • A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed in the capital of Afghanistan. A Finnish national was also kidnapped. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #43, Will Porter joins me for the first Foreign Policy Focus interview. Will discuss three of his recent articles and the US attack on Assad-allied forces. Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid East affairs. He is a staff writer for the Daily Sheeple, and some of his freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and Antiwar.com. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 5/21/17

  • The Pentagon buys fuel then sells it to the military branches at a markup. With the profits, the Pentagon funds other projects. The Pentagon has used money from this to train Syrian rebels. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Repetitive Walter Jones introduces a bill to end funding for the war in Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • US Special Forces will receive 350 kamikaze drones to use in the fight against ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • These articles break down the US airstrike against Syrian government-allied forces. Moon of Alabama – [Link] The Independent [Link] Chicago Tribune [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Russia and Syria condemn the US strike on Syrian government-allied forces. [Link] Syria Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #42, I discuss the fight that broke out between Erdogan’s bodyguards and pro-Kurdish protesters in DC. The fight provides good imagery for the relationship between the Turkish government and peaceful Kurdish civilians. Erdogan has restarted a war against the PKK and the Kurdish people of Turkey. Erdogan’s feeling towards Kurds has implications for US policy in Syria. I also discuss several other current events. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 5/19/17

  • Ray McGovern explains former FBI Director Mueller’s love for mass data collection. [Link]
  • Philippines President Duterte has imposed a countrywide ban on public smoking. Those convicted of smoking in public can face four months in prison and a $100 fine. [Link]
  • New documents give additional information on the secret US war being fought across Africa. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The first of 4,000 UN peacekeepers arrived in South Sudan today. 13,000 UN peacekeepers are already operating in the country. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Al-Shabaab is enforcing Islamic law in areas of Syria. Two men convicted of stealing had their right hands cut off. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The US army bombs force allied to Assad in Syria. The US destroyed 27 tanks in the bombing. The tanks were a coalition garrison near the Syrian, Jordanian, and Iraqi border. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 5/18/17

  • The Trump Administration has announced that they will be extending the waiver for some sanctions on Iran. The sanctions included in the waiver were agreed upon in the 2015 nuclear deal. The Trump Administration announced new sanctions on Iranian military officials. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • The Washington Post is reporting that Trump will announce plans to form an “Arab NATO” while in Saudi Arabia. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed to a special council to investigate claims that Russia hacked the US election. [Link]
  • Canada will deploy fighters to Africa in an advise and assist role. The Canadian government is calling it a peacekeeping mission. [Link]
  • A seven-year-old boy with autism was arrested and removed from school for misbehaving. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Protesters supporting Kurdish interests in DC fight with Erdogan’s bodyguards outside of the home of the Turkish ambassador. Nine people were hurt and two were arrested. [Link]
  • Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for a car bomb that killed three Somali soldiers in the country’s capital. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Top NATO officers are recommending that NATO formally enters the coalition to fight ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Free Syrian Army announces that the US has resumed some support for the group. The group also announced a new alliance with groups linked to al-Qaeda. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Undercover video shot in Idlib Syria show the prevalence of al-Qaeda-linked groups among the Syrian rebels. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Six people were killed by two car bombs that targeted a refugee camp on Syrian’s border with Jordan. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Syrian civilians say the US media is lying and the anti-Assad movement has been hijacked by jihadists. Several thousand of those jihadists are from foreign countries. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Two more anti-government protesters have been killed in Venezuela. One of those killed was a teenager. A police officer was charged in connection to one of the deaths. [Link] Venezuela Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #41, I discuss the recent survey that identified only 37% of Americans can find North Korea on a map. I make the case that people who support a hostile policy against North Korea should be able to find North Korea on a map. I think so few Americans being able to find North Korea on a map illustrates how out of touch Americans are with our foreign policy. I also update several foreign policy current events. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 5/17/17

  • Nikki Haley says all other countries should look to add more sanctions against North Korea. Haley said anyone who does not put more sanctions against North Korea is against the international community. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • A State Department memo identified some Syrian rebel groups as being linked to al-Qaeda. The US government never put these groups on an official terrorism list. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Ugandan soldiers on the hunt for Joseph Kony raped and sexually assaulted women. US special operations soldiers provided advise and assist support to the Ugandan soldiers. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • 8.600 Ivory Coast soldiers rebelling against the government reject a peace deal offered by the government. The rebelling soldiers are asking for a bonus to be paid. The government claims it does not have the money to pay the bonus. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • In a survey by the New York Times, only 37% of Americans were able to locate North Korea on a map. [Link] North Korea Fyle

News Roundup 5/16/17

  • The Trump Administration is accusing the Syria government of mass killings. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • This article makes the case that the US military is the world largest polluter. [Link]
  • Soldiers rebelling against the Ivory Coast government block a road connecting Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Six were wounded, and one was killed when civilians marched against the rebelling Ivory Coast soldiers. Soldiers loyal to the Ivory Coast government are marching toward the city the rebelling soldiers are in. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Three people have died of Ebola in a remote region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The Israeli government is upset with the US after a diplomat pointed out that the Western Wall is in territory occupied by Israel. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • The US killed 38 civilians in a Syrian town near the Iraq border. The US has killed 87 civilians in airstrikes in the past five days. [Link] ISIS War Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus#40, I discuss the truth about US interventions. US media and politicians never tell the truth about the failures of interventions. Look at US intervention country by country and examine the failures in each case. LISTEN HERE!!