News Roundup 11/20/17

  • Trump adds five names to list of potential Supreme Court nominees. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump threatens to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in DC if the Palestinians do not engage in talks with Israel. The PLO responded by saying they would end communications with the Trump administration if the PLO office in DC was closed. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Chicago had the countries first “mass exoneration” letting 15 men go free. Up to 500 cases are in question because a pack of police officers have been exposed for framing several people. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Representative John Duncan covering the out of control military budget. [Link]
  • More US troops are dying in war zones for the first time in six years. [Link]
  • The US is beginning research into ground-based cruise missiles. Those missiles are banned by a treaty with Russia. [Link]
  • US government financial incentives are causing Europeans to adopt Russia-gate narratives. [Link]
  • A Marine killed a Japanese citizen in a car crash. The US Marine was intoxicated. [Link]
  • US warship collides with Japanese tugboat. The 7th fleet has now had five incidents where US ships took damage this year. [Link]
  • Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe refuses to step down as president. [Link] Zimbabwe’s political leaders have united in calls for Mugabe to step down. [Link] Thousands of protesters marched against Mugabe. [Link] Mugabe has been removed as the leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama on Turkey’s questionable future in NATO. [Link]
  • Turkey’s president pulls Turkish troops from NATO exercises in Norway. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri made it to France on Saturday and meet with Marcon. Hariri’s three youngest children remain in Saudi Arabia. Hariri said he will return to Lebanon soon. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Kurdish government announce their support for a united Iraq. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • US airstrikes are causing 31 times more civilian deaths than claimed by the US. [Link] One in every five airstrikes hits a civilian. [Link]  ISIS War Fyle

News Roundup 11/17/17

  • The judge has declared a mistrial in Senator Bob Menendez’s corruption case. [Link]
  • The House passes a tax reform bill. [Link]
  • 5,000 barrels of oil have spilled from the Dakota Access Pipeline. [Link]
  • Dan McAdams explains how the US plans to influence Hungarian elections. [Link]
  • Daniel Davis argues war with North Korea is now “likely” but there is still a chance for diplomacy. [Link]
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies has been pushing the idea of putting THAAD missiles in South Korea. THAAS missiles are made by a top donor of CSIS, Lockheed Martian. [Link]
  • The Libyan economy is in a downslide since the US war in 2011. [Link]
  • African countries are attempting to peacefully transition President Mugabe from power. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri plans to leave Saudi Arabia Saturday for France. [Link]
  • Afghanistan 2017 opium crop sets records of land use and weight produced. The anti-opium effort destroyed a record amount of opium. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • 14 people were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle 
  • Fighting is increasing in Syria near Damascus. The Syrian government is increasing airstrikes targeting rebels. The rebels have shelled Damascus. [Link]

News Roundup 11/16/17

  • The FDA announces they will begin seizing shipments of kratom. [Link]
  • Trump ends his Asia trip and skips the East Asia Summit. [Link]
  • A new House bill will provide oversight of US aid to Israel. The bill hopes to prevent US aid from going to abusing Palestinian children. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • The EU calls on Lebanon’s Prime Minister to return to Lebanon. The prime minister is currently under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia may be planning to replace Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri with his brother Bahaa. Bahaa made statement condemning Iran and Hezbollah. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Islamic State snipers are using US weapons and equipment. [Link]
  • Mattis says the US will fight in Syria as long as IS is there to fight. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 11/15/17

  • House votes 366-30 on a nonbinding resolution against supporting Saudi’s war in Yemen. [Link]
  • The ‘groundbreaking’ Atlantic article showing a conversation between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. was unethically edited. [Link]
  • 23 European countries sign an agreement to spend more on military and promote European military integration. [Link]
  • In Libya, militants are cutting water to cities to negotiate with the governments. [Link] Libya Fyle
  • Tanks of entered the capital city of Zimbabwe. Reports suggest that the military may attempt to remove the 93-year-old President Mugabe from power. [Link] The military declared they had control of the capital city but were not carrying out a coup. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • On Sunday night, the Taliban attacked 15 different Afghan police posts and killed 27 Afghan police. [Link]
  • In Syria, 53 people were killed in a market by airstrikes. Russia likely carried out the strikes. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Turkish President Erdogan suggests Turkey may attack the Syrian Kurds. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Russia’s Foreign Minister said Russia has not ensured Iranian backed forces will leave Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Iraq/Iran earthquake death toll now at 530. [Link]


News Roundup 11/14/17

  • Trump nominates Alex Azar to be Health and Human Services Secretary. Azar spent the past ten years working for Eli Lilly. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • 140 Minnesota police officers have been convicted of crimes. Several officers who are still on the job have been convicted of violent crimes. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The State Department spends $480,000 on training one person to speak one language. [Link]
  • A Green Beret was killed in Mali by two Navy SEALs after the Green Beret uncovered the SEALs stealing money. [Link]
  • A breakaway region of Somalia, Somaliland, held presidential elections Monday. [Link]
  • A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea. The soldier was hit by gunfire from North Koreans as he fled. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Israel will destroy a Palestinian village and displace 300 people. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Alastair Crooke on Saudi Arabia’s Middle East gamble. [Link]
  • Paul Cochrane on the history of and split in the GCC. [Link]
  • BBC documents the deal cut between the US/SDF and ISIS. The deal allowed IS fighters, including foreign fighters, to escape the city of Raqqa. EHSANI22 claims IS allowed the SDF to take the Omar oil fields in exchange. [Link] [Link] ISIS War Fyle

News Roundup 11/13/17

  • The Justice Department told RT they have until Monday to register as a foreign agent. RT is the first media group to have to register as a foreign agent. [Link]
  • A Marine drill instructor was given ten years in prison for abusing recruits. The drill instructor targeted three Muslim recruits. [Link]
  • Trump tells the Vietnam leader his country should buy more weapons from the US. Trump also said he will mediate the South China Sea dispute. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Trump suggests the US may remove some sanctions on Russia. Trump also said he may become friends with Kim Jung Un. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US carried out three drone strikes against IS and al-Shabaab targets over the weekend. [Link] Africa Fyle 
  • Lebanese sources say Lebanon’s Prime Minister is being held under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia has now arrested over 200 people in its anti-corruption investigation. [Link] Prince Bandar is among the Saudis arrested in the investigation. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • A large earthquake killed at least 61 people the Iraq/Iran border. [Link]
  • The Afghan Maj. Gen. in charge of operations in the Helmond Province said “It’s with the Marines’ support and cooperation that we’ve reached this level…If they leave again, things will 100% be reversed.” [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Robert Perry debunks claims that Assad used chemical weapons. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 11/9/17

  • Steve Bannon said George W Bush was the most destructive president in US history. [Link]
  • The USA LIBERTY ACT passes its House committee. The bill will renew the FISA 702 program and expand the government’s ability to spy on Americans. [Link] Spying Fyle
  • Spain claims to have annulled the Catalan independence. Catalans continue to strike and protest against the Catalan government. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • ISIS lost control of their last stronghold in Syria. ISIS only controls a few villages in Syria. [Link] ISIS Fyle

News Roundup 11/8/17

  • Trump says he is willing to meet with Kim Jung Un. Trump also threatened to completely destroy North Korea. [Link] Trump Fyle 
  • William Binney met with CIA Direct Mike Pompeo to discuss the DNC Leaks. Trump requested Pompeo take this meeting. [Link]
  • Israel tells diplomats to follow Saudi Arabia’s narrative on Lebanon’s prime minister resigning. [Link] Israel Fyle

News Roundup 11/7/17

  • A police officer at a Miami Hurricanes football game punched a woman in the face. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Trump will ask Congress for another $5.9 billion in defense spending. The money is for more THAAD missiles in South Korea and for 3,500 troops to be sent to Afghanistan. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Iran will allow India to use a port in southern Iran. The access to the port will give India a trade route to central Asia and Afghanistan. [Link] India Fyle
  • A Pakistani employee of the Pakistan consulate in Afghanistan was killed by two gunmen in Afghanistan. [Link] Pakistan Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia claims a missile fired from Yemen, could be an “act of war” by Iran and Lebanon. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle

News Roundup 11/6/17

  • As many as 26 people have been killed in a shooting at a Texas church. [Link]
  • Senator Rand Paul was assaulted in his home. [Link]
  • James Bovard on the increasing censorship of social media. [Link]
  • The ‘Paradise Papers’ have been leaked. The papers include 13.4 million documents of money held offshore. [Link]
  • A Pentagon assessment finds the US would need to use a ground invasion to secure North Korea’s nukes. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Spain issued a European warrant for the Catalan president and four advisors. The president and his advisors turned themselves into Belgian authorities. The Catalan officials were released under conditions and must remain in Belgium. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • AFRICOM announces the US carried out two airstrikes against an Islamic State Group in Somalia. The US claims to have killed several terrorists. [Link] Africa Fyle 
  • 14 civilians were killed by US airstrikes in Afghanistan. [Link] A US soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Lebanon’s prime minister resigns and cites Iran as the cause. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia arrested several princes on corruption charges. The arrests appear to be a consolidation of power by the Saudi Crown Prince. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Eight high ranking Saudi officials, including the former Crown Prince, were killed in a helicopter crash. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia labels missile strike from Yemen as a blatant act of aggression from Iran. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra carried out a terror attack in Syria that killed nine. The Israeli government has threatened to respond by invading Syria to protect the Druze people. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • At least 75 Syrian civilians were killed by an IS car bomb near Dier Ezzor. [Link] Syria Fyle