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!!

News Roundup 2/9/18

  • Rand Paul oped on Trump’s military parade. [Link]
  • Rohingya are reporting that the Myanmar government is restricting the Rohingya from food. [Link]
  • South Korea is seeking UN permission to allow North Korean officials to come to the Winter Olympics. [Link]
  • UN sanctions prevent the North Korean hockey team from buying sticks and jerseys. [Link]
  • The US dropped a record 24 precision-guided bombs in 96 hours on the Taliban. [Link]
  • The US is now bombing the Chinese Uighurs in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • US coalition airstrikes kill about 100 Assad allied troops in eastern Syria. The US claims the Syrian allied troops attacked SDF positions. [Link] Daniel Larison gives analysis. [Link]
  • In Afrin, Turkish forces bomb a school and water treatment plant. [Link]
  • The Syrian government deploys anti-aircraft able to defend Afrin airspace. [Link] Moon of Alabama on Turkish progress in Operation Olive Branch. [Link]
  • Venezuelan presidential elections are scheduled for April 22. [Link]

Correction: Yesterday I posted that the FDA made Kratom illegal, the FDA only labeled Kratom as an opioid.  

On FPF #153, I discuss Trump’s plan to have a military parade. The Left reacted in a hysteria, claiming Trump is now a dictator. However, this ignores that past presidents have given Trump dictatorial powers. Bush tortured people, Obama had secrete kill lists, both presidents waged endless and unauthorized wars. I also update Operation Olive Branch, Syrian allied troops being killed by the US, and the war in Yemen. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 2/8/18

  • US politicians have a history of using the military for propaganda. [Link]
  • The FDA makes Kratom illegal. [Link]
  • Senate leadership announce a bi-partisan budget agreement. [Link]
  • Ray McGovern and Tom Woods breakdown the importance of the Nunes Memo. [Link] Dan McAdams and James Bovard on the Nunes Memo. [Link]
  • SEAL Team 6 is under broad investigation after Green Beret was killed in Mali. [Link]
  • US Abrams tanks that were given to the Iraqi government, and worth $80 million, now belong to Iranian backed militias. [Link]
  • Syria accuses Israel of carrying out airstrikes outside of Damascus. The Syrians say the Israelis used Lebanese airspace. Syria claims to have intercepted the missiles. [Link]
  • US Army Lt Gen. Paul E. Funk tells reports in Manbij that US troops will remain in the city. [Link]
  • Patrick Cockburn explains how Turkey using former ISIS fighters in an anti-Kurdish militia. [Link]
  • CENTCOM says pro-Assad forces attacked the US-backed SDF. [Link]
  • 47,000 Yemeni have become displaced from the war in Yemen since December. [Link]

News Roundup 2/7/18

  • Senator Grassley releases a memo on the FISA warrant application to spy on the Trump campaign. [Link]
  • A look at the mismanagement of US nuclear weapons contracts. [Link]
  • Mattis is pushing for the US to develop sea-based nuclear Cruise Missiles. [Link]
  • Trump is pushing for a military parade in DC. [Link]
  • A US soldier was found dead at a German train station. [Link]
  • Poland passes a new law preventing people from discussing Poland’s role in the Holicaust. [Link] Rex Tillerson responds [Link]
  • The Afghan War will cost the US $45 billion in 2018. [Link]
  • Elijah Magnier explains the Iranian influence in Iraq. [Link]
  • Over 100 civilians were killed by Russian and Syrian airstrikes in the Idlib Province in two weeks. [Link]
  • Seven civilians were killed by a US drone strike in Yemen. [Link]

Trey Weaver joins Foreign Policy Focus to discuss war propaganda. The war propaganda changed Americans minds on the Syrian Civil War. Bush used fear to scare Americans into the Iraq War. A media blackout masks the genocide in Yemen. Kyle and Trey also identify some key war propaganda words and how the state and media use those words. This show contains some explicit content. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 2/6/18

  • Immigration agents have started ‘collateral arrests’. Collateral arrests involve arresting everyone at a location, not just the person with a deportation order. [Link]
  • The Dow Jones drops 1,150 points. [Link]
  • An audit reveals that the Pentagon Logistics Agency lost track of $800 million. [Link]
  • A look into the growing Neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine. [Link]
  • Mehdi Hasan explains how the US coup in Iran led to blowback. [Link]
  • Israel began issuing deportation notices to African migrants. [Link]
  • Child trafficking is being weaponized in South Sudan. [Link]
  • 26 people were killed in two drone strikes in Afghanistan. Officials claim all those killed were Taliban. The second strike hit the site of the first strike an hour later. [Link]
  • An Iraqi official says the US will begin reducing troop numbers in Iraq.  [Link]
  • Eric Margolis talks about the madhouse in Syria. [Link]

News Roundup 2/5/18

  • The Nunes memo detailing FISA spying on the Trump campaign has been declassified. [Link] Dave Smith provides analysis. [Link] Dan McAdams reacts. [Link]
  • The FBI was slow to react to the allegations of abuse against Dr. Nassar.[Link]
  • An Amtrak derailment leaves two dead. [Link] A list of recent Amtrak crashes. [Link]
  • Gilbert Doctorow breakdown the White House ‘Kremlin Report’. [Link]
  • A Pentagon review of US nuclear weapons calls for a more aggressive stance against Russia. [Link]
  • The White House is pressuring the Pentagon for more options on North Korea. [Link]
  • The Myanmar government is preventing UN inspectors from entering the country to travel to Rohingya sites. The Myanmar government recently carried out an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya. [Link]
  • About 90 migrants are believed to have drowned off the Libyan coast. [Link]
  • Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie explains that the new US policy in Afghanistan will be riskier for US troops and US casualties will continue. [Link]
  • The Pentagon is pressuring the inspector general for the Afghan War to not report data showing US failures. [Link]
  • The Taliban fighting force is at least 60,000. The number of fighters has tripped since 2014. [Link]
  • Syrian rebels down a Russia jet and kill the pilot. [Link]
  • At least 20 civilians were killed by Syrian government airstrikes on Thursday. [Link]
  • Turkish airstrikes in Afrin destroy an ancient temple. [Link] Turkey reports eight Turkish troops were killed Sunday. [Link] Moon of Alabama updates the status of Operation Olive Branch. [Link]
  • US airstrikes in Yemen increased six-fold in 2017. [Link]