News Roundup 7/28/17

  • Veteran Intelligence Professional for Sanity released a memo to Trump on Russiagate and the false narrative that Russia hacked the DNC. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump will nominate Kansas governor Sam Brownback as Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump’s new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci called a reporter for the New Yorker to demand the reporter tell him who leaked information to the reporter. Scaramucci told the reporter he would fire the entire communications staff to get rid of the leaker. Scaramucci also said unkind things about Reince Priebus. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Fox News took out a $100,000 ad in the New York Times to Quote the New York Times calling Fox’s show Fox and Friends the most powerful show on tv. [Link]
  • Mississippi police shoot and kill a man after attempting to serve an arrest warrant at the wrong home. [Link] Police Fyle
  • National Security Advisor General McMaster removed General Derek Harvey from the National Security Council. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The EU is looking to force Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to accept migrants. [Link]
  • Last week the CIA threatened regime change in North Korea. North Korea responded by threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to attempted regime change. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Al-Shabaab is limiting civilians access to aid in Somalia. 6.7 million Somalis are now in need of humanitarian assistance. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Libyan General Haftar says Saif Gaddafi has a role in the future of Libya. [Link] Libya Fyle
  • Protests continue at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and 113 people were injured on Thursday. Israel removed metal detectors and security cameras that were installed at the mosque after a shooting on July 14. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • The leader of a large rebel group in Kashmir has been appointed to be a leader of an al-Qaeda group. The group opposes Indian control of the region. [Link] India/Pakistan Fyle
  • Afghan government forces have launched a counter offensive to take the Ghor Province from the Taliban. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Robert Fisk writes an article on the Syrian Army’s fight against ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • This article looks at the US coalitions impact on Syrian civilians. The coalition has bombed Syrian schools, hospitals, funeral, and fleeing civilians.  [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Syrian Arab Army is taking territory from ISIS in central Syria. The army is moving closer to the city of Deir Ezzor. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Hezbollah reached a ceasefire deal with an al-Qaeda linked Syrian group. The al-Qaeda linked groups and their families will go to the al-Qaeda held Idlib Province of Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia is preventing fuel aid from reaching Yemen. The fuel aid is important for keeping water treatment plants and hospital generators on. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

News Roundup 7/27/17

  • New documents reveal the Obama Administration violated the law while spying on Americans. [Link] Spying Fyle
  • US Special Forces carried out a raid with Somalian forces and captured an American citizen accused of working with al-Shabaab. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Trump refused to sign off on McMasters’ plan to add more US troops to Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Taliban attacked an Afghan military position and killed at least 26 members of the Afghan military. Other sources put the death toll at 40 or 70. At least seven other soldiers were kidnapped and 21 are missing. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Iraqi soldiers admit to killing women and children in the final days of the assault on Mosul. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • US coalition airstrikes killed at least 18 civilians in Raqqa in two days. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Russia says four military police battalions are deployed to de-escalation zones in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • A subsidiary of the UK’s National Health Service will no longer provide knee and hip replacements to obese people and people who smoke. [Link] UK Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #71, I talk about some of Trump’s recent tweets. Trump announced a change to the US policy on allowing trans people into the military. Trump also tweeted about ending the CIA funding to Syrian rebels. I look at the content and effects of Trump’s tweets. I also update Mosul, Israel, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 7/26/17

  • Trump tweets on the ending of arms and assistance to Syrian rebels. Trump said the program was dangerous and wasteful. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • A Florida police officer was fired for having several complaints against him and tampering with evidence. The officer was rehired by the same police force a month after he was fired. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The Senate is looking to pass a clean repeal of Obamacare. [Link] The Senate moved closer to a repeal bill with a 51-50 vote to repeal. [Link] Healthcare Fyle
  • This article looks at Representative Barbar Lee’s history of opposing war. [Link]
  • Senators are looking at changing some of the text of a bill that will make it illegal to support the BDS movement. The bill as written can lead to a $1 million and 20 years in prison for people who support BDS. Before the ACLU exposed the punishment, a bipartisan group of Senators had signed on to co-sponsor the bill. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • The House passed a bill that will add sanctions to Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The bill also places more restrictions on the president’s ability to remove the sanctions. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • A libertarian group in Cuba continues to face aggression from the Cuban government. Several members of the group have been arrested, and one member was recently kidnapped and beaten. [Link]
  • Worldwide 159 million people do not have access to safe water. [Link]
  • The Libyan Unity Government signed a ceasefire with the Libyan National Army. In the agreement, the two sides will focus on attacking terror groups rather than each other. [Link] Libya Fyle
  • The UN warns of escalation if there is not a solution to the unrest over the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Friday. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Israel removed the metal detectors at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli government then put up security cameras at the mosque. A Muslim cleric is calling for the removal of the cameras. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • During America’s 16 years long war in Afghanistan, the Taliban have built up a large number of US weapons and vehicles. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebel group HTS controls almost all of the Idlib Province. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Venezuela’s National Assembly has appointed new justices to the supreme court. The Venezuelan government’s intelligence service has arrested some of these judges. [Link] Venezuela Fyle

News Roundup 7/25/17

  • Trump has announced Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be the new Press Secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • The US just commissioned its largest warship ever. The US now has 11 aircraft carriers in its fleet. [Link]
  • Someone has posted signs around the Twin City warning that startled police officers may shoot people. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The leader of the Libyan National Army has been receiving support from Israel through the UAE. [Link] Libya Fyle
  • Ten people have died in clashes in Darfur. The UN and African Union are planning to reduce their peacekeeping role in the region. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Iraq and Iran agree to a military corporation deal. [Link]
  • Israel is removing metal detectors from around the Al-Aqsa Mosque. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Turkey has started the trial for 17 members of an opposition news paper. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • A member of the Afghanistan Taliban carried out a suicide bombing in the capital of Kabul killing 24. [Link] Other sources put the death toll at  least at 38. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Robert Fisk argues that there is an alliance between the YPG, Assad, and Russia. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Houthi fired  a missile from Yemen  into Saudi Arabia and hit power transformer. Hitting the power transformer disable the Saudi mobile refinery. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #70 I discuss the new travel ban is preventing Americans from going to North Korea. The travel ban can have a lot of outcomes and consequences. I update the possibility of Trump starting a private war in Afghanistan. Look into the unrest and protests in Israel. I also update Mosul, Nigeria, and Yemen. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 7/23/17

  • President Trump’spersonal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, will no longer lead the legal team responding to the ongoing Russian investigations. Trump’s legal team spokesman, Mark Corallo, also resigned [Link] Trump Fyle

     

  • Sean Spicer has resigned. [Link] Trump Fyle 
  • A GAO sting was able to buy $1.2 million in military weapons. The GAO was acting as a fake police force. [Link]
  • Kansas Department of Commerce was hacked, and the social security numbers of 5.5 million Americans was exposed. The Kansas Department of Commerce will have to pay for credit monitoring for many of the Americans who had their information exposed. [Link]
  • Nine people were found dead in the back of a tractor trailer in a Walmart parking lot. The victims were being trafficked from Mexico to the US. Survivors say there were up to 100 people in the tractor trailer. A Flordia man has been arrested in connection with this case. [Link] Immigration/Refugee Fyle
  • North Korea is facing a drought. The people of North Korea are facing starvation and sanctions preventing more food aid. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • In January, Nigeria’s air force bombed a refugee camp and killed up to 170 civilians. The refugee camp was not marked on the map, and the gathering of people was thought to be Boko Haram. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • In Afghanistan, a US airstrike killed about 15 members of the Afghan police force. This was a friendly fire incident, and the official number of dead has not been announced. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Taliban seized two district headquarters in two days. Afghani forces are preparing for counter offensives. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Protests in Israel has left six people dead. [Link] A video from the protest shows an Israeli police officer kicking a praying man. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Patrick Cockburn writes on the main stream medias lack of coverage of the destruction of Mosul. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Morgues in Mosul are struggling to keep up with the number of dead bodies. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The al-Qaeda linked Syrian Rebel group HTS has taken control over most of Idlib City. [Link] Syria Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #69, I update the Syrian Civil War. The war has over ten different armies fighting for control. Unpredictable men lead many of these armies. Several of these armies frequently change alliances and turn allies to enemies. Seemingly sensible alliances are often avoided for political reasons. Two world superpowers make it possible for war to continue to escalate in Syria. I also update Trump, Russia, and Turkey. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 7/21/17

  • Under Trump, 16 regulations have been repealed for every new regulation added. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump says Sessions should never have recused himself from the Russiagate investigation. Sessions responded to Trump saying he will continue to serve as Attorney General as long as it is appropriate. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump said the US may not need additional troops in Afghanistan. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • New York City is threatening to start enforcing a law that requires all dog sitters to have a license. This law makes pet sitting illegal for anyone with out a kennel license. [Link] Regulations Fyle
  • A Flordia state representative visited a state prison and found that the prisoners lived in dehumanizing conditions. [Link]
  • The CIA took half a decade to respond to FOIA asking about the CIA dress code. [Link]
  • A Russian military official said that Russia will build military bases in Libya, Yemen, and Syria. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • US military personnel used a military base in Cameroon where torture occurs. There is no evidence that US military personnel participated in torture but, prisoners report seeing Americans at the base. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Reporting out of Syria claims Ahrar al-Sham has moved forces to Turkey to meet up with Turkish backed rebels. The combined force is called Euphrates Shield. The force will be used to attack HTS. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Several photos show US armored vehicles arriving in Kurdish held Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • 28 Syrian Arab Army soldiers were killed in an ambush by Syrian rebels. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 7/20/17

  • A police officer accidentally recording himself planting drugs. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A police dog died after being locked in a police car on a 95-degree day. The dog died of heat exustion and the officer who was responsible for the dog was reassigned. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley criticized African nations for failing to meet the needs of the 14 million Africans facing famine. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Speaker Paul Ryan unilaterally removed an amendment to the 2018 NDAA. The amendment was sponsored by Barbra Lee and would have repealed the 2001 AUMF. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • NATO will begin large war games involving 30,000 soldiers. NATO will conduct three dozen war games this year. [Link]
  • France’s armed forces minister resigns because of the president’s proposed cuts to defense spending. [Link] France Fyle
  • The Israeli president was caught on a hot mic saying the EU’s policy on Israel is crazy. The president also admitted to dozens and dozens of Israeli strikes against Hezbollah in Syria. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Patrick Cockburn reports up to 40,000 civilians were killed in the battle for Mosul. Cockburn’s article also details the problem of ISIS fighters being released after someone pays a bribe to Iraqi security forces. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Turkish government leaked the position of ten US military points in Northwest Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Syrian news outlets report Assad has given Iran approval to build an Iranian military base in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Fighting has broken out between Syrian rebel groups in the Idlib Province. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Charities that support the rights of children are asking the UN to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for killing children in Yemen. In a report released last year, the UN pulled Saudi Arabia from a list of countries that kill children. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #68 I address the alternate reality created by the mainstream media. The alternate reality keeps American uninformed on foreign policy. Then I update two new Trump appointments. I also discuss Trump’s policy on Iran. I give news updates on Mosul, Raqqa, and Yemen. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 7/19/17

  • Trump spoke with Putin at a world leaders dinner in Germany. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump will nominate Jon Huntsman to be ambassador to Russia. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump has appointed former Navy SEAL  Joseph Kernan to be Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Mitch McConnell says Senate Republicans will give up trying to pass a repeal and replace healthcare bill. McConnell said that Republicans will now try to pass a repeal bill. [Link] Healthcare Fyle
  • The Cincinnati prosecutor announced the city will not pursue a third trial against a police officer who killed an unarmed man. The first two trials ended in hung juries. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The Trump administration is restoring federal help to police for enforcing civil asset forfeiture. The Obama administration ended the federal assistance because of fear of abuse. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Sealed law enforcement request to track someone’s internet and cell phone records without a warrant increased by seven fold over the past three years. [Link] Spying Fyle
  • Rex Tillerson announced the closing of the Office of Global Criminal Justice. The Office pursued war criminals. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The White House certified that Iran was following the terms of the nuclear agreement. [Link] The White House then announced sanctions against 18 Iranian individuals and organizations. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea does not have the ability to hit America with “any degree of accuracy.” [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Ukrainian Rebels announced a proposal to create a new state. [Link]

 

  • The Iranian state media claims their Twitter account was hacked by Saudi Arabia and a fake Tweet was posted. The Tweet said Qatar had asked Iran to establish a base in Qatar. The Tweet has not been deleted. [Link]
  • A Saudi woman has been arrested for wearing a mini skirt in public and posting the video on social media. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • The Pentagon spokesman said the SDF forces are taking heavy casualties in the fight for Raqqa. SDF forces are progressing slowly against the Islamic State fighters. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Forces loyal to the Saudi Arabia attacked Houthi rebels on the road between the Port of Hodeida and the city of Taez. 15 fighters were killed in the battle. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

News Roundup 7/18/17

  • Trump appointed Thomas Blank to be Cheif of Staff of ICE. Blank is a former lobbyist. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • John McCain will be out of the Senate for several weeks for medical reasons. Senate Republicans believe they need McCain’s vote to pass the healthcare bill. [Link]
  • The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that will give more authority to the Attorney General to decide what substances are legal. [Link] War on Drugs Fyle
  • A UN report shows that cocaine production in Colombia is at the highest rate in two decades. [Link] War on Drugs Fyle
  • The House voted in favor of an amendment to the NDAA that will end US funding to Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen. [Link] An additional amendment was passed that requires the Pentagon to report to Congress the results of American’s involvement in the war in Yemen. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Commander of US Central Command, General Votel, says it may not matter much if the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi, is dead or not. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • China has deployed troops to its first military base over seas. The base is in Djibouti and will house 1,000 troops. [Link] China Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE have changed their demands of Qatar. The new demands will allow Al-Jazeera to stay open but will restructure the news outlet. [Link]
  • Two Germans were stabbed to death in Egypt. The attack is believed to be linked to extremist groups. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Israel reopens the Al Aqsa Mosque with new metal detectors. The site was closed after the shooting of two Israeli police. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • The Turkish government dismissed 7,400 civil servants from their jobs. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • Will Porter interviews a teenage Syrian on the state of Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Russia said that the latest round of Syrian peace talks revealed the Syrian rebels are no longer insisting on immediate regime change. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Turkish and Kurdish troops are clashing in the Afrin Province of Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle

On FPF #67, I discuss the liberation of Mosul. Several officials have said the battle for Mosul is over, but fighting continues. I consider the media’s lack of coverage of the destruction on Mosul. I also update Syria and Yemen. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 7/14/17

  • Over 400 people were charged in a health care scheme that used fraud and unnecessary opioid prescriptions to steal $1.3 billion from Medicare and Medicaid. [Link] Healthcare Fyle
  • Kid Rock confirms that he will run for Senate in Michigan. [Link]
  • A public sector union has filed a grievance against Western Michigan University. The union is upset the university is using goats to maintain some of the ground on campus. [Link]
  • The power vacuum left by El Chapo is causing a war in Mexico. [Link]
  • Al-Shabaab kidnapped a top Kenyan government official. The government official was freed, but three were killed in the attack. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Some of Trump’s advisors are pushing him to use more private defense contractors in Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Pentagon expects ISIS to become an insurgency as it loses territory. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Several videos show Iraqi forces beating and killing detainees in Mosul. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Turkey has agreed to by four S-400 air defense systems from Russia. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • Trump says he is working with Russia to create a second ceasefire in Syrian. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Washington Post’s editorial on the Yemen conflict misrepresents the war. The Post failed to mention the US role in supporting the Saudi-led war. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • The US doubled the amount of mid air refueling it provides to the Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen after Saudi Arabia bombed a funeral in October. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle