News Roundup 3/7/17

  • Trump signs a new executive order reinstating the travel ban. This executive order does not include Iraq and does not include VISA holders. The new executive order lists several situations where people may be exempt from the travel ban. Trump is also stopping the refugee program from 120 days with the executive order. [Link] Trump Fyle 
  • A Saudi lobby firm funded the expensive trips of several US vets to DC to advocate against the JASTA law that would allow victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • The court case that the 9/11 victims families are pushing against Saudi Arabia continues to move forward. Saudi Arabia is paying 17 lobby firms $1 million per month to lobby Congress to change the JASTA law. [Link]
  • Pepsi is laying off 20% of its workforce in the areas around Philadelphia because of the new soda tax in the city. [Link] Regulations Fyle
  • House Republicans release a copy of their healthcare bill that will be a replacement for Obamacare. [Link] Healthcare Fyle
  • The US is starting to deploy a new missile defense system in South Korea. The US government says the missile defense system is being put in place as a measure against North Korea, but the placement of the missile defense system will increase tensions with China. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • North Korea carried out four ballistic missile tests today, firing the missiles in the general direction of Japan. North Korea said the missiles were practice for attacking US military bases in Japan. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • The US continues to carry out airstrikes in Yemen. The US has identified one person killed by the strikes. The person killed was a former Gitmo detainee and was not a high valued target. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • A Russian woman has been arrested in Turkey and accused of being in contact with the man who killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • Turkish, Russian, and US top military officials will meet today to discuss the developing situation in Iraq and Syria. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The US is sending a small number of troops to join the Kurdish forces in Manbij. Turkey has demanded the Kurdish force abandon the city but the Kurds continue to remain there. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Russia is sending troops to the villages around Manbij. This puts US, Russian, and Syria troops all in the same area in and around Manbij. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Patrick Cockburn gives an update on the situation in Syria and the likely winners and losers of the Syrian civil war. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Syrian civil war is taking an extreme toll on the children of Syria. Two-thirds of whom have lost a family member, had their houses bombed, or been injured. Many children are struggle to cope with the psychological trauma this causes. Some children are suffering from PTSD or toxic stress. [Link] Syria Fyle

On FPF #10, I discuss how the Neocons, Democrats, and Mainstream Media are pushing Trump into becoming a hawk on Russia. I break down the fake news stories about Trump/Russia relations, the made up Russian hacking scandal, and how the Russia-gate narrative is just media clickbait. I update listeners on Trump’s expanding war in Yemen, the Mosul invasion, chaos in Syria, and Trump’s first drone strike in Pakistan. LISTEN HERE!!

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