News Roundup 5/2/17

  • A 75-year-old disabled veteran has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for growing marijuana plants for medical use. [Link] War on Drugs Fyle
  • Russia claims the US will be breaking the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty if the US moves forward with its plan to put missile defense systems in Poland and Romania. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • North Korea says it is speeding up its nuclear weapons program in response to US actions. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • India attacks a Pakistani position near the Pakistan/India border. Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in the attack. India says the attack is a response to Pakistan mutilating the bodies of two Indian soldiers. [Link] Pakistan/India Fyle
  • Civilian casualties rose to 11,418 in Afghanistan last year. 2016 was the highest recorded number since the UN started tracking the number in 2009. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Pentagon is considering sending between 3,000 and 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Yemen’s health care system is failing. 14 million Yemeni lack access to health care. An outbreak of cholera is adding to the burden on the remaining health care system. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #34 I discuss the clash between Turkey and Kurdish forces. I break down who the US-backed Kurdish forces are and why Turkey bombs them. In a very reckless move by Trump, he is using US troops as a buffer between the enemies. I cover several other important foreign policy stories. LISTEN HERE!!

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