News Roundup 9/8/17

  • Nancy Pelosi said Trump favors legislation that will give people who are in the US under Obama’s DACA program to have a path to citizenship. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Facebook was exposed for inflating the reach of their advertisements. Facebook then announced an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on Facebook ads over a two year period. Russiagate believers have attempted to tie the Facebook announcement to claims that Russia hacked the election. Moon of Alabama argues that the Facebook announcement was to distract from the advertisement reach scandal. [Link]
  • MSNBC reporter shocked to see North Koreans openly walking around in Russia. [Link]
  • A US Army strategist Major Danny Sjursen explains that the US is not a force for good in the Middle East. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US Navy operated its 7th Fleet with ships failing qualification to have a larger presence in the region. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The movement for Catalonia to separate from Spain cleared an important hurdle. The Spanish government is working to prevent the vote. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • At the UN Security Council, the US proposed that the UN prevent any oil, petroleum, or natural gas being shipped to North Korea. The US also wants the right to hunt down North Korea ships. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • The US carried out an airstrike against an al-Shabaab target in Somalia. The US claims three militants were killed in the attack. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • An Indian Army chief says the country must be prepared to fight a war against both Pakistan and China. [Link] India/Pakistan Fyle
  • An Army officer explains the harsh truths Americans must accept about the war in Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • A group of Islamic State fighters and their families are stranded in the Syrian desert without food or water. The group agreed to a surrender with Hezbollah and were travels to a new location across Syria. The US says it does not agree to the surrender conditions and has bombed the road preventing the people from continuing. The US is also preventing aid from reaching the people. There are several women, children, and elderly people who will die soon. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Syrian Army claims the Israeli government bombed Syrian military targets. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Robert Fisk looks at the new realities in the Middle East as Assad wins the Syrian Civil War. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 9/7/17

  • The Trump Administration announced that withdrawing from the free trade agreement with South Korea is not an immediate priority. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • The Department of Justice attempted to seize $11,500 a man who used the money to bail out his wife. The Department of Justice argued the man is a drug addict and likely would have used the money in the drug trade. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • The House is working on a bill that will allow automakers to receive 25,000 exemptions to build self-driving cars that are below safety regulations. [Link] Regulations Fyle
  • The Huffington Post identifies five lies US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said about Iran. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • After meeting with the South Korean president, Putin said, “Do not succumb to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner. Now more than ever, everyone needs to be calm and avoid steps that lead to an escalation of tension.” [Link] Putin also said he was opposed to cutting off oil to North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • The US has apologized for dropping offensive leaflets over an Afghanistan city. [Link] A member of the Taliban carried out a suicide attack outside of a base used by US soldiers in response to the leaflet. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle

News Roundup 9/6/17

  • President Trump ended the DACA program by executive action. The DACA program was created by Obama through executive action and was facing legal challenges. The Trump Administration announced that it felt the DACA program would be overturned in court. Trump will end the program in six months. Trump called on Congress to find a resolution to this problem before the program expires. If the program expires several hundred thousand could be deported. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • An Ohio police officer shot a photojournalist without warning because he mistook the photojournalist’s tripod for a gun. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The Utah police officer Jeff Payne was fired from his part time medic job. Payne is the Utah police officer who arrested a nurse for refusing to perform an illegal blood draw. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The University of Utah is putting a new policy in place that will prevent police from interacting with nurses as their first point of contact. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The City of Chicago agreed to pay $9.5 million to a man who was left paralyzed and mute after being tased by a police officer. The city also agreed to pay $700,000 to other victims of police brutality. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The House and Senate intelligence oversight committiees have a combined 107,000 employees and a budget of $74 billion. One third of the committiees’ employees are former employees of intelligence agencies. [Link]
  • Trump gave his approval for South Korea and Japan to buy a “substantially increased amount” of sophisticated military equipment. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Trump said South Korea has a policy of “appeasement” towards North Korea. [Link] Trump also threatened to withdraw from the  trade agreement with South Korea and Tweeted that “talking is not the answer.” The South Korean president is advocating for talks with the North. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • China says it strongly opposes the deployment of THAAD missiles in Japan and South Korea. Russia advocated for talks with world leaders and North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Jon Schwarz explains how the Washington Post’s claim that North Korea will not engage in talks with the US is a lie. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • A North Korean diplomat said that North Korea is ready to send “more gift packages” to the US. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • A drought in Ethiopia could lead to famine. Eight million living in the Southern part of the Ethiopia are in need of more food aid. The US pledged $97 million in aid. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • 123,000 have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. [Link]
  • The UK is carrying out a higher percentage of Coalition air strikes in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle

On FPF #89, I discuss the importance of understanding foreign policy. Nuclear war, Famine, disease, and death are all consequences of interventionist foreign policy. I also update North Korea, Myanmar, Yemen, and Syria. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 9/5/17

  • A judge has sentenced a woman who is the victim of child sex trafficking to nearly six years in jail. The woman pressured her friend to join the child sex network she was involved in. She was 15, and under the control of an abusive pimp at the time she allegedly committed the crime. [Link]
  • Johnathan Marshall explains why the US keeping 50 hydrogen bombs in Turkey is dangerous and how the US can lose control over the bombs. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • German media reports that 55 refugees who fought with al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels groups have entered Germany. [Link] Germany Fyle
  • General James Mattis says that any North Korean threat would be met with massive military force. Mattis also said Trump asked to be briefed on options for dealing with North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Nikki Haley said North Korea is begging for war. Haley is also hoping to take action at the UN in response to North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • In response to North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test, South Korea carried out simulation strikes on North Korea’s nuclear weapons sites. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Justin Raimondo argues that the US cutting ties with South Korea can help to ease the conflict with North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • War on the Rocks explains the new reality the rest of the world must accept because of North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • 87,000 refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. Refugees continue to report Myanmar soldiers committing war crimes. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama argues that the minority Muslim militias in Myanmar have ties to jihad. [Link]
  • Mistranslations are leading Western media sources to present Iranian leadership statements as more aggressive than the statements actually are. [Link] Iran Fyle
  • The US backed Syrian Democratic Forces claim to have taken the Old City neighborhood of Raqqa and now control 65% of the city of Raqqa. The Pentagon announced it cannot confirm these claims. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Syrian Arab Army forces are close to breaking a three year Islamic State siege of Deir Ezzor. The Islamic State controls part of the city and the area surrounding the city. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • In Syria, Turkished backed rebel groups are exchanging fire with US backed Kurdish forces daily. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 9/4/17

  • The Department of Health and Human Services rolled back an Obama era directive that weakened work requirements for welfare recipients. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump is sharply cutting the funding to promote Obamacare enrollment. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • A Utah nurse was placed under arrest for refusing to perform an illegal blood draw. [Link] The officers who arrested the nurse have been placed on paid leave. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims that Hurricane Harvey justifies the arming of police with military weapons. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has resigned. [Link]
  • Russia’s Foreign Minister warned that Russia would respond harshly to the US closing of Russian diplomatic sites. [Link] Russia also called the US action a blunt act of hostility. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • Putin warned that the US and North Korea were moving closer to war. Putin faulted both sides but mostly the US. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • The US will send more Navy ships in waters claimed by China in the South China Sea. The US sails the ships in the waters to show China that China’s claims to the waters are invalid. [Link] South China Sea Fyle
  • North Korea conducted a nuclear weapons test. North Korea claims the country tested a stage-two hydrogen bomb. Seismic measurements suggested this bomb was several times bigger than North Korea’s last nuclear weapons test. This is North Korea’s sixth nuclear weapons test. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • In response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons test, Trump said the US is looking at cutting off all countries from trading with North Korea. Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin said the US is looking at adding new sanctions on North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • 73,000 people have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. Fighting between a Muslim minority militia and Buddhist majority government started a few weeks ago. [Link] 26 women and children fleeing the fighting drowned when their boat capsized. [Link] Some survivors are reporting government soldiers are committing war crimes. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Army opened a corridor in Tel Afar to allow Islamic State fighters to flee the city. The Islamic State fighters leaving the city resulted in less destruction of the city. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The US admits to killing 61 civilians in Syria and Iraq in July. Airwars reports the number to be hundreds more. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The US continues to prevent some Islamic State fighters and their families from leaving an IS enclave on the Lebanon/Syrian border. Syria and the Islamic State fighters reached an agreement for the IS fighters to move to another area held by the Islamic State. At least part of the Islamic State convoy was able to leave the IS enclave and is moving to another area of Syria. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Airwars estimates that at least 1,700 civilians have likely been killed by US airstrikes and artillery in Raqqa since March. The US munitions have also killed at least 150 children. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • There is heavy fighting in central Syria as the Syrian Arab Army attempts to take the last Islamic State held town in the Hama Province. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Syrian opposition is facing pressure to accept a conclusion to the Syrian Civil War that allows Assad to remain in power. [Link] Syria Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #88, I discuss several recent foreign policy stories. I cover several stories about wars coming to the homeland. I break down US/Russian relations. I explain what going on with North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test. I also update Yemen, Iraq, and Syria. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 9/1/17

  • The US is sending additional F-15s to the Baltic states. The planes will arrive in the region before Russia begins war games with Bulgaria. [Link] The Russian war games will involve just under 12,700 troops. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US ordered Russia to close one consulate and two offices that are in the US. The US says this is a response to Russia expelling US diplomats. [Link] Foreign policy Fyle
  • Last week’s US-supported raid on a Somali village left several civilians dead. US and/or Somalian troops opened fire civilians and killed several people including children. The raid may cause a split between the Somali government and an important tribe. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The IAEA confirms that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. [Link] Iran Fyle
  • At least 2,154 people were killed in Iraq in August. 333 of the dead were civilians. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • The UN warns the US that the US is inflicting unacceptable civilians casualties in Raqqa. [Link] ISIS War Fyle 
  • Nassar Arraybee talks about the conditions on the ground in Yemen on the Scott Horton Show. Arraybee explains how Saudi Arabia is weaponizing starvation and disease in Yemen. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

News Roundup 8/31/17

  • A Washington police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video showed him pointing his gun at a person for no reason. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A Michigan police officer fired his Taser at a 15-year-old riding an ATV. The 15-year-old was killed in the crash caused by getting tased. THe family is suing the officer for $50 million. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Ten positive stories from Hurrican Harvey. [Link]
  • In an op-ed Rand Paul calls for a 15% tax cut for all tax payers. [Link]
  • Trump says talking with North Korea is not the answer and the US has been paying North Korea extortion money. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • The US has indicted 15 members of Turkish President Erdogan’s security team. Turkey responded by saying they protest the indictments in the harshest way possible. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • The Pentagon said the US actually has 11,000 troops in Afghanistan and that level has been for the past six months. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Afghani politician’s home. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • A NATO airstrike in Afghanistan killed 11 civilians. Yesterday 16 civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike. The strikes are intentional, and it is known that civilians are in the homes being hit with airstrikes. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The US Coalition used airstrikes to prevent ISIS from surrendering to Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army. The US Coalition said it used the airstrikes to prevent ISIS from surrendering because the US did not approve of the surrender terms. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • In Raqqa, ISIS fighters are dressing as the US backed SDF forces to catch civilians who are attempting to flee the city. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Pakistan’s population has increased 57% over the past two decades. Pakistan’s population is now 207,000,000. [Link] Pakistan/India Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #86, I cover all the news on North Korea’s most recent missile test. The missile test traveled over Northern Japan. Japan, South Korea, and US leaders have all made responses to the test. I also update Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 8/30/17

  • Trump says the White House is keeping some positions empty to reduce the size of government. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • An Ohio police officer, who was recorded beating a man, has a history of misconduct. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Nikki Haley said the US wants to inspect all of Iran’s military and non-military sites for violations of the P5+1 nuclear deal. Iran responded by saying Iran would not allow their military sites to be inspected. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US has put itself in an unsolvable problem in Syria and Iraq. By helping to defeat the Islamic State, the US has allowed for Iran to have more influence in the region. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • John Bolton has released his plan for the US to get out of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. Bolton’s plan calls for the US to have a worldwide propaganda campaign against Iran to convince the world Iran is cheating on the deal. The agency tasked with enforcing the deal, the IAEA, has continued to report Iran is true to the deal. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a terror attack in Russia that killed one police officer. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • South Korea responded to North Korea’s missile test by carrying out simulated strikes targeting the North Korean leadership. [Link] Noth Korea Fyle
  • Nikki Haley calls North Korea’s missile test “absolutely unacceptable and irresponsible.” She also said, “no country should have missiles flying over them.” [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Trump criticizes North Korea’s missile test and says “all options are on the table” for dealing with North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Over 100 people have been killed by fighting in Myanmar. Fighting between the government and a militia recently broke out. [Link]
  • At least five people have been killed by a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Iraqi Army soldiers are reporting extremely difficult fighting in the villages around Tel Afar. The ISIS fighters fled Tel Afar when Iraqi troops advanced on the city and are now fighting in the villages around the city. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • White House Special Envoy Brett McGurk said Idlib Syria is the largest terrorist safe haven since 9/11. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • US forces in Northern Syria have come under attack from Turkish backed Syrian Rebels. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 8/29/17

  • The Eighth Circut appeals court found that the First Amendment allows citizens to criticize police officers. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor published a story after being given fake information. The fake information was given to Mensch as a hoax. The hoaxer said Mensch did not ask any critical questions when they gave the fake information. [Link]
  • Trump will continue to Obama plan of sending over $1 trillion to improve American’s nuclear weapons. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US intelligence community feels it is being pressured by Trump to invent a cause for the US to claim Iran is violating the nuclear deal. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • An Islamic State enclave on the Lebanon/Syria border has surrendered to the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah fighters. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Intercept documents the high civilian death toll in Raqqa. Many of the deaths are being caused by US airstrikes. Some airstrikes are killing entire families. Many strikes are hitting civilian targets without any ISIS in the area. The US is also attacking all of the boats attempting to flee the city. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Israel tells Russia that Israel will bomb Assad’s palace if Iran extends its presence in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #85, I discuss the impact of the War on Terron on the US. My discussion on it is prompted by Trump’s plans to resume the sale of surplus military equipment to police departments. I explain how the war affects the economy, culture, and civil liberties. I also update North Korea, Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 8/28/17

  • Trump is looking to roll back an Obama ban on selling surplus military equipment to police departments. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Sebastian Gorka has resigned his position in the Trump Administration. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA and restates that he wants Mexico to pay for the border wall. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • After the CIA program to arm Syrian rebels ended, the US started a new operation on arm rebel groups. The US used civilians planes to smuggle weapons to groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Some of the weapons that went to Syria ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda linked groups. It is unknown who received the US weapons in Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The US encouraged Saudi Arabia and the UAE to carry out the same operation. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Civilians have accused the US and Somalian troops of killing ten civilians in Somalia. [Link] The Somali Army had admitted the dead are civilians. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • 1,000 people were killed in a mudslide in Sierra Leone. The mudslide occurred two weeks ago. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Apple has removed Iranian apps from the app store. Apple cited US sanctions as the reason for removing the apps. [Link] Iran Fyle
  • US military presence in Afghanistan prevents China from extending into the region and increasing its role in the lithium market. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • At least 30 people were killed when three Islamic State gunman attacked a Shi’ite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Iraqi Army and allied forces now control most of Tel Afar. [Link] ISIS Fyle
  • The US says it will not change its bombing policy in the battle for Raqqa. Last week, the UN issued a statement because the US was killing so many civilians in Raqqa. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • ISIS took the city of Maadan and several villages from the Syrian government. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Disabled Syrian veterans of the Syrian Civil War are not receiving support from the Syrian government. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Venezuelan government is using US sanctions against Venezuela as propaganda to gain more support. [Link] Venezuela Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #84, I discuss the Establishment’s victory in Afghanistan policy. I explain how they can use their victory to start more war in Ukraine and Yemen. In Ukraine, the Establishment’s plan of arming the government will lead to Nazi militias owning powerful US weapons. In Yemen, an increase in support for Saudi Arabia’s war will lead to more death and starvation. I also update Russia, Iran, Qatar, and ISIS. LISTEN HERE!!