News Roundup 11/3/17

  • Twitter hid 48% of tweets that included #DNCLeaks. [Link]
  • Facebook and YouTube deleting user-uploaded content is destroying the only copies of evidence of war crimes. [Link]
  • Daniel Lazare explains how the US and Saudi Arabia created the problem of jihad. [Link]
  • Boris Johnson will travel to the US to try to convince the Senate to say in the nuclear agreement with Iran. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama debunks new claims that Iraq is allied with al-Qaeda. [Link]
  • Catalonia’s president says he will not go to Spain to stand trial. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • A Spanish court has imprisoned Catalonia’s Vice President and cabinet members. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • South Korea’s president said his country will not develop or host nuclear weapons. [Link]
  • Niger’s Defense Minister announced the US can use armed drones in Niger. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Nigerien officials claim the US forces killed in Niger were on a raid hunting ISIS-linked groups. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The Turkish army clashed with the PKK along the Iraqi border killing 25. [Link]

News Roundup 11/2/17

  • Trump demands harsher justice for the terrorist that attacked NYC. [Link] The White House has named the terrorist an enemy combatant. [Link] Trump threatened to send the terrorist to Guantanamo Bay. [Link]
  • A Utah nurse, who was arrested for refusing to perform an illegal blood draw, has been awarded $500,000. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The cost of updating American’s nuclear weapons has now increased to $1.2 trillion. [Link]
  • A Pakistani woman was arrested for killing 17 people with poisoned milk. The woman was attempting to only kill her husband. [Link]
  • Israel attacked a Syrian weapons depot in the Homs Province. Syria fired surface to air missiles in response. Israel reported none of its aircraft were hit. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Iraqi central government will look to end Kurdish autonomy. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • The Iraqi central government is threatening to end the ceasefire with the Iraqi Kurds. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • The House Rules Committee removes the privileged status from H.Con.Res.81. Under the War Powers Act, resolutions are given a privileged status to guarantee vote. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle


News Roundup 10/31/17

  • Joe Lauria looks at the Democratic money behind the Russiagate conspiracy. [Link]
  • An Ohio police officer who mistakenly shot a journalist was put back on the job. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Eight people were killed by a terrorist in New York City. [Link]
  • The Catalan President gave a press conference in Belgium. He said he was not seeking asylum in Belgium and will return to Catalonia when conditions allow him to. The Spanish court ordered the president and his cabinet to appear in court in Madrid. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • Five Malian soldiers and one civilian was killed by militants. Jihadist groups like IS and al-Qaeda operate in the area. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Israel’s Public Defense Minister announces the creation of a new police force to guard the Temple Mount. The new police force will have 200 members. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Iran has self-imposed a range of 2000 km for their ballistic missiles. [Link] Iran Fyle
  • The US has spent over $1.5 billion to arm and train Lebanese troops. [Link]
  • James Mattis testified before Congress that the US will remain in Iraq with or without the permission of the Iraqi government. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • The Iraqi government has taken a border crossing with Turkey from the Kurds. [Link] Iraq Fyle

News Roundup 10/31//17

  • Paul Manafort and his former deputy Rick Gates have surrendered to the FBI. The Muller investigation filed 12 changes against Manafort/Gates. [Link] Manafort/Gates were placed under house arrest. [Link]
  • David Stockman on Trump’s last minute decision on the JFK files. [Link]
  • Special forces captured a militant who was in part behind the 2012 Benghazi attack. He will be tried in federal court. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Mattis and Tillerson testify before Congress that they do not need a new war authorization for the US expansive interventions in Africa. [Link] Mattis testified that the US troops killed in Niger were not in Niger under authority from the 2001 AUMF. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Catalonia’s President and cabinet members have fled to Belgium. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • Chris Murphy gives an interview to Vox on his new bill to prevent Trump from attacking North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Kuwait’s Prime Minister announces his resignation. [Link]
  • Peter Van Buren explains how Iraq will be impacted by Iran and Saudi Arabia as the war against ISIS comes to an end. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, says Iraqi militias will ignore the order from Rex Tillerson to disband. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • The Syrian army continues to liberate areas around Deir Ezzor from the Islamic State. Around 1,500 civilians remain in IS-held areas of the city. The Syrian army and allied forces continue to kill civilians with bombs. [Link] ISIS War Fyle

News Roundup 10/30/17

  • A man, who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State then was captured, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. [Link]
  • Harvard-Harris polling that showed 70% of Americans support renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal was based on a biased question. [Link]
  • The Spanish government has dismissed the Catalan Parliment, president, the president’s cabinet, and chief of police. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • 23 people were killed in a suicide truck explosion in Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The leader of the Kurdish Regional Government, Barzani, will resign from office. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • Moon of Alabama highlights inconsistencies in the UN report on the April 4th chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Syrian government killed 11 civilians and destroyed a school outside of Damascus. [Link] Syria Fyle


News Roundup 10/27/17

  • The Trump administration is imposing new screening and interviews on travelers coming into the US. American citizens are subject to the searches and interviews. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • Some of the JFK assassination documents were released. Trump blocked the release of some of the documents. [Link]
  • Twitter banned Russia Today and Spudnik News from running ads. [Link]
  • The city of Chicago will pay out $44.7 million to a man who was shooting the head by a Chicago police officer. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Vice President Pence said the US will provide more aid and protection to Christians living in the Middle East. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Senator Chris Murphy will introduce a bill to prevent Trump from attacking North Korea without Congressional approval. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Peter Van Buren argues mutually assured destruction will prevent war between the US and North Korea. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The Catalan Parliment will vote on declaring independence. [Link] Spin Fyle
  • The Iraqi army has announced they are attacking Islamic State targets on the border with Syria. Peshmerga forces are reporting they are being attacked by the Iraqi army as well. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • Turkey and Iraq say the Kurds freezing their independence referendum isn’t good enough. [Link] Iraq Fyle

News Roundup 10/26/17

  • The FEC has filed a complaint against Hillary Clinton for failing to disclose payments related to the Trump dossier. [Link]
  • The FBI attempted to entrap a young man with schizophrenia. [Link]
  • The House passed a bill with the harshest sanctions ever against North Korea. The sanctions prevent anyone with ties to the US from doing business with North Korea. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US has been pushing the Niger government to be able to carry out drone strikes in Niger. The deaths of the four US soldiers could be enough to talk the Niger government into allowing drone strikes. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Catalonia’s Vice President says Catalonia has no choice but to declare independence. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • A look at the Philippines military ties with Russia, China, and the US. [Link]
  • In March 2013, a Saudi price provided arms to the Free Syrian Army and ordered them to attack Damascus. The attack included shelling of the Assad palace and Damascus airport. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 10/25/17

  • In Honolulu, you can be fined for looking at your phone while crossing the street. [Link]
  • Senator Jeff Flake announces he will not seek reelection. [Link]
  • An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was sentenced to seven years in prison for taking bribes and sex in exchange for work permit documentation. [Link] Immigration Fyle
  • After meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Senator Lindsey Graham said the global war on terror will be explaining. Graham also said the war is moving to Africa. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US is using Niger as a hub for military operations in West Africa. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Afghani warlord Hekmatyar has returned to the capital city of Kabul and is giving a series of political speeches. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Kurdistan Regional Government issues a statement to the Iraqi government. The Kurdish government will freeze the referendum on independence. [Link] Iraq Fyle


News Roundup 10/24/17

  • Marcy Wheeler reports on Congress’s attempt to expand spying on Americans. [Link] Spying Fyle
  • Two NYPD officers raped a teenager. The officers have now claimed that the 18-year-old consented to sex after they arrested her. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The UN added 32 items to the list of goods prohibited from being sold to North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan. [Link] Tillerson says the US will look to work with moderate members of the Taliban. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The president of Iraq rejects Tillerson calls to disband Shi’ite militias. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • The US returned diplomats to Venezuela that were recalled during unrest in Venezuela. [Link] Venezuela Fyle


News Roundup 10/23/17

  • John Pilger debunks Hillary’s lies about Julian Assange and Wikileaks. [Link]
  • Tillerson took a trip to the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, he called for the kingdom to have closer relations with Iraq. In Qatar, he called for a quick resolution to the split between Qatar and other GCC countries. Tillerson also called for Iranian backed militants in Iraq to go home or integrate with the Iraqi army. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Spain’s prime minister calls on the government to grant him the power to dissolve the Catalan government. Catalonia’s president called for the Catalan government to have a strong response. [Link] Spain Fyle
  • 54 Egyptian police were killed when they were ambushed by militants. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The US is expanding the drone war against jihadists in West Africa. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • A senior Congressional aide blames a lack of intelligence for the death of four American soldiers in Niger. The aide said there was no overhead drone during the operation. The Pentagon denies the soldiers died because of a lack of intelligence. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The CIA is expanding its role in Afghanistan. The CIA will now have a team of agents in Afghanistan hunting terrorists. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks on Shi’ite mosques in Afghanistan. 72 people were killed in the attack. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • 13% of Afghan soldiers brought into the US to train go AWOL. 83 Afghans have never been found. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • US backed forces in Syria have been ordered to kill foreign Islamic State fighters. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Israel destroyed a Syrian Army outpost in southern Syria after mortar fire landed in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. It is not clear the mortar fire came from the Syrian Army and the mortars landed in empty area. [Link] Syria Fyle