News Roundup 2/2/18

  • Leaker Reality Winner remains in jail without bail. [Link]
  • Senator Bob Menendez will not face another trial. [Link]
  • San Francisco will apply new marijuana laws to old convictions. This will reduce or expunge many marijuana convictions. [Link]
  • Baltimore police kept fake guns in their cars to plant on their victims. [Link]
  • The US missile defense system fails in a test. [Link]
  • Bernie Sanders is bad on Russiagate. [Link]
  • A Russian fighter jet flew close to an American spy plane near Russian airspace. The US complained that the Russian tactics were dangerous. Russia seeks a new agreement with the US on US flying spy planes near Russia. [Link]
  • US Navy command ship was used as party yacht. [Link]
  • Kevin Martin explains why the US should capitalize on Olympic talks in Korea. [Link]
  • Militants in Libya prevent displaced people from returning home. [Link]
  • Afghanistan says the terrorists behind the recent attack in Afghanistan were trained in Pakistan. [Link]
  • Tillerson and Mattis hold high-level talks with Qatar. [Link]
  • At least 65 civilians have been killed in Operation Olive Branch. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia is looking to mediate a deal between warring factions in southern Yemen. [Link]

News Roundup 1/31/18

  • Trump signs order to keep Gitmo open. [Link]
  • Baltimore detectives continue to testify about $10,000s stolen by police from innocent people. [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo argues Turkey should be kicked out of NATO. [Link]
  • Trump Administration lifts the ban on refugees from 11 countries. [Link]
  • Iran says the US is being more respectful of Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. [Link]
  • Trump says the US will not negotiate with the Taliban. [Link]
  • 11 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on a Kabul army training base. [Link]
  • The US occupation of Syria is illegal. [Link]
  • Turkey detains over 300 people protesting Operation Olive Branch. [Link]

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to respond to Trump’s SOTU. Trump hit on several foreign policy issues including ISIS, Iran, North Korea, Guantanamo Bay, and Afghanistan. Will and Kyle debunk myths, explain how Trump gets it wrong, and analyze his proposed foreign policy. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 1/30/18

  • New Jersey Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen will retire at the end of the year. [Link]
  • The US Attorney Office for the Western District of North Carolina collected $23.5 million in asset forfeiture in 2017. [Link]
  • Medhi Hasan releases the second episode of his blowback series. [Link]
  • Danny Sjursen explains how the lessons from the Vietnam War were forgotten. [Link]
  • Peter van Buren explains how the US war in Iraq was a victory for Iran. [Link]
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth says Americans have no idea how close we are to war with North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • A US bloody nose strike against North Korea would be illegal under International Law. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Tillerson said that the US is working with UK, France, and Germany to change the nuclear agreement with Iran. [Link]
  • US troops will not withdraw from Manbij. Turkey is demanding US troops leave the city. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The US policy of creating a Kurdish border force provoked Turkey to invade Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Patrick Cockburn explains why US policy in Syria is failing. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 1/29/18

  • New dash cam footage shows police officers killing a young man. [Link]
  • The San Diego government is spending $100,000s on Porta-Potties. [Link]
  • Immigration enforcement agents gain access to licenses plate tracking database. [Link]
  • The new Honduran police chief helped smuggle a massive shipment of cocaine. [Link]
  • In a trip to the Middle East House Speaker Ryan calls on UK, France, and Germany to impose tougher sanctions on Iran. [Link]
  • The Islamic State in Libya closing in on recapturing Sirte. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia releases Prince Alaweed bin Talal from detention at the Ritz Carlton. [Link] Saudi Arabia announced bonuses for state government employees. [Link]
  • Trump says the US will end all aid to Palestine unless the Palestinians engage in talks with Israel. [Link]
  • The Pentagon continues to support the Afghani military units guilty of war crimes, including child rape. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Over 100 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul. The Taliban are behind the attack that used an ambulance. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Ten Iraqi Security Force troops were killed when a US coalition plane accidentally bombed them. [Link]
  • Turkey demands US troops withdraw from Manbij. The US troops provide support to the YPG in Manbij. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Stephen Kinzer explains how the US is getting stuck in another endless war in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • In Yemen, Southern Separatists attempted a coup against the Saudi backed government. [Link]

News Roundup 1/26/18

  • Gareth Porter explains how the War State won influence over Trump. [Link]
  • White House releases immigration plan with a path to citizenship for 1.8 million. [Link]
  • The Treasury Department sanctions six members of the Taliban/Haqqani Network. [Link]
  • Gen. Bacevich explains why the new National Defense Strategy will not make Americans safer. [Link] Nicholas J.S. Davies explains how the NDS reflects an empire. [Link]
  • Max Blumenthal explains how the US is arming Nazi’s in Ukraine. [Link]
  • Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson resigns from a refugee panel on the Rohingya crisis over concerns the panel is whitewashing the crimes of the Myanmar military. [Link]
  • Sudanese families were sent videos of their relatives being detained and tortured in Libya. The men who sent the video are looking for ransom from the families. [Link] Libya Fyle
  • A Libyan military commander is accused of carrying out the extrajudicial execution of nine suspected Islamists. [Link] Libya Fyle
  • Elijah Magnier on the history of Iran tensions with the US. [Link]
  • Iran’s Navy stops maneuvering around USS Navy ships near Iran. [Link]
  • IS fighters attack a Save the Children office in Afghanistan. Three workers were killed and the group will halt operations in Afghanistan. [Link]

News Roundup 1/24/18

  • The Senate confirms Alex Azar as Health and Human Services Secretary. [Link] Sam Brownback confirmed as the at-large ambassador of religious freedom. [Link]
  • Idaho looks to allow companies to offer health insurance plans that do not meet Obamacare regulations. [Link]
  • Alabama law enforcement stole $2.2 million from citizens through civil asset forfeiture in 2015. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A former Baltimore detective testifies in court about the incredible criminal abuse of power by Baltimore police. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A Baltimore police officer has been charged with planting drugs. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The US upgrades its largest non-nuclear weapon. [Link]
  • South Koreas have ‘very strong concerns’ US will unilaterally attack North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Merkel’s government in Germany is under question for weapon exports to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt. [Link]
  • Pakistan condemns a US drone strike in Pakistan that was carried out without the permission of the Pakistani government. [Link]
  • Four Americans are among the 22 killed in a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama details the Iranian ballistic missile program. [Link]
  • Trump urges Erdogan to limit military action in Syria. [Link] Erdogan says Turkey will expand the fight against the Kurds to Manbij. The US supports Kurdish fighters in Manbij. [Link] Erdogan said Turkey will look the eliminate the YPG in Afrin. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • At least 30 civilians have been killed by fighting in Afrin. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 1/24/18

  • The government shutdown ends. [Link]
  • Patrick Cockburn explains why sanctions are war crimes. [Link]
  • Jason Ditz explains how the US has aided the dangerous proliferation of Stinger missiles. [Link]
  • At least 33 have been killed by a car bombing in Benghazi. [Link]
  • Hostilities between India and Pakistan continue. Civilians have been moved from border towns. [Link]
  • Turkish President Erdogan complains that the US is arming terrorists. Erdogan is referring to the US arming the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. [Link] CENTCOM head Gen. Votel says the US is still committed to the YPG. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The YPG was able to retake some villages from Turkish forces in Afrin. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Turkey claims to have killed 260 Kurdish fighters in the first four days of Operation Olive Branch. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Pentagon claims the US killed 150 IS fighters with an airstrike over the weekend. [Link] Syria Fyle

FPF #146, I discuss Operation Olive Branch. Operation Olive Branch is Turkey’s invasion of Afrin, a Syrian Kurd held area of Syria. The Syrian Kurds make up the majority of the US-backed fighting force in Syria. Turkey carried out airstrikes against Kurdish positions before moving in with tanks and seizing villages. The Kurds have been able to push back and retake some villages. The Americans have urged Turkey to exercise restraintin attacking the Kurds. I also update government spyingthe US embassy in Jerusalem, and Yemen. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 1/23/18

  • Mehdi Hasan will release a series of shows on blowback. [Link]
  • The US provocations in the South China Sea will lead to a Chinese military buildup. [Link]
  • Pence says US embassy in Jerusalem to open by end of next year. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • The US switching the Afghan military to American made helicopters will prolong the Afghan Army’s dependence on the US. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Tillerson calls Turkey and tells Turkey to “exercise restraint” in their invasion of Afrin. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • At least nine Yemeni civilians were killed by a Saudi airstrike. [Link]

News Roundup 1/22/18

  • The US government partially shuts down after Congress is unable to pass a spending bill. [Link]
  • Trump has spent over $13 million on travel so far. [Link]
  • A 72-year-old woman was killed by police during a drug raid. [Link]
  • NSA deletes surveillance data it promised a federal court it would store. The data is part of a case against the NSA. [Link]
  • The NSA can gather and use voiceprints to ID people. [Link]
  • Trump signs bill renewing Section 702 mass spying program. [Link]
  • The State Department approves 34 F-35s to be sold to Belgium. [Link]
  • A 15-year-old UK boy is facing trial for gaining access to US intelligence operations missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was also able to obtain other personal information of US government officials. [Link]
  • Lebanese intelligence agency caught spying on journalists with fake Android apps. [Link]
  • The Taliban attacked a hotel in Kabul. At least 18 were killed in the attack. [Link] At least 12 civilians were killed by a roadside bomb. [Link]
  • Three civilians and two soldiers were killed in fighting between India and Pakistan. [Link]
  • Russian troops moved out of the Syrian Kurd enclave Afrin. Turkey began shelling some Kurdish positions. [Link] Turkey hit Afrin with airstrikes on Saturday. Turkish troops and tanks have entered Afrin. [Link] Russia blames the US for the Turkish invasion of Afrin. [Link]
  • The Houthi released Yemeni activist Hisham al-Omeisy from jail. The Houthi held him for five months without trial. [Link]
  • The Houthi launched a short-range ballistic missile at a military base in southern Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • While Saudi has loosened the blockade of Yemen, the Yemeni people are still not getting enough aid into their country. [Link]
  • Germany will halt weapon sales to combatants in the Yemen Civil War. [Link]

News Roundup 1/19/18

  • It could have been Ron Paul. [Link]
  • The Pentagon looks to change policy to make it an option to respond with nuclear weapons to a cyber attack. [Link]
  • The House spending bill will change rules allow the White House to secretly move funds in the intelligence community without notifying Congress. [Link]
  • The Senate approves a bill to renew the Section 702 mass surveillance program. [Link]
  • The Calfornia bullet train price surges $2.8 billion. [Link]
  • Daniel Larison explains why Rex Tillerson’s Syria policy will fail. [Link]
  • Turkey lobbies Russia to attack the Syrian Kurds in the Afrin Province. [Link]
  • Turkey tells the US to stop arming the YPG or Turkey will attack Afrin. The responded by saying someone misspoke. [Link]
  • Syria president Assad threatens to shoot down Turkish planes bombing in Syria. [Link]
  • BP makes a deal with the Iraqi government to produce oil from the Kirkuk oilfields. [Link]