Todays News 10/3/16

  • Students at New York University walk out of sexual consent class in protest. [Link]
  • Top 1% of American income earners collect 27% of tax breaks from the IRS. [Link]
  • The US government paid over $500 million to a British firm to produce fake Al-Qaeda and propaganda videos. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • British Prime Minister plans to begin UK’s exit from the EU in March 2017. [Link] Brexit Fyle
  • The battle for Mosul is expected to being within the next month. Turkey has given the start date of October 19th. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • ISIS has likely built an extensive tunnel network under the city of Mosul. This could create several problems for the many groups that plan to be involved in the liberation of the city. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Syrian government offers rebels a free pass out of the city of Aleppo. Syria ground troops are closing in on the rebel held areas of the city. Syria has allowed rebels to have a free pass out of cities several times during the Syrian Civil War. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Militants from Kashmir cross into India and attack Indian troops. India responds by going into Kashmir and getting into a skirmish with Pakistani troops. 1 Indian troop died in the skirmish. [Link] India Fyle
  • The US and Libyan Unity Government continue its operations to remove ISIS from the city of Sirte. Reports from the Libyan Unity Government are that 18 more ISIS fighters are dead, but they have not made any progress. [Link] Libya War 2016 Fyle

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Todays News 10/2/16

  • Police are using a service named Geofeedia to monitor the movements of citizens. In Seattle, this was done secretly and illegally. Geofeedia uses information collected from social media to track peoples movements. [Link] Police Fyle
  • An Alaska woman is facing 54 years in prison after operating a marijuana club in the state. Recreational use of marijuana was legal while the club was being operated. [Link] War On Drugs Fyle
  • Mexican drug lord El Chapo’s sons are suspected of being behind an attack that freed a criminals and killed 5 Mexican government soldiers. [Link] War On Drugs Fyle
  • Chick-fil-A held a voter registration drive in Florida. This has upset Florida Democrats who call the drive “disrespectful.” [Link] 2016 Fyle
  • Victims of 9/11 and their lawyers rush to file lawsuits against Saudi Arabia before Congress changes the law that was passed earlier this week. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • After Aleppo hospitals have been hit with cluster and barrel bombs, only 6 hospitals remain operational in the rebel held area of the city. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • 2,381 people were killed in Iraq in September. 438 of those deaths were civilians. [Link] Iraq Fyle

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Todays News 10/1/16

  • France beings bombing the Iraq city of Mosul. Mosul has been under ISIS control since 2014. France is going to hit Mosul with an airstrike about every 3 minutes. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The US policy in Syria has been to arm and train the Al-Qaeda affiliate group Al-Nusra Front. Al-Nusra Front fighters are jihadists who the US hoped would overthrow Syria President Assad. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Syrian and Russian airstrikes in the Al-Nusra held East Aleppo, have included the use of bunkerbuster bombs and white phosphorus bombs. These weapons have been used in areas where several hospitals are present. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Congress looks to backpedal on its override of President Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • DEA informants collected over $237 million of taxpayer money from 2010-2015. Some informants received money from the DEA even after they had provided false information. [Link] War on Drugs Fyle
  • An Arkansas State Representative, who worked to pass legislation that protect people who film police, as been arrested for filming a police officer. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Police officers are abusing law enforcement database by stalking romantic partners, harassing journalist, or selling peoples personal information. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Edward Snowden’s leaks helped to reduce the use of America’s secret spying on American citizens. [Link] Whistle blower Fyle
  • The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier is already 2 years behind schedule, and is expected not to be completed by the most recent target of November. The carrier is also expected to surpass its $12.9 billion budget cap. A review of why the project is taking so long is being delayed. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle

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Todays News 9/30/16

  • Two US Marshals are charged with murder, after a video of them is released killing a 6 year old boy. [Link] Police Fyle
  • State governments collected $916 billion in taxes in 2015. This is a 4.8% increase in taxes collected in 2014. States collected 7.9% more in personal income taxes and 4.9% in corporate taxes. [Link]
  • The Sudanese Government is using chemical attacks against its citizens. It is possible 250 people have died from these chemical attacks. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The US is building a $100 million drone air base in Africa. The base will cost $13 million a year to maintain and will be use to fight the terror war in North and West Africa. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • A US drone targeting terrorists, accidentally kills 22 Somali soldiers. No terrorist were killed by the drone strike. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • 2 Pakistani troops are killed by the Indian military in the contested region of Kashmir. This attack is apart of an escalation in tension between the two countries, both armed with nuclear weapons. [Link] India Fyle
  • Turkish President Erdogan shuts down 12 television channels. Most of the news stations were Kurdish news networks. Erdogan gained the power to shut down these channels by the state of emergency that was declared after the failed coup. [Link] Turkey Coup Fyle
  • Linked is a map of who currently controls what territory in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The US coalition has bombed 2 bridges that cross the Euphrates River in Syria. Destroying infrastructure like bridges makes getting aid to civilians very difficult. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The UN declines to do an  independent investigation into the situation in Yemen. The UN will instead rely on reports from the Yemeni government. This will likely result in a biased report as the Yemeni government is allied with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is blamed for most of the civilian death in Yemen, including the bombing of schools and hospitals. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

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Todays News 9/29/16

  • Iowa police and courts are using civil asset forfeiture at a growing rate. The state seized a record $4.9 million in cash and 129 cars in 2014. Many times the police seize the assets without a person being convicted of a crime. [Link] Police Fyle
  • OPEC countries agree to a deal that will cut oil production. The deal will cut oil production by about 750,000 barrels a day. Iran was exempted from the cut to oil production. [Link]
  • The US sends another 615 troops to Iraq in preparation for the battle for Mosul. This troop increase would have exceeded the cap for US troops allowed in Iraq. The total number of troops will be near 7,000. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • Congress votes to override President Obama veto on a bill that will allow victims of 9/11 and their families to seek justice from Saudi Arabia. The vote in the Senate was 97-1, with Harry Reid being the lone no vote. The vote in the House was 348-77. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • A new agreement between the US and Japan will allow Japan to assist the US in interventions around the world. [Link] Japan Fyle
  • Syrian and Russian bombers destroy 2 hospitals in Aleppo. At least 2 patients died in one of the hospitals. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • US threatens Russia that the US will suspend engagement with Russia in the Syrian conflict. The US will cut off engagement with Russia for Russia’s role in the heavy bombing of Aleppo. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Turkey plans to expand the state of emergency that has given Turkish President Erdogan near dictatorial powers. Under the current state of emergency Erdogan has arrested 32,000 people. The state of emergency, that was put in place after the July attempted coup, is set to expire mid October. [Link] Turkey Coup Fyle

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Todays News 9/28/16

  • Prison guards at an Alabama prison did not show up to work Sunday night as part of a strike. Inmates at the facility are currently striking as a part of the nation wide prisoners strike. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A Houston police officer resigns after a video is released of him beating a homeless man. Charges have not been flied against the officer. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The DEA is using “emergency powers” to ban a plant known as Kratom. The DEA is making the plant illegal by making it a schedule 1 drug. The ban comes without any votes by a single elected official. [Link] War On Drugs Fyle
  • 1.8 million Americans paid $1.7 billion in Obamacare penalties in 2014. This data is from the first year people were required to pay a penalty for not having health insurance. [Link] Healthcare Fyle
  • Congressman Lieu and Senator Markey introduce a bill in both Houses of Congress to prevent the President from using a nuclear weapon without the US first being attacked or a Declaration of War being declared by Congress. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Israeli forces have denied a Palenstein women with breast cancer the right to travel. The women needs to travel through checkpoints to receive cancer treatment. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • A US citizen has reportedly been detained by the Houthi in Yemen. The man is reportedly being held at the National Security Bureau in Sanaa, Yemen. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • Doctors Without Borders releases a report detailing an attack on their hospital hit by Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. The international aid group reports they gave the Saudi government the coordinates of their hospital several times before the the airstrikes and the Saudi’s airstrikes also targeted an ambulance. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • The Syrian government began a bombing campaign to retake Aleppo on Friday. So far 200 people have been killed by the airstrikes. The Syrian government now appears to be using ground troops to retake the city. [Link] Syria Fyle

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Todays News 9/27/16

  • The heavy bombing of the rebel held area of Aleppo by Russia and Syria continues. At least 85 were killed Sunday with 300 wounded. Reports say that there are only 30 doctors left in the rebel held areas. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Pentagon is responsible for the collapse of the Syrian ceasefire. The ceasefire last for a few days before US airstrikes hit a Syrian Army position that killed 62 Syrian troops. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • ISIS executes 75 prisoners in Mosul. Most of those killed were reported to be young men imprisoned by ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Houthis have offered a truce to Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s former president, Saleh, who is the current leader of the political counsel backed by the Houthi, has offered to stop attacks on Saudi Arabia. In exchange, Saudi Arabia would be expect to end airstrikes and the blockade of Yemen. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • US and South Korea navies conduct military operations in the waters of the Korean Peninsula. The military operations are meant to be a show of force to North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • IS in Afghanistan retakes a key stronghold in a providence on the Afghanistan and Pakistan border. IS retreated from these position weeks ago, as US drone strikes killed IS leadership. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • US Senators are making a push to expand TSA security to trains, buses, and marine transportation. [Link] Bill of Right Fyle

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Todays News 9/26/16

  • A Saudi coalition airstrike on the Yemeni city of Ibb hit a civilian house. Reports vary but between 10 and 20 civilians were killed. Women and children were among the dead. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • The US government has tried to continue the narrative that US troops in Afghanistan are in non combat roles. However, US troops are embedded with the Afghan forces on the front lines and are fighting in about 10% of battles. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The upcoming battle of Mosul will be extremely complex. Americans, Sunni, Shi’ite, and Kurdish forces will all be fighting to retake the city. All of these group have different agendas for what they would like to happen. There is also about 1 million civilians left in Mosul. Questions remain of where they will go after Mosul is liberated and how the liberators will treat the civilians is another unknown. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • To defend Mosul, ISIS has dug moats, filled them with oil, and set them on fire. The smoke can be hazardous to troops on the ground and obstruct the view from planes. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Trump meets with Israeli President Netanyahu. The big story to come out of the meeting is Trump would support Jerusalem as being the unified capital of Israel. This is a shift in US policy on Israel. [Link] Israel Fyle
  •  A video has finally been released of a NH police officer macing 3 handcuffed people who had been arrested. The officer has since resigned, but did not face any legal consequences for his actions. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Psychologists and mental health experts are outraged at the punishment given to Chelsea Manning. Manning was recently given with 2 weeks of solitary confinement as a punishment for her suicide attempt. Mental health experts say that solitary confinement can cause a person to be more likely to commit suicide. [Link] Whistleblower Fyle

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Todays News 9/25/16

  • Japan is increasing military spending and strengthening alliances. The moves are seen in Japan as countermeasures to China in the South China Sea. [Link] South China Sea Fyle
  • The US government is using propaganda to gain public support for intervention in Syria. The US has used social media paid promotions to push its narrative of Syria. The US government has used other methods to hide stories out of Syria it does not want to reach the public. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Syrian rebel group, Army of Conquest, has two Syrian towns under siege. The Army of Conquest has used snipers and car bombs to terrorize the citizens of the towns. The snipers have even targeted children, especially young males. The Army of Conquest is supported by US allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Some fear a massacre of the two towns are possible if an agreement with the Syrian government falls apart. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Moody’s cut Turkey’s credit rating to junk. The rating was cut because of the government’s response to the coup and a slowing economy. This may mean Turkey will have to pay more to borrow money internationally. [Link] Turkey Coup Fyle
  • The prisoners strike continues to grow. There are at least some inmates striking in at least 46 prisons or jails. The inmates are striking against what they see as unfair prison labor rules. Inmates are refusing to work or refusing to eat as their means striking. Incidents of prisons retaliating against the inmates are beginning to be reported. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Dash camera and body camera video has been released in the Keith Scott shooting. [Watch] Police Fyle
  • A Baltimore man, Tawon Boyd, called the 911 asking for assistance for feeling disoriented. When police arrived Boyd was paranoid and needed to be taken to a medical facility for evaluation. Boyd resisted the police and was beaten by officers. Boyd died in the hospital with injuries that included brain swelling. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The US has spent $1.5 trillion to develop the F-35 and the plane still does not work. A F-35 recently caught fire on the ground. Other F-35s have been grounded due to the insulation problems in the cooling lines. There are several other problem with the F-35 despite the government declaring it combat ready. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • A Bronx teacher is arrested for beating up a student. The teacher gave the student $4,000 to buy a pound of marijuana. The student kept the money without giving the teacher the weed. The teacher attempted to beat the money out of the student. [Link]

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Todays News 9/24/16

  • Obama vetoes a bill that would allow victims of 9/11 and their families to sue Saudi Arabia. 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Chelsea Manning has been sentenced to two weeks of solitary confinement as a punishment for her suicide attempt. [Link] Whistleblower Fyle
  • Emails from the Department of Homeland Security show that there is an effort being made to grant citizenship to as many people as possible before the election. The DHS recently reported they mistakenly granted citizenship to 850 people who should have been deported. [Link] Immigration/Refugee Fyle
  • A police officer is sentenced to four years in prison for denying civil rights to a minor. The officer tased the teen for 23 second before dropping him on his head. The teen went into cardiac arrest before falling into a coma. The victim will suffer from his injuries for the rest of his life. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Harvard University endowment fund loses 2% in the fiscal year 2016. This is the largest loss for the endowment since the 2009 financial crisis. [Link] US Economy Fyle
  • Syria and Russia continue their heavy bombing offensive in Aleppo. At least 91 deaths have been reported so far. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Since the collapse of the ceasefire in early August, more than 300 civilians have been killed in Yemen. Most have died as a result of Saudi airstrikes. The numbers are likely to be underreported as this has been the trend in the conflict. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen  Fyle
  • Sanaa, Yemen is one of the longest inhabited cities in the world and has several building that are over 1000 years old. These structures are currently being destroyed by US made bombs in the Saudi led war against Yemen. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

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