Todays News 9/7/16

  • 80 million unexploded bombs remain in Laos. The bombs are reminits of the US air war over Laos during the Vietnam War. 20,000 people have been killed or injured by these weapons since the end of the war. 40% of those victims are children, who play with the unexploded bombs, mistaking them for toys. [Link]. Obama pledges another $90 million in aid to help victims and remove unexploded bombs. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US will spend at least $85 billion to update its ICBM nuclear program. This is a 39% increase in price from the last estimate. It is also considered a low end cost estimate. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • After Saudi Arabia bombed a hospital and school in Yemen, UK Members of Parliament  are considering blocking weapon sales to Saudi. Many Members of Parliament would like a review conducted of possible Saudi breaches of International Humanitarian Law before allowing weapon sales to continue. Saudi is also using cluster bombs in Yemen. As seen with Laos, cluster bombs cause death for generations to come. [Link] UK Fyle
  • Top Saudis and Iranians trade religious jabs. Saudi Arabia is home to important Islamic pilgrimage sites. Iran has expressed concern that the Saudis cannot handle the large numbers that turn out for the pilgrimages. In response, a top Saudi called Iranians “not muslims.” [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia and Turkey are starting to act outside of their borders. Saudi Arabia has been waging a war against Yemen, and Turkey is heavily involved in the Syrian Civil War. The effects for both counties largely negative. Turkey has suffered several large terror attacks at the hands of ISIS. Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen has lead to Yemeni invading some town in Saudi Arabia. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Turkey has been pushing for a “safe zone” inside of Syria for refugees. Turkey would like the zone to be set up along the Turkey/Syria border. Turkey now has military control over most of the area. Turkey lacks the international supported needed to set up the safe zone. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Obama pledges to keep a large US military presence in the South China Sea. Several counties in the region are disputing who owns what portion of the sea. Obama believes that he needs to keep military planes and warships in the area to support our allies. [Link] South China Sea Fyle
  • Ben Swann looks into the debate moderators for the Presidential Debates. Three of the moderators have personal connections to the candidates. Two of the moderators have connections to the Clinton Family. Chris Wallace has a personal tie to Trump’s debate advisor. [Link] 2016 Fyle


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