News Roundup 7/3/20

News Roundup 7/3/20

US News

  • Jeffery Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested in New Hampshire by the FBI on charges related to the dead sex trafficker. [Link]
  • Large US corporations are threatening to pull ads from Facebook in an effort to get the social network to censor more content. [Link]
  • Kareem Johnson was exonerated from death row. For every nine executions, one person is exonerated. [Link]
  • A WNBA start helped to free an innocent Missouri man from prison. [Link]
  • Bodycam footage shows National Park Ranger killing an unarmed man. The officer first fired a taser at Gage Lorentz without warning or reason. After the taser did not work, 26 seconds of body camera footage is missing. The camera turns back on as the park ranger executes Lorentz. [Link]

Foreign Policy

  • Federal prosecutors are arguing to a DC judge that the US should be allowed to seize Iranian tankers shipping fuel to Venezuela. [Link]
  • House Democrats worked with Rep. Liz Chaney to put a provision in the 2021 NDAA to limit Trump’s ability to draw down US troops in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The House voted for a provision to the NDAA that ends US logistical support for Saudi’s genocide in Yemen. [Link]
  • The top US Air Force general says the Pentagon does not have enough money for both conventional and nuclear weapon upgrades. [Link]

Mexico

  • Gunmen killed 24 people at a rehab facility in Mexico. The facility was attacked last month, and ten people were killed. It is unclear who is attacking the facility. [Link]

Russia

  • Russians voted to pass a slate of constitutional changes. One change to the constitution will allow Putin to serve two more terms as president. [Link]
Congress Wants Forever Wars

Congress Wants Forever Wars

On FPF #513, I discuss the efforts in Congress to prevent Trump from bringing US troops home. After 19 years, there is a chance the US could end our longest war and bring troops home. However, members of Congress are working to pass provisions to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to prevent Trump from withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. House Dems have teamed up with the most hawkish Republicans, like Liz Chaney, to accomplish this goal. This unholy alliance will surely get more American soldiers killed in Afghanistan. 

News Roundup 7/3/20

News Roundup 7/2/20

US News

  • Seattle’s mayor ordered the police to clear the CHAZ. [Link]
  • Minneapolis’ city council has spent $63,000 of taxpayer money to hire private security for themselves. [Link]
  • A family had to demolish their home after a SWAT team destroyed it trying to remove a shoplifter. So far, they have only been given $5,000 for their destroyed home. The Supreme Court refused to hear their case asking for restitution. [Link]
  • The US has wasted over $300 million on the F-35 project because it is unable to track spare parts. [Link]
  • The UN Security Council passes a resolution that calls for a 90-day humanitarian pause in conflicts to address Covid. [Link]

Venezuela

  • The UK is refusing to give the Venezuelan government access to $1 billion in gold at the UK central bank deposited by Venezuela. The UK recognized coup plotter Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela over a year ago. Guaido remains unpopular and out of power. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • Democratic Senators will try to force Trump to sanction Russia over the Taliban-Russian bounty allegation. [Link]
  • An amendment to the 2021 NDAA pushed by Senator would have pulled US troops from Afghanistan in 2021. The amendment was defeated. [Link]

Israel

  • Some factions of the Democratic party are pushing to condition US aid to Israel on their fair treatment of Palestinians. [Link]
  • Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank is delayed, in part, because of a lack of a green light from the US. [Link]
  • Israeli officials say annexation is not imminent. [Link] 
  • The Palestinian Authority says many of its employees will see their monthly pay cut in half. The PA is in a tax dispute with Israel. [Link]

Middle East

  • The US threatens to attack Iran to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia announces a new offensive in Yemen. [Link]

Africa

  • An international coalition targeting jihadists in the Sahel says it will intensify their efforts. [Link]
  • A famous Ethiopian singer was killed in what police called a “targeted” attack. The death started protests that killed 80 people. Both protesters and security forces were killed. [Link]
News Roundup 7/3/20

News Roundup 7/1/20

US News

  • The Supreme Court ruled against a strict Louisiana abortion law. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal members in a 5-4 decision. [Link]
  • The Colorado police officers that killed Elijah McClain were placed on paid leave after photos surfaced showing them near the place that McClain died. [Link]
  • Police killed five other men the same day George Floyd was murdered. [Link]
  • A Senator introduces a bill to reform qualified immunity. [Link]
  • Overdose deaths are spiking during the lockdown. [Link]

China

  • The FCC declares two Chinese telecoms to be national security threats. [Link]
  • Chain passes a new national security law affecting Hong Kong. The Chinese law will make some crimes committed in Hong Kong punishable by Beijing. [Link]

Korea

  • South Korea is pushing for Trump and Kim to meet one more time before the US election. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Pompeo spoke with the head of the Taliban delegation on a video call about peace talks in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The NSA disagreed with other US intelligence agencies about allegations that Russia paid the Taliban a bounty for American soldiers. The NSA’s descent kept Trump from being briefed on the assertion. [Link]

Middle East

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pushing the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo against Iran that is set to expire in October. [Link]
  • The US is pushing Israel to make an “offer” to the Palestinians to off-set annexation. Israel planned to start the annexation process sometime after July 1st. [Link]
  • Russia says Turkey cannot reexport the S-400 missiles to Russia without Russian permission. The US is threatening to sanction Turkey over the missiles. [Link]
  • Turkish media reports Turkey will continue to make F-35 parts through 2022. The US removed Turkey from the F-35 program because Turkey bought Russian air defense. [Link]
  • Dilapidated oil infrastructure in US-occupied Syria is endangering the Syrians. [Link]
Congress Wants Forever Wars

Elijah McClain, Excited Delirium, and Ketamine

On FPF #512, John Dangelo returns to the show to talk about the murder of Elijah McClain. McClain was walking down the street when someone called the police because he was wearing a ski mask. A police officer confronted him and put him in a chokehold. An EMT gave his a does of Ketamine before he went into cardiac arrest and died. John is an ER nurse with expertise working with people who are in a state of excited delirium and formerly worked as an EMT. John breaks down what could have caused McClain’s death and better ways to help people in dangerous states of mind. 

Links

News Roundup 7/3/20

News Roundup 6/30/20

US News

  • Reddit purged several subreddits, including a pro-Trump forum. [Link]
  • Twitch suspends Trump’s account. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Pompeo announces the US will stop exporting some “dual-use” items to Hong Kong because of his view that Hong Kong is not sufficiently independent from China. [Link]

The Philippines

  • Human rights groups report at least 129 children have been killed in the four-year drug war in the Philippines. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • CBS News reports that the Russia-Taliban bounty story was uncorroborated and was not presented to Donald Trump. [Link] The NYT now admits there was disagreement among the intelligence community about the claim and the NSA did not feel confident with it. [Link]
  • Pakistan says it expects the Taliban and the Afghan government to begin peace talks soon. Pakistan says prisoner releases and a reduction in violence were the final hurdles. [Link]
  • At least 23 people were killed by a rocket attack on a cattle market in Afghanistan. [Link] 

Middle East

  • Israeli politician Benny Gantz says Israel must postpone annexation because of Covid. Israel Prime Minister says the process is moving forward and talks with the US are happening. [Link]
  • Iran issues an arrest warrant for Donald Trump for killing Soleimani. [Link]
  • The US Ambassador to Lebanon did an interview with a Saudi-owned outlet. The ambassador had been barred from doing interviews for a year due by a Lebanese judge. [Link]
  • As the US imposes crippling sanctions on Syria, the UN reports millions are facing food shortages. [Link]
  • The Iraqi government released 14 members of Kataib Hezbollah after they were arrested in a raid last week. [Link]
  • A Yemeni government official says the UAE now has imposed sovereignty over the island Socotra. [Link]
News Roundup 7/3/20

News Roundup 6/29/20

US News

  • Boston bans the use of facial recognition. [Link]
  • Eight of the Minneapolis police officers to be fired since 2006, six have gotten their jobs reinstated after intervention from the police union. [Link]
  • Senator Rand Paul is leading an effort to restrict police ability to steal through civil asset forfeiture. [Link]
  • The US will continue to deploy at least 4,000 Army soldiers to the southern border. So far, the deployment has cost $745 million. [Link]

Mexico 

  • The Mexico City police chief was shot, and two of his bodyguards killed in an assassination attempt by drug cartels. [Link]

US/Russia

  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will meet with Trump today to discuss options about removing troops from Germany. Trump announced weeks ago that he would withdraw 9,500 troops from Germany and cap the deployment at 25,000. [Link]
  • Russian and American planes continue to intercept each other over international airspace. [Link]
  • The NYT reported that an unnamed intelligence official said that Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers. CNN later reported an unnamed European intelligence official had confirmed the reports. However, no outlet has provided any proof the bounties were offered, or any US soldiers were attacked as a result of the bounty. Joe Biden attacked Trump for failing to respond to the alleged bounty. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Trump finalized a plan to withdraw another 4,000 troops from Afghanistan. Trump’s goal is to have around 4,500 soldiers in Afghanistan by Fall. [Link]
  • An Afgan government airstrike killed 15 Taliban. The government claims members of Taliban leadership were killed. [Link]
  • Two members of Afghanistan’s human rights commission were killed in a bombing. [Link]

Israel

  • David Cornin explains how European Union research funding promotes Israeli apartheid. [Link]
  • Israeli airstrikes continue to target Syrian and allied forces in Syria. [Link]
Congress Wants Forever Wars

Trump’s Russia Policy Failed the American People

On FPF #511, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Trump’s failing Russia policy. During the campaign, Trump made it clear that he would able to get along and make deals with Putin. However, once Trump took office, his policy towards Russia became more and more aggressive. Trump started with expelling diplomats and is now ripping up key arms control agreements over minor disputes. Kyle and Will explain how the president’s actions are pushing the US to a new arms race and cold war with Russia. 

News Roundup 7/3/20

News Roundup 6/26/20

US News

  • Three North Carolina cops were fired after accidentally recording themselves talking about killing black people. [Link]
  • 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment this week. Over 6 million have filed for unemployment since the start of June. [Link]
  • The Air Force launches an investigation into the Air National Guard surveillance of protests. [Link]
  • Aaron Mate explains, that despite the hype, Bolton’s book actually harms the impeachment narrative. [Link]

Congress

  • The House is pushing to add hypersonic missiles to the issue-plagued Zumwalt class destroyers. [Link]
  • The House is putting provisions in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that will prevent Trump from withdrawing troops from Africa or South Korea. [Link]
  • Trump administration officials say the president is attempting to end Congress’ ability to review weapon sales. [Link]

Venezuela

  • US official Elliot Abrams says Russia and China need to contribute more aid to Venezuela. [Link]

Middle East

  • Max Blumenthal explains the US and Qatari scheme to get expansive sanctions placed on Syria. [Link]
  • The Iraqi military raided the offices and detained some leaders of Kataib Hezbollah. [Link]
  • At least 54 people died after the Saudi-ceasefire in southern Yemen fell apart. The Southern Transitional Council is fighting the Saudi-backed Hadi government. [Link]
Congress Wants Forever Wars

The Anti-War War Vet guest John Dangelo

On FPF #510, John Dangelo returns to the show to discuss being a anti-war war vet. John explains he was a Marine reservist when he was deployed to Afghanistan. His experiences there and reading libertarian/antiwar material led to him to becoming antiwar. We talk about his experiences in the military and as an ER nurse battling Covid. 

Links

News Roundup 7/3/20

News Roundup 6/25/20

US News

  • Jamaal Bowman defeats high ranking House Democrat Elliot Engel. [Link]
  • A black man in Michigan was wrongfully arrested after being identified by facial recognition. He was held for 30 hours before being released on bail. [Link]
  • The FBI doubles down on contracts with companies that monitor social media. [Link]
  • 400 National Guards troops were deployed to DC to protest statues. [Link]
  • The DC Circuit Court orders the charges against Michael Flynn dropped. [Link]
  • A federal grand jury returned another superseding indictment on Julian Assange. The new indictment does not add new changes, but it extends the scope of the alleged conspiracy. The DoJ is claiming Assange instructed the leader of the hacking group LulzSec to carry out hacks and give WikiLeaks information. [Link]

Europe

  • Trump met with the Polish president in the first in-person meeting with a world leader since the Covid outbreak. The meeting could result in a new US/Poland defense agreement that deploys US troops to Poland. [Link]
  • Kosovo’s president was accused of war crimes by the Hague. [Link]

Middle East

  • The US says Russia and China will be isolated at the UN if those countries continue to oppose the US effort to extend the arms embargo on Iran. [Link]
  • The US sanctioned five Iranian ship captains for delivering oil to Venezuela. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Pompeo says it is Israel’s decision to annex the West Bank or not. [Link]
  • Turkey’s president says Bolton’s book is misleading and manipulative. [Link]
  • One Turkish soldier was killed by gunfire from the Iranian side of the border. It is unclear who killed the soldier. [Link]
  • A US official says ISIS is becoming a global network to promote extremism. [Link]
News Roundup 7/3/20

News Roundup 6/24/20

US news

  • Seattle authorities say they will dismantle the CHAZ after two shootings. [Link]
  • Trump says he will sign an executive order protecting statues from hoodlums and anarchists. [Link]
  • The government will release the first person held under the indefinite detention power. Adham Amin Hassoun finished his prison term in 2017 then his detention was continued without charge by the Trump admin. [Link]
  • Senate Democrats claim Trump did not give sufficient notice on his decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty. [Link]
  • The US says it will hold more nuclear arms talks with Russia in July or August. The US continues to press for China to be a part of any agreement. [Link]
  • The US sailed a destroyer off the coast of Venezuela. [Link]

Mexico

  • Fifteen people were killed by assailants in Mexico. The attackers have not been identified. [Link]

Korea

  • South Korea says John Bolton incorrectly explains North Korean nuclear negotiations in his new book. [Link]
  • Activists in South Korea went ahead with a plan to send propaganda to North Korea via balloon. North Korea demanded South Korea prevent the activists from carrying out the plan. [Link]

China/India

  • Experts warn the risk of conflict between the US and China is growing. [Link]
  • Indian and Chinese military officials agree to disengage from a contested border area where scores of soldiers died in fighting last week. [Link]
  • China blames India for the border clash. [Link]
  • China disputes the claim 40 of its soldiers died in clashes with India. [Link]
  • India and Pakistan expel several of each other diplomats over spying allegations. [Link]

Israel

  • Trump aides meet with Israeli officials to discuss annexation plans. 
  • Israeli airstrikes killed at least seven people in Syria. [Link]

Congo

  • At least 20 people were killed in attacks on two villages in the Congo. The ADP is likely behind the attack. [Link]

Pin It on Pinterest