News Roundup 12/18/17

by | Dec 18, 2017

  • St. Louis FED “Negative interest rates may seem ludicrous, but not if they succeed in pushing people to invest in something more stimulating to the economy than government bonds.” [Link]
  • Net Neutrality provided Google, Facebook, and the porn industry with a huge subsidy. [Link]
  • Austin police officers walk a man in handcuffs hind a gas station where they beat and tase him. [Link]
  • Minnesota county prosecutor announces there is not enough evidence to bring charges against the police officer who murdered Justine Diamond. [Link]
  • The US shares intelligence with Russia that allowed Russia to prevent a terror attack. [Link]
  • Reza Marashi explains that Nikki Haley is bad at foreign policy. [Link]
  • Many are expressing skepticism of Nikki Haley’s claim that Iran is supplying missiles to the Houthi. [Link]
  • James Mattis says there is no reason for the US to step up militarily against Iran. [Link]
  • Rex Tillerson walks back his offer to engage in talks with North Korea. [Link]
  • The US and South Korea continue to drill the invasion of North Korea. North Korea sees the drills as a threat and has asked the US to end the drills. [Link]
  • Senator Lindsey Graham says there is a 30% chance of war with North Korea. [Link]
  • Sanctions are keeping food and medicine from North Korean citizens. [Link]
  • The Mexican military will be given more authority to fight the war on drugs in Mexico. [Link]
  • Italy and the EU will work to strengthen the Libya coast guard to prevent migrants from reaching Europe. [Link]
  • Israeli police shot and killed two Palestinians in protests. One of the men killed had lost his legs and was wheelchair bound. [Link]
  • Palestinians continue to protest Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Israeli military continues to crack down on the protests and has started to arrest community leaders. [Link]
  • Russia resumes air travel from Egypt for the first time since a Russian plane was downed by IS in 2015. [Link]
  • Patrick Cockburn on MbS foreign policy failures. [Link]
  • US B-52 are using new technology to drop a record number precision-guided munitions on drug labs in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Iraq executes 38 suspected Islamic State fighters convicted in mass trials. [Link]
  • Many foreign fighters who traveled to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS are unaccounted for. [Link]
  • Eight were killed in a terror attack on a Christian church in Pakistan. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia kills ten Yemeni women going to a wedding in an airstrike. [Link]

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