News Roundup 12/23/19

by | Dec 23, 2019

News Roundup 12/23/19

by | Dec 23, 2019

US News

  • The Fort Worth police officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson has been charged with murder. [Link]
  • A judge’s ruling will allow the US government to seize the money Edward Snowden has made from his book. [Link]
  • Daniel Larison explains the Trump travel ban continues to ruin peoples’ lives. [Link]
  • ICE is using contractors to detect and arrest illegal immigrants by information found on social media. [Link]
  • The State Department plans to restart a military training program with Pakistan. The program allows foreign military personnel to attend US war colleges. Trump suspended the program in January 2018. Congress will have to give approval for restarting the program. [Link]

Russia 

  • Russia’s foreign minister says the Nord Stream 2 and Turkstream pipeline will be completed despite US sanctions. [Link]
  • Russia says it is willing to include its new hypersonic nuclear missiles in a renewal of New Start. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • At least 61 soldiers stationed at a base in Uzbekistan in the early days of the Afghanistan War are suffering or have died from cancer. The vets are struggling to get care from the VA. [Link] 
  • The Independent Election Commission claims that Afghanistan’s President Ghani won with just over 50% of the vote in the September 28th election. The result is only a preliminary and contested by the second-place finisher. [Link]

Middle East

  • Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and Qatar agree to trade more and discuss the possibility of trading in gold. [Link]
  • The bomb-sniffing dogs the US sends for foreign countries are subject to mistreatment, leading to death. Ten percent of the dogs sent to Jordan died, and ten dogs sent to Egypt died. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s president names Hassan Diab to be the country’s next prime minister. [Link]

Israel

  • The ICC Chief Prosecutor opens an investigation into war crimes committed in the West Bank. [Link] 
  • Israel reverses course and will allow Gazan Christians to visit holy sites in Israel and the West Bank. [Link]

Syria

  • As Assad’s forces advance on the last major al-Qaeda holdout in Syria, 10,000s of Syrians are fleeing into Turkey. [Link]
  • The opposition in Syria fired rockets at Syria’s oil refinery in Homs, causing minor damage. [Link]

Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, opinion editor of Antiwar.com and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter and Connor Freeman.

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