News Roundup 12/31/18

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  • Rep Massie, assisted by Rep Amash, is forcing recorded votes on all bills. [Link]
  • The ACLU is suing American spy agencies for information on their data collection programs. [Link]
  • 50,000 vets file a class action lawsuit to change their less than honorable discharge. The lawsuit contends the vets received the less than honorable discharge due to behavior caused by mental illnesses, such as PTSD, they developed while deployed. [Link]
  • Boeing was awarded a $400 million contract to service B1 and B52 engines. [Link]
  • Aaron Mate destroys the claim that Russian social media posts influenced the 2016 election. [Link]
  • Venezuela is cracking down on cocoa bean growers. [Link]
  • The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is being built in spite of US sanctions and threats. [Link]
  • At least 15 people have been killed during voting in Bangladesh. [Link]
  • Gareth Porter explains how Trump has finally decided to ignore his national security advisers and end a war. [Link]
  • Peter Van Buren argues Mattis’ resignation signals the end of the War on Terror. [Link]
  • Former Israeli general Benny Gentz is polling second to Netanyahu for elections coming up in April. [Link]  
  • Israeli forces kill a Palestinian during Friday protests in Gaza. [Link]
  • Saudi’s King orders several personnel changes to the country’s government. [Link]
  • The Syrian Kurds make a deal with Assad to allow Syrian force to take control of Manbij. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama gives the latest updates on Syria. Arab states are starting to normalize their relationship with Assad. The Kurds are in Russia to work out a deal for Assad’s forces to enter Kurdish held Syria. [Link]
  • Max Blumenthal explains that the loudest critics of Trump’s decision to leave Syria are the people that fueled the rise of ISIS. [Link]
  • Four people were killed in the bombing of a tourist bus in Egypt. [Link] After the attack, Egyptian police carried out raids that killed 40 militants. [Link]
  • Boko Haram takes control of a town and military base in Nigeria. [Link]
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo government postponed voting in a region with an active Ebola outbreak. The delay caused protesters and some protesters ransacked an Ebola treatment center. 24 patients at the center fled. All the patients have returned to the center. [Link]
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Read Scott Horton's new book Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan