News Roundup 2/6/19

US News

  • Peter Van Buren argues the establishment media engages in tabloid journalism. [Link]
  • A judge rules against a Wikileaks lawsuit that would expose any sealed indictments against Julian Assange. [Link]
  • A Belarusian escort who claimed to have evidence that Trump colluded with a Russian oligarch now admits that she made the story up. [Link]

China

  • Erik Prince is in negotiations with China to build a Chinese military base in Xinjiang. [Link]

Korean Peace

  • The US Envoy to North Korea says Trump is willing to offer compromises. [Link]
  • Trump says the US has no plans to ever withdraw troops from South Korea. [Link]

Middle East

  • The Pope visits the UAE for the first time. During his visit, he called for the end to wars in Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia reports the anti-corruption campaign reclaimed $106 billion in stolen money. [Link]
  • Foreign actors are pushing the US towards war with Iran. [Link]
  • Bahrain continues to hunt down political dissenters. [Link]
  • Trump says US troops may remain in Iraq to watch Iran. [Link]

Syria & Afghanistan Troop Withdraws

  • The Senate passes a second procedural vote that condemns Trump’s planned withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan. [Link] How Senators Voted
  • Senator Rand Paul says a bipartisan group of Senators is the ‘War Caucus’ after they voted to condemn Trump’s planned troop withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Robert Gaines and Scott Horton debunk the safe haven myth for staying in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Jesse Kelly makes an argument based on American founding principles for why we need to leave Afghanistan. [Link]
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