News Roundup

US News

  • At least 49 people were killed with tasers in the US in 2018. [Link]
  • 1,600 inmates at a federal prison in New York went days without power. [Link]
  • Family Tree DNA gives the FBI access to their database. [Link]
  • Storing nuclear waste is costing taxpayers billions. [Link]
  • A man is awarded $250,000 after he was beaten by Massachusetts police. [Link]

US Foreign Policy

  • Active duty special operations soldiers suicides tripled in 2018. [Link]
  • Mandy Smithburger explains how the weapons makers make big profits exploiting their revolving door with the Pentagon. [Link]
  • Gareth Porter breaks down the Intelligence Community’s threat assessment. The report hypes the threat from Russia and China. It assesses North Korea to be unwilling to engage in denuclearization. [Link]
  • Eric Margolis explains how Trump is starting cold wars with Russia and China. [Link]

Immigration

  • Trump’s deployment of US troops to the southern border is on track to cost $600 million. [Link]
  • 3,750 additional US troops will be deployed to the southern border. [Link]
  • 2,518 people were killed in Tijuana in 2018. The violence is fueled by a growing drug war in the city. [Link]

Venezuela

  • The new US Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams has a history of helping to create mass atrocities. [Link]
  • Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen profile Juan Guaido. [Link]  
  • Moon of Alabama on the state of the regime change effort in Venezuela. [Link]

Africa

  • The US claims to kill 13 al-Shabaab militants with an airstrike in Somalia. [Link]
  • An al-Shabaab car bomb in Mogadishu kills ten. [Link]
  • Forces loyal to Haftar are clashing with militias in southern Libya. At least four have been killed in the fighting. [Link]
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