News Roundup

News Roundup 7/31/18

  • Air Marshals are now monitoring travelers who are on secret lists. [Link]
  • A federal judge rules Albuquerque’s civil asset forfeiture law violates due process. [Link]
  • Wikileaks has changed the world. [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo on the violence in Nicaragua. [Link]
  • Ecuador’s President is seeking assurances that Julian Assange will not face the death penalty. [Link]
  • The UK is looking to have its citizens that were caught fighting for ISIS extradited to the US for trial. [Link]
  • Trump says he is willing to meet with Iran’s President without preconditions. [Link]
  • A suicide bomber kills four in Afghanistan. An important militia leader was killed in the blast. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama on the possible retreat of US forces from Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Robert Fisk traces weapons that were in possession of Syrian jihadist to US weapons makers. [Link]
  • Matt Taibbi explains why there has been so little coverage of the Yemeni Civil War. [Link]
  • Migrants fleeing the Horn of Africa are led to believe that Yemen offers a better life. The migrants face cholera, rape, slavery, and torture on their journey. [Link]
  • The UN reports that recent Saudi airstrikes destroyed civilian facilities in Yemen. [Link]

News Roundup 7/30/18

  • A judge dismisses the murder for hire charge against Ross Ulbricht with prejudice. [Link]
  • In 2018, the city of Chicago has agreed to pay $45 million in settlements for police misconduct. [Link]
  • An ICE detainee with schizophrenia commits suicide after spending 21 days in solitary confinement. [Link]
  • Proposed 2019 NDAA will prevent a drawdown of US troops in South Korea. [Link]
  • North Korea returns the remains of 55 US soldiers killed during the Korean War. [Link]
  • Trump urges patience with North Korean denuclearization. [Link]
  • A detailed accounting of what happened to Otto Warmbier casts doubt on the story that he was beaten into a coma. [Link]
  • Senator Paul lays out his roadmap to peace in the Middle East. [Link]
  • Ahed Tamimi and her mother have been released from an Israeli jail. [Link]
  • Israel kills five people in Gaza. Among the dead is a 12-year-old boy that was shot in the head by a sniper. [Link]
  • Israel announces a plan to build 400 new settlement homes. [Link]
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister rejects ‘one-sided’ talks with the US. [Link]
  • Imran Khan wins the Pakistani Prime Minister election. Moon of Alabama gives analysis. [Link]
  • A US diplomat met with Taliban officials in Qatar. [Link] A Taliban official described the meeting as very productive. The US has not officially acknowledged meeting with the Taliban. [Link]
  • A UAE Minister says the country is ready to take a larger role securing the Middle East. [Link]
  • Five Iraqi election officials were dismissed from their post. [Link]
  • The Syrian Army captures the southwest city Qunitera. [Link]
  • The Syrian Kurds hold talks with the Syrian government. [Link] After talks, the Syrian Kurds say they have agreed with the Assad government to work towards ending the civil war. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia bombs a water treatment facility in Yemen. 10,500 Yemeni will lose their access to clean water. [Link]
  • The Suadi-led coalition has restarted airstrikes against Hodeida. [Link]
  • A video shows Cameroon soldiers executing women and children. [Link]

News Roundup 7/26/18

  • The US releases $195 million in military aid to Egypt. Trump froze the money last year. [Link]
  • NSA John Bolton says Trump has postponed the second summit with Putin until 2019. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Pompeo says the US will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea. [Link]
  • The proposed 2019 NDAA will block F-35 sales to Turkey. [Link] The bill includes Rep Tulsi Gabbard’s stop arming terrorist act. The act stops US support to Syria rebels until the government to submits a report to Congress on how it will ensure that only nonterrorist groups receive US support in Syria. [Link] The legislation does not provide any funding for the creation of the Space Force. [Link]
  • Turkey releases a US pastor for prison and places him under house arrest. The pastor has been detained by Turkey for two years and accused of being a member of the 2016 coup. [Link]
  • Turkey will continue to buy Iranian oil and not comply with US sanctions on Iran. [Link]
  • ISIS fighters in Iraq are switching to Guerrilla tactics. [Link]
  • Two Americans accused of fighting for ISIS will be transferred back to the US. [Link]
  • US airstrikes kill 73 Syrian civilians in July. [Link]
  • ISIS kills over 200 Syrians in attacks on villages in southwest Syria. [Link]
  • Syrian Kurds are looking to engage in talks with Assad. [Link]
  • Israel claims Syrian rockets landed in Israel. Israel then bombed Syrian army positions. [Link]

News Roundup 7/25/18

  • A Georgia sheriff buys a $70,000 Dodge Charger with civil asset forfeiture money. [Link]
  • Trump says he is ready to make a real deal with Iran. [Link]
  • More than half of Germans believe Europe can defend itself without US assistance. [Link]
  • South Korea will reduce troops along the DMZ. [Link]
  • Israel shot down a Syrian jet, claiming the plane entered Israeli airspace. [Link]
  • The Afghan government lost two districts to the Taliban. [Link]
  • Lt Col Daniel Davis explains why the US should engage in talks with the Taliban. [Link]
  • On election day, a suicide bomber killed 29 people at a Pakistani voting center. [Link]
  • MSNBC has not run a story on the US role in Yemen’s civil war in over a year. [Link]
  • The proposed 2019 NDAA includes a provision that will require the Secretary of State to certify that Saudi/UAE are meeting conditions, set by the NDAA, to be able to receive US midair refueling in Yemen. [Link]
  • Ethiopia and Eritrea will play a soccer game next month as the countries continue to normalize relations. [Link]

News Roundup 7/24/18

  • Drug makers in the US invest in political influence for big profits. [Link]
  • Whistleblowers who expose VA corruption often face discipline and termination. [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo explains how the FBI misled the judge on the FISA application to surveil Carter Page. [Link]
  • Ray McGovern discusses the importance of Lisa Page admitting that Peter Strzok did not believe there was any collusion between Trump and Russia in May of 2017. [Link]
  • Philip Giraldi explains the shortcomings of the Mueller Indictments. [Link]
  • Julian Assange will likely be turned over to the UK in coming weeks. [Link]
  • The UN deploys alleged Sri Lankan war criminals as peacekeepers in Africa and Lebanon. [Link]
  • North Korea has started to dismantle the country’s main satellite launch site. [Link]
  • A US airstrike kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The US has dropped nearly 3,000 bombs on Afghanistan in 2018. [Link]
  • ISIS-K claims responsibility for a suicide bombing at the airport as former Vice President Dostum returned to Afghanistan. [Link]
  • General Votel on the Afghan and Iraq Wars, “these things take time.” [Link]
  • General Votel explains that the al-Tanf border crossing is critical and US forces should remain. [Link]
  • Israel rejects a Russian proposed deal that would keep Iranian forces in Syria 100 km from the Syrian border. [Link]
  • Senator Chris Murphy explains that Saudi and UAE actions in Yemen get tied back to the US. [Link]
  • 35,000 Yemeni families have fled their homes since June. [Link]

News Roundup 7/23/18

  • Trump invited Putin to the White House. [Link]
  • Spain’s Supreme Court withdraws its European Arrest Warrant for the Catalan separatist leaders. [Link]
  • German leader Merkel said US/Russia talks should be normal. [Link]
  • Sam Husseini tells his story of being removed from the Trump/Putin summit. [Link]
  • Russia urges the UN to reexamine the sanctions against North Korea. [Link]
  • The US launches a campaign to undermine the Iranian government. [Link]
  • Trump threatens Iran in an all caps Tweet. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama explains how Israel passed an apartheid law. [Link]
  • Israel attacks a Syrian military position. [Link]
  • The US makes plans to evacuate White Helmets from Syria. [Link]
  • Israeli forces evacuate 400 White Helmets from Syria. [Link]
  • France delivers medical aid to Assad controlled Syria. [Link]

News Roundup 7/19/18

  • US tech companies are becoming a part of the military-industrial complex. [Link]
  • Trump questions if NATO’s Mutual Defense Pact could lead to unnecessary war for the US. [Link]
  • Trump is right to blame the US for the poor relationship with Russia. [Link]
  • Trump said Russia agrees to help with North Korea. [Link]
  • Google is facing a $5 billion fine from the EU. [Link]
  • The Israeli government has awarded 99.7% of public land grants in the West Bank to settlers. [Link]
  • Trump’s Iran policy is beginning to hurt the Iranian people. [Link]
  • The Afghan government is rejecting the US plan for direct US/Taliban talks. [Link]
  • The Libyan Coast Guard is accused of destroying then abandoning the passengers of a migrant ship. [Link]
  • Djibouti asks the UN for help resolving a border dispute with Eritrea. [Link]

News Roundup 7/18/18

  • Ron Paul explains how deep state actors attempted to undermine the Trump/Putin Summit. [Link]
  • David Stockman explains how the Trump/Putin Summit was a victory for peace. [Link]
  • Joe Lauria breaks down the hysterical media reaction to the Trump/Putin Summit. [Link]
  • Establishment Congresspeople are furious over the Trump/Putin Summit. [Link] Congress is looking to pass nonbinding resolutions in an attempt to undermine the progress made at the Trump/Putin Summit. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama argues the Trump/Putin Summit signals a shift by Trump towards Russia. [Link]
  • Sam Husseini was removed from the Trump/Putin press conference for attempting to ask a question about a nuclear weapons ban. [Link]
  • Mike Pompeo tells the EU, the US will not grant the EU exemptions from US sanctions against Iran. [Link]
  • An investigation finds Israeli snipers targeted and murdered a Palestinian medic. [Link]
  • Israel has blocked fuel and gas from entering Gaza. Israel has also limited the Gaza fishing zone to three miles. [Link]
  • An ISIS- K suicide bomber kills 20 in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Protesters in Kabul demand former Vice President Dostum be allowed to return to Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan warns ISIS-K is resilient. [Link]
  • Israeli airstrikes on a Syrian airbase near Aleppo killed at least 22. Some of the dead are Iranians. [Link]
  • UAE support for east Libyan strongman Haftar led him to seize the country’s main oil port. Haftar has relinquished his control over the port. The UAE is also supporting Haftar in Libya’s upcoming election. [Link]
  • Migrants in Libya are facing a more dire situation as the number of jailed migrants has increased to 9,000, human traffickers are selling more migrants, and migrants still face the risk of death in the desert or the Mediterranean. [Link]

News Roundup 7/17/18

  • The Supreme Court will hear a case on civil asset forfeiture. [Link]
  • A judge rules that immigrant families who were separated cannot be deported within seven days of being reunited. [Link]
  • Lockheed Martin wins a $451 million contract modification from the Defense Department. The contract includes weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • Pro-Nicaraguan government forces carry out a raid killing ten, including two children. [Link]
  • Trump and Putin hold a press conference after a summit in Finland. [Link]
  • Putin says Russia is prepared to extend the START treaty with the US. [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo on the efforts to undermine Trump at his summit with Putin. [Link]
  • Eric Margolis on Trump’s performance at the NATO summit. [Link]
  • US police train and develop strategies with the IDF. [Link]
  • The Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan says the US is ready for talks with the Taliban. [Link]
  • The Afghan government will look to create another ceasefire with the Taliban in August. [Link]
  • A UAE prince flees to Qatar. In an interview with the NYT, the prince claims there is discord among the Emirates royal families regarding the involvement in Yemen’s civil war. [Link]
  • The ACLU is objecting to a US government plan to release a US citizen captured on the Syrian battlefield in Syria. The ACLU is asking the man be released into Iraq. [Link]
  • US airstrikes kill at least eight civilians in Syria. [Link]
  • Eritrea’s leader visits Ethiopia to reopen his country’s embassy. [Link]

News Roundup 7/16/18

  • Georgia police officers are placed on administrative leave after being caught on body cam using a coin flip app when deciding whether or not to make an arrest. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration is attempting to lower expectations for the Trump/Putin Summit. [Link]
  • Rand Paul takes on Jake Tapper covering Russiagate, Russian Aggression, and NATO. [Link]
  • The Mueller probe indicts 12 Russians. [Link]
  • Joe Lauria explains how the Mueller probe indictments lack evidence. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama breaks down the indictments. [Link]
  • Mexico’s president-elect may look to roll back the country’s drug war. [Link]
  • A US General warns Turkey buying the S-400 air defense system from Russia is a threat to NATO and the F-35’s stealth capabilities. [Link]
  • Norman Finklestein on the siege of Gaza. [Link]
  • Israeli missiles killed two Palestinian teens in Gaza. [Link]
  • A suicide bomber in Afghanistan near American University kills five. [Link]
  • Nearly 1,700 Afghans were killed in the first half of 2018. [Link]
  • The US and Afghan forces are struggling to hold on to gains made against the Taliban and ISIS-K. [Link]
  • Airwar’s May report for the Syrian Civil War shows Russian airstrikes at a low and US coalition airstrikes are increasing. [Link]
  • Israel bombs a Syrian airbase outside of Aleppo. [Link]
  • A judge rules the CIA must release information on the February 2017 botched raid in Yemen. [Link]

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