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Yemen

  • The Senate passes a Yemen War Powers bill 54-46. Trump is expected to veto the bill. [Link]
  • The best path to Congress to end US involvement in the Yemen War is to defund it. [Link]
  • Amnesty International alleges Saudi backed forces raped three Yemeni boys. [Link]

US/Israel Relationship

  • 12% of Americans believe Israel is the most essential ally. The UK, China, and Canada are viewed are the most important allies. [Link]
  • The State Department changes its label for the Golan Height, West Bank, and Gaza from ‘Israel Occupied’ to ‘Israeli Controlled.’ [Link]
  • Eric Margolis explains Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is right about Israel. [Link]
  • Gordon Levy explains why Congresswoman Omar’s criticisms are vital to countering the Hasbara narrative. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Talks between the US and Taliban end with a draft agreement. The agreement focuses on the US troop withdrawal and the Taliban’s pledge to keep al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan. The deal may include a timeline for US troop withdrawal. [Link]
  • On Sunday and Monday, at least 40 people were killed in fighting between the Taliban and Afghan Army. [Link]
  • The US killed six Afghan soldiers with an airstrike on an Afghan Army checkpoint. The US claims the Afghan soldiers fired on Americans. [Link]
  • A new book claims that former Taliban leader Mullah Omar lived just three miles from a US base. [Link]
  • US airstrikes kill 13 civilians in Afghanistan. [Link]

Venezuela

  • Venezuela demanded that all US diplomats leave the country. The US announced that the last embassy personnel would leave. Secretary of State Pompeo is spinning the decision to withdraw as allowing the US a greater number of options to use against Maduro. [Link]
  • A major Indian company will comply with US sanctions and halt oil trade with Venezuela. [Link]
  • Glenn Greenwald details how the lies of the legacy media are leading towards conflict with Venezuela. The NYT recently showed that Maduro’s forces did not burn aid trucks on Feb 23. Several US politicians and new outlets have been reporting that Maduro’s forces set the trucks on fire. [Link]  

US News

  • Trump is requesting over $8 billion for the wall in 2020. [Link]
  • Trump is requesting a $750 billion military budget in 2020. This includes a $100 billion overseas operations fund. [Link]
  • Scott Horton and Robert Gaines explain how the US interventions after 9/11 have created more terrorists. [Link]
  • Daniel Larison explains John Bolton is killing talks with North Korea by placing impossible demands on North Korea. [Link]   

Weapon Sales

  • Saudi Arabia imports more weapons than any other country. [Link]
  • The US was the world’s top weapons exporter in 2018. The US sold weapons to 98 different countries. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration is looking to create a loan program to allow foreign countries to buy US weapons on credit. [Link]

Europe

  • Catalonia’s former president is running for a seat in the European government. He is currently living in exile in Germany. [Link]
  • 15 Ukrainian police were injured in clashes with far right protesters. [Link]

Middle East

  • Senator Lindsey Graham says he will lobby Trump to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. [Link]
  • Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says Israel is the nation state for only the Jewish people. [Link]
  • A Saudi airstrike killed 21 civilians in Yemen. [Link]
  • Senator Lindsey Graham says he will lobby Trump to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. [Link]
  • Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says Israel is the nation state for only the Jewish people. [Link]
  • A Saudi airstrike killed 21 civilians in Yemen. [Link]

Africa

  • As Haftar takes control over south Libya, Libyans are concerned that he may battle with the UN-backed government for the capital. [Link]
  • 50 migrants in detention centers were wounded when Tripoli security forces suppressed their protest. [Link]
  • Algeria’s president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announces he will not run for president again and displays the elections planned for mid April. He has been president of Algeria since 1999. Recent protests have demanded he step down. [Link]
  • Members of Sudan’s opposition leadership were jailed and fined for protesting. [Link]