Senator Jim Risch approves payment of last $20 million of $75 million package pledged by Biden, but insists it be reprogrammed for food aid, not funneled to terrorists
— Read on www.timesofisrael.com/top-republican-releases-remaining-palestinian-aid-he-held-up-for-months/
Trump conducted more drone strikes in his first two years than Obama had in eight; in Afghanistan, civilian deaths from drone strikes more than tripled.
Civilian deaths skyrocketed in Afghanistan under Trump, whose administration relaxed the rules of engagement for airstrikes, a new study shows.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/trump-afghanistan-airstrikes-increased-civilian-deaths-by-330-since-2016-2020-12
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced an amendment to the defense budget bill to suspend a missile sale to Israel.
— Read on www.jpost.com/american-politics/aoc-introduces-amendment-to-halt-us-arms-sale-to-israel-679763
The fact that former NSA operatives acted as cyber-mercenaries for the UAE is less a canary in a coal mine than a blaring air-raid siren.
— Read on gizmodo.com/the-ex-nsa-operative-cyber-mercenary-scandal-shows-the-1847688488
Nebraska is one of only two states that divides its Electoral College votes by congressional district, rather than a winner-take-all system. That allowed President Joe Biden to claim one of the state’s five electoral votes last year, even as he lost Nebraska by 20 percentage points.
Now Republicans in Nebraska’s legislature are proposing splitting up the 2nd Congressional District, the one Biden won, in their new map. The change would make the swingy district surrounding Omaha, the state’s largest city, more Republican. It would also make it harder for a Democratic presidential candidate to win.
— Read on apnews.com/article/joe-biden-race-and-ethnicity-legislature-nebraska-election-2020-f8174099d4c98cbe1e93820abdc08eaa
Tareq Zubeidi, 15, has been unable to resume normal life since surviving an attack by Israeli settlers.
— Read on www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2021/9/10/palestinian-teen-describes-brutal-israeli-settler-attack
Trump considering attending ‘mega-rally’ in Brazil to endorse Bolsonaro’s re-election: report – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism
— Read on www.rawstory.com/amp/trump-and-bolsonaro-2654965183
With more than 120,000 people evacuated from a one-runway airport in Afghanistan, it’s time to stop finger-pointing and appreciate the U.S. military’s near-miraculous effort.
— Read on www.chicagotribune.com/columns/rex-huppke/ct-afghanistan-withdrawal-evacuation-biden-military-kabul-flights-huppke-20210831-ghgvong5fjhvtns2kmxlofzlfq-story.html
In reckoning with post-9/11 fantasies and lies, don’t forget the role of the press.
— Read on www.thenation.com/article/society/press-cheerleaders-afgan-war/
Our daily estimate of excess deaths around the world | Graphic detail
— Read on www.economist.com/graphic-detail/coronavirus-excess-deaths-estimates
Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin reportedly phoned the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan seeking help in bringing a large amount of cash into the country as part of a planned helicopter rescue of American citizens.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mullin-afghanistan-trip/2021/08/31/62f63bb0-0a90-11ec-a256-709238a1404d_story.html
It’s understandable that the outrage grifters hyperventilating about the US leaving Afghanistan “A DAY EARLY!!!!!” don’t know what date it is in Afghanistan. They never bothered to go there in the last two decades.
A Samsung tablet obtained by the BBC unveils chilling details of how mercenaries fought in Libya’s war.
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-58009514.amp
The Trump administration prevented President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team from meeting with its counterparts at Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, according to a former senior intelligence official familiar with intelligence transition discussions.
— Read on edition.cnn.com/2020/12/04/politics/pentagon-biden-transition-intelligence/index.html