Podcast: Peace Talks With North Korea, Taliban and in Ukraine, Protests in Hong Kong, Egypt, Ecuador

"The US talks with North Korea fell apart. According to the North Koreans, it is because the US isn't offering anything new"

On FPF #404, I discuss several protests movements and peace talks happening around the world.

The US talks with North Korea fell apart. According to the North Koreans, it is because the US isn’t offering anything new.

The US also spoke with the Taliban in Pakistan. Pakistan is hoping to revive talks to end the Afghan War after Trump declared they were dead.

In Ukraine, it appears the new president is looking for a path to peace and says he will enter four-party talks.

In Hong Kong, the government is enacting emergency powers in an attempt to curb the protest movement. The government banned masks as violent clashes with the government continue.

Anti-government protests in Iraq have left over 100 people dead.

In Egypt, the dictator al-Sisi continues to round up those who protest against him. So far over 2,000 have been arrested.

President Marino in Ecuador has also rounded up hundreds of protesters. The protesters there are demanding he undoes a $2 billion austerity deal.

Show Notes

  • Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger gets ten years for murdering an unarmed man. [Link]
  • Pentagon
    • A Pentagon employee says he was forced out after attempting to expose defense companies overcharging the Pentagon. [Link]
    • The Pentagon has taken over background checks for most security clearance. [Link]
  • Customs and Border Patrol is spending $1.2 million on anti-drone systems for the southern border. [Link]
  • The brother of Honduras’ President is on trial in the US for drug trafficking. [Link]
  • Pompeo says the US calls on North Korea to stop provocations in response to the most recent missile test. [Link]
  • China displays new weapons at its military parade. The new weapons suggest China has a nuclear triad. [Link]
  • Hong Kong may enact other emergency laws that will remove some of the restrictions on force police can use. [Link]
  • Turkey says not enough progress has been made to establish safe zone in northeast Syria. [Link
  • Iran
    • Iran’s President nearly had a phone call with Trump. However, Trump saying he wanted increased sanctions against Iran caused the call not to happen. [Link]
    • Iran closes two border crossing with Iraq because of the protests in Iraq. [Link]
  • Africa
    • Twitter suspended the accounts of several Egyptian activists protesting Egyptian President Sisi. Egypt has arrested over 2,000 protesters. [Link]
    • The US reopened its embassy in Somalia for the first time since 1991. [Link]


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thomas malthaus
thomas malthaus
25 days ago

https://ericmargolis.com/2019/08/time-to-liberate-afghanistan/

“Contrary to US claims, Taliban was never a terrorist group. I was in Afghanistan and Pakistan when Taliban was created. Civil war in Afghanistan after the Soviets pulled out led to wide scale banditry, rapine and anarchy. A preacher named Mullah Omar, a veteran of the anti-Soviet war, cobbled together a force of ethnic Pashtun (Pathan) fighters and students to attack the bandits, rapists, and opium-producing Communist forces causing mayhem. This rag-tag movement came to be known as ‘talibs,’ or religious students. Thus was born Taliban.

Mullah Omar and his Pashtun fighters went on to drive the Communists from Kabul and take most of the country. According to the UN, Taliban eliminated 90% of Afghanistan’s opium production and brought a rough justice to the nation.

But then came the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Caught sleeping on guard duty, the embarrassed Bush administration claimed Taliban was somehow behind 9/11 because it had given refuge to Afghan war hero Osama bin Laden. There was no hard evidence against bin Laden but he became the target of America’s wrath and desire for revenge.

Washington demanded Taliban turn over bin Laden. But the Afghan mountain warriors held to their tradition of defending guests and refused, claiming bin Laden would never have gotten a fair trial in the US. But they offered to send him for trial in another Muslim nation like Turkey or Egypt. The US spurned this offer and invaded Afghanistan, oblivious to its title ‘Graveyard of Empires.’ “

John C Carleton
John C Carleton
25 days ago
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