US Meets With Taliban, Without Afghan Leadership (Dan)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Taliban leadership in Qatar — according to Taliban leadership. The US tried speaking with the group in 2015 but was derailed after Afghan government leadership derailed negotiations due to the talks being held without their participation. Pompeo and the State Department would not confirm if the talks took place.
The Big Business of News Business (Reader Steve)
The recent New York Daily News layoffs show that the newspaper business has become more profit driven, which usually means only conservative papers can survive.
The Sanctification of NATO (Jimmy)
The author writes, “None of this coverage addressed NATO’s threats to Russia and how these shape Russian actions. Though NATO leaders promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 that NATO would not expand ‘one inch eastward’ toward Russia, the alliance has since grown quite a few inches eastward by adding to its ranks Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia and Montenegro.”
Trump Ready to Bomb Iran Within One Month: Australian Govt Sources (Reader Luke)
The author writes, “Trump’s White House is ready to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, unnamed ‘senior figures’ within the Australian government said to ABC news.”