This Week’s Under-reported News Summary Feb. 26, 2020

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Peace talks in the nine-year Libyan civil war fall apart
  • FBI believes white nationalist threat greater than Islamic terrorist groups
  • Texas’ 28th primary battle between progressives & moderates in Democratic party

• Peace talks in the 9-year Libyan civil war fell apart after rebels affiliated with the United Arab Emirates claimed they had carried out a rocket attack on a ship carrying weapons from Turkey to the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli. The claim was denied by the Tripoli government.

(“LNA Says Tripoli Port Attack Targeted Turkish Weapons,” Al Jazeera, Feb. 19, 2020; “Libya’s Rival Factions Dig In for Long Conflict,” Reuters, Feb. 17, 2020)

• The FBI’s arrest of  seven alleged members of a violent neo-Nazi group known as “The Base” has raised public awareness of white nationalists plotting an insurgency to overthrow the U.S. government. The FBI now believes the threat posed by white nationalists is greater than Islamic terrorist groups such as ISIS.

( “Inside the Neo-Nazi Hate Group ‘The Base,’ Which Is the Center of an FBI Investigation,” ABC News, Feb. 23, 2020; “We Once Fought Jihadists, We Now Battle White Supremacists,” NY Times op-ed, Feb. 11, 2020; “Testimony on Incidents of White Supremacy in Military,” Southern Poverty Law Center, Feb. 11, 2020)

• With just a few weeks to go until the Texas primary, the state’s 28th congressional district has become the site of a major national battle for the direction of the Democratic party, a contest that mirrors the competition between the party’s progressive and moderate wings seen in the current presidential primary campaign.

(“The Battle for the Democratic Party Runs Through South Texas,” American Prospect, Feb. 11, 2020; “The Latina Organizer Taking On Trump’s Man in Texas,” In These Times, February 2020)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.

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