• Turkey, long a strategic player in Syria, is now taking sides in Libya’s civil war. At the urging of Turkey’s authoritarian leader President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the national assembly supported sending military aid and Turkish troops to assist Libya’s internationally recognized government. Analysts and some officials say Ankara is unlikely to immediately deploy troops, sending military advisers and equipment first.
(“Newly Aggressive Turkey Forges Alliance With Libya,” Foreign Policy, Dec. 23, 2019; “Turkish Parliament Approves Sending Troops to Libya,” New York Times, Jan. 2, 2020)
• Documents released by the U.S. last April shine a light on the massive repression by right-wing military governments in Latin America during the 1970s and ’80s. Argentina, along with Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil were deeply involved in a terror campaign known as “Operation Condor” which carried out the murder and assassination of hundreds of people, including former Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier and his associate Ronni Moffitt, who were killed in a bombing attack in Washington, D.C. Some estimates are that at least 60,000 deaths can be attributed to Operation Condor, roughly 30,000 of these in Argentina. (Producer’s note: The correct figure for Argentinian deaths is 30,000 not 30, as stated in the audio narration.)
(“Argentina Declassified,” The Nation, Nov. 18, 2019)
• Cities across the planet are not waiting for global leaders to take action on the climate crisis. Today, the world’s largest 100 cities account for 20 percent of the global carbon footprint. New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago are among the world’s top 10 climate polluters.
(“Cities aren’t waiting for federal Green New Deal,” In These Times, Dec. 17, 2019)
This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.