After being replaced by President Donald Trump, former Veterans Affair Secretary David Shulkin is speaking out about a plan ‘to put VA health care in the hands of the private sector.’ Shulkin who was replaced by White House doctor Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson says he was fired because he opposed the privatization plan.
French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Paris’ support to Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and offered to mediate the conflict between the Kurdish fighters and Turkey. The offer was dismissed by Turkey, a spokesperson saying countries should take a ‘clear stance against all types of terrorism.’ Macron faced French criticism for his response to a Turkish operation.
Mourners and leaders gathered yesterday for the funeral of Stephon Clark, the 22-year old father of two who was shot 20 times and killed by police when they responded to a vandalism call nearly two weeks ago. The Reverend Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy, saying ‘They’ve been killing young black men all over the country.’
A collection of companies announced their decision to pull advertisements from right-wing television host Laura Ingraham’s show after she insulted Parkland, Florida shooting survivor David Hogg. Advertisers including TripAdvisor, Nestle, Wayfair, and Hulu have cut ties with Ingraham. In response to the backlash, Ingraham apologized ‘for any upset or hurt’ her tweet caused.
Russia announced its expulsion of over 150 diplomats including 60 American diplomats in retaliation to the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US and EU countries following the poisoning of a former Russian spy. Russia will also close the US consulate in St. Petersburg, as tensions with the West reach Cold War levels.
The Ecuadorian government announced Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been cut off from the internet at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, his refuge for almost 6 years. Ecuador suspended internet access after Assange violated an agreement to refrain from using his communications to interfere with other states’ affairs. WikiLeaks denied Assange agreed to such a deal.
A Palestinian was killed by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza Strip early on Friday, hours before Palestinians were to stage mass sit-ins along the border with Israel. The Palestinian “March of Return,” a series of mass protests along the border between Gaza and Israel, is taking place on Friday.