News Roundup 10/20/21

News Roundup 10/20/21

US News

  • Congressman Jeff Fortenberry was indicted in federal court for scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of lying to investigators. The indictments center around alleged donations made from a Nigerian billionaire. Fortenberry released a statement saying he expected to be indicted and denied the charges. [Link]

Great Power

  • Ten Russian and Chinese warships sailed through the Tsugaru Strait. [Link]
  • Russian fighter jets intercepted American B1-B bombers over the Black Sea. The American bombers neared the Russian border as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was visiting Ukraine. [Link]
  • Lloyd Austin said there is an open-door policy for Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO. Austin blamed Russia for a lack of peace in the region and said Russia could not object to Ukraine joining NATO. [Link]

Korea

  • North Korea tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. [Link]
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived at the country’s arms expo in a fighter jet, then called for increasing South Korea’s defense sector. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • Biden will nominate Donald Blome to be Ambassador to Pakistan. [Link]
  • In a meeting between Russian and Taliban officials, Russia offered Afghanistan aid but not recognition of the Taliban government. [Link]
  • Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo says he sees no situation where the Taliban would be able to access the Afghan government’s central bank account. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel approved $1.5 billion in spending to prepare for a potential attack on Iran. [Link]
  • The IAEA head says he will visit Iraq in the coming weeks. [Link]
  • UN experts say US sanctions on Iran are causing medical shortages. [Link]
  • Iraq’s militias reject the results of the recent election. [Link]
  • A bus in Damascus was bombed killing 14 people. In response, the Syrian government shelled rebel-held Idlib, killing 12. There are reports of an explosion at a Syrian base that killed five. [Link]
  • Two former German soldiers were arrested for attempting to form a militia to fight in Yemen. [Link]
COI #177: Colin Powell’s Career Supporting the War State guest Scott Horton

COI #177: Colin Powell’s Career Supporting the War State guest Scott Horton

On Conflicts of Interest #177, the great Scott Horton returns to the show to discuss the true legacy of Colin Powell, who served in many high-level roles during his long career in government. Scott breaks down Powell’s infamous UN speech that swayed millions of Americans to support the Iraq War. However, Powell’s bloody legacy stretches far beyond the 2003 invasion, all the way back to the Vietnam War. Scott explains Powell was wrongly lauded as a successful military leader and then used his faux reputation to sell the American people on war. 

Scott also discusses his take on his debate with Bill Kristol at the Soho Forum. 

Justin Raimondo on Colin Powell

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2000/12/25/the-canonization-of-colin-powell/

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News Roundup 10/20/21

News Roundup 10/19/21

US News

  • LA Country is attempting to force Vanessa Bryant – wife of Kobe Bryant – to get a psychiatric evaluation. Bryant is suing the country after officers leaked photos of her dead husband. [Link]
  • The Treasury Department announced it concluded its review of US sanctions policy. The report calls for the US to take more of a ‘surgical’ approach to sanctions. It warned that cryptocurrencies could be a threat to the effectiveness of US sanctions. [Link]
  • The Department of Justice tells the Supreme Court it will allow Abu Zabuydah – a Gitmo detainee – to testify to a Polish court about the torture he suffered. The DoJ says it will redact any of Zabuydah’s testimony that it believes will harm the US. [Link]
  • US Envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad resigns from his post. His announcement came as the State Department was planning an investigation into the withdrawal from Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The White House says the FBI is aiding in the effort to find kidnapped missionaries in Haiti. [Link]

Great Power

  • After expelling eight Russian diplomats from its NATO office, Russia announced it was closing its mission to NATO and will close the NATO office in Russia. [Link]
  • China denies it recently tested a hypersonic missile. [Link]

Iran

  • Iran said that talks with the EU in Brussels could help to facilitate a return to indirect talks between the US and Iran in Vienna. The US said the Brussels talks were unnecessary. [Link]
  • The EU says it will not engage in talks with Iran at Brussels this week. [Link]
  • Iran will resume exports to Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • Iran and Venezuela are expected to sign a 20-year trade cooperation pact. [Link]
News Roundup 10/20/21

News Roundup 10/18/21

US News

  • Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is dead. [Link]
  • Ameal Woods was driving in Texas to buy a new semi-truck when he was pulled over. Without changing him, the police seized the $40,000 in cash he was carrying to buy a new truck. Two years later, the police continue to refuse to return his money. [Link]
  • Thirteen detainees at Gitmo have been approved by the US government for transfer but remain in the prison. [Link]
  • The US extradited Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab from Cape Verde. Saab had been held in the African country for 16 months when he was arrested while traveling to Iran. The Venezuelan government claims Saab was on a diplomatic mission when he was arrested. In response, the Venezuelan government arrested six Citgo employees who were under home confinement and cut off talks with Venezuela’s opposition. [Link]
  • 16 Americans and a Canadian missionary were kidnapped in Haiti. [Link]

Great Power

  • Russia used fighter jets to escort an American B1-B bomber away from Russian territory over the Sea of Japan. [Link]
  • The US and Canada sent warships through the Taiwan Strait. China condemned the move. [Link]
  • The Financial Times reports China launched a hypersonic glide weapon into space. China denies the claim. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The Pentagon says it will offer condolence payments and relocation to the family of the ten people killed by a drone strike in Kabul. [Link]
  • ISIS-K says it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in Kandahar that left dozens dead. [Link]

Middle East

  • An Iranian lawmaker says his country will enter talks with the remaining parties to the JCPOA this week. [Link]
  • After Iraq’s election results were finalized, protests broke out among members of the losing parties. [Link]
  • Moqtada al-Sadr – leader of Iraq’s largest political faction – says the next Iraqi government must deal with the US on a “state to state level with full sovereignty.” [Link]
  • Syria says an official – and a former member of the Syrian Parliament – was killed by an Israeli sniper near the Golan Heights. [Link]
  • The Houthis continue to make gains against the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. [Link]

Africa 

  • Tigrayan forces say the Ethiopian government carried out airstrikes against their capital. The Ethiopian government denies the charges. [Link]
  • At least 30 people were killed by gunmen in Nigeria. [Link]
COI #176: Corporate Press Weaponizes Fictional ‘Havana Syndrome’

COI #176: Corporate Press Weaponizes Fictional ‘Havana Syndrome’

On COI #176, Kyle Anzalone discusses the so-called “Havana Syndrome.” Since 2017, the supposed ailment – which has so far not been proven to exist as its own discrete illness – has been invoked repeatedly by deep state and corporate media pundits to demonize US “adversaries.” The Havana Syndrome has no known cause, and its alleged symptoms range from migraines, dizziness, nausea and vertigo, among other symptoms common to countless other existing diseases and disorders. Initially, the Trump administration used the issue to roll back Obama’s diplomatic gains with Cuba. As scientists increasingly suggested the Havana Syndrome could be psychosomatic – or largely a psychological problem rather than physical disease – the MSM spun the Trump administration’s lack of interest by tying the narrative into the broader Russiagate craze. Now, the deep state and corporate press are deploying the unproven theory again to demonize Russia and China, suggesting they are somehow behind the mysterious syndrome. 

Kyle breaks down recent news about Facebook after the Intercept released the social media giant’s ‘blacklist,’ which includes some 4,000 groups and individuals deemed “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations” on the platform. Among the blacklisted figures were politicians, writers and various other people of influence. The list helps explain how Facebook suppresses independent reporting on the empire, ensuring certain voices are never heard while elevating others as go-to ‘experts.’ 

Kyle updates recent missile tests by North Korea. As with many previous launches by Pyongyang, the corporate media treated the test-fire as an act of aggression and allowed subsequent coverage to retain the same framing. Washington’s regular joint war games Seoul –  effectively simulating an invasion of the north – as well as its own periodic weapons tests are seldom mentioned in mainstream coverage.

Kyle argues that the US should meet North Korea’s missile tests with diplomacy, noting that South Korean President Moon Jae-in – a vocal proponent for improved inter-Korean ties – is giving Biden an ideal opportunity as he continues to push for an official end to the Korean War, which is formally still underway despite an armistice pact signed in 1953.

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News Roundup 10/20/21

News Roundup 10/15/21

US News

  • Missouri’s governor says he is launching an investigation into the St.Louis Post Dispatch after the paper exposed a security flaw in a state website that made teacher’s social security numbers vulnerable. The paper informed the state of the flaw and allowed it to be fixed before running the story. [Link]
  • Lockheed Martin will test its new Precision Strike Missiles (PriSM). The missile has a range of 500 km and was developed to counter China. The US wants 2,400 of the missiles by 2023. [Link]
  • On October 14, 2011, the US murdered 16-year-old American Abdulrahman al-Awlaki with a drone strike in Yemen. The US has taken no steps towards accountability. [Link]

Korea

  • South Korea is pushing the US to agree to a formal end of the Korean War. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is pushing for an official end to the war before his presidential term ends in March. [Link]

Great Power

  • China and Russia engaged in joint war games in the Sea of Japan. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • At least 33 people are dead after suicide bombers attacked a mosque in Afghanistan. [Link]

Israel

  • Israeli soldiers kidnapped and brutally abused two young boys over a YouTube prank. [Link]
  • Israel is building a new settlement in East Jerusalem. Once completed the settlement will effectively cut the West Bank in half. [Link]
  • Israel killed nine Syrian government soldiers in an attack near Palmyra. [Link]

Middle East

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken says all options are on the table for dealing with Iran. [Link]
  • Turkish officials say they are preparing for an attack on Syrian Kurds if diplomacy fails. [Link]
  • A new report by a London-based rights group says the conditions in prison camps for the families of ISIS fighters is horrific. The report claims two children are dying a week in the camps. [Link]
  • Aid groups warn that Yemen’s economy is collapsing. Aid groups say they are running out of money and will have to cut services for millions of desperate Yemenis. [Link]
  • The Houthis have entered the city of Maarib in central Yemen. [Link]
COI #175: Is Antony Blinken Pushing Phony Diplomacy?

COI #175: Is Antony Blinken Pushing Phony Diplomacy?

On COI #175, Kyle Anzalone breaks down Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meetings with the Israeli and Emirati foreign ministers. In the meeting, Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid threatened Iran. Tehran has signaled that it is willing to return to JCPOA talks, and the threats are sure to deter Iran’s openness to dialogue. Blinken suggested the US should encourage more deals like the Abraham Accords to create a pact between Israel and Palestine. However, the Abraham Accords were not peace deals, but rather US payoffs to Muslim states to end their objection to Israel’s apartheid against the Palestinians. 

Kyle discusses Congress considering a bill that transfers legislative war powers to the president. The proposed law would allow the president to determine if the US was to go to war with China over Taiwan. The bill is based on a false understanding of US foreign policy and military strategy. 

Kyle updates US intervention in the Horn of Africa. Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia recently claimed the central government opened a new offensive. In response, the US is considering sanctions against Ethiopia. Biden has also invited the head of neighboring Kenya to the White House. President Kenyatta’s visit came as the World Court decided on a major territorial dispute with Somalia, with the judges largely ruling in favor of Mogadishu.

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News Roundup 10/20/21

News Roundup 10/14/21

US News

  • A black Louisiana police officer was fired for speaking out against police abuse. [Link]
  • Facebook will give journalists and activists extra protection from harassment. [Link]
  • Overdose deaths in 2020 were up to at least 99,000. [Link]

Great Power

  • Putin says he feels he has a stable and working relationship with Biden. [Link]
  • The US accused Cambodia of allowing China to build a secret naval base. Cambodia has denied the accusations from the US. The US accusations came after a CSIS – a hawkish think tank – report alleged covert Chinese military involvement. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • The Taliban ask the US and EU to remove sanctions to help alleviate the economic crisis. [Link]

Israel

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US will reopen a diplomatic office in Jerusalem to serve Israel’s Arab population, but did not set a date for when the office would reopen. Israel is opposing the US reopening the office. [Link]
  • Israel carried out an airstrike in Syria, killing at least one person. Shia militias in Syria vow to seek revenge against Israel. [Link]
  • Blinken says if talks with Iran fail, the US will look to other options. Blinken made the statement with the Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid, Lapid clarified that the other operations were threats. [Link]
  • In the joint Blinken-Lapid meeting, Blinken warned Israel against forming closer ties with China. [Link]

Middle East

  • The Sadrist Bloc won a plurality of seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections. However, a recount shifted the totals and the final results are still unclear. [Link]
  • Blinken says the US does not support countries normalizing relations with Syria as long as Assad is in power. [Link]
  • Blinken says the US opposes Syrian reconstruction. [Link]
  • At least five people were left dead in Lebanon after gunmen opened fire on a Hezeballah-supported protest. [Link]
  • Houthi fighters made gains in central Yemen as forces battle for the city of Maarib. [Link]
News Roundup 10/20/21

News Roundup 10/13/21

US News

  • A judge denied a Texas police officer qualified immunity after the officer removed a 14-year-old child from her home because she was alone. The child’s mother was charged with felony abandonment, a jury found her not guilty. She is now suing the officer that traumatized her family. [Link]
  • The US plans to allow vaccinated land travel to the US starting in November. Non-essential travel from Mexico and Canada has been restricted for over a year. [Link]
  • US official Victoria Nuland failed to make progress during talks in Russia. The US and Russia are seeking to come to agreements on the sizes of their embassies’ staff. The US and Russia agreed to another round of talks. [Link]

Japan

  • Japan’s ruling party is looking to increase the country’s defense budget to 2% of GDP. Currently, Japan’s constitution prevents the country from spending more than 1% of its GDP on defense. [Link]

Middle East

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he hopes the Abraham Accords can help progress diplomacy between Israel and Palestine. The Palestinians view the Abraham Accords as a betrayal. [Link]
  • Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says there are non-peaceful ways to deal with Iran. [Link]
  • Israel’s Foreign Minister Yapid says Iran is becoming a nuclear weapons threshold state. [Link]
  • Sources say Turkey aided Iraq in the recent capture of a top ISIS member. [Link]
  • Pro-Saudi forces in Yemen claim to have killed 100s of Houthi fighters in recent days. [Link]
  • Saudi airstrikes in Yemen are at the highest levels since March. [Link]

Africa

  • The Kenyan president will travel to the US to meet with Biden. [Link]
  • The International Court of Justice ruled mostly in favor of Somalia in an Indian Ocean territorial dispute with Kenya. Last week, Kenya revoked the authority of the ICJ. [Link]
  • The State Department said it is looking at a full range of options to deal with reports of renewed fighting in Ethiopia. [Link]
  • A French soldier died in Mali due to an accident. [Link]
COI #174: The US Is Pushing China to the Brink

COI #174: The US Is Pushing China to the Brink

On COI #174, Kyle Anzalone breaks down the recent news in the US Cold War against China. Reuters reports that the US has been sending special operations soldiers to Taiwan for training. The US has sent Coast Guard and arms trainers to Taiwan previously, but the special operations forces would be a serious escalation. The UK is following Washington’s lead with its own “tilt” to the Indo-Pacific. The UK’s new aircraft carrier is currently docked in Singapore while two other UK warships are preparing for new homes in Japan. 

Kyle discusses US-Iran tensions. Iran has signaled a willingness to return to nuclear negotiations in Vienna. However, the Biden administration has largely met the new Iranian president’s overtures with threats of more sanctions. Last week, the US removed sanctions on two Iranian entities. The move could have been a signal to Iran that the US was open to removing additional penalties, but the Treasury Department made clear that the sanctions relief did not indicate an overall policy change and more measures could come soon. 

Kyle updates the situation in Syria. The Syrian Kurds recently met with US officials and said Washington gave a firm commitment that US troops would remain in Syria. The occupation of some of Syria’s more profitable regions is causing suffering for average Syrians. Eventually, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will challenge the US in the eastern regions, potentially provoking clashes with American forces. The US effort to overthrow Assad in Syria is lost, and even American allies who took part in the prior regime change effort – such as Jordan – are reforging ties with Assad. 

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News Roundup 10/20/21

News Roundup 10/12/21

Asia

  • Talks between China and India failed to reduce border tensions. [Link]
  • The UK’s newest aircraft carrier docked in Singapore. The UK says the operation is a part of its “tilt” to the Indo-Pacific. [Link]

Middle East

  • Biden removed sanctions on two entities accused of making ‘dual-use’ parts for Iran’s missile program. [Link]
  • Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says his country will look to quadruple its population in the occupied Golan Heights. [Link]
  • The accused mastermind of the Jamal Khashoggi assassination is returning to his position of power in the Saudi royal family. Saud al-Qutani was an adviser to Crown Prince MbS before the assassination. [Link]
  • Moqtada Sadr’s party won the most seats in Iraq’s election. [Link]

Ethiopia

  • Tigrayian forces say the Ethiopian government has launched a new ground offensive. [Link]
News Roundup 10/20/21

News Roundup 10/11/21

US News

  • Biden Administration official Victoria Nuland is sanctioned by Russia. However, Russia will allow her to travel to Russia this week. [Link]

India

  • Seven were left dead by fighting between Indian soldiers and militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir. [Link]

Pakistan

  • The leader of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, AQ Khan, dies at 85. [Link]
  • The US and Taliban held talks in Qatar. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • The Taliban claim the US agreed to provide humanitarian aid to poor Afghans. The US did not confirm this agreement was made. [Link]
  • The Taliban say they will not work with the US to contain ISIS. [Link]

Middle East

  • Iran says when Iran nuclear deal talks resume the focus will be on verifying US sanctions are removed. [Link]
  • An Iranian general was kidnapped by Israel in Damascus. After being questioned, Israel dropped him on the street in South Africa. [Link]
  • Israel fired missiles at a Syrian airbase, killing two soldiers. [Link]
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says Israel will never return the Golan Heights territory that was seized from Syria in 1967. [Link] 
  • A car bomb killed four in Afrin, Syria. [Link]
  • Voter turnout in Iraq’s elections was a record low of 25%. [Link]
  • A car bomb in southern Yemen killed six. The targets were two high-ranking members of the Southern Transitional Council. Both men survived. [Link]

Africa 

  • Migrants looking to make it into Europe through Libya, report mass abuses in Libyan detention centers. Six detainees were killed at one detention center. [Link]
  • Gunmen kill at least 20 in Nigeria. [Link]
  • A blockade of Sudan’s main port by tribal protesters is causing wheat and oil shortages. [Link]

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