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News Roundup 4/19/21

News Roundup 4/19/21

US News

  • Rusten Sheskey – the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake – returns to duty. [Link]
  • Biden walks back a pledge to increase the number of refugees the US accepts. [Link]
  • Judges are banning some alleged Capitol Rioters from accessing the internet. [Link]
  • The American Legion calls for ending the “Forever Wars.” [Link]
  • A new bill would end the Selective Service Act, requiring young men to register for the draft. [Link]

Cuba

  • The Press Secretary says changing the Cuba policy is not a priority. [Link]

Great Power

  • A new bill would prevent the US from using nuclear weapons in a first-strike attack. [Link]
  • Russia responds to the latest US sanction by expelling ten American diplomats. [Link]
  • The US signed an agreement with Norway that will allow the US to build facilities to station troops at three air bases and a naval base in Norway. [Link]
  • The UK plans to sail two warships to the Black Sea. [Link]
  • In a meeting between the leaders of the US and Japan, Biden pledges to defend Japan with nuclear weapons. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The Taliban say the US remaining in Afghanistan past May 1st is a violation of the peace agreement. [Link]
  • The Taliban say they will not attend peace talks until the US reverses its decision to break the May 1st deadline. [Link]
  • The Pentagon Spokesperson says he is unsure if the withdrawal from Afghanistan will include contractors. [Link]

Middle East

  • The US sent a letter to Israel that voiced the US displeasure with Israel for carrying out a cyberattack against Iran while the US was engaged in indirect talks with Iran. [Link]
  • A new bill would aim to prevent Saudi Arabia from getting nuclear weapons. [Link]

 

COI#98 – Cops Kill Kids in the US, While Biden Sanctions Russia

COI#98 – Cops Kill Kids in the US, While Biden Sanctions Russia

On COI #98, Kyle discusses two recent police shootings involving children. In Chicago, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was killed by a police officer. The officer chased Toledo demanding he stops and put his hands up. Toledo dropped the gun he was carrying, stopped, and put his hands up. The officer murdered Toledo anyways. In Maryland, 16-year-old Payton Ham was gunned down by a cop.

There is no body camera footage and police alleged Ham pointed an airsoft gun at the officer. Biden announced new sanctions on Russia in response to alleged election interference, hacking, and other ‘malign’ activities. The sanctions target dozens of Russians and bar US banks from buying Russian bonds from the country’s central bank. Biden did not present any proof for the nefarious actions he accused Russia of conducting.

Kyle is speaking in Denver on Wednesday

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COI#98 – Cops Kill Kids in the US, While Biden Sanctions Russia

COI #97 – Is the War in Afghanistan Ending or Evolving?

On COI #97, Kyle breaks down Biden’s announcement that he will not withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by May 1st. The new plan is for US troops to leave the country by 9/11. However, even if US troops leave, 6,000 American contractors remain. The US will also maintain the ability to launch airstrikes in Afghanistan. While Biden is claiming he is ending the war, it appears he is evolving it to include less uniformed American soldiers.

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COI#98 – Cops Kill Kids in the US, While Biden Sanctions Russia

COI#96 – Active Duty Soldier Finds Liberty, Decides to Leave Military

On COI #96, Kyle and Will are joined by Jose Galison, an active duty Air Force mechanic who decided to leave the military after 11 years enlisted. Jose talks about joining the Air Force, his journey into libertarianism and antiwar circles and why he became disillusioned with the service and US foreign policy more generally.

His show, No Way Jose, can be found on YouTube or any major podcasting platform.

Note: The views expressed in this episode are Jose’s alone, voiced in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Air Force, Department of Defense or the US government.

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COI#98 – Cops Kill Kids in the US, While Biden Sanctions Russia

COI #95 – Will Biden Save the Iran Nuclear Deal?

On COI #95, Kyle and Will update the progress of the negotiations between the US and Iran in Vienna, where the two sides are meeting for indirect talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. While there have been some promising developments, public statements from the US have not inspired confidence in Biden’s willingness to break with the aggressive policies of his predecessor.

A Florida court has concluded that police officers can conceal their names from the public after they shoot suspects, so long as they argue that they were themselves the victim of a crime. The court overturned a previous ruling which found that it would not be appropriate for police, as public officials, to hide their identities. Maryland’s Democrat-controlled legislature also passed significant police reforms last week, over the veto of Governor Larry Hogan.

Biden has unveiled an early proposal for the 2022 Pentagon budget, coming in at a whopping $715bn for the base budget alone. The move appears to confirm previous reporting that Biden would not start a fight over military spending and would largely keep budgets at the sky-high level set under Donald Trump – still outdoing the world’s next 10 largest military budgets combined.

 

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COI#98 – Cops Kill Kids in the US, While Biden Sanctions Russia

COI #94: NATO’s Push Into Ukraine Is Increasing Tensions Between the US and Russia

On COI #94, Connor Freeman – writer at The Libertarian Institute – returns to the show to discuss the escalating tension between the US and Russia. Most of the escalation is over Ukraine. Biden is reassuring the Ukrainians that they have America’s full support and backing. Ukraine could misread the American promise and launch an offensive against Russia in Crimea or eastern Ukraine.

Even if Ukraine doesn’t decide to launch a military offensive, there is still a risk that the US will allow Ukraine to join NATO, crossing a Russian redline. Ukraine’s president said it was the only way to resolve the country’s civil war. NATO countries have agreed to massive war games and more naval bases in Ukraine.

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COI #93 – China’s Uyghurs: Genocide Victims or CIA Pawns?

On COI #93, Patrick McFarlane – host of Liberty Weekly – returns to the show to discuss claims about the Chinese Uyghurs. More reports have claimed that China is committing atrocities – including genocide – against its Muslim population. One new report claims to independently confirm the genocide claims. However, the report relies on known and unverified sources. The lack of proof for the genocide hasn’t stopped media voices – including those in the independent media – from repeating the genocide claims as fact.

Thousands of Uyghurs fought for jihadists groups in Syria. Some have suggested the CIA is helping to funnel those fighters back home to China. Pat breaks down recent comments by Col. Larry Wilkerson on the topic.

Scott Interviews Col. Larry Wilkerson

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COI#92 – Will the Biden-Big Tech Coalition on Vaccine Passports Destroy Freedom?

On COI #92, Will and Kyle discuss the Biden administration’s role in developing a flurry of vaccine passport apps alongside tech companies and the implications they will have for human liberty. While the government insists the efforts are fully private, the White House and federal agencies are more involved than Biden’s team has let on.

A State Department report reviewing human rights around the world has pulled its punches on Israel, reaffirming Donald Trump’s support for Israeli claims on the Golan Heights and Jerusalem, both at odds with international law. The report makes little mention of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, though does use the term “occupied” in a slight break with the Trump administration.

Iran and the US are set for indirect talks in Vienna this week, where they will discuss ways to revive the defunct 2015 nuclear deal, but Iranian officials have voiced heavy skepticism, insisting Washington return to the agreement and lift sanctions immediately.

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan on May 1 has effectively been called off, as Biden requests a six-month extension to the American military occupation. Kyle and Will explain how that could foretell a much longer presence.

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