News Roundup 7/16/21

by | Jul 16, 2021

News Roundup 7/16/21

by | Jul 16, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden Administration wants Facebook to remove 12 accounts. The White House believes these accounts are creating a significant amount of what it labels as “vaccine misinformation.” [Link]

Caribbean

  • Biden said the US would not be sending troops to Haiti, but announced the deployment of Marines to the embassy in Haiti. [Link]
  • The Pentagon reported a small number of Colombian soldiers involved in the assassination of Haiti’s president received training from the US. [Link]
  • Miami-based security firm CTU has been named by Haitian authorities for possible involvement in the assassination. [Link]
  • Biden says the US is considering if it has the technological ability to restore the internet to Cuba. [Link]
  • Biden said the US is open to sending vaccines to Cuba but will not lift restrictions on remittances. [Link]

China

  • China says the American proposed law that would ban all imports from China’s Xinjiang region could spark a global trade war. [Link]
  • The US plans to announce new sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • The US, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan create a platform to create stability in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The governor of Afghanistan’s Badghis province reports he reached a ceasefire agreement with the Taliban. [Link]
  • The Taliban offered a three-month ceasefire to the Afghan government in exchange for 7,000 prisoners getting released and the removal of a Taliban leader from the UN blacklist. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel’s military is seeking a major budget increase to target Iran. [Link]
  • Early on July 15th, it was reported US Middle East Envoy Brett McGurk told Iraq the US was withdrawing troops. That story was quickly denied by high-ranking US officials. [Link]
  • Lebanese Sunni political leader Saad Hariri steps down as prime minister after he was unable to form a cabinet. [Link]

Nigeria

  • A Nigerian general was gunned down traveling on a highway. [Link]

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