News Roundup 1/23/20

by | Jan 23, 2020

News Roundup 1/23/20

by | Jan 23, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Local police are using license plate readers to help the federal government build a massive database. [Link]
  • More than 2,000 vets have filed a lawsuit against 3M for producing defective earplugs. [Link]
  • The Guardian reports Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was involved in the spying on Jeff Bezos’s phone. [Link]
  • The architect of the torture program says he believes he went too far in the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah. [Link]


  • After a bill has passed the parliament, the UK is expected to exit the EU on January 31st. [Link]


  • US sanctions against Iran are devastating the Iranian people. [Link]
  • Iran’s president says his country will not try to build a nuclear weapon with or without a deal. [Link]


  • The author of the leaked OPCW engineering report on Douma testified at the UNSC. The author, Ian Henderson, concluded that the alleged crime scene showing a chemical weapons attack was staged. [Link]
  • Russia says at least 40 Syrian soldiers were killed by Syrian rebels in the Idlib province. [Link]


  • The Iraqi president met with Trump and discussed removing foreign troops from Iraq. [Link]
  • The US deputy commander in the fight against ISIS says the Shia militias are more of a threat to US troops than ISIS. [Link]
  • Trump says the Iraqis like what US troops are doing in Iraq and if the US leaves it will be on “our” terms. [Link]
  • After the Iran missile attack, 11 US soldiers left Iraq with concussion symptoms. Additional soldiers are now receiving treatment. [Link]


  • Details have been released about the al-Shabaab attack on the Kenyan base that housed US soldiers. Three Americas – one soldier and two contractors – were killed in the attack. [Link]
  • Burkina Faso will allow vigilantes to receive training and arms to fight against jihadists. Rights groups are expressing concerns are the vigilante groups have a history of ethnic violence. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia asks the US to remove Sudan from the state sponsor of terrorism list. [Link]
  • Militants killed 29 people in South Sudan. The militants were likely attempting to seize the land of the tribe they attacked. [Link]

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, assistant editor of and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter.

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