News Roundup 1/4/2022

by | Jan 4, 2022

News Roundup 1/4/2022

by | Jan 4, 2022

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • The city of Baltimore will pay out $8 million to the family of Malcolm Bryant. Bryant spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. [Link]
  • A social worker was denied qualified immunity after fabricating statements. In a separate case, police officers were denied qualified immunity after fabricating evidence that led to James Dennis’s conviction for murder. [Link]
  • The government opens an investigation into CBP spying on journalists. [Link]
  • The US will not name the executives of Balfour Beatty Communities that were involved in a fraud scheme against the Pentagon and military families. The company managed homes for the military and routinely ignored maintenance and mold concerns that caused health issues. [Link]
  • The US, UK, France, China, and Russia issue a joint statement saying a nuclear war must never be fought. [Link]

Covid

  • The CDC tells Americans to accelerate their scheduling of Pfizer booster shots. The CDC now tells adults to take the booster five months after the second dose. The CDC tells children 5-11 with compromised immune systems to take the booster four weeks after the second dose. The FDA recommended the booster of a covid vaccine for children 12-15. [Link]
  • A judge rules in favor of 35 Navy Seals suing the Pentagon over lacking a religious exemption for the covid vaccination. [Link]
  • The US donates 1.7 million Pfizer covid vaccinations to Laos through Covax. [Link]
  • Airbnb will pay the US government over $91,000 for violating US sanctions on Cuba. [Link]

Latin America

  • One person was killed during an assassination attempt on Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry. Henry was uninjured in the shootout. [Link]
  • A suspected member of the assassination team that killed Haiti’s President Moise was arrested in Panama and will appear in US court. [Link]
  • Fighting between militant groups in Colombia kills 23. [Link]

Israel

  • The Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used against opposition figures in Poland. Poland got access to the technology around the time former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with the Polish leader. Several other countries – Including India, Rwanda, and Hungary – got access to the spyware near visits with Netanyahu. [Link]
  • Facebook shut down a Palestinian news network that was based on its site. [Link]
  • The UAE will receive $53 million in Israeli defensive aids for its MultiRole Tanker air fleet. [Link]

Middle East

  • Iran says the West is approaching talks with new realism. [Link]
  • Drones in Iraq were fired at a base housing US soldiers. The drones were intercepted before reaching the base. [Link]
  • Seventy-eight Houthi fighters were reported to have been killed by Saudi forces in Maarib. [Link]

Africa

  • Over 4,400 migrants died attempting to reach Spain in 2021. [Link]
  • The US has deployed 1,000 National Guard soldiers deployed in the Horn of Africa carrying out security operations in Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti. [Link]

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About Kyle Anzalone

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

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