News Roundup 1/5/2022

by | Jan 5, 2022

News Roundup 1/5/2022

by | Jan 5, 2022

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Willie Stokes was released from prison after serving 37 years for a murder he did not commit. Stokes was convicted after police bribed a witness to give a false statement. The witness was convicted for purgery for lying in court. [Link]
  • Biden doubles the government’s purchase of the Pfizer anti-covid treatment from 10 to 20 million courses of the treatment. [Link]
  • The Kentucky National Guard deploys 200 soldiers to Kosovo. [Link]
  • American-backed Ukrainian white-nationalist/neo-Nazi militias are recruiting from around the world, including the US. [Link]

Venezuela

  • Venezuela’s opposition legislature elected US-proclaimed Venezuelan President Juan Guaido to serve in the role for another year. Guaido’s powers were restricted in the new mandate. [Link]

Japan

  • Japan will buy ten new coast guard ships to defend its claim to the Senkaku Islands. [Link]

Korea

  • North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into waters off its coast. [Link]

Iraq

  • Geoff Hoon – the UK Defense Minister in the lead up to the Iraq War – says before the war he received a memo that concluded the Iraq War as likely illegal. Hoon said he was ordered to destroy the memo but didn’t. [Link]
  • A rocket hit an Iraqi base that houses US soldiers on Wednesday – no injuries were reported. The base was targeted by two drones on Tuesday. [Link]
  • Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby says US forces in Iraq have a right to “self-defense.” [Link]
  • Four members of the PKK were killed by Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israeli politician Yair Lapid says there will be no talks with Palestine once he becomes prime minister. Lapid is set to assume the role in 2023. [Link]
  • Israel’s military intelligence head says it would be better to have an agreement with Iran than for talks to fail. [Link]
  • State Department Spokesperson Ned Price says modest progress has been made in nuclear talks with Iran. [Link]
  • The US coalition in Syria bombed a site it claimed was going to be the source of a rocket attack against US forces. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia carried out a series of airstrikes against Yemen’s capital. [Link]
  • About 200 people were killed fighting in Maarib, Yemen on Tuesday. [Link]

Africa

  • Doctors in Tigray say the Ethiopian government policies – and looting caused by war – are depriving hospitals of necessary supplies to save lives. A doctor claims over 100 deaths have occurred due to a lack of access to healthcare. [Link]
  • US Envoy to the Horn of Africa Jeffery Feltman will visit Ethiopia to meet with officials on the conflict with Tigray. [Link]
  • The US, UK, and EU issue a statement calling for Sudan to return to the democratic process for face sanctions. [Link]
  • Congolese officials report its soldiers killed 18 militants in a fight, two soldiers were also killed. The battle was against Makanika-Twigwaneho – a group of Tutsis with Rwandan heritage. [Link]

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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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