News Roundup 11/16/2021

by | Nov 16, 2021

News Roundup 11/16/2021

by | Nov 16, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Rep. Nancy Mace introduces a bill to legalize marijuana. [Link]
  • The judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse case dismissed the weapons charge after the prosecutor agreed the rifle Rittenhouse carried was not short-barreled. Both sides concluded their closing arguments and jury deliberation is set to begin today. [Link]
  • Merck and Pfizer agree to license their anti-covid pills allowing the pills to be manufactured by other companies. [Link]
  • Biden signs the infrastructure bill into law. The law spends $1.2 trillion over eight years. [Link]
  • Steve Bannon surrenders to police after being charged with contempt of Congress. [Link]

Pentagon

  • General Atomics is building a new drone capable of carrying 16 hellfire missiles, four times the amount a Reaper drone can carry. [Link]
  • The Pentagon says the Oklahoma National Guard will have to comply with the covid vaccine mandate. [Link]
  • Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be briefed on a 2019 airstrike in Syria that the NYT recently revealed killed scores of civilians. [Link]
  • A Swedish non-profit V-Dam finds that mostly America and its allies are responsible for the world becoming less democratic. [Link]

Latin America

  • The US announced new sanctions on several Nicaraguan officials. [Link]
  • A suspect in the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Mosie was arrested in Turkey after flying out of Miami. [Link]

Russia

  • The US criticizes Russia for a missile test that blew up a Russian satellite. The US says the debris from the test caused the International Space Station to take evasive action. [Link]
  • NATO head Jans Stoltenberg warns of a Russian military buildup near Ukraine and possible Russian aggressive actions. [Link]
  • NATO affirmed it stands with Ukraine. [Link]
  • A German energy regulator temporarily suspended the license for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline because the Russian gas company failed to set up a German subsidiary. [Link]
  • Russia and China begin a new joint helicopter project. [Link]

Poland-Belarus Border Crisis

  • Poland will buy 300 used MRAPs from the US. [Link]
  • Poland, Lavatia, and Lithuania are considering invoking Article 4 of NATO which consultation when a member’s borders are threatened. [Link]

China

  • Biden and Xi hold a virtual meeting. [Link]
  • Japan and Australia conduct joint naval military drills. [Link] 

Armenia

  • Fighting broke out on the Armenian-Azeri border. Both countries claim the other country started the fighting. Armenia reports losing two defensive positions. [Link] 

Afghanistan

  • Universal Studios will make a move on the Afghan withdrawal. [Link]

Middle East

  • New corruption allegations against the Netanyahus delay the former prime minister’s trial. [Link] 
  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank. The Israeli forces were carrying out a raid in Tubas when a confrontation between residents and soldiers broke out resulting in soldiers shooting the Palestinian in the heart. [Link] 
  • Iran invites the IAEA head to Tehran after the agency complained about its lack of contact with the new Iranian administration. [Link]
  • The EU places sanctions on four newly appointed Syrian government officials. [Link]
  • A US drone strike in Yemen killed three suspected AQAP members and wounded two civilians. [Link]

Africa

  • The UN claims the Ethiopian government has arrested nearly 1,000 people under a state of emergency. Most of those arrested are from the Tigray ethnic group. [Link]
  • Three people were killed by two suicide bombings in Uganda’s capital. [Link]

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