News Roundup 11/30/21

by | Nov 30, 2021

News Roundup 11/30/21

by | Nov 30, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Jack Dorsey announces his resignation as Twitter’s CEO. [Link]
  • A House committee is set to look at several bills reforming Section 230. [Link]
  • Apple will notify users if their phones were hacked by state actors. [Link]
  • Chrystul Kizer is facing homicide charges in Kenosha for killing a man who attempted to rape her. [Link]

Covid

  • Biden instructs federal agencies to be ready to move as quickly as possible to approve new vaccines for new covid variants. [Link]
  • Pfizer will ask the FDA to approve boosters for 16 and 17-year-olds. [Link] 
  • The White House informs public sector unions it will not begin aggressive measures against the unvaccinated – like unpaid leave and firings – until early 2022. [Link]
  • The Supreme Court refuses to hear a case brought by eight Boston area hospital employees who were fired for violating their employer’s vaccine mandate. [Link]
  • A federal judge blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in ten states. [Link]
  • Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin rejects a request from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to exempt the OK National Guard from the federal vaccine mandate. [Link]
  • The VA is the second most unvaccinated federal agency. Over 50,000 employees are unvaccinated and 42,000 are requesting an exception. [Link]

Russia

  • Latvia calls for a permanent NATO troops presence and wants Patriot missiles. [Link]
  • Belarus is planning war games with Russia near its border with Belarus. [Link]
  • Ukraine’s foreign minister says his country is on high alert for a Russian-backed coup or Russian invasion. [Link]

China

  • The US-China Commission issues a hawkish report to Congress about the US-China relationship. [Link]
  • Taiwan has secretly developed the ability to build a fleet of submarines. [Link]
  • The Pentagon plans to make upgrades to its bases in Guam and Australia to build up military forces against China. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • The World Bank is attempting to use $500 million in Afghan funds to slow the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. However, US sanctions remain a major issue. [Link]

Israel

  • Israel has passed intelligence to the US and European countries claiming to show Iran plans to enrich uranium to weapons-grade. [Link]
  • Over 100 Palestinian families in East Jerusalem are at immediate risk of losing their homes to Israeli demolition. [Link]
  • Israel is likely selling kamikaze drones to Morocco. [Link]

Iran

  • Iran’s foreign minister says there is no way his country would return to the JCPOA without lifting Trump-era sanctions. [Link]
  • Indirect talks to save the JCPOA resume in Vienna. [Link]
  • Israel urges the world not to give in to Iranian blackmail. [Link]
  • The NYTs reports Israel was behind a cyberattack in Iran that crippled the country’s gas stations. [Link]

Middle East

  • Syrian Kurds protest over militias affiliated with the US-Backed Syrian Democratic Forces conscripting their underage daughters. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia carried out several strikes against Yemen’s capital over the weekend. [Link]
  • The Pentagon appoints General Micheal X. Garrett to investigate a 2019 strike in Syria that killed scores of civilians. The NYTs recently revealed the strike and how the Pentagon covered it up. [Link]

Africa

  • The European border agency is aiding the Libyan Coast Guard in intercepting migrants attempting to reach Europe. [Link]
  • Chad’s government announced an amnesty for nearly 300 rebels. [Link]
  • Ugandan forces work with the Congolese army to target the ADF militia in the Congo. [Link]

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