News Roundup 12/13/2023

by | Dec 13, 2023

News Roundup 12/13/2023

by | Dec 13, 2023

US News

  • Jack Teixeira’s Commanding Officer Removed from Post. Guardian The Institute
  • Venezuela Says US Military Drills in Guyana Are “Provocation.” AFP 

Russia

  • Russian Oil Revenue Higher in October Than in Year Before War. Bloomberg The Institute 
  • Zelensky: “You Can Count on Ukraine and We Hope to Be Able to Count on You” NBC AWC
  • As the Biden administration is seeking over $60 billion to fund the war in Ukraine for another year, a poll has found that nearly half of American voters think the US is spending too much on the conflict. AWC
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Offers to Jump and Dance for EU Membership. AP
  • Republicans Appear Unmoved on Ukraine Aid After Meeting with Zelensky. TIME AWC
  • After Ukraine’s failed counteroffensive, US and Ukrainian officials are looking for a new strategy for the war against Russia as political leadership in both nations is determined to keep the conflict going. AWC
  • Zelensky meets with the leaders of American arms makers. X
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the US has put 250 individuals and entities on blacklists for supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Washington has waged an economic war aimed at destroying the Russian economy for the past 20 months. However, Moscow has largely successfully circumvented the Western financial penalties. The Institute

China

  • Chinese and Philippine vessels collided near a disputed reef in the South China Sea as tensions in the waters continue to rise. AWC
  • The US Sanctions Two Chinese Officials for “Serious Human Rights Abuses” Against the Uyghurs. RFA

Israel

  • Destruction of Gaza Compared to Years-Long WWII Bombing Campaigns. FT
  • US Officials Say Hostage Release Talks Breakdown. Politico 
  • Israel Pushes Palestinians into “Safe Zones” with no Aid, Bathrooms or Running Water. AP
  • Haaretz Editorial Board Warns “Israeli Jails Must Not Become Execution Facilities.” Haaretz
  • Blinken Says What Happens to Gaza After Israeli Military Campaign Is Tel Aviv’s Decision to Make. Politico 
  • UN Official Says Israel Trying to Push Gazans Into Egypt. NYT
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday said he appreciated the US vetoing a UN Security Council resolution that called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and vowed to continue his war in the besieged enclave, which has killed at least 18,000 Palestinians. AWC
  • The Biden administration is bypassing Congress to get 13,000 rounds of tank ammunition to Israel to fuel its onslaught in Gaza by waiving a congressional review period for foreign weapons sales. AWC
  • Haaretz: Data Shows Israeli Bombing in Gaza Less Restrained Than Past Operations. Haaretz
  • Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi said on Saturday that Israel was ready to act against the Houthis in Yemen if the US and its allies do not. AWC
  • 5,000 Israeli Soldiers Injured Fighting in Gaza. MEE
  • WHO Warns Gaza’s Health System “On Its Knees.” WashPo
  • Death Toll in Gaza Crosses 18,000 with 300 Killed in 24 Hours. AJ
  • Israel Prepared to Fight for Months or Longer to Defeat Hamas. AP AWC
  • Israeli Army Accused of Arbitrary Detention of Women and Children in Gaza. MEE
  • Josep Borrell, the European Union’s top foreign policy official, said Monday that the destruction in Gaza as a result of the Israeli bombing campaign could be “even greater” than the damage to German cities during World War II, AFP reported. AWC
  • Biden Says Israel Government “Doesn’t Want a Two-State Solution.” FT
  • The UN General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to adopt a resolution demanding a ceasefire in Gaza as global opposition to the US-backed Israeli massacre of Palestinians continues to rise. AWC

Lebanon

  • Israel used US-provided white phosphorous munitions in an attack on southern Lebanon that wounded nine civilians, The Washington Post reported on Monday. AWC
  • White House Says It Is “Concerned” About Reports Israel Used White Phosphorous in Lebanon. Politico 
  • Israeli Shell Kills Lebanese Mayor. Reuters

Syria

  • The US embassy in Baghdad came under mortar fire on Friday as US assets in Iraq and Syria continue to be targeted over US support for Israel’s onslaught in Gaza. AWC

Yemen

  • Houthis Say No Ships Bound for Israel Will Cross Red Sea. NYT
  • Pentagon Says Houthis Missile Hit Tanker in Red Sea. CENTCOM AWC
  • The US is threatening to kill a peace plan for Yemen that was negotiated between the Houthis and the Saudis if the Houthis continue attacking shipping in the Red Sea, which the group has been doing in response to Israel’s assault on Gaza. AWC

Mali

  • UN Ends Decade-Long Peacekeeping Operations in Mali. Fox News

About Kyle Anzalone

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

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