News Roundup 2/17/21

by | Feb 17, 2021

News Roundup 2/17/21

by | Feb 17, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Hedge fund Alden Global Capital will buy Tribune Publishing – publisher of the Chicago Tribune and other papers – for $630 million. Alden Global Capital already owns Digital First Media. DFM includes papers like The Denver Post and Boston Herald. [Link]
  • The FBI arrested and raided the home of a left-wing activist for posting anti-police statements online. [Link]
  • A California police officer is seeking qualified immunity after he shot at a fleeing car and killed a passenger. [Link]
  • The Covid lockdowns are pushing more young people to remain in the military. [Link]
  • Biden called the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline a “bad deal for Europe.” Biden is still deciding if he will continue to sanction the pipeline that will lower energy prices in central Europe. [Link] 

Afghanistan

  • NATO says the Taliban must do more to meet their commitments under the “peace deal.” [Link]
  • The Taliban threaten to launch an offensive against US forces if the US keeps troops in Afghanistan past the May 1st date agreed to in the US-Taliban agreement. [Link] 

Middle East

  • The White House Press Secretary says the US will recalibrate its relationship with Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • Israel is planning to buy another squadron of F-35 and four KC-46 refueling takers. [Link]
  • Israel says it will not engage with the US on Iran if the US reenters the JCPOA. [Link]
  • Iran informs the IAEA that it will limit inspections starting on February 23rd. [Link]
  • The State Department approved a $200 million sale of rolling airframe missiles to Egypt. [Link]

Iraq

  • The Acting US Ambassador to the UN said the US must address Iran’s destabilizing activities in Iraq. [Link]
  • The Biden Administration says it has the right to respond to the rocket attack that killed a contractor and injured a US soldier in Erbil. [Link]
  • NATO is expected to increase its troop deployment in Iraq from 500 to 4,000 – 5,000. [Link]

Yemen

  • The US is urging the Houthi to end their offensive on Marib. [Link]
  • Worsening fuel shortages in Yemen are causing more people to rely on firewood. [Link]

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