News Roundup 2/19/21

by | Feb 19, 2021

News Roundup 2/19/21

by | Feb 19, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Legal marijuana jobs increased by 77,000 in 2020. Now over 300,000 Americans work in the weed industry. [Link]
  • Paul Sperry was suspended by Twitter. [Link]
  • Texas police killed a man by setting on fire with their tasers. The cops received qualified immunity. [Link]
  • Six Capitol police officers were suspended and 35 are under investigation related to the Capitol riot. [Link] 
  • The Capitol Police want to leave the fence up around the Capitol for several months. [Link]
  • Biden will give $4 billion aid to global vaccine relief. [Link]

North Korea

  • The US charges three North Koreans for allegedly stealing more than $1.3 billion in cyber crimes. The US says the men are associated with the North Korean intelligence service. [Link]


  • The US says it is open to talks with Iran but the talks must include regional issues. [Link]
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister says Iran will return to the JCPOA once the US lifts sanctions. [Link]
  • The US resends a claim that all UN sanctions had been reimposed on Iran. [Link]

Middle East

  • Turkey hired American firm Arnold and Porter to lobby for the country to get back into the F-35 program. Arnold and Porter will make $750,000 over the next six months. [Link]
  • Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin calls Saudi Crown Prince MbS to affirm the US strategic ties with Saudi. [Link]
  • The NATO Chief said the alliance will increase troops levels in Iraq from 500 to 4,000. [Link]
  • The Saudi-backed forces in Yemen will receive reinforcements and additional air support from the Kingdom. The Houthi have been closing in on a key city in central Yemen. [Link]


  • As many as 800 Tigrayans were massacred at a church by the Ethiopian military in late November. The people were not allowed to bury the dead and many bodies were eaten. [Link]
  • Seven years after a peace agreement was signed, South Sudan continued to struggle with violent attacks often based on ethnic lines. [Link]
  • Suspected Islamist militants killed eight people in Burkina Faso and nine people in Mali. [Link]

About Kyle Anzalone

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

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