News Roundup 2/9/21

by | Feb 9, 2021

News Roundup 2/9/21

by | Feb 9, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Facebook will crack down on vaccine misinformation. [Link]
  • Cass Sunstein joins Biden’s DHS to craft immigration policy. [Link]
  • A proposed House bill will make gun ownership highly regulated and establish a gun database. [Link]
  • A federal appeals court ruled it was unconstitutional for police to arrest a man for refusing to shop his ID. [Link]
  • Biden signed 28 executive orders in his first two weeks as president. [Link]
  • The US has spent over $300 million to deploy National Guard troops to DC. The deployment will cost nearly $500 million by mid-March. [Link]

Foreign Policy

  • The US will rejoin the UN Human Rights Council. [Link]
  • Biden is looking to strengthen ties with India to combat China. [Link]
  • The US carried out drills in the South China Sea with two carrier groups. [Link]
  • The US will meet with the Philippines to discuss the status of US troops deployed to the Philippines. [Link]
  • The Biden administration is considering a plan to take small steps with Iran to return to the JCPOA. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Two attacks in Kabul killed five people. The Taliban said they were not responsible for the attacks. [Link]
  • No US combat troops died in Afghanistan for a full calendar year. [Link]

Syria

  • The UN is asking 57 countries to take back their citizens who remain in Syrian camps. The 10,000 people are women and children whose husband/father is accused of being an ISIS fighter. [Link]
  • Syria said it would be open to talks with the US if US policy changed. [Link]
  • US convoys continue to enter northeast Syria. The regular convoys suggest Biden isn’t altering Trump’s Syria policy. [Link]
  • The Pentagon says US troops are not in Syria to protect or develop oil fields. However, US troops are stationed close to oil fields. [Link]

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