News Roundup 7/13/20

by | Jul 13, 2020

News Roundup 7/13/20

by | Jul 13, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Trump commutes Roger Stone’s prison sentence. [Link]
  • Bail reforms that promote algorithms and risk matrices do not correct for racial disparities. [Link]
  • A Super PAC with ties to John Bolton has spent over $300,000 in a congressional race in Maine. The PAC is attempting to defeat Eric Brakey. Brakey has a history of calling for a less interventionist foreign policy. [Link]
  • The US Army maintains a Twitch channel with an esports team playing Call of Duty. Users who mentioned the Mai Lai Massacre or Kunduz Hospital Bombing were banned from the channel. [Link]

Police

  • Police militarization is a subsidy for the defense industry. [Link]
  • Police agencies used Dataminr to help monitor BLM protests. [Link]

Defense Spending

  • Some Senators are working to create the Office of Joint Cyber planning. The office may be created by the 2021 NDAA and would have $15 million in funding. [Link]
  • The Air Force is looking to award a $10 million contract for flying car design. [Link]
  • The Pentagon is using the Defense Production Act to give $84 million to small defense contractors. The bailout focused on drone manufacturers. [Link]

The New Cold War

  • China says it will not engage in arms control talks with the US because the US invitations lack sincerity. [Link]
  • Trump announced the US carried out a cyberattack against the Russian-based Internet Research Agency in 2018. [Link]
  • The US deploys Reaper drones to Estonia for the first time. [Link]

Middle East

  • Evidence is surfacing Israel carried out a sophisticated cyberattack on an Iranian nuclear facility. [Link]
  • China and Iran are close to finishing a deal that will increase their military and economic ties. [Link]
  • Turkey sends 25 military vehicles into Idlib, Syria, to reinforce several observation posts maintained by the Turkish Army. [Link]
  • Saudi and UAE backed Yemeni militants started fighting each other in a southern city. [Link]

About Kyle Anzalone

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

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