News Roundup 8/11/20

by | Aug 11, 2020

News Roundup 8/11/20

by | Aug 11, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • A newly released video from 2018 shows police officers frisking and attempting to handcuff an eight-year-old boy at school. [Link]
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard disputes an Energy Department report that concludes the nuclear waste on the Marshall Islands is safe for the people there. [Link]
  • A Venezuelan court sentenced two former US soldiers to 20 years in jail for their role in Operation Gideon. Operation Gideon was an attempted invasion of Venezuela on May 4th by a small group of mercenaries. [Link]
  • Russian fighter planes intercepted American spy planes over the Black Sea. Russia has been intercepting US flights in the area at least once a week. [Link]
  • The new State Department IG finds Secretary of State Pompeo did nothing wrong when he skirted Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia. Saudi is using the weapons to commit war crimes in Yemen. [Link]


  • Belarus arrested over 2,000 people protesting the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. [Link]


  • A Hong Kong media tycoon – Jimmy Lai – was arrested under China’s new security law for Hong Kong. [Link]
  • China sanctioned 11 Americans including six Republican Congressmen. [Link]


  • Afghanistan’s president is expected to sign an order to release 400 Taliban prisoners. The prisoner release is expected to kick off talks between the Taliban and Afghan government within the week. [Link]

Middle East

  • Lebanon’s prime minister and his cabinet resign. The country’s president accepted the resignation but says the government will stay on in a caretaker’s role until a new prime minister is in place. [Link]
  • Two explosions in Iraq hit convoys of supplies for US coalition forces. [Link]
  • The US will train SDF and Kurdish militants to guard oilfields in eastern Syria. [Link]


  • A car bomb killed eight people in Somalia. [Link]
  • Somali forces killed six prisoners in the process of suppressing a prison riot. [Link]
  • Ten people protesting for more regional autonomy in Ethiopia were killed. [Link]
  • Militants killed eight aid workers in Niger. The dead include six French civilians. [Link]
  • 20 people were murdered by gunmen at a cattle market in Burkina Faso. [Link]
  • The US sanctioned a militia leader in the Central African Republic. [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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