News Roundup 1/26/2022

News Roundup 1/26/2022

US News

  • The Department of Labor drops the OSHA-enforced vaccine mandate. [Link]
  • As many as 500 criminal cases could be dropped because NYPD detective Joseph Franco was caught planting drugs. [Link]
  • Twitter says it removed nearly 45,000 accounts in the first half of 2021 for promoting violence or terrorism. Over the same time span, Twitter forced users to delete 4.7 million posts. [Link] Twitter also saw a record number of government requests to remove content. [Link]
  • Lockheed Martin is investing heavily in hypersonic missiles. [Link]

Venezuela

  • The US-recognized leader – although he holds no actual power – of Venezuela Juan Guadio offers the country’s true leader – Maduro –  talks in exchange for the possible reduction in some US sanctions. [Link]

Russia

  • US and Ukrainian officials are giving conflicting statements on the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. [Link]
  • The UK delivered thousands of anti-tank weapons to Ukraine. [Link]
  • The US delivered 80 tonnes of Javelin missiles and launchers to Ukraine. [Link]
  • The House will vote on the Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act as early as next week. The bill would impose sanctions on Russia and give Ukraine $500 million in military aid. [Link]

China

  • China and Russia conducted joint naval war games. Russia said it discussed conducting bilateral trade with China in national currencies. [Link]
  • The US flew operations with patrol and spy planes around Taiwan. [Link]

Korea

  • North Korea test-fired two cruise missiles. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The accounts for the Afghan embassy in the US have been frozen. [Link]
  • Thousands of Afghans – many CIA-trained commandos – have been stranded in the UAE. [Link]

Middle East

  • A senior Human Rights Watch employee had their device hacked by the Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. [Link]
  • Talks between Israel and Russia could reduce Israeli airstrikes in Syria. [Link]
  • The US says it is ready for direct talks with Iran. [Link]
  • Ted Cruz introduces a bill that will put the Houthi on the terrorism list. [Link]
  • UAE-backed forces report making gains in Marib against the Houthi. [Link]

Africa

  • The Biden administration approves a $2.5 billion weapons sale to Egypt. [Link]
  • Senegal says two of its soldiers were killed and nine went missing while on operations in The Gambia. The Senegalese military said the Movement of Democratic Forces for Casamance was behind the attack. [Link]
COI #221: Biden Must Make Concessions to Defuse the Ukraine Crisis

COI #221: Biden Must Make Concessions to Defuse the Ukraine Crisis

On COI #221, Kyle Anzalone discusses the Ukraine crisis. Biden has overextended American commitments and now must make concessions to defuse the crisis. Even if it leads to war, the Blob will demand that Biden hold firm against Putin. While the US continues to take aggressive positions against Russia, behind-the-scenes talks could be working towards a deal to prevent such a war. 

Kyle talks about the U.K. High Court’s ruling that Assange can appeal his extradition to the U.K. Supreme Court. The decision is key in the Wikileaks founder’s fight for freedom. However, Assange will remain entangled in the UK justice system for months. 

Kyle updates Saudi’s brutal war in Yemen. Following a Houthi drone strike on the UAE, the U.S./Saudi air war on the people of northern Yemen accelerated. After knocking out the internet, Riyadh dropped American-made bombs on a youth soccer game and a migrant detention center.

Kyle looks at the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took control of the country in August, the U.S. levied a brutal economic war on the Afghans, sending millions to the brink of starvation. The U.S. is talking with the Taliban this week. The Taliban, as well as the UN, are pushing the U.S. to unfreeze Afghan government accounts. 

Kyle breaks down the career paths of former Trump defense officials. Many are joining smaller tech firms’ boards. The smaller firms give more control to the former officials to direct the companies.

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Debunking The War on Terrorism Narrative – ‘Enough Already’ Book Review

Debunking The War on Terrorism Narrative – ‘Enough Already’ Book Review

… interventionism is not only immoral and aggressive; it doesn’t work. We must regain liberty at home, end all interventions in other countries, and return to the historic, forgotten “foreign policy” of serving as an example and a beacon-light of liberty to the rest of the suffering and strife-torn world.

 

Murray N. Rothbard, Ph.D., Libertarian Forum v. 1, p. 582

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1/19/22 Zaher Wahab: Afghanistan is Starving and Nobody Cares

Scott interviews Zaher Wahab of the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education about the economic catastrophe taking place in Afghanistan. Although the U.S. Government claimed it was working to develop Afghanistan, Wahab explains that what it really did was prop the country’s economy up until it left. Now, in the midst of the collapse, the people of Afghanistan are starving. And the American hawks and pundits, who only four months ago were screaming about the wellbeing of Afghan civilians, now don’t seem to have a care in the world for them. Wahab fills us in on this situation, its causes and what needs to change. 

Discussed on the show:

Zaher Wahab is a Professor Emeritus at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education. He was a senior advisor to the education ministry in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2006. He then taught at the American University of Afghanistan until 2019. 

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News Roundup 1/26/2022

1/19/2022

Covid

  • SCOTUS rejects an emergency appeal challenging the mask mandate on airplanes. [Link]
  • Wisconsin will deploy over 200 National Guard soldiers to nursing homes over the next two months. [Link]
  • The US gives seven million Pfizer covid vaccine doses to Bangladesh through Covax. [Link]

US News

  • A grand jury recommended charges against three police officers that opened fire on two teens and killed an 8-year-old girl. Initially, the state charged the two teens with Fanta Bility’s murder, even though prosecutors knew it was one of the cops that fired the shot that killed her. [Link]
  • Police in California and Kansas have seized over $1 million from three armored trucks that service the legal marijuana industry. [Link]
  • The Washington National Guard will deploy 100 troops to Poland. First, the soldiers will train at Fort Bliss. [Link]
  • Tennessee will deploy 25 members of its National Guard to Kuwait. [Link]

Russia

  • NATO says it will treat an attack on any of its members’ space assets as an attack on the alliance. [Link]
  • NATO signs an agreement with Ukraine to boost cyber cooperation. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy. [Link]
  • The US is concerned about Russia moving troops to Belarus for war games. [Link]
  • The US says Russia could invade Ukraine at any time. [Link]

China

  • Taiwan will pay Ballard Partners $900,000 to lobby on behalf of Guatemala to US officials. [Link]
  • The US increased its number of aircraft carrier deployments to the South China Sea to ten in 2021, up from six in 2020. The warships engaged in more unpredictable routes and maneuvers. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The Taliban are attempting to place their officials in Afghan embassies. [Link]

Israel

  • The US and Israel claim to have successfully tested the Arrow-3 missile interceptor system. The Arrow-3 is designed to intercept missiles outside the atmosphere. The system could be used to hit satellites. [Link]
  • A report says Israel targeted its citizens with Pegasus spyware. [Link]
  • Women rights activists in Jordan and Bahrain had their phones targeted with the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. [Link]
  • Israel offers security and intelligence support to the UAE in response to the Houthi drone attack. [Link]

Middle East

  • South Korea will sell the UAE $3.4 billion in anti-aircraft missile systems. [Link]
  • The US sanctioned three Lebanese men over alleged ties to Hezbollah. [Link]

Africa

  • Four people were killed by an al-Shabaab suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia. [Link]
  • An IED in Burkina Faso wounded four French soldiers. [Link]
News Roundup 1/26/2022

News Roundup 1/14/2022

Covid

  • The Supreme Court strikes down the Biden requirement that employers mandate the covid vaccine or mask and test employees weekly. The court approved Biden’s requirement for all healthcare staff at federally funded facilities to get the covid vaccine. [Link]
  • Biden plans to double the number of covid tests the US is buying to one billion. The administration will announce plans on a program to distribute N-95 masks for free. [Link]
  • The Pentagon signs contracts to buy 380 million covid tests. [Link]
  • The Marines granted the Pentagon’s first two religious exemptions. Over 18,500 soldiers have applied. [Link]
  • Poorer nations rejected over 100 million doses of the covid vaccine in December. Most were rejected due to their short shelf life. [Link]

US News

  • A Florida resident was sentenced to years in prison for exporting rebreathers to Libya. Another man was sentenced to five months in prison for involvement in the crime. [Link]
  • Former Google employees are landing key posts in the Biden administration. [Link]
  • The USS Carl Vinson suffered four “Class A mishaps” – an incident causing at least $2.5 million in damages – in the final six weeks of 2021. [Link]
  • The Pentagon will allow a special operations soldier to retire with a written reprimand after allegedly sexually assaulting a Thai translator. [Link] 

Russia

  • Ted Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill fails in the Senate. [Link]
  • Ukraine spent over $1 million on lobbying in the US. [Link]
  • The CIA hired paramilitaries to train Ukrainian forces in the US.  [Link]
  • Russia says it does not see grounds for further talks with the US and NATO unless the US shows flexibility. [Link]
  • Russia says it could deploy troops to Venezuela or Cuba. [Link]
  • National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan claims the chance that Russia invades Ukraine is high. [Link]
  • Troops from the Russian-led CSTO begin withdrawing from Kazakhstan. [Link]

China

  • The US moved several warships into the South China Sea. [Link]

Korea

  • North Korea test-fired two missiles. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • The UN calls on the US to release frozen Afghan funds. [Link]

Middle East

  • 110 Republican Congressman issued a letter calling for Biden to exit talks with Iran and increase pressure. [Link]
  • Four rockets targeted the US Embassy in Baghdad. One of the rockets injured three civilians. [Link]
  • Three people were killed in Syria in two suicide bombings near the Turkish border. [Link]

Africa

  • The EU will sanction Mali. [Link]
  • Sweden will remove its 400 troops from Africa’s Sahel. Sweden has been supporting France’s war in Mali. [Link]
  • One police officer and one protester were killed during protests in Sudan. [Link]
COI #215: A Combat Vet on Biden’s First Year as Commander-in-Chief

COI #215: A Combat Vet on Biden’s First Year as Commander-in-Chief

On COI #215, Kyle Anzalone is joined by Henri Henrikson to discuss Biden’s first year as president. Kyle and Henri break down Biden’s continuation of the Iraq War, his economic war against Afghanistan which is creating a humanitarian disaster, as well as his failure to bring accountability for America’s air wars and the myriad civilian casualties. 

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News Roundup 1/26/2022

News Roundup 1/12/2022

Covid

  • The White House says it will increase the number of covid tests available to schools by 10 million a month. [Link]
  • Biden tells federal agencies to begin testing unvaccinated employees weekly starting Feb 15th. [Link]
  • Senator Marco Rubio introduces a bill that will sanction Chinese officials the US claims are restricting the discovery of the origin of covid. [Link]
  • The US buys 600,000 doses of antibody covid treatment from GSK and Vir Biotechnology for an undisclosed amount. [Link]
  • The US donates 40,000 Pfizer covid vaccines to Haiti through Covax. [Link]
  • The lockdowns led to a spike in childhood pregnancies in southern Africa. [Link]

US News

  • Homes in majority black and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago were twice as likely as homes in white neighborhoods to receive a traffic ticket from a camera. The infrastructure bill allows states to spend federal money on traffic cameras. [Link]
  • The Department of Justice creates a new unit to target domestic terrorism. [Link]
  • The Navy says an operator error caused the fuel leak in Hawaii that poisoned the drinking water of military families. The Navy says it will drain the fuel from the tanks that caused the spill. [Link]

Haiti

  • An alleged member of the assassination team that killed Haitian President Jevonol Moise claims the current Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry had a role in the plot. [Link]
  • Over 170 Haitians were rescuced by the Coast Guard off the coast of Florida. [Link]

Great Power

  • Senate Democrats introduce a bill that would sanction Russia if Russia invaded Ukraine. The bill is an alternative to Senator Ted Cruz’s bill that requires immediate sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. [Link]
  • US and NATO officials meet with Russia for talks. Russia says it is not offering the West ultimatums but needs concrete answers. [Link]
  • China offers Kazakhstan security support. [Link]
  • Thailand will buy four F-35s for over $400 million. [Link]

North Korea

  • The FAA briefly halted West Coast flights around the time of the North Korea missile test. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • A senior Pakistani Taliban member was assassinated in Afghanistan. [Link]

Israel

  • Pro-Israel lobbying groups are pushing the Senate to approve a bill that will give $1 billion in aid to Israel to buy more Iron Dome interceptors. The bill is being held up in the Senate after passing the House by Senator Rand Paul who is demanding that the funding come from money that was allocated to go to the non-existent Afghan government. [Link]
  • Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says he expects conflict with Lebanon or Gaza soon. [Link]
  • An 80-year-old Palestinian man died of a heart attack while detained by Israeli soldiers. [Link]

Middle East

  • France says the US and Iran are still far from a deal. [Link]
  • UAE-backed forces in Yemen were redeployed from the country’s Red Sea coast to central Yemen. Saudi Arabia claims the forces pushed the Houthi out of the Shabwah province and has also made gains in Maarib. [Link]

Africa

  • At least eight people were killed by a suicide bomber targeting a UN convoy in Mogadishu. [Link]
  • A doctor in Tigray’s capital city reports two people were killed by a drone strike. [Link]
News Roundup 1/26/2022

News Roundup 1/7/2022

US News

  • The USPS asks for a waiver from Biden’s vaccine mandate. The service said it needs more time to get employees into compliance. While the mandate takes effect on January 10th, OSHA says it will not begin enforcement until February 9th. [Link]

Caribbean 

  • The US placed visa restrictions on eight Cuban officials. [Link]
  • Two journalists were killed in Haiti. [Link]

Great Power

  • The US will open a special forces base in Albania. [Link]
  • The US questioned the need for Russian troops to deploy to Kazakhstan. [Link]
  • Japan and the US sign a new defense research and development pact. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The Taliban are pushing the US for a prisoner swap. [Link]

Middle East

  • Palestinians say a tow-truck driver ran over a 75-year-old Palestinian activist. [Link]
  • Iran says the nuclear deal can be saved if the US is willing to lift sanctions. [Link]
  • A drone was fired at a base that houses US forces in Iraq. [Link]
  • Saudi-backed forces in Yemen claim to have reclaimed territory in Shabwah. [Link]

Africa

  • The UN said an airstrike killed three people – including two children – at a refugee camp in Ethiopia. [Link]
  • Mali says Russia deployed troops to help train its forces. [Link]
  • Protesters say three people were killed in anti-coup protests in Sudan. [Link]
COI #210: Scott Horton on Biden’s First Year as President

COI #210: Scott Horton on Biden’s First Year as President

On COI #210, Scott Horton joins Kyle Anzalone to discuss Biden’s first year as president. 

Scott breaks down Biden’s Afghanistan policy. Biden critically took the most important step of removing US troops from the long battered country. However, Biden played the role of a sore loser and waged an economic war on the Afghans. Now, Afghans are beginning to starve to death as Biden keeps billions of dollars in Kabul government funds frozen. 

Scott also discusses Biden’s Russia policy. Biden has walked to the brink with Moscow with his public rhetoric, though in private conversations with Putin he is relenting. The administration, however, fails to understand Russia’s desires for Ukraine, creating a potential miscalculation. 

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COI #209: American Wars Will Plague the Middle East for Generations

COI #209: American Wars Will Plague the Middle East for Generations

On Conflicts of Interest #209, Kyle Anzalone discusses the lasting impacts of America’s wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 

The coming winter in Afghanistan is expected to bring extreme hunger – and even death – to millions of Afghan children. The cause of the acute starvation facing Afghan children is America’s economic war. Pressure is starting to mount on Biden to make some move to reduce the suffering in Afghanistan. However, Biden has remained willing to starve children to punish the Taliban. The American people are largely unaware of the Afghans’ suffering because, since the withdrawal, major news has ceased coverage of Afghanistan. 

Five million Iraqi children have been orphaned by America’s three decades of warfare. Many of the parentless children live in poverty and are lucky if they are able to find work. The violence and instability created by Bush’s overthrow of Saddam has led to fighting by various actors throughout the country. 

The NYT reported on the Pentagon’s slaughter of Syrian civilians. The reporters sifted through more than 1,000 pages of documents on airstrikes in Iraq and Syria from 2014-2018. The documents show the military has little care for the civilians it kills and never holds anyone responsible for war crimes.

Saudi Arabia recently bombed the airport in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. The strike damaged communications equipment. The airport has reopened but ill-functioning equipment is causing dangerous situations with flights. The UN is calling on the Saudi-backed government of Yemen to allow the equipment to be flown in.  

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12/30/21 Basir Bita on the Economic Crisis in Afghanistan

Scott interviews activist Basir Bita about the economic calamity that’s hit Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrawal this past summer. With the U.S. and IMF freezing Afghan government funds as well as widespread market corrections after the fall of the previous regime, Afghanistan has been thrown into turmoil. Food prices have tripled since the summer and many Afghans face issues with food security. Bita argues that the Biden Administration and others should get over their hesitation to work with the new government of Afghanistan. And that a refusal to do so reveals how little they truly care for the Afghan people, despite their rhetoric. 

Basir Bita is a civil society activist now based out of Canada. He is an advisor for Afghan Peace Volunteers, a youth group in Kabul, Afghanistan that advocates for nonviolent conflict resolution. Follow him on Twitter @BasirBita

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Free Range Feeder; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt and Listen and Think Audio.

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