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]
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Covid

  • New Mexico is requesting National Guard soldiers and state employees to fill in as substitute teachers. [Link]
  • The US donated over 300,000 Johnson & Johnson covid vaccines to Bangladesh. [Link]
  • The US donated over 600,000 Pfizer covid vaccine doses to Ukraine. [Link]
  • At least 2.8 million covid vaccine doses donated to Africa have expired. [Link]

Russia

  • The US charged four Belarusians with air piracy. [Link]
  • The US announces sanctions on four Ukrainians for assisting an alleged Russian influence campaign in Ukraine. [Link]
  • A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill that would give the president more power to arm Ukraine. [Link]
  • Germany rejects a request to send weapons to Ukraine. [Link]
  • CIA Director William Burns traveled to Germany and Ukraine. [Link]
  • Spain will deploy warships to the Black Sea. [Link]
  • Russia will carry out a series of naval war games over the next six weeks. [Link]

China

  • Taiwan’s vice president will visit the US on his trip to Honduras. [Link]
  • The US is looking for ways to accelerate the delivery of F-16s to Taiwan. [Link]
  • The USS Benfold – a guided-missile destroyer – sailed near the Chinese-claimed Paracel and Spratly Islands to challenge the Chinese territorial claim. [Link]
  • China responds to the USS Benfold maneuvers by calling on the US to stop violating Chinese territorial claims. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel calls for Iranian proxy forces to be an issue at Vienna talks. [Link]
  • China, Russia, and Iran hold joint naval drills in the Gulf of Oman. [Link]
  • The Islamic State carried out an attack on a prison run by the US-backed Syrian Kurds. Some IS fighters were able to escape. [Link]
  • The US bombed the Tabqa Dam in 2017. [Link]
  • Saudi airstrikes led to a nationwide internet outage in Yemen. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia bombed a Yemeni youth soccer game causing casualties. [Link]

Sudan

  • The US says it will withhold aid from Sudan until civilian rule is restored. [Link]

A Complete List Of Individuals Targeted By Pegasus Spyware

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The targets are journalists, activists, opposition party leaders, human rights lawyers, 11 unnamed U.S. officials in Uganda, Palestinian activists.

The Israeli-made Pegasus spyware, sold by the cyberoffense firm NSO to state intelligence agencies around the world, has become infamous in recent years. Exploiting unknown loopholes in WhatsApp, iMessage and Android has allowed the group’s clients to potentially infect any smartphone and gain full access to it – in some cases without the owner even clicking or opening a file.

Digital forensics groups such as Amnesty International and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab have revealed numerous potential targets with traces of the spyware on their phones. Last summer, Project Pegasus – led by Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories with the help of Amnesty’s Security Lab – organized an international consortium of journalists, including Haaretz and its sister publication TheMarker, to investigate thousands of additional potential targets selected for possible surveillance by NSO Group clients worldwide.

So far, targets have been found across the world: from India and Uganda to Mexico and the West Bank, with high-profile victims including U.S. officials and a New York Times journalist.

more here

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]
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Ukraine

  • A bipartisan group of seven Senators traveled to Ukraine. They met with President Zelenskyy and restated America’s support for Ukraine. [Link]
  • The UK will give Ukraine anti-tank weapons and deploy troops for training on the weapons. [Link]
  • Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko returned to Ukraine to face treason charges. [Link]
  • Germany calls for four-party talks – Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia – to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis. [Link]

Russia

  • Russian forces are arriving in Belarus for war games. [Link]

Korea

  • North Korea says it test-fired tactical guided missiles. [Link]

Israel

  • The US denies brokering an energy deal between Israel and Lebanon. [Link]
  • A Palestinian family was forcefully evicted from their home in Sheikh Jarrah. [Link]
  • A 75-year-old Palestinian activist who was hit by a tow truck, contracted by the Israeli police, dies from his injuries. [Link]

Yemen

  • A UAE oil facility was damaged by a drone attack, killing three. The Houthi claim responsibility for the attack. [Link]
  • Saudi bombs Yemen’s capital after the drone attack on the UAE, killing at least six. [Link]
  • The UAE is calling on the US to label the Houthis as a terror group. [Link]

Middle East

  • Iran says nuclear talks are being stalled by the US. [Link]
  • The Wall Street Journal reports Iran is seeking a legal promise from the US not to exit the nuclear deal once an agreement is made. [Link]
  • Two members of Iraq’s parliament had their offices targeted with explosives. [Link]

Africa

  • Libya’s eastern parliament calls the internationally recognized government illegitimate. Presidential elections scheduled for December were canceled. [Link]
  • The UN is pushing for Libya to hold elections in June. [Link]
  • Biden names Lucy Tamlyn to head the US Embassy in Sudan. [Link]
  • Medics say seven protesters were killed by security forces in Sudan. [Link]
News Roundup 1/26/2022

News Roundup 1/13/2022

Covid

  • Rhode Island will deploy 60 National Guardsmen to a psychiatric hospital due to staffing issues. [Link]
  • Oregon will deploy an additional 700 National Guardsmen to medical facilities, for a total of more than 1,200 soldiers. [Link]
  • Biden will deploy the 1,000 military personnel to hospitals in six states. [Link]

US News

  • Virginia Beach police used fake DNA reports to get people to confess to crimes. [Link]
  • Biden collected more in tariffs than Trump did. [Link]
  • The US approves the release of five Gitmo detainees. [Link]
  • US officials claim diplomats in Vienna and Paris came down with ‘Havana Syndrome.’ [Link]
  • Biden deports 10,000s Haitians. [Link]

Great Power

  • Russia met with US and NATO officials for over four hours. NATO proposed reopening diplomatic channels between the alliance and Russia. [Link]
  • While no progress was made at talks between the US/NATO and Russia, future talks are possible. [Link]
  • Germany calls on the US not to drag the Nord Stream 2 pipeline into the Ukraine conflict. [Link]
  • Estonia’s prime minister says the Baltic states are in talks with NATO for more troop deployments. [Link]
  • The US held a joint defense call with Japan and South Korea. [Link]
  • Japan has sailed near Chinese-controlled Islands in the South China Sea at least twice in the past ten months. [Link]

Korea

  • The US sanctions five North Koreans and one entity over the most recent missile test. [Link]
  • Biden is seeking more sanctions on North Korea issued by the UN Security Council. [Link]

Israel

  • Twenty-two Salvadorian journalists were targeted with the Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. [Link]
  • Last month, the Biden administration shelved its plan to reopen a diplomatic office for Palestinians in Jerusalem. [Link]
    Palestinians living in Israel and married to Israelis are unable to access the vaccine passport app. [Link]

Iran

  • The Biden administration says the fate of the Iran nuclear agreement will be decided in the coming weeks. The administration plans to blame Trump for the situation with Iran. [Link]
  • The eighth round of indirect talks continues between the US and Iran in Vienna. The remaining issues are a verification method to ensure sanctions are removed and a promise from the US it will not re-exit the nuclear deal. [Link]
  • US Cyber Command claims Iran is linked to a hacker group. [Link]

Middle East

  • Germany announces it will remove troops from Syria and extend the deployment of US troops in Iraq to October. [Link]
  • Syria officially joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative. [Link]
  • A group of US lawmakers sent a letter to Biden calling on him to prevent countries from normalizing ties with Syria. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia admits it presented Iraq War footage as evidence of Iran arming the Houthi. [Link]
  • The Giants Brigade was key in defeating Houthi fighters in Shabwah. [Link]

Africa

  • The US is backing French military operations in the Sahel with drone surveillance. [Link]
  • Mali claims a French military plan violated its airspace. [Link]

Biden-Cheney 2024

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The Cheney democrats are making there case. If Israel can do it – so can we.

So Biden-Cheney is not such a crazy idea? I asked.

“Not at all,” said Levitsky. “We should be ready to talk about Liz Cheney as part of a blow-your-mind Israeli-style fusion coalition with Democrats. It is a coalition that says: ‘There is only one overriding goal right now — that is saving our democratic system.’”

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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]
COI #214: Mainstream Media Throws Cold Water on Russia Talks

COI #214: Mainstream Media Throws Cold Water on Russia Talks

On COI #214, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover the U.S.-Russia talks in Geneva, the JCPOA talks in Vienna, and the criminal legacy of America’s Guantanamo Bay torture prison.

Connor updates Iran’s regional diplomacy and the nuclear deal talks. The Europeans are increasingly admitting progress is being made. Even the Israelis appear increasingly split on the issue with Tel Aviv’s Military Intelligence Chief saying it would be better for Israel if the JCPOA is revived. According to a new poll, most Americans support the deal as well.

Kyle breaks down all the news out of Geneva and what the indications are for U.S.-Russian diplomacy. The Russians and the Americans are still at odds over Ukraine’s potential NATO membership, a red line for Moscow and a tripwire for war. Connor and Kyle note that it does appear the Americans are willing to negotiate missile placements, perhaps replacing the INF Treaty, and limiting the size and scope of both NATO and Russia’s military exercises. Though Kyle shows how the media is preparing Americans for the talks’ failure.

Kyle details the history of Guantanamo Bay, the torture of detainees, new facilities being built that cost millions of dollars, and Biden’s broken promises to close America’s gulag.

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News Roundup 1/26/2022

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Covid

  • Hospitals are allowing staff who test positive for covid to continue to work. [Link]
  • Biden will require health insurance providers to provide eight at-home covid tests per month. [Link]

US News

  • A court upheld the firing of two LAPD officers who ignored calls to respond to a robbery to play Pokemon Go. [Link]
  • Former Trump administration defense officials are joining the boards of small tech companies. [Link]

Latin America

  • A suspected member of the assassination team that killed Haitian President Jovenel Moise was arrested in the Dominican Republic. [Link]
  • The US sanctioned six Nicaraguan officials it accuses of rigging a recent election. [Link]

Great Power

  • National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan consulted with hawks on Russia policy. [Link]
  • US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman met with the Russian foreign minister for eight hours in Vienna. Russia says the US and Russia remain at opposite positions on Ukraine. The US discussed the possibility of reviving the INF Treaty and missile placements. [Link]
  • NATO says it is ready for a European war days before talks with Russia. [Link]
  • Kazakhstan announces Russian troops begin leaving the country. [Link]
  • Taiwan’s parliament passed a bill that authorizes an additional $8.6 billion in military spending. [Link]

North Korea

  • North Korea carried out a missile test. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The US will provide Afghanistan with $300 million in aid and one million doses of a covid vaccine. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says Israel is undergoing its largest rearmament in years. [Link]
  • Iran is not seeking an interim agreement with the US. [Link]
  • Army paratrooper Rob Nicoson was cleared of charges at a court-martial. Nicoson was accused of misconduct that caused a gun battle between US and Syrian forces in 2020. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia used Iraq War footage as evidence of Iranian support for the Houthi. [Link]

Ethiopia

  • Biden spoke with Ethiopia’s president after Ethiopian government airstrikes killed scores of civilians. [Link]
  • Aid workers report a drone strike in Tigray, Ethiopia killed 17 people, mostly women. [Link]
COI #213: American Leaders Choose Backing Neo-Nazis Over Diplomacy with Russia

COI #213: American Leaders Choose Backing Neo-Nazis Over Diplomacy with Russia

On COI #213, Kyle Anzalone discusses upcoming talks between the US and Russia. The talks are set to begin tomorrow in Vienna. Over the past month, the US has signaled an unwillingness to allow Ukrainian membership for a decade and Russia moved 10,000 troops away from the border with Ukraine. However, recent meetings between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO officials suggest the US will go into talks with Russia refusing to compromise. 

Kyle breaks down a recent Newsweek article on the Neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine. White nationalists in Ukraine have become a key part of the military supported by the US. These Ukrainian militias are recruiting globally, with some members coming from the US who are further radicalized and given battlefield experience. America backs the Neo-Nazi-infested military to play geopolitics with Russia. 

Kyle updates the growing network of anti-China alliances the US is fostering in the Indo-Pacific. Japan inked a military pact with Australia last week. With a focus on hypersonic weapons, the US and Japan signed a weapons research and development agreement.

Kyle talks about the escalating conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is cruelly blocking fuel from reaching key ports while ramping up its airwar. However, Riyadh will soon need a resupply of Patriot missiles. The weapons sale may present an opportunity for Americans to try to end the war. 

Kyle also discusses the apartheid Israeli state. A woman from Gaza documented the inhumanity she faced attempting to get medical care. Israeli tanks destroyed Palestinian wheat fields. 

 

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News Roundup 1/26/2022

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US News

  • Willie Stokes was released from prison after serving 37 years for a murder he did not commit. Stokes was convicted after police bribed a witness to give a false statement. The witness was convicted for purgery for lying in court. [Link]
  • Biden doubles the government’s purchase of the Pfizer anti-covid treatment from 10 to 20 million courses of the treatment. [Link]
  • The Kentucky National Guard deploys 200 soldiers to Kosovo. [Link]
  • American-backed Ukrainian white-nationalist/neo-Nazi militias are recruiting from around the world, including the US. [Link]

Venezuela

  • Venezuela’s opposition legislature elected US-proclaimed Venezuelan President Juan Guaido to serve in the role for another year. Guaido’s powers were restricted in the new mandate. [Link]

Japan

  • Japan will buy ten new coast guard ships to defend its claim to the Senkaku Islands. [Link]

Korea

  • North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into waters off its coast. [Link]

Iraq

  • Geoff Hoon – the UK Defense Minister in the lead up to the Iraq War – says before the war he received a memo that concluded the Iraq War as likely illegal. Hoon said he was ordered to destroy the memo but didn’t. [Link]
  • A rocket hit an Iraqi base that houses US soldiers on Wednesday – no injuries were reported. The base was targeted by two drones on Tuesday. [Link]
  • Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby says US forces in Iraq have a right to “self-defense.” [Link]
  • Four members of the PKK were killed by Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israeli politician Yair Lapid says there will be no talks with Palestine once he becomes prime minister. Lapid is set to assume the role in 2023. [Link]
  • Israel’s military intelligence head says it would be better to have an agreement with Iran than for talks to fail. [Link]
  • State Department Spokesperson Ned Price says modest progress has been made in nuclear talks with Iran. [Link]
  • The US coalition in Syria bombed a site it claimed was going to be the source of a rocket attack against US forces. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia carried out a series of airstrikes against Yemen’s capital. [Link]
  • About 200 people were killed fighting in Maarib, Yemen on Tuesday. [Link]

Africa

  • Doctors in Tigray say the Ethiopian government policies – and looting caused by war – are depriving hospitals of necessary supplies to save lives. A doctor claims over 100 deaths have occurred due to a lack of access to healthcare. [Link]
  • US Envoy to the Horn of Africa Jeffery Feltman will visit Ethiopia to meet with officials on the conflict with Tigray. [Link]
  • The US, UK, and EU issue a statement calling for Sudan to return to the democratic process for face sanctions. [Link]
  • Congolese officials report its soldiers killed 18 militants in a fight, two soldiers were also killed. The battle was against Makanika-Twigwaneho – a group of Tutsis with Rwandan heritage. [Link]

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