The US Congress and President Joe Biden are facing fresh pressure to end “forever wars” abroad and to pursue a US foreign policy that is “consistent with the nation’s legal, human, and civil rights obligations, and the moral authority that the United States has long claimed on these issues.”
After the Senate’s decision over the weekend to acquit former US President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 violence on Capitol Hill, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced that she has authorized a 9/11-style commission to further probe the events of that day.
A panel of policy experts and medical professionals convened to examine the healthcare legacy of Donald Trump have concluded in a detailed report that the former US president’s sweeping regulatory rollbacks and full-scale assault on the already decimated public health infrastructure severely undermined the nation’s fight against Covid-19 and caused tens of thousands of preventable deaths.
Sri Lanka has announced that it is pulling out of a deal with Japan to develop a section of its main port of Colombo, marking the second time within six months that a major agreement has fallen through.
US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has warned that corporate Democrats’ ongoing effort to further restrict eligibility for the new round of US$1,400 direct payments risks shedding progressive support for a final coronavirus relief package.
US Senator Bernie Sanders was among those welcoming the White House announcement that the United States will limit its role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen by ending support for “offensive operations,” with the Vermont Independent calling the development “a tribute to the work of so many activists over the years.”
In order to achieve a lasting peace in Afghanistan, the United States needs to keep waging its longest-ever war there. That’s the conclusion of a report published Wednesday by the Afghanistan Study Group.
“We continue to overinvest in defense while underinvesting in public health and so much more.” That’s what US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) said during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Kathleen Hicks, President Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy defense secretary.
Long-simmering fears of a military-led subversion of Myanmar’s recent steps toward democracy became reality this week as the nation’s armed forces arrested civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and announced a one-year state of emergency that transfers power to Min Aung Hlaing, the Southeast Asian country’s top general.
Many Democrats in the US Congress and others hailed reports that the Biden administration is imposing a temporary freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, pending a review of billions of dollars worth of weapons deals with the repressive regimes approved during the presidency of Donald Trump.