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After release of whistleblower Reality Winner, now attention on Assange, Hale and Snowden

Winner was released for good behavior while in prison and will continue to remain under transitional custody for the remainder of her sentence. Meanwhile, activists and journalists are calling for attention to cases against Julian Assange, Daniel Hale and Edward Snowden

US civil society stands up against anti-China bill as Senate moves closer to passing it

A bipartisan vote closed debate on the omnibus US Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which many argue includes provisions that could escalate trade disputes between the US and China and could further rising anti-Asian racism 

Opposition mounts to US arms sales to Israel

Several US congresspersons and rights groups have objected to the Joe Biden government’s decision to sell weapons worth USD 735 million to Israel, citing continued violations of human rights in Gaza and other occupied Palestinian territories

Iran COVID wave, US sanctions Rights groups demand end of sanctions against Iran amid fresh COVID-19 wave

Iran, one of the worst COVID-19 affected countries in the world, has been facing difficulties in getting supplies of vaccines and other medical requirements due to US sanctions

Activists and anti-war groups slam US decision to proceed with arms sales to UAE

The Joe Biden administration had earlier suspended its predecessor’s decision, pending review, to sell USD 23 billion worth of arms including 50 advanced F-35 fighter jets and 18 MQ 9-B unmanned Aerial Systems to the UAE

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11

The US had earlier committed to withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan by May 2021 on the fulfillment of certain conditions by the Taliban. It has now said it will do so without any conditions

Arms sales Renewed global pressure to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

More than 90 human rights and anti-war organizations wrote a letter to the US president demanding cancellation of billions of dollars of arms sales to the two countries on the day that the European Parliament adopted a resolution asking member countries to do the same

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul released after 1001 days in prison

Her release as per a judge’s order also includes the conditions that she stay on probation for three years and refrain from travelling outside of Saudi Arabia for five years

US ends support to Saudi war in Yemen Anti-war activists welcome US decision to end support for offensive operations in war on Yemen

Joe Biden has however emphasized that his administration will continue its support to Saudi Arabia’s defense and protect its sovereignty. Several activists have expressed apprehensions that this may become a justification for future aggression

US suspends arms deals with Saudi Arabia and UAE pending review

The announcement by US secretary of state Antony Blinken of the suspension of the arms deals pending a review was welcomed by peace organizations which called for them to be scrapped

The Trump administration’s parting outrage against Cuba

Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores criticize the decision of the Trump administration to include Cuba on the list of countries that “sponsor terrorism”

US Senate fails to block arms sales to UAE despite concerns of misuse and regional arms race

Two resolutions presented to block the sale of F-35 jets and Reaper Drones to UAE were defeated by a simple majority of 49 to 47 and 50 to 46 in the 100-member Senate

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