NEWS: JUNE 24 – 2022






Canada to Invest Billions in Military Spending to Counter Russia, China Threat in Arctic



Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand has said the federal government will invest $4.9 billion over the next six years — as part of a plan to spend over $40 billion in the next two decades — to help detect and track military threats from Russia and China in the Arctic.

The investment will mark one of the largest expenditures by Canada in four decades to strengthen its military capabilities and will deliver on a promise to its ally to upgrade the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) in the north. Norad is a joint command system for Canada and the U.S. that was set up in the 1950s and is responsible for detecting incoming airborne and maritime threats to North America, including missiles and aircraft.






Russia’s air force is struggling to support Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine because of combat losses, the U.K. Ministry of Defence said Friday.

In its daily intelligence update, the ministry said Russia is being forced to deploy retired pilots to operate warplanes because of high casualty numbers. Russia has moved to using retired personnel who are now working as contractors for Wagner, a Russian private military company, to conduct close air support missions, the ministry said.






By a vote of 6–3 on June 24, the Supreme Court formally overturned Roe v. Wade, the seminal 1973 precedent which struck down a swath of federal and state laws restricting abortion and largely legalized the procedure nationwide.

The 116-page ruling also reversed the 1992 companion precedent known as Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which held that states can’t impose significant restrictions on abortion before a fetus becomes viable for life outside the womb.

The Casey ruling didn’t specify when viability occurs but suggested it was somewhere around the 24-week gestation mark.





“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues its collaboration with the Florida Department of Health to investigate one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history,” the CDC announced in a statement Wednesday.

The CDC is urging gay and bisexual men in Florida to get vaccinated, along with warning those traveling to Florida.





Pakistani Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said on Friday that a loan of USD 2.3 billion from a Chinese consortium of banks had been credited to the central bank’s account.

Taking to Twitter, Ismail wrote, “I am pleased to announce that a Chinese consortium loan of RMB 15bn (roughly USD 2.3 bn) has been credited into State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) account today, increasing our foreign exchange reserves.”

Link: NDTV





The Japanese Defense Ministry on Tuesday said its military forces had spotted five Russian warships sailing alongside an anti-submarine destroyer through the Tsushima Strait. He added that Chinese warships have been around Japan since June 12.

At least three Chinese vessels can be seen from the Izu Islands, about 310 miles south of Tokyo. One of those appeared to be the Lhasa, a guided-missile destroyer. James Brown, associate professor of political science in Tokyo, commented, “This is an obvious show of force from Russia and China.”

Link: THE BL





The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) restrictive policy of zero COVID-19, also called zeroing, caused the Chinese people to be affected by closures, strict controls, and especially heavy repression.

For the past two months, people have been confined to their homes in several cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Henan, and northwest China.

Link: THE BL


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