Iran foiling sanctions
Iran’s foreign minister says the country has preserved its political independence and succeeded in making economic and scientific progress despite the brutal sanctions. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the comment in a meeting with Assimi Goita, the head of Mali’s transitional government, in Bamako. He said Iran is determined to develop defense, economic, trade, scientific and technological cooperation with Mali. Goita, for his part, welcomed the expansion of bilateral ties. He praised Iran’s achievements in the face of sanctions and its important status in global political and economic developments. He said people in Mali regard Iran as a role model and keep up their struggle against the excessive demands of foreign countries.
Western arms in Ukraine
The United States is to announce a new batch of military aid to Ukraine worth about three billion dollars. This as Russia keeps warning about the consequences of weapons supply to Kiev. US officials say the package is expected to be announced on Wednesday, which is the day the war in Ukraine hits the six-month mark and the country celebrates its Independence Day. This will be the single largest aid package to be received by Kiev since the war began on February 24. It will bring to nearly 14 billion dollars the total amount of military assistance the Pentagon has offered ever since. Germany has also pledged a further 500-million dollar military aid for Ukraine. Berlin’s package will be delivered next year. It includes anti-aircraft systems, military vehicles and rocket-launchers. Russian officials say such shipments only add fuel to the fire of war and prolong the conflict.
US police violence
A former Louisville detective has pleaded guilty of providing false information to obtain a search warrant for Breonna Taylor's home that led to a 2020 raid in which the Black woman was fatally shot. Kelly Goodlett admitted to conspiring with another ex-detective to falsify the warrant and to making untrue statements to cover up the fake affidavit. Goodlett faces up to five years in prison, a fine of 250,000 dollars and three years of supervised release. Goodlett and two other officers were facing federal charges for falsifying the warrant. This as a fourth was charged with using excessive force by opening fire during the raid. The killing of Taylor, along with the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, among others, sparked outrage and galvanized protests that peaked in intensity in the summer of 2020.