The Daily Populous

Friday October 22nd, 2021 morning edition

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(CNN) The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, one of former President Donald Trump's closest allies, in criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from the committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The vote by the full House to hold Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress sets up a referral to the Department of Justice, which would then have to decide whether to prosecute.

Earlier in the afternoon, the House voted to approve the rule providing for consideration of the contempt resolution.

"This isn't about punishing Steve Bannon," Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the House committee, said Thursday.

"But Steve Bannon has led us down this path by refusing to cooperate in any way with our investigation.".

Holding Bannon in criminal contempt through a prosecution could take years, and historically, criminal contempt cases have been derailed by appeals and acquittals.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, when pressed by CNN on Thursday on whether he's okay with people defying congressional subpoenas, said the January 6 select committee's subpoena of Bannon is "invalid.". »

Workers Dress As Squid Game Guards In South Korean General Strike

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Union workers in South Korea donned Squid Game costumes during a rally this week after the show's themes hit a little close to home.

As you can see in the tweet above, a number of the union workers protesting dressed like Squid Game guards.

Squid Game has also gained popularity so quickly that the guards' masks are already instantly recognizable on a global level. »

The New Cold War

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Yes if we mean a protracted international rivalry, for cold wars in this sense are as old as history itself.

What, then, might previous contests—the one and only Cold War and the many earlier cold wars—suggest about this one?.

There’s no way to know for sure what deterrence in the Cold War deterred: that’s a history that didn’t happen. »

Is Iran Ready For Great Power Competition In The South Caucasus? – Analysis

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Now the West is distracted from Azerbaijan-Iran tensions, which might have wider ramifications for future realignment in the South Caucasus.

Iran sustained a delicate balance of power where it supported Armenia, but also maintained positive ties with Azerbaijan, especially under Hasan Rouhani’s moderate presidency.

Great power competition has come to the South Caucasus, and Iran will have to adjust to an intense rivalry with Turkey. »