BL’s First Book, Prime Minister Ethics Violations, and Catalan VP on Trial


Welcome back to the Being Libertarian news roundup where we put together all of the important news in one easy place so that you, the reader, don’t miss anything that’s happened in the crazy world of ours.


  • Being Libertarian‘s subsidiary Champion Books’ first publication, Igniting Liberty, has reached #1 in several categories of new books on Amazon! Read more on the launch and where to get it here.


  • Journalist Maria Ressa has been arrested for tax evasion and libel in what is believed to be a politically-motivated move by Philippine president Duterte.
  • Sri Lanka has officially started the hiring process for executions putting out an advertisement following the reinstatement of the death penalty.
  • In North Korea an alarming trend has been observed where giving the gift of crystal meth for the holidays is becoming the norm.
  • Read more on these stories here.


  • In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party have come under fire regarding a potential ethics violation and justice interference in a corruption case against the party supporting company SNC-Lavalin. Read more on this story here.
  • President Trump has declared a national emergency to override Congress and push for the construction of the southern border wall. Read more on this story here.
  • Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar stirred up some controversy regarding comments made about Israel’s influence on U.S. Congress.
  • Amy Klobuchar joins the ever-increasing list of potential Democrat presidential candidates.
  • Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Justin Fairfax, faces two separate sexual assault claims regarding encounters that took place in 2000 and 2004.
  • Read more on these stories here.


  • A new, youth-based movement has started in South Africa called “Progress” which has launched their first campaign called “Is UCT Free?” Read more on this story here.
  • The Land Redistribution Conference took place at the University of the Western Cape, oddly (or intentionally) leaving out the topic of expropriation without compensation (EWC). Read more on this story here.


  • In Italy, a “God Emperor Trump” float was front and center during a parade in Tuscany.
  • More amendments have come out for finalizing Brexit, but the government has stated that the “no deal” route is still on the table.
  • In Spain, the former Vice President of Catalonia is on trial for the “rebellious” independence referendum.
  • The EU leader Guy Verhofstadt accused Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of being merely a puppet to his Five Star Movement.
  • Read more on these and other stories here.

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Killian Hobbs

Redheaded lover of Liberty, Economics, Philosophy, and Debate. Proud Canadian and prouder part of Being Libertarian, Think Liberty, and The Rational Standard as News Editor and Managing Editor for Think Liberty. You can also listen to my podcast "Coffee Shop Philosophy" on the Think Liberty Network.