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The Daily Brief: Devastating Attack at Christmas Parade in Wisconsin

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  • At least five fatalities and scores of injuries were incurred at a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
  • The attacker drove a red SUV through a barricade lined street along the parade route.
  • The victims ranged in age from 52 to 81 years old.
  • The suspect, Darrell Brooks, has been taken into custody and booked on five charges of intentional homicide.
  • Brooks has an arrest record for offenses ranging from battery to domestic abuse.
  • The victims included at least one of the famed Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a local dance troupe.
  • Waukesha is located approximately 20 miles west of Milwaukee.

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Kenyan Government Imposes Deadline On Unvaccinated

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  • In response to the low vaccination rates in Kenya, the government will impose sweeping restrictions.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required to enter many businesses, restaurants, hospitals, national parks and other facilities. 
  • Approximately 5% of the population is vaccinated against COVID 19.
  • The low rate of vaccination has been attributed in part to inadequate public awareness campaigns and limited mass vaccination sites.

Iran States US Must “Abide By All Their Commitments” As Nuclear Talks Set to Begin This Month

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  • As world powers prepare to meet on November 29th to reinstate the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani stated that the United States should “accept reality” and “abide by all their commitments.” 
  • Iran stated that they were ready to make good on their agreement to rejoin the plan, only if the US lifts adheres to Iran’s demands, including acknowledging their part in retracting from the original deal. 
  • The US hasn’t announced that they would drop any of the sanctions, which include terrorism and human rights charges. 
  • Bagheri stated that Iran waits for these changes, otherwise “sitting at the negotiating table with full preparedness, capacity and total commitment to the 2015 deal.”

Afghanistan Bans Women From Appearing In Television Dramas

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  • A new rule under the Taliban government bans women from appearing in television dramas. 
  • The law comes with eight others, including limiting forms of entertainment, claimed to be separating from the Sharia, or Islamic, principles. 
  • The laws follow similar ones instituted when the Taliban took power in the late 90s. 
  • Despite the extremist groups claims of moderation, recent incidents cause many to fear limitation of human rights. 

Lukashenko Urges European Powers Help With Migration Crises

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  • Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko urged European powers to offer their help with the migration crises and ongoing border crises in Poland. 
  • Lukashenko stated, “We need to get through to the Poles, to every Pole, and show them that we’re not barbarians, that we don’t want confrontation. We don’t need it. Because we understand that if we go too far, war is unavoidable,”
  • Lukashenko’s statement comes after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned the crisis could escalate into “something much worse,” blaming Belarus for transporting migrants over EU, Lithuania and Latvia borders following imposed sanctions. 

Five Chinese Nationals Kidnapped in DR Congo

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  • Gunmen kidnapped five Chinese nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday evening, according to officials. 
  • The Chinese citizens worked there for around five months mining gold.  
  • The kidnapping happened near a mine where a Chinese company was allegedly still set up, despite the governor’s statements that the companies would stop operating. 
  • Attackers and location of the kidnapping was not immediately named. 

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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