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The Daily Brief: Panjshir Valley Heavily Debated After Taliban and Opposition Forces Both Claim Upper Hand in Recent Battle

Bloodshed and chaos continue to take hold of Afghanistan as Taliban nears complete control over the country forcing many to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

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  • Panjshir Valley north of Kabul is the last province in Afghanistan resisting the Taliban.
  • The Taliban battled for control in the region Saturday, however both sides claim victory without any conclusive evidence leaving the area distraught.
  • 17 people are said to have been killed by celebratory gunfire in Kabul following the Battle in Panjshir, with an additional 41 wounded by the aerial shooting.
  • Similarly, 14 individuals were harmed by celebratory shooting in the Nangarhar province east of the capital.
  • The Kabul airport has now reopened lines to receive financial aid according to Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan.
  • Civilian flights are also said to resume as authorities have cooperated to repair Kabul airport’s runway.
  • Dozens of women began to protest on the streets of Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province, demanding protection of their rights, on the same day that 50 women took to the streets of Kabul to protest.

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/least-17-killed-celebratory-gunfire-kabul-reports-2021-09-04/

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taliban-opposition-vie-control-panjshir-pakistan-spy-chief-flies-kabul-2021-09-04/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/4/us-seen-funding-afghan-humanitarian-aid-but-not-the-taliban

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College Football Week 1 Begins With Rare Top 5 Matchup 

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  • Georgia ranked No. 5 is set to take on No. 3 Clemson in Charlotte which many are calling the game of the day.
  • Games between the AP Top 25 are bound to affect college football ranking come Tuesday as four other games will pit top ranked teams against one another.
  • However, the excitement of beginning college football season following a year of Covid-19 is dimmed as fear of the Delta variant and low vaccination in many states settles into the hearts of viewers.

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https://theathletic.com/live-blogs/week-1-college-football-saturday-scores-tv-schedule-news-analysis-and-more/ZjRPOcU1VtHg?amp=1

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/college-football-picks-schedule-predictions-against-the-spread-odds-for-top-25-games-today-in-week-1/amp/

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Law Passes in El Salvador Allowing Presidents To Serve Two Terms

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  • El Salvador’s top court ruled this Saturday that Presidents going forward can now serve up to two terms in office. 
  • The law was introduced on Friday, being met with backlash by different world powers after being deemed a coup. 
  • Current controversial El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele who has been serving the nation for five years now has the potential to be reelected in the upcoming election scheduled for 2024. 

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https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/el-salvador-top-court-rules-presidents-can-serve-two-consecutive-terms-2021-09-04/

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Tanzania Police Arrest Over 90 Members from Opposition Group

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  • The Chadema party in Tanzania, a well known opposition group, has stated that over 90 of its members have been arrested after attempts to lower dissent against President Samia Suluhu Hassan. 
  • Local law enforcement also plundered the group’s offices and halted an upcoming gathering. 
  • The arrests come after the recent detention of the party’s leader, Freeman Mbowe, who claims he was tortured in jail after being charged with terrorism and conspiricy. 
  • The group stated they “strongly condemn this blatant violation of the constitution and rule of law, sowing the seeds of hatred, discrimination and discord within communities,” in a recent protest, adding the President’s actions were a “suppression of democratic rights.”

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/4/tanzania-in-new-crackdown-on-opposition-party

Brazil Beef Industry Stops All Exports Following Two Cases of “Mad Cow Disease” 

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  • Brazil Beef Industry has stopped all outgoing transports of it’s meat after there were two cases of mad cow disease as stated by the agricultural ministry. 
  • The cases are the first couple found in over 20 years. Although as “atypical,” the ministry stated there wasn’t a risk to human or animal health. 
  • Brazil’s Beef industry makes up for a large portion of the nation’s economy, with China and Hong Kong encompassing over half of overall purchases. The country hopes the postponement of exports as soon as Brazilian farmers are left to deal with the aftermath. 

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/beef-giant-brazil-halts-china-exports-after-confirming-two-mad-cow-disease-cases-2021-09-04/

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New Zealand To Pass Stricter Counter Terrorism Bills Following Stabbing

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  • Following the recent mall stabbing by an alleged Islamic State militant group member in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to pass legislation combating terrorims “no later then the end of this month.” 
  • The Counter Terror Legislation Bill makes it illegal to plan and prepare for events that may lead to a terror attempt. 
  • Arden noted, however, that the current proposed bill may not have prevented the recent attack, stating, “This was a highly motivated individual who used a supermarket visit as a shield for an attack.”

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/new-zealand-supermarkets-take-knives-off-shelves-after-extremist-stabbing-2021-09-04/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/new-zealand-criminalize-attack-planning-after-isis-inspired-extremist-s-n1278508

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Tuna Populations Increase, While Shark Populations Decrease 

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  • Many species of tuna were on the verge of extinction in 2011, leading to strict fishing which allowed populations to recover.
  • The most commercially valuable fish consist of skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye and albacore tuna, which are favored by many people around the world. 
  • Similarly the populations of sharks and rays are rapidly decreasing as well. 
  • In 2014 ⅓ of shark and ray populations had been categorized as endangered however this number has increased to 37%.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58441142

https://www.yahoo.com/now/tuna-bounce-back-sharks-desperate-132057086.html

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QAnon Shaman Claims His Attractions From the Capitol Hill Protest Were Not an Attack on the Country 

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  • Jacob Chansley, 33 a native of Arizona joined the mob on January 6th, was charged with felony of a prison sentence of 20 years.
  • Chancley was photographed in the senate chamber with a flagpole with a spear, potentially meaning he could be sentenced 40-50 months in prison.
  • During an interview, Chansley claimed “My actions were not an attack on this country. That is incorrect. That is inaccurate, entirely. ” 
  • Prison authorities have diagnosed Chansley with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, as well as anxiety.

Sources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/qanon-shaman-jacob-chansley-january-6-capitol-riot-guilty-plea/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/3/qanon-shaman-pleads-guilty-to-felony-in-jan-6-capitol-attacks

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Syria Has allowed Lebanon to Import Energy Due to Shortages 

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  • The lack of energy shortages in Lebanon has caused essential services to either shut down or reduce operations due to the financial crisis since 2019. 
  • The agreement consists of using Egyptian gas that will be generated in jordan then further transmitted from Syria to Lebanon 
  • Members of congress who visited Beirut last week stated there were ways being considered to contribute to providing help amongst obstacles.

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis-syria/syria-says-it-welcomes-lebanons-request-to-import-energy-idUSKBN2G0088

https://middleeast.in-24.com/News/204505.html

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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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.

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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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