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The Daily Brief: Crisis at the Poland-Belarus Border Continues to Worsen

Gathered migrants and refugees stuck at the border of Poland and Belarus are now being attacked by border patrol

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  • Polish forces have begun spraying tear gas and shooting water cannons at refugees.
  • Stranded refugees have started to push onto Polish territory with hopes of entering the country.
  • However, chaos soon erupted as soldiers and guards retaliated with violent means after refugees supposedly threw rocks and sticks in the direction of forces.
  • With no count of how many refugees were harmed, Poland’s Military of National Defense has only reported that one police man was wounded.
  • The crisis at the border has become a humanitarian issue with little hope of refugees being able to survive.
  • Limited to no medical supplies along with no sanitary source of water at the border has left many in dire conditions.

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Uganda’s Capital Attacked by Suicide Bombers 

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  • Twin suicide bombings in the Ugandan capital of Kampala have left 33 wounded and at least three dead.
  • Three bombers were involved with the attacks that took place within three minutes of each other.
  • The explosions took place by the parliament buildings and police station engulfing people, buildings, and cars at each location.
  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni stated that those who are responsible for the attack are terrorists and that “the terrorists invited us and we are coming for them.”

Turkey Officials Offer to Repair Rift Between Lebanon and Arab Gulf Countries

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  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with Lebanese officials this week in an effort to repair the strained diplomatic relationship between Lebanon and various other Arab Gulf countries. 
  • Lebanon’s relationship with the Arab gulf became strained last month after the release of an interview that showed Lebanese Information Minister, George Kordahi, speaking critically of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi in Yemen.
  • Following the release of the video, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain, all removed envoys from Beirut and expelled Lebanese ambassadors from their countries. 
  • Lebanon has offered to discuss the matter and reconcile with Saudi Arabia however, Saudi officials have said they see no need in reconciling with Lebanon. 
  • Turkey and Qatar have offered to help mediate the situation. 

Armenia Announces Ceasefire Hours After Clash With Azerbaijan

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  • Mediated by Russia, Armenia has announced a ceasefire with Azerbaijan after clashes along the border erupted.
  • Clashes escalated between the two nations Tuesday leaving at least one confirmed Armenian soldier dead, although some reports say at least 15 have been killed, and a dozen Armenian soldiers captured by Azerbaijan. 
  • Both nations blame the other for provoking Tuesday’s clash. 
  • The recent clash brought back fears of last year’s six-week war that killed 6,500 people.

Frida Kahlo Self Portrait Expected To Sell Close to $50 Million at Auction

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  • Famous Latina artist, Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait on marital strife titled, “Diego y yo” (Diego and I) will be up for auction this week at auction house Sotheby’s in New York.
  • The portrait depicting Kahlo’s second marriage to Diego Rivera is expected to sell for a record-breaking $50 million. 
  • The portrait was last sold in 1990 for $1.4 million dollars. 

US President Biden and Chinese President Xi Hold Virtual Meeting

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Summary:

  • Polish forces have begun spraying tear gas and shooting water cannons at refugees.
  • Stranded refugees have started to push onto Polish territory with hopes of entering the country.
  • However, chaos soon erupted as soldiers and guards retaliated with violent means after refugees supposedly threw rocks and sticks in the direction of forces.
  • With no count of how many refugees were harmed, Poland’s Military of National Defense has only reported that one police man was wounded.
  • The crisis at the border has become a humanitarian issue with little hope of refugees being able to survive.
  • Limited to no medical supplies along with no sanitary source of water at the border has left many in dire conditions.

Other headlines: 

Uganda’s Capital Attacked by Suicide Bombers 

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File:Parliament-Of-Uganda.JPG – Wikimedia Commons

  • Twin suicide bombings in the Ugandan capital of Kampala have left 33 wounded and at least three dead.
  • Three bombers were involved with the attacks that took place within three minutes of each other.
  • The explosions took place by the parliament buildings and police station engulfing people, buildings, and cars at each location.
  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni stated that those who are responsible for the attack are terrorists and that “the terrorists invited us and we are coming for them.”

Turkey Officials Offer to Repair Rift Between Lebanon and Arab Gulf Countries

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  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with Lebanese officials this week in an effort to repair the strained diplomatic relationship between Lebanon and various other Arab Gulf countries. 
  • Lebanon’s relationship with the Arab gulf became strained last month after the release of an interview that showed Lebanese Information Minister, George Kordahi, speaking critically of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi in Yemen.
  • Following the release of the video, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain, all removed envoys from Beirut and expelled Lebanese ambassadors from their countries. 
  • Lebanon has offered to discuss the matter and reconcile with Saudi Arabia however, Saudi officials have said they see no need in reconciling with Lebanon. 
  • Turkey and Qatar have offered to help mediate the situation. 

Armenia Announces Ceasefire Hours After Clash With Azerbaijan

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  • Mediated by Russia, Armenia has announced a ceasefire with Azerbaijan after clashes along the border erupted.
  • Clashes escalated between the two nations Tuesday leaving at least one confirmed Armenian soldier dead, although some reports say at least 15 have been killed, and a dozen Armenian soldiers captured by Azerbaijan. 
  • Both nations blame the other for provoking Tuesday’s clash. 
  • The recent clash brought back fears of last year’s six-week war that killed 6,500 people.

Frida Kahlo Self Portrait Expected To Sell Close to $50 Million at Auction

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  • Famous Latina artist, Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait on marital strife titled, “Diego y yo” (Diego and I) will be up for auction this week at auction house Sotheby’s in New York.
  • The portrait depicting Kahlo’s second marriage to Diego Rivera is expected to sell for a record-breaking $50 million. 
  • The portrait was last sold in 1990 for $1.4 million dollars. 

US President Biden and Chinese President Xi Hold Virtual Meeting

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  • Amid deteriorating relations, US President Joe Biden and China President Xi Jinping met via a 3 ½ hour virtual conference Monday.
  • The most sensitive topic discussed was Taiwan where Biden said the US was neither here nor there but that they would help defend Taiwan should an attack occur. 
  • President Xi believes that the US continues to meddle with Chinese domestic affairs and that if the US works with Taiwan, the US would be playing with fire. 
  • Other topics discussed were trade, climate change, and human rights violations against Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslims. 
  • Following the meeting, officials from both nations said the virtual meeting was a friendly and genuine conversation between two old friends. 

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  • Amid deteriorating relations, US President Joe Biden and China President Xi Jinping met via a 3 ½ hour virtual conference Monday.
  • The most sensitive topic discussed was Taiwan where Biden said the US was neither here nor there but that they would help defend Taiwan should an attack occur. 
  • President Xi believes that the US continues to meddle with Chinese domestic affairs and that if the US works with Taiwan, the US would be playing with fire. 
  • Other topics discussed were trade, climate change, and human rights violations against Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslims. 
  • Following the meeting, officials from both nations said the virtual meeting was a friendly and genuine conversation between two old friends. 

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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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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