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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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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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  • 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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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.

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.

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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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