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The Daily Brief: Kazakhstan Orders State of Emergency Amid Protests

Ongoing protests of heightened fuel prices continue following the government’s resignation, prompting curfews and military interventions

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  • A state of emergency has been announced in Kazakhstan following protests of a fuel price increase, prompting the Prime Minister to resign. 
  • Protests began on January 2nd beginning in the town Zhanaozen to condemn the doubled price of a common car fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).  
  • Protestors have since spread around the country despite the claims of lowered prices by the government, growing into the biggest protest the country has seen since 1992. 
  • Kazakhstan’s interior ministry reported that “stones, sticks, gas, pepper, and Molotov cocktails were used” in destroying administration buildings, while the Almaty airport was subject to 45 invaders, forcing an evacuation of airport employees and passengers. 
  • Russia has deployed military groups to help “stabilize” the country, while curfews and bannings of large groups have also been enacted. 
  • President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev claimed the demonstrations were a result of “terrorist-gangs,” alleging that “many of them have received military training abroad.”
  • Tokayev also claimed meetings were being held to discuss “the evolving difficult socio-political and socio-economic situation in the country” which includes 180-day regulation of LPG prices, government assistance for vulnerable populations, and more. 

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Headline: North Korea Launches Hypersonic Missile

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  • North Korea has reported through state media a successful firing of a “hypersonic missile” this week. 
  • “The successive successes in the test launches in the hypersonic missile sector have strategic significance in that they hasten a task for modernising strategic armed force of the state,” stated the official report.
  • Japan first reported the undeclared launch, sparking concern about the projectile’s origin and threat to safety internationally.
  • Already the launch has garnered condemnation from various countries including the US, who declared it was in violation of UN Security Council guidelines

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Philadelphia house fire leaves 13 dead, including 7 Children

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  • Authorities are investigating a fire that caused 13 deaths, including 7 children, possibly started by a Christmas tree fire.
  • There were 26 people currently living in the duplex owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority; who in a statement confirmed that all smoke detectors were working during their last inspection. 
  • First Lady, Jill Biden, offered her condolences saying “My heart is with the families and loved ones of the victims of the tragic fire in Philadelphia.”

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Novak Djokovich denied Australian visa after medical exemption

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  • After arriving in Melbourne to defend his title at the tennis season opening, Djokovich was denied entry into Australia and had his visa canceled.
  • The Australian Border Force issued a statement saying that the tennis star failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet entry requirements, while his lawyers are expected to appeal the decision.
  • The Victoria state’s government has mandated that only fully vaccinated players, staff and fans can enter Melbourne Park for the tournament, and only those who have a serious adverse reaction to the vaccine may be exempt.

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Tesla criticized for Xinjiang showroom opening, while China accuses Walmart on Xinjiang products

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  • Many US businesses, including Tesla and Walmart, are coming into geopolitical conflict over tensions in the Xinjiang region over human rights violations of Uighur Muslims.
  • China sent Walmart a stern warning after the company stopped selling items from Xinjiang, a region of Uighur Muslims where many are forced into labor, among other horrible human rights violations.
  • Walmart faces competition in its second largest market after Mexico, wanting to open 100 stores in China by 2028.
  • The Council Of American Islamic Relations critiqued Tesla’s opening a new showroom in the Xinjiang region of China, saying that the company “supported genocide.”
  • Similar criticism was raised by senator Marco Rubio and US trade group, Alliance for American Manufacturing, although Tesla has yet to comment on these criticisms. 

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23 Killed in Colombian Guerilla fights

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  • Fighting between rival guerrilla groups, National Liberation Army (ELN) and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), left 23 dead, possibly more as the area where the fighting occurred is difficult to enter.
  • Both groups, ELN and FARC, refused to enter into the Colombian peace process in 2016 and continuously fight over the control of illegal economies such as drug trafficking.
  • The fighting occurs in the Arauca region which borders Venezuela and since 2006 at least 850 people have been killed with 58,000 displaced.

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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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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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