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The Daily Brief: Russia-Ukraine Conflict Swells With Kremlin’s “Muscle Flexing”

Russia’s military build-up and border security increase has escalated tensions with Ukraine and may foreshadow a renewal of war.

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  • In 2014 Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine leading to 7 years of conflict between the two countries which continues to this day.
  • A majority of the fighting between the two nations has occurred in border skirmishes between Ukranian troops and pro-Russian separatists near Donbass, a region in eastern Ukraine.
  • Unverified video footage points to the Kremlin moving large numbers of tanks, equipment, and military personnel near the Ukrainian border and Crimea.
  • Both the US and the Ukraine have reported Russian troop movement in regions near Russia and Ukraine’s shared border.
  • NATO has also voiced concerns over Russia’s military build-up, and has held an ambassador meeting to address recent spikes in violence near Donbass.
  • A Nato official has stated, “Allies shared their concerns about Russia’s recent large-scale military activities in and around Ukraine. Allies are also concerned about Russian violations of the July 2020 ceasefire that led to the death of four Ukrainian soldiers last week,”
  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of creating a “threatening atmosphere” and “muscle-flexing in the form of military exercises” to possibly provoke border conflict.
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has responded to accusations by stating that Russia’s military build-up is meant to secure their own borders and that it “should not bother anyone and it poses no threat to anyone”.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has hopes that Ukraine will “not be ‘incited’ by politicians, who in turn will be ‘incited’ by the West, led by the United States,”
  • An estimated 13,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to date. 

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Trump Grapples For Platform Following Prohibition From Mainstream Social Media Outlets

  • Facebook and Instagram joined Twitter and Youtube in banning Donald Trump from their social media sites in January following capital riots believed to have been incited by the former US President. The suspension is currently being reviewed by Facebook’s new Oversight Board.
  • Facebook recently took down a video of Trump posted by his daughter-in-law Lara Trump after warning her that “further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on [her] account”.
  • Lara Trump responded to the removal on Instagram by commenting, “And just like that, we are one step closer to Orwell’s 1984. Wow”.
  • In lieu of social media blocks from all major outlets Donald Trump and his wife Menalia Trump have created the website ‘45office.com’ which allows visitors to the site to issue invitations to events and request personal greetings from the Trumps.

UK Report Denies Institutional Racism

  • A UK government report on race concluded that while racism is still present, there is no institutional racism and other factors, such as family influence, socioeconomic background, etc., play a larger role in quality of life. The report also calls Britain a “model for other white-majority countries.”
  • Many have disagreed with the conclusions of this report, specifically about the nonexistence of institutional racism and claims regarding the slave trade.
  • The report was prompted in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of last year when thousands protested against racial inequality, specifically the death of George Floyd. 
  • The trial for the killing of George Floyd started shortly before this report was released. 

Hong Kong Activists Found Guilty

  • A Hong Kong court found seven pro-democracy activists guilty for involvement in “unauthorized assembly” for a peaceful protest in August of 2019.
  • While Hong Kong allows freedom of assembly, the court argued that restrictions still apply. The police allowed for a rally in Victoria Park that day, but the expansion of the rally into Hong Kong’s Central District was not permitted; the defense argued the expansion was due to overcrowding.
  • This latest ruling continues a pattern of convicting pro-democracy supporters and giving China greater control over the city.

Illegal Chinese Constructions Found On Reefs In Philippines 

  • The Phillipine military said it discovered structures in the Philippine territory of the South China Sea, violating international law that give the Philippines “exclusive right over the area” according to military officials.
  • China and Philippines both claim territory on Whitsun Reef; yet recently, Philippines has said more than 200 fishing boats from the Chinese maritime militia have been found encroached on its economic zone on Whitsun Reef.
  • Beijing claims the Chinese vessels were simply taking refuge from rough seas by moving in the lagoon of Whitsun Reef, an area it claims to be part of China’s territory.

Pakistan Reverses Trade Decision With India

  • Pakistan will continue to suspend trade with India, in reversal of its earlier decision to allow resumption of partial trade with its nuclear-neighbor and rival, India.
  • Pakistan’s opposition parties strongly opposed the lifting of the two-year ban on imports of sugar and cotton from India, citing the unresolved issue of Kashmir and the government’s actions without Parliament’s approval.
  • Disputes over Kashmir, a shared territory across both countries, has been the source of intense conflict between Indian and Pakistan, causing two of three wars fought between the neighboring countries.
  • Pakistan’s Foreign Minister said in a Cabinet meeting that trade would be suspended with India until the reversal of the 2019 ruling by India that confers Kashmir special constitutional status and statehood.

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  1. Kerberus

    2 April 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I wonder how much the India/Pakistan/Bangladesh relations and China/Philippines (with an Indian Chancellor and Secretary of Home Office) impacted on recent travel bans.
    Not sure what the situation is with Kenya, but bet there is something going on there too.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/02/covid-england-adds-pakistan-bangladesh-kenya-and-philippines-to-travel-red-list

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The Daily Brief: Government Military Forces in Ethiopia Reclaim Cities

Recapture Represents Major Advances Against Tigray Rebels

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  • Military forces loyal to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have recaptured the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha. 
  • The two cities had been seized by rebels affiliated with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) about one month ago. 
  • Yesterday’s recapture follows an earlier feat by government forces, when they reclaimed the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela.
  • The TPLF has conceded territorial losses, as a strategy to reprioritize their military engagement.
  • Ethiopia has been embroiled in a year long conflict with the TPLF, which has propelled the country into severe famine.
  • Ethiopia is trying to position itself as a stable world partner, promoting a recent visit by Chinese government officials as testimony.
  • Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country.

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U.S. to Implement Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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  • The United States announced they will not send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in Beijing this year.
  • The motion represents a statement of protest against the government of China’s ongoing human rights abuses of minorities, most notably, crimes perpetuated against the Uyghur Muslim population.
  • The United States’ moral stand has been further validated by the three week disapperance of Chinese pro tennis star Peng Shuai, after she openly alleged that a former Chinese public official had made unwanted sexual advances towards her. 
  • China has strongly condemned the diplomatic boycott, pledging to retaliate in kind.

Refugees in Lebanon Face Crises Amidst Economic Collapse 

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  • Refugees in Lebanon take a major hit amidst the ongoing economic crises, with insufficient funding leading to limited educational access and healthcare according to officials. 
  • The United Nations for Palestinian Refugees reported the dispariaty of funds prohibited payment towards almost 30,000 of its employees. 
  • The limitation could cause an “existential crisis,” according to Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.

AstraZeneca Creator Warns “More Contagious” Pandemics in our Future

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  • British Vaccianoligist Sarah Gilbert warned of “more contagious” and “more lethal” future pandemics which the world should continue to prepare for. 
  • “We cannot allow a situation where we have gone through all we have gone through, and then find that the enormous economic losses we have sustained mean that there is still no funding for pandemic preparedness,” Gilbert stated during the 44th Richard Dimbleby Lecture. 
  • Gilbert called for retention of recent advances made during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed over 5 million people across the world. 

Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty On All Charges

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  • A court in Myanmar has convicted Aung San Suu Kyi guilty on 11 different charges, including disobeying Covid mandates and instigating dissent. 
  • Suu Kyi, the previous state counselor awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1991, was taken into custody following the military coup back in February and is currently being held in an undisclosed location. 
  • The charges and verdict are both met widely with criticism by Amnesty International, called “farcical and corrupt,” aiding towards “a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishment”,
  • Suu Kyi has denied all the claims, but faces life imprisonment. 

Canada Taps Into Maple Syrup Reserves Following Shortage

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  • Maple syrup shortages across Canada have forced the country to dip into their strategic reserves. 
  • The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, producers of over 70% of all syrup distribution, reported they’ve released half off the stockpile, making it the first time in three years. 
  • The growing demand of maple syrup worldwide has been difficult to upkeep as the process for retaining syrup, which includes getting maple sap directly from trees for boiling, is dependent on weather conditions.  
  • “That’s why the reserve is made, to never miss maple syrup. And we won’t miss maple syrup!” Producer Helene Normandin stated. 

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The Daily Brief: Israel Urges Stronger Line on Iran as Nuclear Talks Reach Impasse

Long-awaited Iran nuclear talks have shown no significant progress which has led to several nations questioning Iran’s commitment to the process

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  • Negotiators, including the US and European powers, met with Iran in Vienna last week to resume long-awaited negotiations related to Iran’s nuclear program however no significant progress has been made.
  • European diplomats have openly expressed frustration with the negotiation proceedings and thrown doubt on Iran’s commitment to reach a resolution.
  • Israel has also amped up rhetoric concerning Iran’s nuclear negotiations and has even dispatched two top security officials to the White House for consultations.
  • Israel is an outside observer to the nuclear talks however they hold a stake in the outcome as a neighbor to Iran. 
  • Israel is strongly pushing for a hard line on Iran’s nuclear program claiming that “Iran must begin to pay a price for its violations.”

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Thirteen Die in A Misinformed Shootout Near the Myanmar Border

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  • After receiving some intelligence inputs about militant movement near the Myanmar border, soldiers from Assam Rifles, an Indian army unit, opened fire on a truck carrying over 30 coal mine laborers, killing six. 
  • Seven more civilians and an Indian soldier died when angry locals confronted troops in a protest for killing innocent people. 
  • Nagaland’s chief minister, Neiphou Rio, deemed the incident “unfortunate” and “highly condemnable” but has yet to take any action regarding the incident.

Brazilian Supreme Court Investigates President Bolsonaro for Linking COVID-19 Vaccines to AIDS

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  • In October, during a live broadcast, through multiple social medias, Brazil’s President Bolsonaro linked the contraction of AIDS to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • On Friday, Brazil’s top courts opened the investigation after a request from a Senate investigative committee, who found 9 crimes related to Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic.
  • Justice Moraes will be closely monitoring the prosecutor general’s probe, as the Supreme Court themselves do not conduct their own investigations.

Big Oil CEOs Fear US Banning Oil Exports

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  • Democrats have been calling on Biden to ban US oil companies from exporting oil overseas, a step further than just releasing strategic oil reserves.
  • American Petroleum Institute CEO, Mike Sommers, warns that an export ban would drive up gas prices and help foreign producers with revenue and market share.
  • Democratic lawmakers say that banning the export of oil would actually boost domestic supply and drive prices down for American families.
  • These decisions could also impact the prices American families are dealing with in higher house heating costs.

More Than 20 Nations Condemn the Taliban Over Summary Killings

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  • Many Nations, including the US and EU, have condemned the Taliban over their alleged killings of former Afghanistan police and government officials.
  • A Saturday report includes over 47 disappearances and killings of the Afghan National Security Forces, although Taliban officials pledged it would rule differently than when they were in power in the 1990s.
  • Earlier last week, US officials held talks with Taliban officials regarding concerns over human rights and countrywide education for both men and women.

Violence Erupts in Brussels Protests Regarding COVID Restrictions

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  • On Sunday, thousands marched peacefully through the Belgium capital to the EU headquarters until a group of protestors began throwing stones at the police who returned fire with tear gas and water cannons.
  • The demonstrators were protesting the new COVID restrictions which include showing a vaccine pass in order to enter restaurants and bars. 
  • These new violent protests come just after a much larger group of protestors clashed with police in late November, leading to arrests and injuries on both sides. 

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The Daily Brief: Macron and Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Meet in the Hopes of Resolving Riyadh and Beirut Crisis

A three way call held on Saturday by France, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon to discuss opening trade between the countries in an effort to ease tensions

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  • President Macron has been on a Middle Eastern tour. He sat down with Saudi Arabian Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, to discuss a resolution for the crisi between Riyadh and Lebanon. 
  • Bothe countries, France and Saudi Arabia, have promised to help Lebanese people with aid and work together to open up trade within the countries. Lebanon has been plagued with corruption with governmental powers resulting in a humanitarian crisis in the country. 
  • After George Kordahi’s comments. Riyadh in the previous month pulled out its ambassador from Beirut and banned trade from Lebanon. Mr. Kordahi is known to be an ally of the Hezbollah movement which has been flagged as a terrorist movement by Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah is financially supported and backed by Iran. 
  • In the past, Saudi Arabia has adopted the position of no communication between any government backed by Hezbollah but this has opened up channels of communication in hopes to see better political relationships between the countries. 

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Mt. Semeru’s Eruption Leaves 13 Dead and Many Fleeting Their Homes for Life 

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  • Mt. Semeru’s eruption in Indonesia has taken 13 lives and left large clouds of ash in the area leaving the nearby towns unlivable for now.
  • Evacuation missions have not been going well due to the ash, and smoke in the air making it hard to breathe. 
  • The area also received heavy rainfall turning the debris of the eruption into mud.
  • The volcanic ash in the air is also making flights change their path in the air. The ash can solidify onto the planes in cooler temperatures causing engine and aircraft damage.

Chris Cuomo Terminated From CNN

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  • Chris Cuomo, famed CNN anchor, has been terminated by CNN as of today.
  • The hugely popular commentator is accused of using his professional connections to help his brother, former New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, fight sexual harrassment allegations.
  • Recently released private text and email exchanges from Chris Cuomo revealed deep involvement in designing Andrew Cuomo’s defense strategy.
  • Journalists are generally discouraged from participating in partisan matters.

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Assailant

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  • Israeli security forces have killed a Palestinian man, who was complicit in the stabbing of an Israel citizen.
  • The attack on the Israeli citizen occurred near the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • The assailant proceeded to approach two Israeli police officers, who shot and killed him.
  • There have been at least five “knifings” by Palestinians against Israelis in the last three months.

Chinese Ride-Hailing App To De-List from US Stock Exchange

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  • Chinese ride hailing app Didi Giant will remove its shares from the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Didi, similar to Uber, will list on the Hong Kong exchange instead.
  • Concerns have been swirling over Didi since the summer, when its IPO raised criticisms for unresolved cybersecurity issues.
  • The United States has also tightened laws around Chinese companies that list and trade in the U.S.

All Eyes on Gambia’s Presidential Election

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  • Polls have closed in The Gambia and vote tallying has begun for the country’s next President.
  • This election is historic because it’s the first time in decades that Yahya Jammeh is not on the ballot.
  • The Gambian voting process utilizes marbles, which are dropped by voters into the preferred candidate’s voting drum.
  • Nearly one million new voters were expected to take part in the election, a testament to the country’s strong interest in democratic rule.

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The Daily Brief: UAE Signs Record Arms Deal of $19 Billion With France

On the first day of a two-day visit, French President Emmanuel Macron signed a deal that will allow the UAE to acquire 80 Rafale fighter jets and 12 military helicopters

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  • While visiting the Arab Gulf, French President Emmanuel Macron signed the largest-ever overseas deal of Rafale jets with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Dubai on Friday. 
  • Macron stated that “this contract cements a strategic partnership that is stronger than ever and directly contributes to regional stability.” 
  • The record deal is estimated to support at least 7,000 jobs in France and will guarantee a supply chain for French Aviation manufacturer, Dassault Aviation until the end of 2031.
  • The UAE has been actively acquiring arms for years and is still in talks with the US to acquire F-35’s, however, the US has hesitated to approve the deal due to the UAE’s ongoing relationship with China. 
  • Human rights activists opposed the deal, stating that the UAE will use the acquired arms to commit unlawful attacks or war crimes against Yemen or other countries. 
  • The deal comes as a win for France as Australia recently pulled out of a $66 billion dollar submarine deal with France and chose to sign a deal with the US instead.

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Turkey’s Lira Continues to Crash Forcing Turkey Central Bank To Intervene

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  • For the second time this week, the Turkey Central Bank has had to dip into the country’s foreign exchange market to sell dollars to help the crashing lira currency. 
  • The lira crashed an additional 30 percent this week compared to the US dollar as the country continues to gradually slash interest rates with the hopes of becoming a free market independent of short-term foreign cash. 
  • Though Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan states the decrease in interest rates will help the country in the long term, many companies are scrambling to keep supplies up as imports are affected by the exchange rates. 
  • The policy to lower the Turkish interest rate is expected to ease in January after the interest rate is lowered once more this month, however, economists expect the lira to remain unstable for some time. 

Lebanese Minister Resigns in Order To Ease Crisis with Saudis

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  • As of Friday, Lebanon’s information minister, George Kordahi has resigned hoping to anticipate ease into international relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf countries.
  • Kordahi, who was formerly a well-known game show host, decided to step down before French President Emmanuel Macron visits Saudi Arabia this Saturday. 
  • Macron’s trip to the Gulf will further discuss strengthening cooperation with Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf countries and preventing Lebanon’s crisis from further sinking.

Indonesian Court Ruling Leaves Workers In Limbo

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  • The Indonesian Constitutional Court has deemed a 2020 law intended to entice foreign investors as unconstitutional and has given a deadline of two years to correct the flaws found. 
  • Though the recent ruling is considered a win for unions and business owners who challenged the 2020 policy, many were hoping that the law would be permanently suspended and would no longer be valid. 
  • With the law still essentially in effect, workers across Indonesia are now forced to still abide by a law that is deemed “unconstitutional” and undermines job security, wages and violates workers’ rights. 

China Responds To Biden’s “Summit of Democracy”

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  • Days before the “Summit of Democracy” hosted by US President Joe Biden is set to begin, China announced that they will be releasing their own report titled, “China: Democracy that Works,” in response. 
  • With China and Russia not invited to the summit, many feel that Biden is creating a global divide between democracies and autocracies. 
  • Chinese officials responded to the “Summit of Democracy” stating their system serves the people of China and highlighted US failings from gun violence and the Janurary 6th insurrection at the US capitol. 
  • According to the US White House, the two day summit aims to “galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights.”

Grizzlies Win By 73 Setting A New NBA Record

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  • Memphis Grizzlies won 152-79 over the Oklahoma City Thunders setting a new NBA record for highest margin of victory. 
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. led the way with 27 points for the Grizzlies, who were without their best player but still had 9 players out of 12 scoring in the double digits. 
  • The previous margin was set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1991 when they beat the Miami Heat by 69 points.

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The Daily Brief: Germany to Impose Restrictions on Unvaccinated

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that unvaccinated people will be barred from entering certain public spaces amidst Germany’s fourth Covid wave

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  • Germany has decided to impose a lockdown on unvaccinated people, preventing them from entering restaurants, shops, theaters, and other gatherings.
  • Those who have recovered from Covid-19 are not included in the restrictions.
  • A vaccine mandate is also being considered by Parliament, which could be implemented as early as February. Nearly 70% of Germany’s population is vaccinated.
  • In addition to restrictions on the unvaccinated, certain venues and gatherings will be shut down if they are held in a highly infected area or the number of people gathering is too large.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the new measures as one of her last actions as Chancellor, stating that these measures are being implemented as an act of “national solidarity”.
  • Germany is also pushing for its citizens to receive booster shots, stating that nine months after the second jab, vaccinated people will lose their vaccination status.
  • Merkel’s successor, Olaf Scholz, will be taking office next week. He has shown support for a mandatory vaccine mandate.
  • Germany is currently facing its fourth wave of Covid, which is expected to worsen with the spread of the Omicron variant.

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Biden Administration Reinstates ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

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  • The Biden administration has announced they will reinstate the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, requiring asylum applicants to remain in Mexico as they await their immigration court hearings.
  • The policy was from the Trump administration and suspended early on during Biden’s presidency. Current administration officials emphasized the new measure was only implemented due to a court order stating that the administration had violated federal law.
  • Mexico agreed to the policy under the condition that “a number of humanitarian improvements” would be made.

OPEC+ Okays Increase In Oil Output Despite Omicron Fears

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  • After discussing various options, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia, and allies (OPEC+) decided Thursday, that they will go ahead with increasing oil output in January 2022, despite fears of COVID Variant, Omicron, driving down demand. 
  • With fuel prices soaring and President Joe Biden’s approval rate at an all-time low, the US praised the coordinated decision from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other OPEC partners. 
  • Starting January 2022, OPEC+ nations are set to begin producing 400,000 barrels of oil per day in an effort to restore the oil supply that was greatly slashed last year during the pandemic. 
  • OPEC+ is set to meet again on January 4th, 2022 but is open to meeting sooner if the economy changes and adjustments need to be made.

Women’s Tennis Association Suspends Tournaments In China Over Peng Shuai Concerns

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  • Effective immediately, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), has suspended all future tournaments in China and Hong Kong due to concerns over the safety of tennis star, Peng Shuai.
  • In an online statement, WTA CEO and Chairman, Steve Simon said, “Unfortunately, the leadership in China has not addressed this very serious issue in any credible way. While we now know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that she is free, safe, and not subject to censorship, coercion, and intimidation,”
  • Shuai went missing earlier this year shortly after accusing a former Chinese official of forcing her into a decade-long sexual affair. 
  • Officials from the International Olympic Committee state they have had two video calls with Shuai since she went missing but they have yet to release any video or transcripts from the alleged video call thus creating further suspicion. 

Austrian Chancellor Steps Down After Only Two Months In Office

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  • Alexander Schallenberg stepped down as Austrian Chancellor Thursday after only being in the position for two months. 
  • The announcement came hours after Schallenberg’s predecessor, Sebastian Kurz, announced that he will be stepping down as party leader and retiring from politics all while still being investigated for corruption and bribery for manipulating polls. 
  • With Kurz’s retirement announcement, Schallenberg stated his reasoning for stepping down was because he believed that the head of the Austrian government and the head of the party with the most votes, should be the same person.
  • Schallenberg intends to remain in the chancellor position until a new leader from the Austrian People’s Party (OeVP) is chosen. 

As Tensions Rise, US Warns Russia Over War With Ukraine

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  • US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken met with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov on Thursday to discuss the ongoing military buildup along the Russian and Ukraine border. 
  • The meeting comes after weeks of Ukraine and their Western allies voicing concerns of a Russian military buildup with many fearing that Russia intends to invade Ukraine in the coming weeks. 
  • Russia denies the accusation and instead accuses Ukraine of building up its forces thus creating the ongoing tension. 
  • Blinken warned Russia that there would be “serious consequences” should Russia invade Ukraine. 
  • Russian President, Vladimir Putin, expressed a desire to discuss the matter with US President Joe Biden, and both nations are working to ensure that the meeting occurs before tensions escalate further. 

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The Daily Brief: Supreme Court Indicates Allowing Mississippi Abortion Law

Supreme Court Justices show partiality against Roe v. Wade in Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban

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  • Dozens of individuals protest outside the United States Supreme Court as judges indicate towards passing the Mississippi abortion law in the case of ​​Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
  • The ban states a women 15 weeks into her pregnancy will not be allowed an abortion, even in circumstances of incest or rape. The law originally passed in 2018, but has been blocked by two federal courts since then. 
  • Solicitor General Scott Stewart urged Supreme Court to repeal the ruling of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Case, which protects a womens right to abortions, as he stated was a “poison to the law” without any ties to the constitution. 
  • Justice Sonya Sotomayor countered, stating the constitution didn’t cover many issues including abortion, and that “15 justices over 50 years” backed Roe v. Wade, making any alternate decision unrecoverable for America. 
  • Representative of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, Julie Riekelman, spoke next, stating: “Mississippi’s ban on abortion, two months before viability, is flatly unconstitutional under decades of precedent,” and that the law would “force women to remain pregnant and give birth against their will”.
  • The 6-3 conservative majority recently showed partiality against Roe v. Wade ruling, despite its direct opposition to Mississippi’s law. 
  • Although known for his centrism, Chief Justice John Robert stated his candor in allowing up to a viability of 22 to 23 week, while Chief Justice Brett Kavenhaugh showed his willingness to overturn the previous milestones completely. 
  • Officials warn of the nationwide effects with the continuation of the overturned Roe V. Wade ruling, with over 20 states projected to likely follow suit in prohibiting abortions and an influx of out-of-state abortions in the remaining states with clinics. 

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/supreme-court-roe-v-wade-abortion-case-12-01-21/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59495210

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/30/politics/dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-what-to-watch/index.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/01/sotomayor-supreme-court-liberals-sound-alarm-in-fight-to-overturn-roe-v-wade.html

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EU Chief States Mandatory Jabs Should be Considered With Spread of Omicron

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  • EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen stated that mandatory jabs should be considered amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and recent Omicron variant, dubbed “highly contagious.” 
  • Von der Leyen also stated that all 27 member states should quickly launch booster shots and enforce PCR tests prior to traveling. 
  • The World Health Organization stated their “concern” of the Omicron variant, with the majority in South Africa and traveling to the United States EU countries,urging individuals to receive the vaccine which “will still prevent severe disease.” 

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/01/eu-must-consider-mandatory-covid-jabs-says-von-der-leyen

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59497462

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Michigan High School Shooter Charged with Murder

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  • Ethan Crumbley was arrested Wednesday for the shooting at Oxford High School.  Recovered videos from Crumbley’s phone indicated his desire to shoot and kill students at school the next day.
  • The shooting resulted in four deaths and seven others injured during the tragedy on Tuesday afternoon.
  • The shooting at Oxford High School ranked as the country’s deadliest K-12 school shooting since 2018.
  • The suspect faces first-degree murder charges (four counts) and terrorism causing death.  Crumbley will be charged as an adult.  Other charges include assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm.

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/us/michigan-oxford-high-school-shooting-wednesday/index.html

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EU Restricts Asylum Seekers at the Belarus Border

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  • New measures the European Union (EU) proposed could permit Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania to ease up on protections for asylum seekers at the Belarus border.
  • The new proposal grants member states bordering Belarus the ability to detain those seeking asylum for an additional time period during application processing.
  • The three member states have not been challenged on their pushback policy against migrants attempting to enter the EU.
  • The proposed measures have yet to be approved by the Council of the EU.  If approved, the measures may be enforced for six months, possibly longer.
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Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/world/europe/asylum-rights-poland-eu.html

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At Least 29 Killed in Capsized Nigerian Boat

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  • A Nigerian boat with students onboard capsized in northern Nigeria.  At least 29 are dead.
  • The boat carrying approximately 40 students was sailing along the Watari dam. The fire service spokesperson Saminu Yusuf Abdullahi claimed the boat was overloaded.
  • Seven students were rescued and undergoing treatment in the hospital.

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/africa/nigeria-students-boat-capsize-intl/index.html

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Jeffrey Epstein Pilot Testifies He Flew People of Influence on Epstein’s Plane

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  • Larry Visoski, Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot for over 25 years, was the first witness to testify in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial Tuesday.
  • Maxwell was Epstein’s longtime girlfriend and is on trial for her involvement in Epstein’s crimes.
  • Visoski recalled Prince Andrew, Kevin Spacey, and former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump on Epstein’s private plane, nicknamed the “Lolita Express.”
  • Epstein’s pilot stated that he never saw any sexual activity or any indication of any such activity, take place on the plane.  

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59484332

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