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The Daily Brief: Former Crown Prince of Jordan under suspicion for promoting coup

Stability of Jordan at stake due to concerns of sedition by high level officials.

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Former Crown Prince of Jordan under suspicion for promoting coup
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Summary:

  • Former Crown Prince Hamzah Bin Hussein is reportedly under review for engaging in efforts to overthrow the Jordanian government.
  • Several high ranking officials, including Hussein, have been arrested for promoting sedition by meeting with tribal leaders to foment dissent and meeting with foreigners who are critical of King Abdullah II.
  • Hussein denies any wrongdoing, insisting that he is being targeted for slander and that Jordan is broadly silencing government dissenters.
  • Hussein is the half brother of King Abdullah and the son of Queen Noor.
  • International support for King Abdullah includes the United States, Saudia Arabia and Egypt.
  • King Abdullah is expected to speak directly with the detained former Crown Prince, before referring the matter to the state’s security courts.
  • Hamzah is a reportedly favored son of Jordan’s late King Hussein.

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The Istanbul Canal Faces Opposition as Retired Admirals Give Warning in Signed Letter

  • More than one hundred retired navy officers disapproved of President Recep Tayyip Erodogan’s plan to build a shipping canal through Istanbul.
  • The proposed Istanbul Canal is hoped to lessen the pressure of the Bosphorus Strait which has seen 38,000 vessels in just the last year.
  • However, many are arguing the environmental impact along with the possibility of compromising the Montreux treaty is reason enough to halt the development of the canal.
  • Travel from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea would be open without protection of the treaty which regulates military vessels from non-Black Sea states passing through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits.

Protests in Northern Ireland Continue to Escalate as the Effects of Brexit Begin to Show

  • Protests in Northern Ireland expand as police officers are attacked and cars are set ablaze during the second night of Brexit protests. 
  • Davy Beck, North Area Commander Chief Superintendent, said numerous people joined for an “orchestrated attack on police.”
  • A large group of young people were seen pelting police as well as police cars during the protests.
  • Pro-British unionists are upset over new trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom due to the Brexit trade deal. 

Devastating floods in Indonesia hit Flores Island

  • Powerful torrential rains on the Indonesian island of Flores have led to loss of life and property, including the lives of at least 44 people.
  • In addition to the outpour of rain, strong winds and waves have washed away homes, taken down bridges, and cut power lines, bringing a devastating toll on residents and their properties in eastern Flores.
  • The floods came hours before the celebration of Easter Sunday by the Catholic majority residents of Flores Island.
  • Experts expect more extreme weather to ensue in the upcoming weeks, including a tropical cyclone that could hit the region between the Nusa Tenggara province and East Timor’s north coast.

France enters third COVID-19 lockdown amid surge in hospitalizations

  • France is entering a third national lockdown in response to rising COVID-19 cases that threaten to overwhelm the country’s healthcare system.
  • All schools and non-essential businesses will be closed for four weeks, in addition to enforcement of a curfew.
  • The country battles yet another peak with approximately 5,000 patients in ICUs and an average daily case count of 40,000 infections per day.
  • French president Emmanuel Macron has pledged to increase hospital bed capacity as well as accelerate the vaccination process, emphasizing their need to end the pandemic: “thanks to vaccines, the end of the crisis is on the horizon”.

Deadly Attack by Maoist Fighters Against Indian Security Officials

  • More than twenty Indian security officials were killed by Maoist fighters in a violent attack.
  • A couple days prior, Indian security officials ambushed Maoist rebels after receiving intelligence of their presence there. Many officials were killed and wounded.
  • Maoist rebels have been fighting for rights of indigenous tribes against the Indian government for the past forty years, with tens of thousands dead due to the conflict. In the past, the rebels have killed and abducted officers, destroyed property, and stolen weapons.

Pope Francis Condemns Armed Fighting at Easter Mass

  • At this year’s Easter Sunday mass, Pope Francis condemned armed fighting around the world during a time of economic and social suffering, specifically mentioning Myanmar, Ethiopia, Yemen, Haiti, and other countries facing conflict.
  • Pope Francis also encouraged further distribution of vaccines, especially to poorer countries. 
  • This is the second Easter to be limited due to the pandemic, with only around 200 people permitted in St. Peter’s Basilica this year.

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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