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Israeli Army targets Palestinians in the sacred month of Ramadhan

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  • This Friday, over 205 Palestinians protested outside of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, facing violent backlash from Israli police. 
  • After thousands of Palestinian’s gathered for Friday Prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, some Palestinians stayed behind to protest the the continued evictions of Palestinains on Israeli land by Jewish settlers, resulting in violence by police during the evening prayers. 
  • According to the Palestinain Red Cross, over 205 Palestinains were injured and 17 officers were also wounded. 
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that he held Israel responsible “for the dangerous and developments and sinful attacks taking place in the holy city” urging the United Nations Security Council to take up the issue as tensions between Israelis and Palestinians rise. 

Sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/thousands-pack-al-aqsa-mosque-protest-palestinian-evictions-jerusalem-2021-05-07/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/7/jerusalem-dozens-of-palestinians-hurt-in-al-aqsa-clashes

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/7/al-aqsa-worshippers-protest-palestinian-evictions-in-jerusalem

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Sinopharm COVID Vaccine Approved by World Health Organization for Emergency Use

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) approved a new vaccine in the fight against COVID-19, produced by Chinese manufacturer, Sinopharm.
  • Previously, WHO had approved only the western nation developed vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
  • The addition of the Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use is of especial interest to middle and low income countries, who have had difficulty obtaining sufficient vaccine supply due to competition with wealthier nations.
  • Sinopharm is already in regular use in China, Pakistan and Hungary, and for emergency use across Africa, Latin America and Asia.
  • Although there is some concern as to the long term efficacy of the vaccine, WHO has ruled it as an approved treatment in the fight against COVID 19.
  • WHO’s ruling is a signal to national regulatory bodies that the vaccine is safe.
  • WHO’s validation of the Sinopharm vaccine also makes it eligible for use in the international COVAX program, which seeks to make vaccines accessible to rich and poor countries alike globally.
  • The approval of Sinopharm is viewed as validation of China as a significant player in the international scientific community.

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Pieces of the Long March-5b Rocket Near Earth’s Atmosphere 

  • As the Long March-5b rocket nears Earth, it is set to be the one of the largest undirected items to enter Earth’s atmosphere at 18 tons. 
  • The majority of the vehicle is expected to burn up during its final plunge, however there is a possibility some metals make it to the surface of Earth.
  • Jonathan McDowell from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, US, said “This is the second launch of this rocket; the debris in Ivory Coast last year was from the previous launch, i.e. a basically identical rocket. These two incidents [the one now and the Ivory Coast one] are the two largest objects deliberately left to re-enter uncontrolled since Skylab in 1979.”
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Meets With Saudi Arabian Crown Prince

  • After a few months of strained relations between typically close allies, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan began his two-day visit with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Friday.
  • Discussion of bilateral relations as well as common interest in foreign affairs is said to dominate conversations. 
  • Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said: “During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including recent developments in Afghan Peace Process, bilateral defence, security, collaboration for regional peace and connectivity were discussed.”
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Former Maldives President Left in Critical Condition After Bomb Blast

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  • Former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed has been admitted into a private hospital after a bomb blast left him in “critical condition,” undergoing surgery to the chest, abdomen, head, and limbs. 
  • Mohammed Nasheed is a famous political leader, previously holding office for four years before being arrested for anti-terror laws, later granted refugee status to the UK for surgical treatments. He returned to the Maldives in 2018, later serving in Parliament. 
  • The bomb was allegedly planted near a motorbike park, exploding on Thursday in the capital of Male. Officials on the scene, including UK experts from the United Nations Drug Office and Crime and Australian Federal police, speculate it to be a “deliberate act of terror.” 
  • The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) believe that the bomb blast was in response to Nasheed’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign, stating that “there are some dormant Islamists who could have collaborated with political elements threatened by Nasheeds anti-corruption drive.” 

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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.

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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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