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The Daily Brief: Brexit Protocols Fuel Continuous Riots In Northern Ireland

Tensions in Northern Ireland Rise as Loyalists and Union Party Members Express Their Rage at Brexit Protocol

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Brexit Protocols Fuel Continuous Riots In Northern Ireland
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  • Brexit, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, has separated Britain from the EU’s Single Market, however Northern Ireland remains a member of the Single Market system.
  • Northern Ireland’s status as a member of the Single Market makes it so that goods travelling from the UK to Northern Ireland are subject to custom checks by the EU, effectively creating a de facto trade border in the Irish Sea.
  • Loyalists, residents of Northern Ireland who wish to remain part of the UK, believe that the protocol cuts them off from Great Britain and threatens their British identity.
  • Northern Ireland Union Parties were initially in support of Brexit, however they are now advocating for the trade protocol to be discarded because they believe it disrupts the flow of goods between countries.
  • Northern Ireland has experienced over a week of continuous rioting, causing at least 55 police officers to be injured.
  • Social media videos of the riots show rioters throwing stones, bricks, and petrol bombs at police and their vehicles.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed deep concern over “the scenes of violence” in Northern Ireland and maintains that “the way to move forward is through dialogue”.
  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claims that the US remains “steadfast supporters of a secure and prosperous Northern Ireland in which all communities have a voice, and enjoy the gains of the hard-won peace.

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China Warns Against Boycott of Beijing Olympics

  • China warned against any boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics after a US state department spokesperson announced that US and allies were discussing a potential boycott over China’s human rights abuses.
  • The White House clarified that they are not discussing or considering a boycott of the Olympics with any allies or partners.
  • The International Olympic Committee and US Olympic & Paralympic Committee have stated their disapproval of boycotts, as they are not an effective measure for change, and negatively affect athletes because of political issues.

Myanmar Ambassador Locked Out of London Embassy

  • Myanmar ambassador to the UK, Kyaw Zwar Minn, claims that he was locked out of the London embassy for several hours by his deputy who was acting on the military’s behalf.
  • Minn has spoken against the junta and called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected leader of Myanmar, causing the military to remove his title of ambassador.
  • More than 600 civilians have been killed in the violent, ongoing protests for democracy against Myanmar’s military.

Kenya’s High Court Seeks to Temporarily Closes Refugee Camps

  • Kenya’s government seeks to close off the Dadaab and Kakum refugee camps, home to more than 400,000 migrants from various countries including Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, and others.
  • Kenyan Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i has said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has two weeks to outline a plan for the closing of the camps, or refugees could expect forced travel to the Somalia border.
  • Many refugees are threatened with fear, uncertainty, and insecurity regarding their future and where they will go following the government’s decision as they had found peace and a new home in Kenya’s refugee camps after fleeing terrorism, instability, and other difficulties in their native countries.
  • The decision by government officials to place pressure on international donors by threatening to close refugee camps have been seen by some as motivated by economic incentives. 

Facebook Sued By Civil Rights Advocacy Group In Response To Hate Rhetoric

  • Facebook and its top executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg face a lawsuit filed by Muslim Advocates, a civil rights group, claiming that Facebook is dishonest in its pledge to remove violent or hateful speech, and in particular rhetoric targed towards Islam and Muslims.
  • For years Muslim Advocates has sought to raise awareness about bigotry and anti-Muslim hate speech rampant on the social media platform, including extremist and violence promoting anti-Muslim hate groups that remain active on the site, despite their violation of Facebook’s community guidelines.
  • Facebook emailed a statement on Thursday to address the lawsuit, maintaining that they do not allow hate speech and seek to make it a platform “safe for everyone”.
  • Muslim Advocates has called for Facebook to take actions in line with their guidelines or “stop lying” to the public regarding its policies on hateful speech.

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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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