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Israel Defends Escalating Violence Against Muslim Worshippers At Al-Aqsa Mosque

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  • Al-Aqsa Mosque was the scene of a second night of violence against Muslim worshippers.
  • Israeli police have erected security barriers outside the Damascus Gate, an area traditionally used by Palestinian Muslims during the evenings after breaking fast.
  • The actions by Israeli police are viewed as further efforts to curtail the rights of Palestinians in the disputed Holy City.
  • Palestinian protestors threw rocks and stones at the police, and were met with stun grenades and rubber bullets.
  • The atmosphere in Israel is already charged due to the Sheikh Jarrah case, which ruled in favor of evicting Palestinian families from their homes in favor of a Jewish settler organization that claimed land ownership.
  • Many international observers cautioned Israel against further acts of aggression towards the Muslim worshippers, including the US, the EU, and the UN.
  • The Kingdom of Jordan strongly condemned the violence, citing international law that protects Arab rights.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his nation’s actions as necessary to protect the nation against radical elements.
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Spain’s Beaches Become Filled With Crowds After Curfew Lift

  • Hundreds of people gathered in the beaches of Barcelona, Madrid, and several other cities in Spain after the country ended its 11pm curfew in most counties and a six-month state of emergency to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Footage captured large crowds and parties of many 6+ groups and maskless individuals violating coronavirus guidelines still in place.
  • In some areas, police intervention was necessary to warn crowds of safety measures through loudspeakers.
  • The mayor of Madrid implored his citizens to behave responsibly calling scenes of the street parties “deplorable”.
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More Than 1,400 Migrants Arrive in Italy

  • Hundreds of migrants in fifteen boats landed on Italy’s island of Lampedusa, with numbers expected to increase as the weather becomes more permissive.
  • The landing is an entry point into Europe for many migrants who often flee poverty, conflict, and war from Middle Eastern and African countries.
  • The issue of immigration remains sharply divided in Europe, and the onset of new migrations has sparked anti-immigration sentiments, although overall immigration has decreased since 2015.
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Algeria Limits Protests Ahead of Preliminary Polls 

  • Mass protests in Algeria are being suppressed through new measures due to the Hirak protest movement being expected to continue during preliminary polls in June.
  • Demonstrations for the Hirak protest movement began in February 2019 when former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika attempted to have a fifth term in office.
  • The new measure from the Algerian government will ban unauthorized demonstrations.
  • The interior ministry of Algeria stated “Failure to comply with these procedures will result in violating the law and the constitution, which denies the legitimacy of the march, and it will be necessary to deal with it on this basis.”
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The Long March 5B Rocket Lands in the Indian Ocean

  • The Long March 5B rocket fell back into Earth’s atmosphere just over the Arabian Peninsula and landed just west of the Maldives.
  • China is facing harsh criticism from NASA as the out of control rocket was initially launched from the Chinese space station on April 29.
  • Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University states “There’s no international law or rule — nothing specific — but the practice of countries around the world has been: ‘Yeah, for the bigger rockets, let’s not leave our trash in orbit in this way.'”
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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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