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The Daily Brief: Power Failure Hits Iran at Natanz Atomic Site

Claims of sabotage threaten already precarious diplomatic process

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Power Failure Hits Iran at Natanz Atomic Site

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  • Iran’s Natanz Complex suffered a power failure early Sunday morning.
  • Part of the electrical grid was rendered temporarily inoperable in an act being dubbed by Iran as sabotage.
  • The suspected attack did not result in any casualties or environmental impact.
  • The explosion has significantly delayed the plant’s ability to enrich uranium, by at least nine months.
  • The incident comes suspiciously in coincidence with resumed talks between Iran and the United States to restore a previously negotiated nuclear agreement.
  • Officials from both Iran and the United States have opined that Israel engineered the attack; Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement. 
  • The Republic of Iran is calling on the international community to condemn the attack.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56708778

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/11/incident-at-iranian-nuclear-site-targeted-by-blast-last-year

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U.S. Army Officer Sues Police for Excessive Force

  • A Black and Latino U.S. Army Officer is suing Virginia police officers for excessive force and violation of the First and Fourth Amendments as they approached his vehicle with guns and pepper spray following an alleged traffic violation and non cooperation with law enforcement
  • Caron Nazario, the U.S. Lieutenant involved, is seeking one million dollars in compensatory charges for a wide variety of charges against the police officers including unlawful seizure, excessive force, and illegal search
  • Police body footage camera showed Nazario’s compliance by putting hands in the air, being pepper sprayed, and told conflicting orders of exiting the vehicle and having hands up. The footage also captures officers striking Nazario face down on the ground and putting him in handcuffs despite the improbability that Nazario had committed a crime.

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Turkey, US Speak on Continuing Conflict Between Ukraine and Russia

  • Another Ukranian soldier was killed in the continuing conflict between Ukraine’s military and separatist rebels that are said to be backed by Russia. The Kremlin has denied sending help to the rebels.
  • The US is concerned about the increase of Russian troops on the Ukranian border, and has warned of consequences for further aggression.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his support for Ukranian sovereignty and keeping the Black Sea a peaceful and cooperative place. Turkey has continuously offered support and cooperation with Ukraine.
  • The conflict between Ukranian forces and Russian backed rebels over the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Eastern Ukraine has become more violent recently, initially starting in 2014.

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Jordan’s Prince Hamzah Makes Public Appearance

  • Prince Hamzah made his first public appearance in an event commemorating Jordan’s 100th year of independence. He appeared by King Abdullah’s side in a show of unity.
  • King Abdullah, Prince Hamzah, and others were photographed reciting verses from the Quran at the graves of forefathers and laying wreaths at a soldier’s memorial.
  • Prince Hamzah appeared after accusations of disloyal actions towards the government and his house arrest.

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Power Outages after Volcano Hits St. Vincent Island

  • A powerful volcanic eruption in the St. Vincent Island of the Carribean has cut off power and water supplies, and resulted in the evacuation of almost 16,000 people
  • Scientists and emergency officials warn that additional eruptions and destruction could be forthcoming as lightning, thunder, rumbling, and white dust have overcome the area since Friday.
  • Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has said water supplies have mostly been cut off, and airspace travel has halted due to the abundance of thick smoke and volcanic ash in the atmosphere.
  • Thousands of residents are sleeping in emergency shelters, but as of now the death toll and injury number remains to be zero.
  • Authorities had restored most of the power outages on the island by Sunday afternoon.

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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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