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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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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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