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The Daily Brief: US President Joe Biden’s Executive Order Ushers In A New Series Of Sanctions On Russia

The US Government Has Imposed Several New Sanctions On The Kremlin As Punishment For Election Interference, Cyber Hacking, And Suspicious Activity Near Ukraine.

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US President Joe Bidens Executive Order Ushers In A New Series Of Sanctions On Russia

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  • The Biden Administration has taken a strong stance on Russia’s recent “malign” actions by placing new sanctions on the country.
  • Allegations against the Kremlin include: interfering with US elections in 2020, hacking the US tech company SolarWinds, poisoning prominent activist Alexander Navalny with a nerve agent, and bullying Ukraine.
  • The sanctions were enacted through US President Joe Biden’s executive order in an effort to strengthen his administration’s response to Russia. 
  • The US Treasury Department has blacklisted 6 Russian tech companies related to Russia’s intelligence services and 32 entities and individuals accused of committing “acts of disinformation and interference”.
  • The US will also be removing 10 individuals from the Russian embassy in Washington, DC, including members of the Russian intelligence services.
  • Russia denies all of these allegations and has stated through their foreign ministry that “a series of retaliatory measures will follow soon”. 
  • President Biden has expressed that he does not want “to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia” however he is “prepared to take further actions” if Russia continues to interfere with US democracy.
  • In a “candid” conversation with Putin earlier this week, Biden proposed a summit between the US and Russia in order to discuss diplomatic relations.
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French Citizens Advised to Leave Pakistan Amidst Protests

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  • The French embassy in Pakistan has advised French citizens and officials to leave Pakistan amidst violent anti-French protests. Pakistan has stated that this announcement comes from France’s own assessment.
  • This announcement comes after a ban earlier this week on Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, a far-right group dedicated to protesting blasphemous remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron. They have demanded the expulsion of the French ambassador and a ban on French goods.
  • Protests erupted this week after Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s leader, Saad Rizvi, was arrested. Two police officers have been killed in the protests, and hundreds injured.
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Car Bomb Explodes in Iraq’s Capital

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  • A car bomb in Baghdad killed at least one person and destroyed several other cars as it was driving through a market filled with predominantly Shiite Muslims.
  • Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned the attack, and no group has claimed responsibility.
  • Explosions in Baghdad have become less frequent after the defeat of ISIS in 2017, with the most recent attack occurring in January, killing more than 30 people and injuring many.
  • This explosion comes after a drone strike earlier this week hit US led forces and a Turkish military base.
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Advocacy Groups Pushback Against Instagram App For Children

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  • More than 35 advocacy groups across the globe are advocating against the creation of an Instagram app usable by children under 13.
  • Instagram has been pushing for the development of such an app in response to the many accounts made by children on Instagram by falsely verifying their age to be 13; the new app is expected to be designed with ads and technology appropriate for children.
  • Children advocacy groups have written a letter to Mark Zuckerberg outlining the dangers of a youth media platform such as body shaming and addiction.
  • These groups argue that such apps are manipulative in using children and adolescent’s desire for peer approval and can lead to devastating psychological and mental health effects.

Taliban Claim Victory As U.S. Troops Withdraw From Afghanistan

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  • President Biden’s decision to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan has led some Taliban groups to claim that they have won the war against America.
  • The U.S. is planning to commence withdrawal of military troops as early as May 1st, with President Biden stating that the exit would not be in haste and will take place responsibly.
  • The Taliban have claimed that they will not attend any peace treaties or conferences until all foreign forces have exited the country.
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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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