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The Daily Brief: Deadly Attack at FedEx Facility in Indianapolis, IN

Eight people killed followed by the shooter taking his own life

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Summary:

  • An active shooter attacked a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, killing at least eight people.
  • The shooting, which occurred late Thursday night, is the fifth mass attack in the United States this calendar year.
  • The eight victims ranged in age from 18 to 74. Seven additional individuals were injured.
  • The gunman is believed to have started shooting in the parking lot, before proceeding indoors.
  • Identified as Brandon Scott Hole, Age 19, the gunman was a former employee of FedEx; it is alleged that his mother had contacted law enforcement about her son and that he might try to inflict harm on others.
  • US President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to ban military style assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.
  • The President faces an uphill battle as gun control remains a highly sensitized issue in the United States.
  • The President has also suggested that shooting victims should be able to sue weapons manufacturers. 

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Iran Starts Enriching Uranium at 60%

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  • Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility has started uranium enrichment, a technique which is critical for the development of nuclear power, at triple the normal levels. 
  • This action comes after a suspected Israeli attack on the Natanz facility in which thousands of uranium centrifuges were destroyed. Israel has neither confirmed or denied it’s involvement. 
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the enrichment was “exclusively peaceful” but in retaliation to the “wickedness” of the damage inflicted after the attack. 
  • The United Kingdom, France, and Germany revealed their own “grave concern” to Iran’s response, stating that there is “no credible need for enrichment at this level.” 
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Body Camera Footage Showing Shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo Sparks Outrage Across Chicago

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  • Protests spark across Chicago in retaliation to released police footage which shows the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. 
  • On March 29th, a police officer pursued Toledo on foot down an alleyway, telling him to raise his hands and “Drop it, drop it.” The police officer then shot Toledo as he raised his hands, and rushed over to administer aid. There was “no evidence” of Toledo firing his own weapon.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement in response, saying “We live in a city that is traumatised by a long history of police violence and misconduct… So while we don’t have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable why so many of our residents are feeling that all too familiar surge of outrage and pain.”
  • Protestors marched through the night, calling on the Mayor and the police superintendent to resign after failure to punish the officer involved in shooting Toledo. 
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Pakistan Temporarily Bans Social Media Amidst Anti-French Protest

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  • In an attempt to “maintain public order and safety” the Pakistani government blocked numerous social media sites on Friday.
  • Fear of continued violent protests on behalf of the far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party led officials to place a temporary ban said to last from 6:00-10:00 GMT.
  • Protesters are upset over ‘blasphemous’ French cartoons and the arrest of TLP leader, Saad Rizvi, which occurred Monday.
  • Protestors have since held days of violent protests that have wounded more than 600 people.
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Hong Kong Arrests Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai, Continuing Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Activist 

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  • 73 year old Hong Kong billionaire and known pro-democracy activist, Jimmy Lai, was arrested and sentenced to 14 months in prison after being found guilty of unauthorized assembly.
  • Numerous activists who allegedly took part in demonstrations in August of 2019 were arrested and sentenced to prison on Friday.
  • In a handwritten letter from prison Mr. Lai wrote “It is our responsibility as journalists to seek justice. As long as we are not blinded by unjust temptations, as long as we do not let evil get its way through us, we are fulfilling our responsibility.”
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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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