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The Daily Brief: Gunman Attacks Three Spas in Atlanta Killing Eight People

Suspect Robert Long targeted and killed eight people in Atlanta, six of which were Asian American women, stating his need to eliminate sexual temptations.

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Gunman Attacks Three Spas in Atlanta Killing Eight People
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  • Eight people were killed on Tuesday evening by a gunman who “went on a rampage,” attacking three different spas in Atlanta, US.
  • The first shooting occurred over 20 miles from downtown Atlanta and the second an hour later at another location just down the road.
  • According to authorities, six of the victims killed have been identified as Asian American women, and two as white. 
  • Suspect Robert Aaron Long was identified via surveillance footage and confirmation by his family. He was arrested 150 miles south of the attacks in Crisp County. 
  • Long admitted he had committed the murders due to a “sexual addiction” which forced him to “eliminate” his “temptation[s].” He also told police of possible plans targeting another business in Florida where he was heading.  
  • An advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate, who track incidents of discrimination, hate and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders stated the “great deal of fear and pain” which “must be addressed,” especially during the onslaught of racist attacks occurring in recent months. 
  • US President Biden has recognized the shooting and “fear” of  Asian Americans, while Vice President Kamala Harris issued a statement stating how they “stand with [The Asian American Community] and understand how this has frightened and shocked and outraged all people.”
  • Although authorities have said that it is too early to determine the exact motivation behind the attacks, the Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottom released a statement claiming that “a crime against any community is a crime against us all.”
  • Lang was charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault on Wednesday afternoon. 
  • Atlanta police announced their increased patrol of areas similar to the attack, and other police departments in New York and Seattle stated they would also increase patrols to support ending violence against Asian-American communities. 

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Continues to Worsen in Brazil 

  • The coronavirus outbreak is now worse than ever in Brazil, as the country reports nearly 3,000 deaths in one day.
  • Hospitals across South America’s most populous country are at capacity as variants of Covid-19 virus enter Brazil.
  • President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil is soon to appoint the fourth person to be Health Minister since the start of the pandemic, Marcelo Queiroga.
  • While Queiroga emphasized washing hands and wearing masks to the Brazilian public he did not endorse measures of social distancing or any form of lockdown. 

North Korea to Begin Weapons Testing After a  Three-Year Hiatus 

  • The US assessed that North Korea is planning to begin their first weapons test since President Joe Biden of America took office after a three-year hiatus. 
  • North Korea has held tests near the beginning of new US and South Korean administrations for the past 12 years, one in 2017 after Donald Trump took office, and one in 2009 after Barack Obama took office. 
  • Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken are conducting their first overseas visit in Asia by first visiting Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan and later going to South Korea.
  • In response to these visits Kim Yo Jung, sister to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, said “If they want to have a good night’s sleep for the next four years, it would be good for them not to do things that would prevent them from sleeping properly from the start.”

Hope of Aid as Protests and Currency Crisis Continues in Lebanon

  • Fires arise as protests continue in Lebanon as currency continues to drop and has now lost 90% of its value in October 2019, with one third being lost in the past two weeks. 
  • Lebanon’s government resigned after an explosion in August, and there is a lack of bipartisan agreement, stalling the creation of a new government and the reform policies needed to help fix the crisis.
  • More than half the population is now living in poverty, and prices of basic goods are three times their original price.
  • A letter received from international donors has given hope to aid being given by representatives of the European Union, United Nations and World Bank in US dollars.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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