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The Daily Brief: Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini To Go To Trial For Kidnapping

Matteo Salvini is scheduled to go to trial in September after denying access of migrants into Italy and stranding them off the coast of Lampedusa for 19 days.

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Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini To Go To Trial For Kidnapping

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  • Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini will stand trial for kidnapping after his refusal to allow Spanish migrant children on an Open Arms Rescue ship into the country in 2019. 
  • In July and August during Salvini’s time as an interior minister and deputy prime minister, over 140 migrants awaited access into Italy on the Mediteranian Sea as Salvini negotiated with EU nations in their participation in resettling them. 
  • Over a 19-day period, some left stranded at sea jumped overboard in desperation, and the captain pleaded with Italian prosecutors for entry onto the port. Eventually, the 83 individuals left on board were evacuated to Lampedusa. 
  • This was one of many instances during Salvini’s time as interior minister in which he halted humanitarian ships from entering the country under his own implemented policies, continuously blaming organizations for encouraging illegal smuggling and trafficking.
  • Prosecutor Andrew Bonomo argued that Salvini shouldn’t be taken to court under the indictments, stating the decisions he made didn’t go against international treaties or pose enough harm to be considered kidnapping.  
  • Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish Non government organization dedicated to search and rescue at the sea, look forward to the trial about to commence, tweeting their happiness for “all the vulnerable people saved so far from the sea of shame.”
  • The trial is to begin on September 15th, as Salvani faces up to 15 years of jail time and an inability to serve in future government positions. Salvani tweeted that he was going in with his “head held high” and stated that “Defending our country is a citizen’s sacred duty … that is what I am being tried for.”
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Cuba Enters A New Age Of Government After 60 Years Of Castro Leadership

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  • Raúl Castro has announced his intention to pass on leadership of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party to younger generations, leaving the island nation without a Castro at the helm for the first time in over 6 decades.
  • The announcement came on Friday from Castro himself, who turns 90 in June and wishes to leave the country to the youth “full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit”.
  • Mr. Castro is expected to formally step down and announce his replacement before the end of the Communist Party Congress on Monday.
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Covid Death Toll Passes 3 Million As Cases Continue To Surge

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  • The number of Covid cases to date is estimated at nearly 140 million, while the number of Covid-related deaths has surpassed 3 million.
  • India, as well as about half of the US states, are currently experiencing a surge with India recording 230,000 new cases on Saturday alone.
  • The World Health Organization has warned that the globe is “approaching the highest rate of infection” and that “cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates”.
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Prince Philip Honored in Short, Private Ceremony

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  • Prince Philip’s funeral took place on Saturday at Windsor Castle with a short, private ceremony with only thirty attendees due to pandemic restrictions. Prince Philip was honored with a minute of silence observed throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Queen Elizabeth II sat alone during the ceremony in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Prince Harry attended the ceremony without his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who is currently pregnant.
  • Hundreds gathered outside the castle to honor Prince Philip and pay their respects. The service was not open to the public, but it was shown on television.
  • Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on April 9th at the age of 99.

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NASA Chooses SpaceX to Build Spacecraft for Moon Lander

  • NASA has chosen SpaceX to build spacecraft as part of the Artemis program to take two astronauts to the moon, possibly by 2024. NASA has expressed their intent to make history by having the first woman land on the moon.
  • The nearly $3 billion contract was being competed for by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, and Dynetics Inc, along with several other companies. NASA’s reasoning for choosing SpaceX was to stay within budget constraints, and to keep the competitive atmosphere of the Human Landing System (HLS) Program.
  • Last year, SpaceX was chosen to work with NASA on their HLS program, in which the Starship rocket was being tested in the hopes that it will allow large numbers of people to enter deep space and land back on Earth.

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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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