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The Daily Brief: Rising Conflict in Europe Drives NATO Chief to Invite Russia to Talks

Increasing tensions between Russia and the Ukraine prompts NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to set up a series of meetings in the NATO-Russia council.

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  • Despite NATO’s efforts, Moscow refuses to engage in further discussions with the council until the West answers their long list of security demands.
  • Russia’s borders with the Ukraine have seen a recent spike of nearly 100,000 troops making many fear a possible invasion.
  • The Kremlin holds that forces are necessary in those regions and blames the West for misinterpreting the security needs of the area.
  • Russia’s security demands include but are not limited to NATO giving up military activity in Eastern Europe and promising to never accept Ukraine as a member of the organization.
  • US President Joe Biden’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday and then German, French, and English officials on Thursday.
  • White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki stated “We’re now at a stage where Russia at any time could launch an attack on Ukraine…The fact that we’re seeing this movement of forces into Belarus clearly gives the Russians another approach, should they decide to take further military action against Ukraine…Russian military plans to begin activities several weeks before a military invasion is something we’ve been watching closely and our assessment has been that could happen anytime between mid-January and mid-February.”
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Microsoft Acquires Activision Blizzard in a $69 Billion Deal

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  • The Microsoft Corporation is set to become the number 3 gaming company in the world following the absorption of Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion bet.
  • The all-cash deal would have Microsoft paying $95 per share of the controversial Activision gaming company.
  • Tencent and Sony would be the only gaming company ahead of Microsoft in revenue.
  • Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, stated “Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms…We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”

Yemen – The Humanitarian Crisis Facing The Poorest Arab Country After A 7 Year War

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  • As violence escalated this weekend with the Yemeni Houthis sending deadly drone attacks to the UAE, many fear that the growing humanitarian crisis facing the most vulnerable in Yemen has no end in sight. 
  • Since the war between oil-rich Saudi Arabia and Yemen began 7 years ago, officials estimate that at least 377,000 Yemeni people have died directly and indirectly from the violence with 70% of the deaths recorded being children. 
  • 45% of the total Yemeni population is considered food insecure, with an estimated 50,000 people living in famine-like conditions. 
  • 4.6 million Yemenis have been forced from their homes with an estimated 3,468 people displaced within the first two weeks of 2022 which adds to the growing concerns of food insecurity and the spread of preventable diseases. 
  • The UN has continuously raised concerns that Yemen is already at the brink of a complete humanitarian disaster and that another 7 years of war will cause complete and total destruction to the Yemeni population. 
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New Charges Added to Nigerian Separatists Leader Currently Detained 

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  • As the trial for Nnamdi Kanu continues, the Nigerian prosecution has added 8 additional terrorism and incitement charges to the 7 current terrorism charges that Kanu has pleaded not guilty to. 
  • Kanu, who is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group that Nigeria has declared a terrorist group, which calls for the Igbo ethnic group’s homeland of Southeastern Nigeria to succeed from Nigeria, was blindsided by the additional charges. 
  • Kanu’s Lawyer, Mike Ozekhome accused the prosecution of ambushing Kanu and their team with the 8 additional charges “just to frustrate the trial” and to keep Kanu in detention for longer and requested time to prepare on how to plead the additional charges. 
  • Nigerian officials state Kanu and the IPOB are responsible for inciting violence on police stations and security forces since 2018. 
  • IPOB supporters have launched lockdown protests across the southeastern portion of Nigeria in opposition to Kanu’s trial and detainment. 
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Kashmir Journalist Arrested Under Controversial Law, One Day After Being Granted Bail

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  • Kashmir journalist, Sajid Gul, 26, was arrested this week in India controlled Kashmir under the controversial “Public Safety Act” (PSA), in which an individual can be detained for up to 6 months with no trial. 
  • Gul, who was granted bail in a separate case of alleged criminal conspiracy a day prior, will now be detained in a prison 200 miles away, where it will be difficult for his family to visit him. 
  • Indian officials state Gul’s social media presence spread falsehood and misinformation which goes against the sovereignty of the state. 
  • Amnesty International has called the PSA a lawless law and has been used to detain individuals throughout the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir unjustly. 
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North Korea Launches Missile Test For The 4th Time This Year

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  • Amid stalled denuclearisation talks, North Korea has fired its 4th missile test this year, adding to growing concerns about the communist country’s advancing missile program. 
  • The current missile test occurred on Friday using a pair of SRBMs fired from train cars while the previous 2 launches, attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, involved “hypersonic missiles” which are capable of high speeds and manoeuvrings after launch. 
  • The UN Security Council is expected to meet behind closed doors later this week to discuss the continued missile launches, while South Korean officials stated they consider every North Korean missile launch as a “direct and serious threat.”
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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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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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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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