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The Daily Brief: Legislative actions, rallies and clashes mark 2021 International Women’s Day

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Legislative actions rallies and clashes mark 2021 International Womens Day
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Annual day honors the achievements of women and brings attention to deficits in gender equality 

Summary
  • International Women’s Day (IWD), held annually on March 8th is universally celebrated to highlight the contributions of women and demand for the needs of women.
  • This year’s theme for IWD is ‘Choose to Challenge,’ premised on the importance of challenging bias and inequality, and challenging the world to do better.
  • Uighur Muslim women in Turkey marched to demand the end of mass detention centers in China; it is alleged that over one million Uighur Muslims are being held against their will in such camps.
  • In the Philippines, a majority female demonstration was staged to protest President Rodrigo Dutere’s alleged political abuses against women.
  • In Mexico, thousands of women’s rights activists protested what they feel to be the government’s failure to deal with the high incidence of violence against women, also known as femicide or more broadly, gender-based violence; nearly 1,000 women were victims of femicide in Mexico in 2020.
  • In India, female farmers staged sit-ins and hunger strikes to protest new agricultural laws.
  • In the United States, President Biden timed the signing of two executive orders with International Women’s Day; both orders would bring a spotlight to gaps in gender equality.

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Protestors Take to the Streets Against “Government Corruption” in Senegal 

  • A growing group claiming government corruptipn in Dakar, Senegal took to the streets in protest after opposition leader Ousame Sonko was arrested with charges of rape and death threats. 
  • Incidences of the government charging possible candidates for presidency in order to hinder their chances have a long history in Senegal. Supporters of Sonko claim the actions taken against him were politically motivated, aiming to derail his political standings and chances to dominate in the 2024 election against current Seneglese President Macky Sall.
  • Amnesty International claims that at least eight people were killed during these protests. After being released from jail. Sonko continually denies all allegations against him, asking for the people to continue their anti-government protests but to do so peacefully. 

Very Rare Meteorite Lands in a UK Driveway

  • Locals in the United Kingdom found a fragment of an extremely rare meteorite this Tuesday, in the driveway of a house in Gloucestershire. 
  • The meteorite, which caused a sonic boom last month in the UK and Northern Europe, is 1 of 50 known to exist, and formed over millions of years ago. 
  • Amino acids which make up the building blocks of life are one of the minerals in the meteorite, suggesting that these fragments and ones like it contain crucial information about our early solar system. 

China Plans To Overhaul Elections In Hong Kong

  • China’s government has decided to “improve” elections in Hong Kong by creating “a qualification vetting system” that will only allow “patriots” to govern the administrative region.
  • Wang Chen, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, has stated that China’s plan will address “the clear loopholes and deficiencies” in Hong Kong’s current electoral system.
  • The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has expressed its support for China’s plans, claiming that the “army resolutely supports this important decision about safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty, security and development interests.”
  • Western governments oppose China’s interference in Hong Kong’s elections, believing it would undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and suppress pro-democracy voices.

Jury Selection For George Floyd’s Murder Case Begins

  • Derek Chauvin is the first of four former Minnapolis police officers facing trial for the charges of killing George Floyd.
  • George Floyd was a Black American killed in police custody; videos of his arrest were widely circulated and contributed to the creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
  • Chauvin can be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about 8 minutes, after which he ultimately died from cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and could possibly also be charged with third-degree murder.
  • Chauvin’s defense team argues that Floyd had drugs in his system and was suffering from heart disease which caused his death, however public opinion is largely against Chauvin and it is proving difficult to find jurors with no bias.

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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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