- The Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada was recently uncovered on Thursday as a mass grave site with the remains of 215 children.
- The former residential school in British Columbia was opened in the 19th century under the Roman Catholic Church as a means to forcibly assimilate the Indegenious people, much later turning into local students residence after the government took control and kept running until closure in 1978.
- The discovery was made by the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation, who currently believes “these missing children are undocumented deaths” and have “more questions then answers” as they are currently underway to contacting communities whose children attended the school to put together a report by mid June.
- Haunting recollections of the school which was heavily underfunded, rampant in sexual, emotional, and physical abuse including child labour, and subject to outbreaks of deadly diseaseds was already believed to be the cause of death to over 3,000 student of the over 150,000 occupying over the years.
- The Canadian government had previously apologized in 2008 admitting to the violations committed. The lawsuit settlement gave compensation to the families affected by the schools as attendees.
- Prime Minister Justin Tredeu called the discovery a “painful reminder of the dark and shameful chapter of our country’s history.”
- The First Nations Health authority declared through their website that the discovery “will have significant impact on the Tk’emlúps community and in the communities served by this residential school.”
- Chief Rosanne Casmir stated her hope during the release of the new discovery with the “Access to the latest technology” allowing “for a true accounting of the missing children and will hopefully bring some peace and closure to those lives lost.”
Series of Earthquakes Shake DR Congo as Threat of Second Volcanic Eruptions Looms Overhead
- The Goma Volcanic Observatory (GVO) reported 61 earthquakes near the base of Mount Nyiragongo in a 24 hour period on Saturday.
- The GVO explained that continued collapse of the volcano’s crater contributed to the earthquakes.
- Mount Nyiragongo is an 11,500-foot-high active volcano which sits 9 miles from the city of Goma. The volcano erupted last Saturday destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 31 people.
- An estimated 400,000 people have fled Goma after the government warned of the volcano erupting again. Currently the best case scenario is that the volcano stops trembling and does not erupt again, whereas the worst case scenario is that lava erupts in the Kivu River sending debris flying, emitting toxic gas, and contaminating the water.
Seventy-Fourth Annual World Health Assembly Concludes With Strong Resolutions
- The seventy-fourth World Health Assembly took place virtually this year from May 24 to June 1. This assembly is an annual event that serves as the decision making body of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Dozens of heads of state and governments attend the assembly each year to tackle modern health issues in an international fashion.
- Proceedings for this years assembly focused on the Covid-19 pandemic, universal health coverage, healthy environments, and sexual abuse.
- During this assembly WHO stated that they will release a findings report from an independent investigation on sexual abuse allegations against WHO workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the end of August.
100 Year Anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre
- Monday marks the 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the biggest racially motivated acts of violence in history. Events commemorating the massacre have been held in Tulsa this week.
- In the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921, a place many called the “Black Wall Street,” a white mob burned everything to the ground. Hundreds of people killed, thousands of homes destroyed, dozens of businesses ended, and thousands displaced.
- The nearly all-white police department assisted the white mob, and the massacre went ignored by the public for decades, with no punishment for the attackers and no compensation for the victims. President Biden is scheduled to visit Tulsa this week.
New Coronavirus Variant Found in Vietnam
- Vietnam has announced its discovery of a new coronavirus variant that is a combination of the strand found in India and the UK. Early tests show that the variant travels much more easily.
- Seven other known variants had already been found in Vietnam. This new variant replicates easily, and spreads quickly by air.
- Vietnam has recently had a spike in coronavirus infections, and the new variant is a possible cause. Around fifty people have died of the virus in Vietnam, and strict social distancing restrictions have begun being put in place.
Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”
- 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.
China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan
- 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.
First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade
- 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.”
Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession
- 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.
North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test￼
- 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.
Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany
- 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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