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The Daily Brief: Covid-19 Worsens in the UK as PM Johnson Refuses to Implement Protective Measures During the Holidays

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that no new Covid-19 restrictions will be established in England during Christmas time.

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  • Despite the fact that WHO has announced that the Omicron variant is spreading far faster than the Delta strain and is affecting those vaccinated and who have previously been exposed to Covid-19, the British government will not instate any new precautionary measures.
  • British leadership has stated that there is not enough evidence to support establishing tougher measures therefore those in England should continue with Christmas plans as normal.
  • Hospitalizations are on the rise with record numbers of Covid-19 cases taking over England, PM Johnson however, stands firm on his decision despite warning from the scientific community.
  • The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly around the world, and while it is causing cases in populations vaccinated against Covid-19 the vaccine has been providing protection against severe effects.
  • Israel has now begun administering a fourth dose of the vaccine to their population while many around the world, especially in Palestine, have yet to get their first. 
  • The World Health Organization has continuously stated that vaccine distribution must be equitable, however many Western countries have hoarded and controlled distribution of vaccines.
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Tensions Rise as President Vladimir Putin Blames West for Fear in Regard to the Ukraine 

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  • President Vladmir Putin of Russia states that his country will consider a military response should NATO threaten its interests.
  • Evidence points to President Putin remaining firm in not deescalating the potential invasion of Ukraine and claiming that the West is responsible for tensions.
  • Putin states that the United States support for Ukraine leaves Russia with nowhere to retreat thus leaving military personnel at the border.
  • In a combative speech Putin stated “If our western counterparts continue a clearly aggressive line, we will undertake proportionate military-technical countermeasures and will respond firmly to unfriendly steps…I’d like to stress that we are fully entitled to do that.”
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Sudan’s Protests Leave Two Dead and at Least 13 Allegedly Raped

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  • The continuing protests in Sudan this past Sunday left two dead and 13 allegations of both rape and gang rape.
  • Hundreds of thousands marched to the presidential palace in Khartoum against the October 25 military coup, which has drawn a number of protests and brought the death toll to 47.
  • In a statement, the Darfur Bar association said “the emergence of rape [during protests] indicates the development in the type of crimes committed against revolutionaries, so it is the duty of all to join a campaign to prosecute the perpetrators and those behind them.”
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Hundreds of Afghans March Towards the US Embassy Demanding Release of Assets

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  • Hundreds of Afghans marched in Kabul towards the closed off US embassy, demanding the release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets.
  • The Taliban provided security as the protestors marched and  held banners saying “Let us eat” and “Give us our frozen money.”
  • Afghanistan’s already troubled economy has taken a hit as billions of the country’s assets have been frozen internationally, in addition to a funding suspension.
  • Banks have restricted the amount of money account holders can withdraw, meanwhile state employees such as doctors and teachers have not been paid in months.
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Mexico’s Lithium and International Race to get “White Gold”

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  • Mexico’s lithium reserves are in the national spotlight as their president Obrador promises to keep the country’s precious natural resource in Mexico’s hands.
  • A new energy reform bill to nationalize Mexico’s lithium deposits as a strategic mineral, threatening China’s plans to lock in a critical reserved lithium to support their green energy transition plans.
  • Lithium is a sought after resource, being used in lithium ion batteries which power things like electric cars. 
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Apple’s Supplier in India to Remain Shut Down this Week

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  • Foxconn, Apple’s supplier in Chennai India, will remain closed this week following protests started by a food poisoning incident which left 150 employees in the hospital.
  • This comes after other supply chain bottlenecks affecting not only Apple but other consumer goods companies.
  • Last December, another of Apple’s Indian suppliers saw unrest when thousands of contract workers destroyed equipment and vehicles over non-payment of wages.
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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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