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The Daily Brief: Bloody attack in Boulder, Colorado leaves 10 dead

Suspected gunman in custody, faces multiple counts of murder in the first degree

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Bloody attack in Boulder Colorado leaves 10 dead

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  • Ten people were killed in a shooting spree at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, March 22.
  • Lone gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa shot one person in the King Soopers store parking lot before continuing the rampage inside the store.
  • Hundreds of police officers responded to the scene in an attempt to control Alissa, who was armed with an AR-15 style rifle.
  • The gunman sustained a leg injury in an exchange with the police, was treated and then transported to jail.
  • Local police have released the names and ages of the murdered, which included a police officer.
  • At this time, it is believed the gunman acted alone.
  • The shooting in Boulder comes one week after a mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, which resulted in 8 deaths. 
  • Gun control continues to polarize the American people, and the recent incidents of violence will no doubt increase pressure on US President Joe Biden to enact stricter reforms.
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Saudi Officials Issued a Death Threat Against UN Investigator On Jamal Khashoggi Cases

  • A Saudi Arabian Senior Official claimed people were ready to “take care of” Agnes Callamard, a United Nations (UN) investigator, after backlash towards the content and accusations that Callamard conspired with Qatar in her Jamal Khashoggi murder report. 
  • Callamard was the first UN official to research the case back in 2018, and since then has released a detailed report with “credible evidence” alluding to the crown prince’s role in Khassogi’s death. 
  • Callamard said the claims were understood to be death threats and shocked both herself and other UN officials, but Saudi Officials stated the comments shouldn’t be taken seriously. The government has yet to comment on the situation. 

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Acknowledges Eritrean Soldiers in Tigray Regions

  • Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiya Ahmed has admitted the presence of troops from Eritrea residing in the Tigray region, following the capture of military bases by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) back in November. 
  • Eritrean soldiers were alleged to have commited human rights violations against the people in Tigray, and following the admission, Ahmed stated that “Regardless of the TPLF propaganda of exaggeration, any soldier responsible for raping our women and looting communities in the region will be held accountable as their mission is to protect.”
  • As the Prime Minister faces pressures to end all conflicts of Tigray, the UN special investigator on the human rights of internally displaced people released a joint statement with other UN agencies and non-government organizations, urging Tigray to “respect and protect civilian populations, particularly women and children, from all human rights abuses.”

Libya’s Eastern Administration Relinquishes Authority To Interim Government

  • The Eastern Administration of Libya has handed governmental power to the Government of National Unity (GNU).
  • Libya has experienced division and chaos since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising overthrew the government.
  • The new interim government, selected through a UN supported process, is meant to unify the war-torn country and steer it towards elections.
  • The GNU, led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, will replace the Government of National Accord (GNA) and a Cyrenaica-based political cabinet not recognised by the international community.
  • Hussein Attiya al-Gotrani, one of Dbeibah’s two deputy premiers, assured local media that Libya’s “period of division is over”, promising that the GNA is “at the service of all Libyans, whatever their region”.

European Union Votes To Refuse Frontex Budget Over Human Rights Concerns

  • Frontex, the EU’s border and coast guard agency, is facing allegations of human rights violations, hiring failures, and harassment by senior Frontex staff.
  • The European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee voted 22-3, with 5 abstentions, to refuse approval of Frontex’s 2019 budget “until additional clarifications are brought on a series of issues”.
  • The EU has created a “scrutiny group” to investigate the allegations on Frontex, and they are expected to release their findings this summer.
  • Frontex was supposed to hire 40 fundamental rights officers by December to help detect possible human rights abuses, however the agency has so far hired none.
  • A full parliament meeting in April will likely back the Budgetary Control Committee’s  decision to delay approval of the budget endorsement.
  • If Frontex fails to provide clarity on reported allegations by the third quarter of 2021 then the European Union could completely refuse to endorse the agency’s budget for the first time in history.

Prince Harry Becomes Chief Impact Officer for Silicon Valley Start-Up

  • Exiting the British Royal Family, Prince Harry will serve on the executive level at BetterUp, a company seeking to provide personalized coaching to help employees “live more meaningful and vibrant lives”.
  • A proponent of mental health awareness, Prince Harry has said he has used the app himself and coaching has helped his own mental well being.
  • In a blog post, Harry expressed his personal reasons for joining BetterUp and commitment to mental health services: “focusing on and prioritising our mental fitness unlocks potential and opportunity that we never knew we had inside of us.”

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India playing the “All religions matter” card in the UN

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In a recent event that marked the first anniversary of the International Day of Countering Hate Speech, Ambassador Tirumurti from India urged the UN that fighting religiophobia should not be a “selective exercise” that involves only one or two religions but one that should be applied equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions as well. He had also addressed terrorism concerns that have been plaguing India due to the cross-border tensions that are on the rise.

It is ironic that such statements were made during an event whose sole purpose is to counter hate in a country where religiophobia against people practising Abrahamic religions is at an all-time high. Last week, India was in the news for all the wrong reasons due to comments made against the Prophet Muhammad (saw) by the official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of India’s major political parties. Clashes erupted around the country in retaliation and houses that belonged to Muslim activists were bulldozed and razed to the ground simply because they had raised objections against the ruling party for the hateful comments made. Even though the cause for all that is happening in India is predominantly Islamaphobia, it is surprising how the religion of Islam was not mentioned anywhere in the list of Abrahamic religions given by Mr Tirumurti[1] . Leaving out the religion of Islam takes us back to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and The National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill that was passed but not implemented yet required Muslims living in India to submit documents showing that they are indeed the citizens of India.

Mr Tirumurti also mentioned that India follows pluralism as it was recognised by the UAE and Egypt to promote fraternity on the International Day of Fraternity[2] . He defines Pluralism as “where every religion is respected, is a sine qua non of tolerance and harmony,”. However, what happened in India a few days prior is a stark contrast to the definition that he read out during the event.

“Till this is done, such international days will never achieve their objectives. There cannot be double standards on religiophobia,” stated the Ambassador. His remarks on how all religions must be treated equally to combat religiophobia are similar in nature to the “All Lives Matter” slogan created for the sole purpose of undermining the ‘Black Lives Matter movement. India needs to look back at itself to understand the definition of double standards as the country itself has become the epitome of the word by denying the extremist allegations while executing the same on minorities.[3] 

Regarding the statement given by Mr Tirumurti in the UN, Mahmooda, a Muslim citizen of India, living in Chennai said, “This is yet another flag of insignificance being pinned upon the Muslims”. This is a testament to the fact on how the government of India and the majority is still undermining and undervaluing the lives of Muslims who have made India their home for several decades now. 

“Fascism is always denied when it’s being perpetrated. Furthermore, there’s a convenient narrative orchestrated through different avenues to justify the hostility against the persecuted” remarked Aslam who is a 35 year old non-residential Indian living in the UAE.

Safura, a Muslim in her mid-20’s said that she understands that all religions must be considered equal in the religiophobia narrative and that “one cannot value one’s human life more than the other”, but it baffled her that Islam was left out of the conversation in an event that strives to fight against religiophobia despite the fact that Muslims are the most persecuted around the world. 

This makes us wonder if India believes that Muslims are the reason why religiophobia still exists and hence all the other religions must be saved from it? Unfortunately, the answer to this question can be provided by Mr Tirumurti alone.


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Trump Knew His Supporters Were Armed in Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

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  • Former White House aid, Cassidy Hutchinson, stated that former US President Donald Trump was aware that rioters were armed on January 6th, 2021 when they stormed the US Capitol, but he did not want to stop them.
  • Hutchinson worked as a top advisor to Mr Trump’s chief of staff, and testified at a hearing to a select House committee that was in charge of investigating the Jan 6th riot at the US Capitol.
  • Hutchinson recounted how Mr. Trump said that rioters were “not here to hurt me” and that security should “let them in.” She also stated that he lunged at the driver of the limousine in a rage when he was told he could not be taken to the Capitol.
  • Mr Trump denied several parts of Hutchinson’s testimony, stating, “I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech.”

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Fire During Colombia Prison Riot Kills 51

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  • A fire broke out in a Colombian prison during a riot, killing 51 inmates and injuring dozens. The fire was started by an inmate setting a mattress ablaze during the commotion and the flames spreading.
  • Colombian President Ivan Duque requested a “quick investigation to explain this terrible situation” and expressed his solidarity “to the families of the victims.”
  • No prisoners seem to have escaped and the fire is now under control. Twenty four people are currently in the hospital.
  • Prisons in Colombia are extremely overcrowded, as it was in this case, making riots and fighting amongst inmates a common occurrence.

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50 Migrants Found Dead Near the US-Mexico Border

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  • Fifty migrants were found dead near the US-Mexico border in an abandoned semi truck due to “poverty and desperation,” according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
  • The vehicle in which the victims were found was lacking air conditioning and water and, coupled with the extremely hot climate, it is suspected that they likely died from dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Migrants from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala were among the victims. Sixteen people survived the incident and were taken to the hospital.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke about the incident, stating that his administration “will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry.”

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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