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US Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns

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  • The US special envoy for Haiti, Daniel Foote, has resigned due to the “inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees.”
  • Thousands of Haitian migrants are at the US-Mexico border, where the US government has made it clear that they will not be allowed to pass.
  • Foote expressed in his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken the dire situation of Haiti and their lack of resources, stating that “more refugees will fuel further desperation and crime.”
  • A spokesperson for the State Department declared that Foote “mischaracterized the circumstances of his resignation,” and went on to say that Foote’s proposals about the migration crisis were considered and “to say his proposals were ignored is simply false.”
  • The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki similarly stated that Foote “never once” raised concerns with the migration process during his tenure. 
  • Psaki continued, stating that Foote’s positions were “heard” and “valued,” but “different policy decisions were made in some circumstances.”
  • Many Democrats and human rights activists have called on the Biden administration to end the deportations and aggressive treatment of migrants.
  • More than 3,000 Haitians have been sent to facilities in order to get processed and sent back to Haiti, with multiple flights leaving per day. There are around 13,000 migrants waiting under the bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
  • Haiti is currently facing a humanitarian crisis after the earthquake in 2010 and in August, as well as the assassination of their President and the coronavirus pandemic.

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/23/politics/daniel-foote-haiti/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58667660

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US Approves $1 Billion for Israeli Defence System

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  • The US House of Representatives passed a bill allocating $1 billion to Israel’s Iron Dome defence system, which allows Israel to intercept missiles in midair with their own weapons.
  • The US has already given more than $1.5 billion in the Iron Dome project, which was used heavily during the war with Hamas in May. The bill passed 420-9, with eight Democrats and one Republican voting against it.
  • The bill is expected to be passed easily in the Senate and by US President Joe Biden. The funding was originally placed in a different bill, but was taken out unexpectedly and without explanation.

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Turkey Lira Reaches New Record Low As Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates

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  • In an unexpected move, Turkey’s Central Bank cut its policy rate by 100 points to 18% causing the Turkish Lira to fall to a new record low. 
  • Many experts believed that the Central Bank would continue to hold interest rates at 19%, a rate that has been steady since March. 
  • This drastic move comes after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has long pushed for stimulation to the Turkish economy. 
  • The unexpected rate cut further bruises the credibility of the Turkish Central Bank amongst financial experts. 

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Taiwan Seeks to Join Asian- Pacific Trade Pact Days After China Applies

  • Taiwan has applied to join the “Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)”, a move that comes just days after China applied for the same pact. 
  • Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator John Deng admits that Taiwan’s chances of joining the pact may be complicated should China join the pact first. 
  • All nations currently in the pact must unanimously approve any new countries. 
  • The CPTPP was created in 2018 after the US pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership under the Trump Presidency.

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Taliban Official Says That Strict Punishments and Executions Will Return But Cases Will Be Heard By Judges First

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  • One of the original founders of the Taliban and now the current director of prisons, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi advised that executions and strict punishments will return to Afghanistan. 
  • Turabi said public executions that happened during the Taliban’s prior reign will not occur, rather adjudicated Judges, including female judges, will hear the cases prior to deciding the criminal’s fate. 
  • Turabi explained that cutting off hands and executions for murder are important to create order in the region and ensures no crimes go unanswered. 
  • In the past few weeks, men have been seen with their hands tied behind their backs and paraded around informing the world that they are thieves. Citizens who have seen this occur say that it indeed deters them from committing crimes. 

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Rejection of African COVID Certifications Creates More Vaccine Hesitancy Across The Continent

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  • The United Kingdom has said they will not accept COVID certifications from Africans who have received the vaccine and are seeking entry into the UK. Forcing Africans to quarantine once arriving in the UK. 
  • Many Africans question the move since the UK continues to send vaccines to the continent yet are not recognizing the vaccinated status of those receiving them. 
  • This comes as an added blow to African nations that are already facing vaccine shortages and vaccine hesitancy by citizens. 
  • Less than 4% of people in Africa are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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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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