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The Daily Brief: PM Boris Johnson Under Fire for Hosting Large Birthday Gathering During the Initial Covid Lockdown

Reports find that up to 30 people gathered in government office No 10 on Downing Street to celebrate PM Johnson’s birthday.

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  • On June 19 of 2020 while the U.K. still prohibited gatherings of more than two people indoors and six outdoors, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was part of an indoor birthday party of 30 people held in his honor.
  • Senior civil servant, Sue Gray, has been compiling reports into gatherings on government premises during Covid restrictions and has information on the birthday event.
  • A full report with all of her findings is expected to be released by the end of the week.
  • Members of the party of June 19th included No 10 staff, family members, and Boris Johnson.
  • Jo Goodman, co-founder of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group, stated “It was the day before what would have been my dad’s 73rd birthday, shortly after he had passed away from Covid-19. It was a horrible time for my family, but we stuck to the rules, not even being able to hug to comfort each other.”
  •  British citizens are now calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister finding him unfit for office.
  • Citizens are enraged that rules set by the PM himself seem not to apply to him, allowing for government officials to instate legislation that they may break without consequences.
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The U.K. And U.S. Ready to Sanction Russia Amidst Ukraine Issue

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  • The United States and United Kingdom along with many other countries have announced that they are ready to establish serious sanctions for Russia should they invade Ukraine.
  • British PM Boris Johnson stated “We have a hard-hitting package of sanctions ready to go and what I think it would be fair to say is we want to see our European friends ready to deploy that package as soon as there should be any incursion at all by Russia into Ukraine.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reassured his citizens that the National Security and Defense Council is well aware of the gravity of the situation and is actively trying to de-escalate the situation. 
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One Month Later: Typhoon Rai Leaves 1.5 Million Homes Destroyed In The Philippines 

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  • One month after Typhoon Rai made landfall in the Philippines, the Red Cross has deemed Typhoon Rai the most destructive storm to hit the region in a decade.
  • In an update by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), disaster relief experts state that Typhoon Rai has left 400 dead, 1.5 million homes severely destroyed, and will require at least $22 million over the next two years to support and rebuild homes for 400,000 people. 
  • The country’s surfing capital of Siargao was the hardest hit and had over 90% of buildings on their tiny island destroyed with many residents currently living in makeshift homes or evacuation shelters. 
  • Typhoon Rai made landfall with 193 kilometers per hour winds (120 miles per hour) one week before Christmas and left many without power for weeks. 
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Tensions Rise As Indian Officials Confirm China Building A Bridge In Disputed Area

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  • Indian officials confirmed that China is building a 400-meter-long and 8-meter-wide bridge over Pangong Lake in the Indian-administered Kashmir near the “Line of Actual Control,” and state that they are closely monitoring the construction. 
  • Confirmation of the bridge’s construction near the “Line of Actual Control,” which is the de facto border between the two Nuclear-armed nations, occurred after India obtained high-resolution photos of the current construction. 
  • Indian officials fear that the bridge is a security concern as it will allow China to deploy troops quickly should the tension between India and China boil over and cause conflict. 
  • The two countries have been in a military standoff since April 2020 when both sides engaged in a physical confrontation that resulted in 20 dead. 
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Decades Later, Guatemalan High Court Finds Five Ex-Military Members Guilty Of Sexual Violence

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  • Indigenous women of Guatemala are celebrating after a court found five former paramilitary patrolmen guilty of raping and sexually abusing Indigenous women during the war from 1960 to 1996.
  • Judges Yassmin Barrios and Gelvi Sical ruled on Monday that 36 Indigenous Mayan Achi women had been subjected to domestic slavery, sexual violence, and rape during the conflict between the military and leftist forces.
  • The sentencing comes after the victims came together and began to seek justice for the abuse over 11 years ago. 
  • All five former military members were sentenced to 30 years in prison. 
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  • US investors continue to experience whiplash for a second day straight as Dow Jones and S&P highs and lows continue to fluctuate throughout the day as the US awaits the Federal Reserve’s decision to potentially increase interest rates. 
  • The Dow Jones began Tuesday with an 800 point selloff but eventually evened out by the mid-afternoon exchange session. 
  • The fluctuation arose as the US Federal Reserve began their annual 2-day policy meeting that will end Wednesday, which experts believe will result in the decision to increase interest rates at least 4 times this year for US borrowers. 
  • The increase in interest rates will hopefully rein in skyrocketing inflation rates that are at a 40-year high but with the increase, experts worry it will result in negative growth for stocks. 
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All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Faiza is a mother of two with a degree in Psychology and Paralegal Studies. She is passionate about lending her voice to those who are disadvantaged.

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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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