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Excursion raises red flags as 20 military aircraft enter Taiwan

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Chinese Air Force violates Taiwan Air Space

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  • Taiwan’s defence ministry reported Chinese aircraft illegal entry into Taiwanese air space.
  • Chinese aircraft have been committing nearly daily flyovers in the area of the South China Sea, raising red flags and escalating tensions. 
  • It is alleged that the flyovers are exercises by the Chinese military to prepare for engagement against the United States.
  • Beijing has maintained that the flyovers are common training practices to promote its sovereignty.
  • Taiwan’s independence remains in dispute with China.
  • Yesterday, Taiwan and the United States signed an historic deal to coordinate policy in the region.
  • Due to Taiwan’s disputed status, the United States and many other nations do not have formal diplomatic relations.

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Eritrea to Withdraw Soldiers from Tigray Regions After Allegations of Human Rights Violations

  • Following the admission by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiya Ahmed of the presence of Eritrea soldiers in Tigray regions, agreements have been made for the withdrawal of forces amidst claims of grotesque human rights violations.
  • After conversations with the Eritrean government and international pressure, Mr. Ahmed announced that “The Ethiopian National Defense force will take over guarding the border areas effective immediately,” in their place. 
  • Although no date has been set for the withdrawal of these soldiers, hopes that  investigations into these allegations will commence soon. 

Egypt Train Collision Leaves 32 Dead

  • This Friday, two trains in Egypt collided on their way to Cairo, killing 32 civilians and injuring over 100. 
  • Officials reported that an “unknown individual” pulled the emergency brakes, causing the train to stop and for another to crash into it from behind. Accidents like these are very common for the railroad system, as almost one deadly accident has been reported every year for the past two decades. 
  • The President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, took to twitter to announce “Anyone who caused this painful accident through negligence or corruption, or anything similar, must receive a deterrent punishment without exception or delay,” 

The European Union Limits Vaccine Exports

  • As the third wave of Covid-19 takes over Europe, vaccine shortages slow down the roll out of necessary preventive measures.
  • After the EU summit on Thursday leaders said they would be limiting exports of the coronavirus vaccine after companies such as AstraZeneca failed to deliver doses. 
  • The European Union has now been accused of vaccine nationalism by the UK and WHO due to export controls placed on vaccines within the bloc.
  • Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President, said “[AstraZeneca] has to catch up, has to honor the contract it has with the European member states, before it can engage again in exporting vaccines.”

Bessemer, Alabama May Become Home to Amazon’s First Unionised Facility 

  • The fight to unionize Amazon’s fulfillment centre in Bessemer, Alabama continues the majority of its 5,800 workers have not yet voted.
  • The vote will officially close on March 29 and if the warehouse workers succeed it will be the first unionized  Amazon facility in America. 
  • Workers state that unfair working conditions including intense surveillance, limited breaks, as well as many workers becoming seriously injured or even dying are more than enough reason to unionize the facility.
  • Tyler Hamilton, a warehouse worker from Minnesota, said “Ultimately, I think it is inevitable that Amazon warehouses — maybe not all of them, but I’m sure a good number of them — will become unionized.”

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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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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Justice Ketanji Brown Officially Gets Sworn into the Supreme Court

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  • Ketanji Brown was officially sworn into the nation’s highest court, finally replacing former Justice Stephen Breyer. This was just in time, when decisions on environment and immigration cases are in the midst of being determined. 
  • Right when the Biden administration was trying to slash emissions and scientists have been growing alarmingly concerned about the accelerating pace of global warming, the Supreme Court curbed the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. The court also cut back on agency authority which will limit the federal government’s power to regulate climate policy, along with internet and worker safety. 
  • Nevertheless, the Biden administration finally achieved one victory on its agenda when the Supreme Court gave Biden the authority to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy, that originated under the Trump administration. According to Justice John Roberts, the immigration statute confers a discretionary authority to return aliens to Mexico during the pendency of their immigration proceedings. 
  • 3 abortion-related cases were also sent back down to lower courts by the Supreme Court, now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. 
  • Even though the next term doesn’t start until three months later, there are many momentous cases that Jackson will take part in along with the other justices. On the first day of the term, they will hear a case that could limit the federal government’s jurisdiction over wetlands. The following day, they plan to hear a redistributing case in Alabama and North Carolina, which could drastically change voting rights across the country. 

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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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