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The Daily Brief: 27 Migrants Reported Dead After Boat Capsizes on English Coast

Officials have detained four suspects and sent a party of rescue operations on the coast

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  • 27 migrants crossing the English Coast have been reported dead by drowning after their dinghy capsized. 
  • Four people have been arrested for human trafficking, and a rescue operation between French and British forces has begun. 
  • Local law enforcement called the incident “the biggest [migrant] tragedy” they had seen.  
  • The increase of migrants crossing the English Coast has stirred tensions between London and Paris, with stricter government laws pressuring refugees to take endangering chances. 
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson first stated he was “appalled, and deeply saddened by the loss of life at sea,” also stating that the “disaster underscores how dangerous it is to cross the Channel in this way,” pushing the need for vital reform. 
  • French President Emmanuel Macron also extended his condolences, assuring families “that everything will be done to find and condemn those responsible, networks of smugglers who exploit misery and distress, endanger human lives and ultimately decimate families,” 
  • This year alone, over 30,000 people have attempted crossing the coast in similar boats, nearly quadrupling last year’s efforts. 

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WHO Warns Of Up To 700,000 Deaths Following Covid Surge in Europe

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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that Covid cases in Europe have inclined by 11% in over 50 countries.  
  • They warned that Europe could see up to 700,000 deaths by March, urging the importance of social distancing and getting the vaccine in order to limit this threat. 
  • Austria has already entered a nation-wide lockdown. Other countries, such as France and Germany, consider mandating booster shots to citizens in order to decrease the spread. 

Resignation from the First Female Prime Minister of Sweden 

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  • Sweden had elected its first female Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson however, just a couple hours after Ms. Andersson resigned from her position. 
  • The reason for resignation was said to be her coalition partner’s, the Greens party, decision to leave the government as well as her inability to get the budget approved by the parliament.
  • The Swedish government has said to be very chaotic but Ms. Andersson is not giving up yet and is hoping to become the Prime Minister again by running as a single party leader rather than coalition parties. 

NASA Set to Destroy Asteriod

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  • NASA launched a Dart mission to hit an object in space named Dimorphos. This test was launched to check future prospects of altering an asteroid’s path. 
  • Any big debris can cause a life threatening effect if it collides with Earth. The Dart will only be able to change the path of Dimorphos by a fraction of a millimeter per second which will be enough to save planet Earth in case an asteroid is headed this direction. 
  • The rocket carrying Dart was launched from California. It is equipped with Draco, a camera, which will help in directing Dart into colliding with Dimorphos.

Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder Verdict: Guilty 

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  • Last year Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead in the state of Georgia by three men while jogging. His crime was that he was an African American man. The three men who chased and fatally shot him were Caucasion.
  • All three men were declared guilty with sentences for life in prison. 
  • In February 2020, the cops who were called at the crime scene also believed the story of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael & William Bryan. 
  • Bryan had recorded a video of them chasing Arbery which was used to prove the innocence of Arbery. 
  • The nation has rejoiced in this guilty verdict setting precedent of justice and race. 

Olaf Scholz Wins the Chancellor Seat

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  • After a three party coalition deal, Olaf Scholz has come in power replacing Angela Merkel as the chancellor of Germany. 
  • Olaf Scholz comes to power in a time when Europe is facing many crises such as the rise in COVID cases and the Belarus border crisis. 
  • Many are looking forward to the changes and decisions Chancellor Scholz will be putting in place to deal with the crises at hand and promotion of the green economy. 
  • The three party coalition agrees to strengthen ties within the European Union and remain part of NATO’s nuclear sharing agreement. 

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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Hungary Announces State of Emergency Due to War in Ukraine

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  • Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has officially declared a new state of emergency for Hungary in a Facebook video that was posted on Tuesday. Orban stated that the war in Ukraine poses “a constant threat to Hungary” and that the state of emergency would allow the Hungarian government to respond more efficiently to difficulties that arise due to the war.
  • The state of emergency will allow the Hungarian government to pass laws without the involvement of the Parliament and will offer them the opportunity to temporarily digress from existing laws. This is the third state of emergency that Orban has passed while in office. Previously, Hungary dealt with a state of emergency due to the European refugee crisis as well as one declared due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Emese Pasztor of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union criticizes Orban and his government stating that another introduction of a special legal order “will become the new normal, which will threaten the fundamental rights of all us, and rule by decree will further diminish the importance of the Parliament.”
  • A few have criticized the introduction of another special legal order stating that it makes Orban’s government too powerful considering that his party, the Fidesz party, already holds a two-thirds majority in the Parliament. Orban has stated in the Facebook video that the first measures will be announced on Wednesday. 

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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Iraqi Citizen Arrested in Plot to Assassinate Former President George W. Bush

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  • An Iraqi citizen living in the U.S. has been arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force on Tuesday after he told a confidential FBI source that he had plans to assassinate former President George W. Bush. 
  • Shihab Ahmed Shihab shared that he had plans to smuggle four former Baath party members into the U.S. where the men would obtain firearms for carrying out their assassination on the former president. The assassination plot was meant to be a retaliation against Bush for his connection to the 2003 invasion of Iraq which killed many Iraqis.
  • Shihab first entered the US in September of 2020 on a visitor visa that the FBI Affidavit stated was obtained through “a corrupt Iraqi American contractor at the U.S. embassy.” He worked various jobs in Indiana and Ohio and traveled to Dallas in February to survey the neighborhood and home of the former president. 
  • A spokesperson for Bush shared that the former president “has all the confidence in the world in the United States Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence communities.” Shihab is charged with aiding and abetting a plot to murder a former U.S. official and with attempting to bring an individual into the country illegally. He awaits his hearing on Friday.

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Samar is a UC San Diego graduate with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business. In addition to her passion for research and writing in relation to current events, she also utilizes her skills in areas such as digital marketing. Furthermore, she is deeply interested in positions that involve oral communication skills such as leadership roles and public speaking.

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18 Year Old Massacres 14 Elementary Students and a Teacher in Texas

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  • Salvador Ramos, an 18 year old, entered Robb elementary School in Uvalde, Texas with a handgun and shot dead 14 children and a teacher before being taken down by an officer. 
  • The incident occurred at 11:32 am on Tuesday May 24th, 2022. Two reporting officers have also been injured trying to capture the shooter. Ramos has been reported dead as well.  
  • Ramos had also killed his grandmother right before driving to the elementary school. 
  • Investigation is still taking place as the school is trying to make sure all the other students are accounted for and handed off to their parents safely. 
  • President Biden is to speak on the school shooting this evening. Just this year, 2022, alone, there have been 27 school shooting incidents in the United States thus far. 

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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Starbucks Leaves Russia After 15 Years

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  • Starbucks is leaving Russia and closing its 130 locations after fifteen years of operating there. McDonalds, Exxon Mobil and other companies made similar moves in recent weeks.
  • Starbucks will pay its estimated 2,000 employees for the next six months, while also helping them find new jobs. The company has not disclosed the financial impact of these actions.
  • The decision to leave Russia was made in March, with the CEO at the time, Kevin Johnson, stating that the company condems “the horrific attacks on Ukraine by Russia and our hearts go out to all those affected.”
  • The US placed many economic sanctions on Russia after they invaded Ukraine, some of which make it more difficult for western companies to operate there.

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Biden Agrees to Militarily Defend Taiwan

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  • While visiting Japan, US President Joe Biden stated that the United States would militarily intervene if China were to attack Taiwan, while also drawing a parallel to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
  • Under the “One China” policy, the US acknowledges that Taiwan is a part of China, however, this is one of the most direct statements made by a US president regarding the repercussions if an invasion were to take place.
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction” to Biden’s comments, stating that “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests.”
  • The US does not have diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but provides weapons to the island, while also maintaining formal ties with China.

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Over a Million Homes Without Power Due to Severe Storm in Canada

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  • A powerful thunderstorm in Southern Canada caused over 900,00 homes to lose power. Ontario’s power company Hydro One claims it would take several days to reconnect every home. 
  • The strong winds of the storm destroyed trees, disrupted traffic, damaged homes, and saw emergency services swarmed with calls for help. 
  • Among the casualties are four people who were killed by falling trees as well as a woman who died due to a boat capsizing in the Ottawa River.
  • Firefighters and utility workers removed tangled power lines and phone poles in media circulating in Canada. The town of Uxbridge, which lies just north of Toronto, declared a state of emergency as the storm left “significant damage in its wake.”

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