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The Daily Brief: Nation of Israel Accused of Legalizing Apartheid

Story Headline: Human Rights Watch bases claims on Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

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Summary

  • Human Rights Watch (HRW), a preeminent international human rights advocacy organization, has accused Israel of committing “crimes against humanity” in its legalized disenfranchisement of Palestinians.
  • In a 213 page report, Israel is accused of perpetrating apartheid and discrimination through its single authority rule over two distinct groups in disputed territories.
  • The report profiles the West Bank as an example, with Israelis living in a civil legal system while Palestinians live under military rule.
  • Although HRW does not specifically liken Israel to South Africa, some international observers have noted the similarities in rule based on notions of ethnic supremacy.
  • Israel vehemently denies the accusations, citing HRW’s long standing refusal to acknowledge the security threats that Israelis live under.
  • The report calls for an international commission to further evaluate and propose possible sanctions, including travel bans and the freezing of assets.
  • Israeli-Palestinian peace talks remain inconclusive, and the goal of Palestinian statehood far from certain.  

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Human Rights Watch

The New York Times

National Public Radio

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Hong Kong Leader Warns Bar Association of Government Intervention

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  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned the administrative region’s top legal body, the Bar Association, of government intervention.
  • The warning comes after the Association’s Chairman Paul Harris, a British-born human rights lawyer, criticized the jailing of pro-democracy activists and politicians. 
  • Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have labelled Harris an “anti-China politician with intimate foreign connections” and some government officials have even suggested removing him from his position as chairman.
  • This month, 10 pro-democracy figures were convicted of organizing or attending unauthorised assemblies in Hong Kong, including a defendant being represented by Harris. Prominent leaders convicted include media mogul Jimmy Lai, former politician Lee Cheuk-yan, and Hong Kong’s “father of democracy” Martin Lee. 
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Biden To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors By Executive Order

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  • US President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Tuesday to increase the minimum wage of federal contractors from $10.95/hour to $15/hour.
  • The raise will go into effect January of 2022, and agencies will have until March to implement the order.
  • The measure will also increase the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15 by 2024, and will ensure tipped workers on federal contracts earn the same minimum wage as other employees on federal contracts.

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Three Killed in Burkina Faso By Terrorists While Filming Documentary

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  • Two journalists from Spain and a local Irish national were killed in Burkina Faso this week after an abduction by alleged militant Islamist groups. 
  • The journalists David Berian and Roberto Fraile were in the midst of filming an anti-poaching documentary near the Pama Reserve before the attack, resulting in brutal injuries and seized vehicles and weapons. 
  • The Burkinabe government this attack was one of several that occured in the area, adding onto the growing number of violent jihadest attacks in the area, and making Burkina Faso “one of the world’s most acute humanitarian crises” as stated by the United nations
  • The attackers which were deemed “terrorists” by the government have yet to come forward and take accountability for the attack. 

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France Urges And Issues Warnings Over UK Over Brexit Commitments

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  • With the upcoming Brexit trade deal vote, France warned the United Kingdom that it would enforce regulations against their continued business with the European Union if they didn’t honor previous comments made about fishing. 
  • The Brexit deal outlined providing fishing access after French citizens argued the difficulties of obtaining licenses for fishing on British Waters. 
  • French Junior Minister and important member of the French Government Clement Beaune stated that the “U.K. must deliver licenses” and failure to comply will result in “retaliation measures.”
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson supports measures implemented, stating back in December that the U.K. has “taken back control of it’s laws and [its] destiny.” 

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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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