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The Daily Brief: Somalia Elections in Disarray Due to Fighting Between President and Prime Minister

Somali Citizens Remain Concerned About Lack of Focus on Al-Qaeda

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  • Parliamentary elections have been put on hold as Somalia’s President and Prime Minister fight over procedural issues in an attempt to discredit each other’s candidacy.
  • President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is accused of trying to stay in office longer than his term allows.
  • The President has also suspended the Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, under the allegation of fraudulent land transactions.
  • The Prime Minister has denied any wrongdoing, calling the President’s actions an attempt at insurrection.
  • International observers have warned that the protracted instability in leadership will hamper efforts to reduce Al-Qaeda’s footprint in the country.
  • Al-Qaeda’s affiliate, Al-Shabab, controls much of the southern portion of Somalia.
  • The United States, the biggest unilateral donor to Somalia, has called for an immediate cessation in tension.

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Delay in Verdict Against Aung San Suu Kyi

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  • A Myanmar court has delayed issuing a verdict on charges against Aung San Suu until January 10th.
  • The charges claim that Suu illegally imported walkie talkies into Myanmar and failed to file proper notice of being in possession of said devices.
  • Suu’s supporters claim that all of the charges against Suu, including previous charges of violating COVID-19 restrictions, are trumped up in order to discredit her and bolster the country’s military rule.
  • Suu Kyi’s party was removed from rule earlier this year due to allegations by the military of electoral fraud.

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Taliban Ban Unaccompanied Women Travellers in Afghanistan

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  • The Taliban released a statement banning unaccompanied women from traveling long distances in Afghanistan. 
  • The Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice gave the issue Sunday, stating women are only allowed to travel if accompanied by a male relative and wearing head scarfs. 
  • The directive comes following a slew of restrictions on women, including closing girl schools and banning women workers. 
  • Human Rights Watch and other activist groups slammed the mandates, stating these orders “further in the direction of making women prisoners” and “shuts off opportunities for them to be able to move about freely, to travel to another city, to do business, (or) to be able to flee if they are facing violence in the home”. 

Nuclear Talks in Vienna Set to Resume Centring Around Iranian Document

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  • Iran lays out new requests in a document, including overall nuclear concerns and lifting of sanctions, to be discussed during the eighth round of nuclear talks in Vienna. 
  • On top of relieving the country of all sanctions, the joint form asks for assurance that the United States or any country won’t unilaterally leave the deal as they did in 2018. 
  • Six other world powers participating in talks promised a lift in sanctions if Iran retains its nuclear program, as recent nuclear advancements made by the country have frightened world leaders. 

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Chinese Citizens Condemn SpaceX After Close Call Satellite Collision

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  • Chinese citizens took to social media in condemning Elon Musk after a recent satellite launch by the billionaire almost caused a collision. 
  • The Chinese Space Station was forced to take “preventive collision avoidance control” against two of Musk’s Starlink satellites, as stated in a document. 
  • The issue has been brought up to the United Nations, as China stated the threat of this and future collisions “constituted dangers to the life or health of astronauts aboard the China Space Station.” 
  •  Elon Musk or SpaceX has yet to respond. 

India Freezes Foreign Donations To Mother Teresa Charity 

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  • India has banned foreign donations under the Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity (MoC) foundation following a disturbance during mass on Christmas day perpetrated by Hindu groups.
  • India’s Ministry of Home Affairs stated that the group failed to meet requirements of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act, prompting the freeze along with a belligerent attitude towards Indian Christians
  • The MoC was a main contributor in running homeless shelters offering aid to the poor, with the shutdown affecting the region heavily. 

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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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