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The Daily Brief: Myanmar Junta Massacres 100+ Civilians In Bloodiest Day Of Protests

Myanmar’s military has massacred at least 114 civilians, including children, on Saturday as crackdown on protests intensify.

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Myanmar Junta Massacres 100 Civilians In Bloodiest Day Of Protests

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  • At least 114 civilian protesters across 44 cities and towns were killed by armed military forces in Myanmar on Saturday.
  • At least 6 children between the ages of 10 and 16 were also murdered by Myanmar’s junta.
  • Myanmar’s military has killed an estimated 423 people since it took control of the country on February 1st.
  • The UN, as well as the defense ministers of US, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, have condemned the actions of Myanmar’s military.
  • The defense ministers of the 12 nations released a joint statement urging “the Myanmar armed forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions.”
  • The US has accused Myanmar’s military of conducting  a “reign of terror”, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claiming that the junta is “sacrificing the lives of the people to serve the few.”
  • Funerals held for victims of the Junta’s massacre faced open fire by Myanmar’s armed forces.
  • There are no reports of large scale protests in Yangon or Mandalay, which tallied the most casualties in Saturday’s massacre, however some people have returned to the streets to demonstrate against Myanmar’s junta.
  • Despite the massacre and international backlash, Myanmar’s coup leader Min Aung Hlaing still threw a grand celebration for Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

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Philippine Fighter Aircraft Deployed Over South China Sea

  • The Philippine military has sent fighter aircraft over a disputed reef in the South China Sea, where hundreds of Chinese vessels are currently located.
  • The Philippines military has demanded the Chinese vessels be removed, stating that they are Chinese maritime militia. China has claimed they are fishing boats recovering from weather conditions.
  • The Philippine military has also stated it will increase its naval presence and start patrolling the South China Sea.

Football Teams Protest Qatar 2022 World Cup

  • Football players from Germany, Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark are protesting against the treatment of workers in Qatar amidst its hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
  • The football teams have worn t-shirts before playing to raise awareness to the human rights issues in Qatar, and to put pressure on Qatar to make changes.
  • The protests come as reports surface of migrant workers dying after building stadiums in preparation for the World Cup. Qatar has stated the mortality rates are normal for the population’s demographics.

Mozambique town seized by militants  

  • The humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa worsens as militants gain control of Palma, a northern town of Mozambique.
  • The Mozambique insurgents have terrorized the Cabo Delgado province since 2017 and have taken more than 2,600 lives. 
  • After battling since Wednesday the insurgents gained an advantage in Palma on Sunday, causing France to suspend work on their huge gas project in the region. 
  • Alexander Raymakers, senior Africa Analyst at the UK-based risk intelligence firm Verisk Maplecroft, said “The scale and intensity of the attack on Palma required meticulous planning, suggesting that group used a lull in the fighting during rainy season in the first the months of 2021 to prepare a concentrated high profile attack.”

Suez Canal blockage makes Syria’s oil import harder 

  • The blockage of Egypt’s Suez Canal has limited oil imports to Syria, causing the nation to begin rationing the already limited fuel source.
  • 327 ships have been delayed as the Ever Given ship container continues to block passage through the canal. 
  • The Syrian oil ministry said an Iranian cargo ship with fuel and oil products has been unable to reach Syria due to the blockage.
  • Prior to the blockage Syria’s fuel shortages were ever present as a result of Western sanctions.

Pope Francis delivers message of compassion on Palm Sunday

  • Pope Francis addressed Christian believers around the world observing commemoration of the Holy Week on Palm Sunday in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
  • For the second time due to the pandemic, the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass was bereft of the usual crowds of tourists and pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square.
  • The Pope conveyed the need to look after those on the margins of society, especially in the midst of a pandemic with compassion.
  •  “Let us not pass by, let allow our hearts to be moved by compassion, and let us draw near” Pope Francis said.
  • Towards the end, Pope Francis led prayers for those lost in the suicide bombing attack on a Catholic church in Indonesia.

Facebook blocks Venezuela’s President Maduro

  • Facebook has frozen the page of Venezuelan President Maduro after he claimed a “miracle” medical cure for COVID-19.
  • The social media platform said Maduro violated Facebook’s policy against spreading misinformation about COVID-19.
  • Medical experts say Maduro’s promotion of Carvativir, a derivative of the thyme herb as a medication for coronavirus, is not backed by scientific evidence. 
  • Facebook has made Maduro’s page read-only for the next thirty days.

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India playing the “All religions matter” card in the UN

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In a recent event that marked the first anniversary of the International Day of Countering Hate Speech, Ambassador Tirumurti from India urged the UN that fighting religiophobia should not be a “selective exercise” that involves only one or two religions but one that should be applied equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions as well. He had also addressed terrorism concerns that have been plaguing India due to the cross-border tensions that are on the rise.

It is ironic that such statements were made during an event whose sole purpose is to counter hate in a country where religiophobia against people practising Abrahamic religions is at an all-time high. Last week, India was in the news for all the wrong reasons due to comments made against the Prophet Muhammad (saw) by the official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of India’s major political parties. Clashes erupted around the country in retaliation and houses that belonged to Muslim activists were bulldozed and razed to the ground simply because they had raised objections against the ruling party for the hateful comments made. Even though the cause for all that is happening in India is predominantly Islamaphobia, it is surprising how the religion of Islam was not mentioned anywhere in the list of Abrahamic religions given by Mr Tirumurti[1] . Leaving out the religion of Islam takes us back to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and The National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill that was passed but not implemented yet required Muslims living in India to submit documents showing that they are indeed the citizens of India.

Mr Tirumurti also mentioned that India follows pluralism as it was recognised by the UAE and Egypt to promote fraternity on the International Day of Fraternity[2] . He defines Pluralism as “where every religion is respected, is a sine qua non of tolerance and harmony,”. However, what happened in India a few days prior is a stark contrast to the definition that he read out during the event.

“Till this is done, such international days will never achieve their objectives. There cannot be double standards on religiophobia,” stated the Ambassador. His remarks on how all religions must be treated equally to combat religiophobia are similar in nature to the “All Lives Matter” slogan created for the sole purpose of undermining the ‘Black Lives Matter movement. India needs to look back at itself to understand the definition of double standards as the country itself has become the epitome of the word by denying the extremist allegations while executing the same on minorities.[3] 

Regarding the statement given by Mr Tirumurti in the UN, Mahmooda, a Muslim citizen of India, living in Chennai said, “This is yet another flag of insignificance being pinned upon the Muslims”. This is a testament to the fact on how the government of India and the majority is still undermining and undervaluing the lives of Muslims who have made India their home for several decades now. 

“Fascism is always denied when it’s being perpetrated. Furthermore, there’s a convenient narrative orchestrated through different avenues to justify the hostility against the persecuted” remarked Aslam who is a 35 year old non-residential Indian living in the UAE.

Safura, a Muslim in her mid-20’s said that she understands that all religions must be considered equal in the religiophobia narrative and that “one cannot value one’s human life more than the other”, but it baffled her that Islam was left out of the conversation in an event that strives to fight against religiophobia despite the fact that Muslims are the most persecuted around the world. 

This makes us wonder if India believes that Muslims are the reason why religiophobia still exists and hence all the other religions must be saved from it? Unfortunately, the answer to this question can be provided by Mr Tirumurti alone.


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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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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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