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The Daily Brief: Colombians Swarm The Streets To Protest Tax Proposals

Story Headline: Tens of Thousands of Colombians Have Gathered Around The Country To Protest Newly Proposed Tax Reforms

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  • Newly proposed tax reforms have sparked massive outrage in Colombia causing violent protests to erupt across the country.
  • The tax proposals add and/or expand taxes for citizens and business owners as well as reducing tax exemptions.
  • The Colombian middle class fears that they will be hit the hardest by the new tax reforms proposed by President Ivan Duque’s right-wing government.
  • Colombia’s biggest unions urged workers to protest the proposal, prompting tens of thousands of Colombians to swarm the streets despite a court order to postpone the protest due to a third wave of COVID.
  • The biggest crowds formed in large cities such as Bogotá, Medellin and Cali, with all 3 cities seeing violent clashes between police and protesters.
  • The protests included teachers, university students, trade unions, Afro-Colombian and Indigenous groups among others.
  • Riot police attempted to disperse protesters with tear gas; video footage shows pouring rain, loud explosions, and violent interactions between police and protests.
  • Although the tax proposal sparked the protests, Colombians have been growing increasingly disgruntled with their government since the 2016 peace deal between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group and the government.
  • Although the deal ended 50 years of violence, it has also caused holes in security across the country. Many regions in Colombia lack state presence and have fallen prey to armed groups which propagate illegal mining economies or drug trafficking.
  • These events have culminated in the residents of Colombia growing frustrated with the government’s lack of security for its citizens and has contributed to fueling the mass protests around the country.
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China Launches Core Module of Tiangong Space Station

  • China launched its Tianhe core module of the – to be completed – Tiangong space station. This module contains the living spaces for the three crew members, where they are intended to stay for long periods of time.
  • There are at least ten more launches scheduled to finish the space station, with the estimated completion time set for the end of 2022. China intends for the Tiangong station to last for at least ten years.
  • The International Space Station (ISS), which has long excluded China, is the only space station currently in orbit, and China’s launch will be the first independent space station yet.
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Scotland allowed back into the EU

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  • More than 170 cultural figures, including writers, philosophers, and artists, have signed a letter calling for agreements to allow Scotland re-entry into the European Union.
  • The advocates argue that Scotland deserves special prominence in gaining EU membership, as opposed to the typical application process.
  • Support for Scottish independence has risen since the Brexit referendum of 2016, as a majority of Scots had voted to remain in the UK, whereas Brits had voted otherwise.
  • It is predicted that Scotland will be able to join the EU once independent negotiations are met, which could take up to a decade.
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Biden Speaks of Accomplishments and Goals After 100 Days in Office

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  • US President Joe Biden spoke in front of lawmakers on Wednesday, outlining his accomplishments from the first 100 days of his term, as well as his aspirations for the future.
  • Biden spoke about major events regarding the pandemic, such as the COVID relief bill that his administration passed and his goal for 200 million vaccinations nationwide. He also discussed his accomplishments regarding climate change, which involved several executive orders and interactions with other countries.
  • Much discussion was raised about the trillions of dollars he plans to spend on bills tackling issues such as the pandemic, infrastructure, social programs, and health care. Biden is also discussing a huge increase in taxes on the top 1% of income earners.
  • The overall tone of his speech was optimistic, focusing on unity and progressive ideals. History was made with two women sitting behind him, one of them being the first female Vice President, Kamala Harris.
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Myanmar Bases Under Attack

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  • Two air bases were damaged in Myanmar as attacks on the military ensued with blasts and rocket fire.
  • Pro-democracy protests have emerged more prominently in Myanmar since removal of their elected leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The protests are often met with forceful quelling by the military.
  • Despite violent suppression of protests, demonstrations have continued throughout the country in demand for a restoration of democracy.
  • The situation is worsened by fighting between Myanmar’s military and ethnic insurgents which has led to increasing political unrest with arrests and violence on both sides.
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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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