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The Daily Brief: Cessation of Violence In Tigray Region of Ethiopia

International community welcomes stability in key region in Horn of Africa

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  • Fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has ended and the government has declared a ceasefire.
  • The region has been in turmoil since November when Tigray fighters began efforts to overtake federal rule.
  • Tigray’s federally appointed interim government left the capital city, Mekele, and Tigray fighters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front resumed military rule.
  • The United Nations has expressed cautious optimism for the cessation of violence.
  • The violence in Tigray has precipitated a severe famine in the region.
  • There are also reports of gang rapes and forced starvation resulting from the conflict.
  • International observers see Ethiopia as the linchpin to security in the Horn of Africa region.

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Pressure Mounts to Cancel Canada Day as Recent Events Bring Light to Troubled History

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  • Calls to cancel Canada Day, celebrated July 1 to mark the creation of the Dominion of Canada from the merging of three British colonies, have risen in response to devastating recent discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous school children.
  • Leaders of Indigenous communities say the holiday and grim realities of Indigenous school children brought to light have renewed trauma inflicted on Indigenous people with forced assimilation, erasure of culture and language, and physical and sexual abuse.
  • Residential schools in Canada were run from the late 1800s to early 1990s and were recognized by government institutions, in addition to being run by Catholic organizations.
  • Canada’s leaders have drawn emphasis to healing and reflection on Canada Day – most virtual celebrations are still scheduled, but some local governments have removed plans for celebration and display.
  • The call to cancel Canada Day has also brought a divide, with leaders and the public voicing opposition to canceling the national holiday.

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Rising Delta Variant in South Africa Ushers Strict Lockdown Amid Third Wave

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  • South Africa is experiencing a deadly third wave of COVID-19, marked by rapid transmission of the Delta variant and ushering a stringent lockdown.
  • Doctors describe devastating conditions, with depleted oxygen supplies and desperate patients – the disease has led to 60,038 recorded deaths so far and is linked to up to 40% of cases on the African continent.
  • World-leading epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim has stated a particular mutation relating to the spike protein has made the Delta variant particularly dangerous and more transmissible.
  • Healthcare professionals are frustrated with an inadequate response to the Delta variant with its initial appearance in India, a lack of strategic vaccine rollout and other administrative failures are blamed for the new surge.

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Walmart Brings Low-Cost Analog Insulin Option to the Market

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  • Walmart announced on Tuesday that they will be launching its first-ever private brand analog insulin in the US.
  • The retailer claims that their new insulin brand, named ReliOn NovoLog, will provide people living with diabetes “affordable solutions”. 
  • Walmart has priced their package of prefilled insulin pens at $85.88 and their analog insulin vials at $72.88. These prices translate into more than 50% savings relative to the current cash price of branded insulin products when bought without insurance.

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Covid Treatment in India Gives Rise to Black Fungus Epidemic

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  • Following a devastating second wave of Covid-19 in India, the subcontinent is now facing an outbreak of a rare fungal infection called mucormycosis.
  • Doctors believe that steroid treatment for Covid-19 is responsible for the rise of mucormycosis because steroid injections increase blood sugar levels making patients susceptible to the fungal infection.
  • Akshay Nair, an oculoplastic surgeon in Mumbai has stated that the infection is “a form of flesh-eating fungus that destroys tissues as it grows… If it involves the sinus, they have to be cleared. If it involves the eye — the eyeball, lids, muscles around the eye have to be removed, leaving behind the bare, bony socket.”
  • India has declared the fungal outbreak to be a national epidemic as tens of thousands of cases pour into hospitals.

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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