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Hurricane Ida Pummels Gulf Coast

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  • Hurricane Ida entered the United States as a category 4 storm on Sunday, and is one of the strongest to ever hit the Gulf Coast.
  • The entire city of New Orleans is currently without power, running solely on generators.
  • Ida brought in winds of over 150 miles per hour, entering Louisiana on the same day that Hurricane Katrina hit, 16 years ago.
  • Initial storm damage includes blown off rooftops and ravished coastal areas.
  • Ida’s force has lowered slightly to 120 miles per hour winds, downgraded to a category 3 storm.
  • Residents have been warned to ration clean drinking water, amongst other necessities.
  • The storm continues to move inland and proceed north along the eastern seaboard. 
  • Experts predict millions of dollars in damage as a result of Hurricane Ida.

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Associated Press

The Weather Channel

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US Strikes “Credible Threat” in Afghanistan

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  • The United States targeted and struck a vehicle loaded with explosives in Kabul on Sunday.
  • The campaign was in response to a “credible threat” received by the United States as they near completion of troop withdrawal.
  • The vehicle was suspected to be part of a suicide bomb attack at the behest of ISIS-K.
  • The military is still determining what if any civilian loss of life occurred in connection with the strike.

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USA Today

CNN

The New York Times

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Israel fires missiles into Gaza 

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  • Tensions rise. An Israeli aircraft has bombed Hamas sites in Gaza. Israel claims that the attack was in response from the Incendiary balloons launched from Gaza. 
  • The Palestianins in Gaza are pushing for an ease of restrictions that have been placed on them by Israel.  
  • Israel continue to bomb other facilities in Gaza 
  • 6 people were injured but thankfully, no casualties  

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Fumio Kishida, Runner Up for Prime Minister 

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  • Fumio Kishida, is a runner up for the position as prime minister. Kishida is a part of the Liberal Democratic party (LPD) lawmaker as well as a former foreign minister. Kishida states that he will challenge Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga this Thursday for leadership. The election will be held in Fall to negotiate the next leader of the LPD, a chamber within the parliament. 
  • There is a distress within the public in relation to the coronavirus as well as the delta variant. The public wants change and someone who will help them in this detrimental time. Kishida promises that he will showcase new policies for the public. He also has some ideas such as amending the Constitution.  
  • Kishida proposes launching a new economic stimulus package. This could possibly help family and people who are heavily being affected by the pandemic, lending them aid in their time of crisis. 

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Japan Today

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Death of Jauques Rogge, IOC president 

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Summary:

  • Former President of the IOC (International Olympic Community) has passed away at age of 79. Jacques Rogge had a degree in medicine as well as being an orthopedic surgeon.  Not only was this man the eight president of the IOC, but was also the Honorary president. He was president of the committee from 2001- 2013.  
  • Rogge was an athlete, competing in both Rugby and sailing. He also engaged in the Olympic Games (1968, 1972, and 1976). Later, he started his presidency with the IOC. 
  • Sadly, he leaves a wife, son, daughter and two grandchildren. He was very passionate about sports and made time out for the players. His love for sports was inspiring. 

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Olympics.com

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30 Soldiers Killed in Yemen From Drone Attack

  • The al-Anad airbase in southern Yemen was targeted with armed drones and missiles Sunday.
  • 30 pro-government fighters were killed by the rebel attacks on the military base, which is currently housing Saudi-led forces.
  • 60 other individuals on the base are said to be wounded due to the Houthi attack.
  • The Houthis have not made any comment on the situation however suspicion falls on the rebels who have previously attacked the same airbase.

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Al Jazeera

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Risk of Being Ousted by Rival Faction

  • Boxing star Emmanuel Pacquiao led a faction of the Philippines’s ruling party in an attempt to remove current party chairman President Rodrigo Duterte.
  • Philippines’ deeply divided ruling party is continuously being pulled apart by leaders Pacquiao and Duterte.
  • Pacquiao and his allies fell out with the party in June when the faction criticized Duterte’s position on the South China Sea territorial dispute with China.
  • Duterte’s faction feels that the other side lacks foreign policy knowledge and is a group of pretenders and attention seekers.
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https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/rival-faction-philippines-ruling-party-tries-oust-duterte-chairman-role-2021-08-29/

https://amp.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3146805/philippines-pacquiao-camp-tries-oust-duterte-partys

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Wife of Murdered Greek Ambassador Found Guilty After 5 Years

  • Françoise de Souza Oliveira, wife to Kyriakos Amiridis, was sentenced to 31 years in prison for planning to murder her husbandx
  • Kyriakos Amiridis, the Greek ambassador to Brazil, was found burnt to death in his vehicle in 2016.
  • Oliveira was having an affair with then military police officer, Sergio Gomes, who confessed to killing the ambassador at the behest of his lover.
  • Gomes will now serve 22 years in jail for the murder of Kyriakos Amiridis.
  • Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58374285.amp

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/brazilian-police-say-military-police-officer-confessed-to-killing-greek-ambassador-1483151992

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Cryptocurrency Such as Bitcoin Will Now be Recognized and Regulated in Cuba

  • In what many are seeing as a move to curb US sanctions, Cuba has announced that they will recognize cryptocurrency as a form of payment on the island.
  • Rough embargo rules implemented by former President Donald Trump made sending and using the US dollar on the island difficult leading to the tech savvy country favoring cryptocurrency.
  • The Official Gazette published a resolution that states the Central Bank will regulate the cryptocurrencies and determine which licensed providers are allowed to provide services.

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CNBC

AlJazeera

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All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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Justice Ketanji Brown Officially Gets Sworn into the Supreme Court

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  • Ketanji Brown was officially sworn into the nation’s highest court, finally replacing former Justice Stephen Breyer. This was just in time, when decisions on environment and immigration cases are in the midst of being determined. 
  • Right when the Biden administration was trying to slash emissions and scientists have been growing alarmingly concerned about the accelerating pace of global warming, the Supreme Court curbed the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. The court also cut back on agency authority which will limit the federal government’s power to regulate climate policy, along with internet and worker safety. 
  • Nevertheless, the Biden administration finally achieved one victory on its agenda when the Supreme Court gave Biden the authority to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy, that originated under the Trump administration. According to Justice John Roberts, the immigration statute confers a discretionary authority to return aliens to Mexico during the pendency of their immigration proceedings. 
  • 3 abortion-related cases were also sent back down to lower courts by the Supreme Court, now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. 
  • Even though the next term doesn’t start until three months later, there are many momentous cases that Jackson will take part in along with the other justices. On the first day of the term, they will hear a case that could limit the federal government’s jurisdiction over wetlands. The following day, they plan to hear a redistributing case in Alabama and North Carolina, which could drastically change voting rights across the country. 

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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Cancelling Canada Day: A Country Perpetuating Injustice Cannot be Celebrated

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Canada Day is celebrated every July 1st, but as the injustices against Indigenous people in the country become mainstream, calls to cancel the celebrations are amplified.

With fireworks and large festivals, Canada Day is celebrated from coast to coast on July 1st by millions of people, every year. The day, for many Canadians, is one of joy and gratitude, for the home that Canada has become for them. 

However, following the discovery of mass graves at the site of former Residential Schools, celebrating Canada Day is becoming confusing for many. 

Residential schools, among other historical policies, made essentially to assimilate Indigenous peoples and erase their culture, are one of the causes of deeply rooted intergenerational trauma and disproportionate access to resources in Indigenous communities.

Canada Day, which marks the day of confederation and the day that Canada became its own nation also marks the day that the oppression of Indigenous peoples was taken into Canada’s own hands. Calls to ‘cancel Canada Day’ become louder each year, as the injustices which were perpetuated to help bring the country to where it is today become more widely known.

Canada, the “true, north, strong and free”, as described in the country’s national anthem, was established at the price of the lives, autonomy and rights of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous peoples.

Canada recognizes its Indigenous population broadly as the FNMI — which stands for the First Nations, the Métis and the Inuit. All three Indigenous nations were directly impacted during colonization, through forced relocations, harmful policies, and cultural genocides.

The Indian Act following confederation was a legal document which specifically prevented the First Nations people in Canada from many things, including cultural practices, political actions and restricted their freedom. Under this act, First Nations could not leave reserves that the government forced them onto, without explicit permission from an Indian Agent first. The RCMP – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police known today as Canada’s FBI – was made with the intention to force and keep Indigenous peoples on their reserves.

First Nations and Métis were also predominantly affected by residential schools and the sixties scoop, when Indigenous children were taken from their homes and given up for adoption. Both of these efforts were made with the goal of assimilating Indigenous children, by “killing the Indian in the child“.

The Inuit faced dehumanization with their forced relocation into the High Arctic, a land they were not traditionally accustomed to. They were used as human flagpoles in the race to claim the Arctic, giving Canada a land advantage over countries like Russia and the United States.

For the sake of Canada’s growth as a Western nation, Indigenous peoples were used as pawns. First Nations and Métis were forced onto reserves to make space for European settlers, while the government commissioned a mass Inuit dog slaughter, to keep the Inuit stranded in the High Arctic, so that Canada could not lose their claim over that land.

The birth of a nation had become more important than the lives of Indigenous peoples who have existed since time immemorial. And because of that, Canada was born with blood on its hands — blood it has yet to wash off in full, as the country’s growth continues to be more important than respecting Indigenous peoples who’ve lived there for centuries.

The Canadian government has a long-standing history of making promises to the Indigenous community and then turning their back on them — whether that means refusing to turn their words into action or taking action that has the opposite impact.

Indigenous peoples in Canada have been long subject to unjust conditions: many communities lack access to clean water. The government has acknowledged this; however, it hasn’t done much beyond that to actually improve living standards on reserves. Indigenous peoples are subject to disproportionate rates of police brutality and violence, especially in the North. Despite multiple reports recording the numbers, institutions are not doing much to change their practices.

Most prominently, the pipeline debate has shown how the government is willing to backtrack on their promises to Indigenous peoples to protect their rights, if it results in a growth for the country. Although Justin Trudeau ran a campaign in 2016 heavily opposing the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipelines, in 2019 his government bought the pipelines to take over the project and continue it, despite protests from Indigenous peoples pleading otherwise.

Time and time again, Indigenous communities in Canada seem to be living in an entirely different country; the “true, north, strong and free,” seems more like a betraying, oppressive and unjust nation. Their rights are considered dispensable in favour of material growth, and in society, they face stereotypes that lessen their quality of life.

The question: to celebrate or to not celebrate, might seem like a hard one when Canada Day is meant to be a day where Canadians rejoice for all that the country is to them. But the answer is quite straightforward, when it is the suffering of people caused by Canada in question.

For many — those born in Canada, those who immigrated here, and those seeking refuge here — there is much to be grateful for, on Canada Day. But showing gratitude for living in a country such as Canada and acknowledging the injustices it participates in are not mutually exclusive attitudes.

Sol Mamakwa, an Indigenous MPP for Kiiwetinoong, an electoral riding in Ontario, stated in a message for Canada Day, “It is my hope that Canadians will be able to strike a balance between honouring all that Canada has done for them today while still recognizing the real history of oppression, colonialism and genocide.”

Even if most Canadians do not experience the struggles of Indigenous peoples firsthand, these struggles still affect the very fabric of Canada. The country is only as great as it treats its Indigenous peoples, whose losses the country was built upon. And every single Canadian plays a role in advocating for the better treatment of Indigenous peoples.

To celebrate Canada Day, we must want better for the people who have lost everything for it, but we also must mourn with them for all the loss they have had to face. 

Canada Day should become a holiday more meaningful than fireworks and festivals: it needs to become a day of reflection. We must cancel Canada Day’s insensitive celebrations, by understanding the context of it, because injustice simply isn’t something you can celebrate.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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