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76th UN General Assembly: Climate Change, Covid-19, And Global Unity

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Summary 

  • World Leaders from across the globe gathered on Tuesday for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. 
  • Some world leaders, including ones from China and Iran, opted out of attendance and instead sent in pre-recorded videos. 
  • A major aim of the meeting, as introduced by President Jair Bolsano in Brazil, includes stopping the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and addressing struggling economies worldwide. 
  • Other topics deemed “the greatest cascade of crises” included the ongoing climate crises, strengthening divisions of world countries, the Taliban in Afghanistan and the ongoing military coup in Myanmar. 
  • “Instead of the path of solidarity,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres stated, “we are on a dead end to destruction.”
  • US President Joe Biden started during his first General Assembly address boosting Guterres’ call for action, emphasizing his abandonment of isolating the United States from other countries, and stressed the importance of staying globally interconnected. 
  • President Biden also pledged to double efforts in reducing climate change by the year 2024, becoming a crucial part in halting global greenhouse emissions as many countries have failed to meet climate change aid requirements pledged years back. 
  • President Xi Jinping stated “will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad” in response to the talks of climate change, although critics call the efforts futile in halting the rising global temperature rise. 

Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/21/world/un-general-assembly#un-general-assembly-biden

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/20/politics/joe-biden-united-nations-donald-trump/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/un-general-assembly-09-21-21/index.html

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Harvest Moon Debuts September 20th After Sunset

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  • The 2021 harvest moon made its appearance Monday evening right after sunset. 
  • The harvest moon, named for its function of allowing farmers more time to harvest crops produced during the summer, appears orange in color and is closer to the Earth’s horizon.
  • A meteorologist at Weatherquest stated “The harvest moon is the name given to the full moon that is closest to the autumn equinox, which stems from Native American culture, and so it can occur in either September or October, depending on how the lunar cycle lines up in a given year.
  • The autumn equinox of this year will be on September 22nd. 

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Failed Coup in Sudan Orchestrated by Former Regime

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  • The Sudanese government has announced that there was a failed coup attempt on Tuesday and was orchestrated by “remnants from the previous regime.” Their intent was to disrupt the “democratic transition.”
  • In the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, there was military activity, the closure of the Nile river, and shots fired on Tuesday. Several former military officers involved were arrested.
  • Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok reassured the country that the situation is under control and that he would be working to “continue to dismantle the system of the former regime.”

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ECHR Confirms Russia’s Involvement in Litvinenko’s Death

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  • The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has concluded that Russia was behind the death of British citizen, former Russian spy, and Kremlin critic, Alexander Litvinenko.
  • Litvinenko was poisoned with highly radioactive polonium-210 in 2006 and passed away. In 2016, the UK stated that his death “probably approved” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • KGB member Andrei Lugovoi and Russian citizen Dmitry Kovtun were found in 2016 to be behind the poisoning, but the ECHR concluded this week that “Mr Lugovoi and Mr Kovtun had been acting as agents of the Russian state.”

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Trudeau Secures Third Term With Another Minority Government

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  • Canada’s elections have resulted in the Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, winning 157 seats in Parliament, with the Conservative Party winning 122 seats. The New Democratic Party and Bloc Quebecois won the remaining seats.
  • The Liberals were unable to form a majority government, a huge loss for Truduea, as he had called the snap election hoping that his success with the pandemic would be enough to win a majority.
  • Many Canadians did not feel the need for this election, and Conservative candidate Erin O’Toole, called the election a “quick power grab.” Trudeau was able to secure a third term, but with another minority government.

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Prince Andrews Receives Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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  • Prince Andrews, the second oldest son of the Queen, is facing a civil sexual assault case from Virginia Roberts Giuffre, whose lawyers sent the legal papers to Andrew Brettler by email and FedEx.
  • He allegedly assaulted her in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands when she was 17 years old. Roberts was also trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, a late convinced sex offender.
  • Andrews defended himself in 2019, stating, “I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

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Volcano Eruption in La Palma, Spain

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  • 5550 people in Canary Island in Spain were forced to evacuate their homes after lava erupted from Cumber Vieja volcano last Sunday. 
  • About 100 homes have been destroyed so far.
  • No casualties have been reported. 
  • This volcano last erupted 50 years ago.

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2 Doses of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine is Better Than 1 dose, Report Finds

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  • Single dose of  Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine has proven to be 66% effective worldwide and 72% effective in the US.
  • Two doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine is said to be 94% effective, and adding a booster shot has proven to raise the immunity significantly. 
  • According to the CDC about 14.8 million Americans have received the J & J vaccine. 
  • J&J vaccine is 81% effective in preventing hospitalization against the delta variant.

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Six People Shot at a Russian University

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  • An 18 year law student attacked Perm State University in Russia this Tuesday, killing six people and injuring 19. 
  • Some students barricaded themselves in the classroom while the shooting was going on. Other students jumped from the second story building to escape.
  • The gunman was arrested by local law officials. This is the second mass shooting at a school in Russia this year.

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Cruelty Against Haitian Immigrants

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  • Images of US Border Patrol officials are circulating showing officer using whips against Haitian immigrants on the US-Mexico border
  • US immigration has launched an investigation.
  • The White House has condemned such acts of cruelty and violence. 

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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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