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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. 

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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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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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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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