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The Daily Brief: 9/11 Remembered Twenty Years Later

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  • The twentieth anniversary of 9/11 is being commemorated throughout the U.S. and across the world on September 11, 2021.
  • The terrorist attacks have been one of the worst in human history, with a death toll of approximately 3,000 and several others injured.
  • Hijackers caused commercial flights to fly into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 1, 2001, which ushered devastating loss of life.
  • President Biden called for unity as the United States commences preparation to honor victims and heroes of the day.
  • Families of victims and survivors of the tragedy are demanding release of classified documents relating to the role of the Saudi government in the attacks.
  • Pretrial hearing for five suspects accused of plotting and executing 9/11 continued September 10th at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • The remains of two victims were positively identified just days prior to the 20th anniversary using DNA technology.
  • Many survivors suffer fallout from the toxic dust of the World Trade Center on that day twenty years later, sustaining injuries related to the attack on a daily basis.

Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/10/politics/9-11-guantanamo-pretrial-hearing/index.html

https://apnews.com/article/health-new-york-manhattan-9c1d95d9344564981558fa6c54f70c56

https://apnews.com/article/new-york-terrorist-attacks-90224539cc716ab039ae3792dd9cbf35

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-calls-unity-nation-marks-20th-anniversary-911-2021-09-10/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/3/biden-orders-declassification-of-9-11-investigation

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New Government in Lebanon Emerges Amid Deepening Crisis

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  • Billionare Najib Mikati has been appointed Prime Minister of Lebanon.
  • After months of a power vacuum, the new Prime Minister has appointed members of the cabinet.
  • Lebanon is under a dire situation with one of the worst economic collapses in history – approximately three quarters of the population is living below the poverty line.
  • Mr. Mikati said one of his first priorities will be to secure a financial rescue package with the International Monetary Fund.

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U.N. Denounces Taliban Crackdown on Protests

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  • The United Nations has condemned violence against peaceful demonstrators by the Taliban.
  • Four people were recently killed in the protests, with Taliban brutally quelling the demonstrators using whips, batons, and live ammunition.
  • Local newspaper images also showed journalists brutally wounded with evidence of flogging on their backs, while they were covering a women’s protest
  • U.N. spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani denounced the Taliban’s crackdown on peaceful protests and journalists in a press briefing Friday.

Austrian Man Keeps Mother’s Dead Body For Pension Payments

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  • A 66-year old Austrian man mummified his dead mother’s body and kept it in his cellar for over a year in order to keep receiving her pension payments.
  • The man’s mother is believed to have died last year of natural causes. She was 89-years old.
  • Local police discovered the woman’s body after a new postman requested to meet the woman while delivering her welfare benefits.
  • The man continued receiving his mother’s welfare benefits for a year after her death, illegally collecting about 50,000 euros ($59,000).

Two of Six Israeli Prison Escapees Caught by Police

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  • Two of the six Palestinian inmates that escaped Israel’s high security prison earlier this week have been caught by authorities.
  • The caught escapees were extremist group members; Israeli police stated that they did not resist arrest.
  • The two men were caught by police after authorities were tipped off by Nazareth residents whom the escapees had asked for food. A large-scale manhunt remains ongoing in Israel as police scour the country for the other 4 escapees.
  • Many Palestinian’s and other groups around the world see the prisoners as patriots who do not deserve punishment; widespread protests took place in West Bank following the 2 men’s capture.
  • Hours after the escapees were arrested a rocket was launched from Gaza targeting Israel, however it was intercepted and did not cause any civilian casualties. 

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Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Draws Controversy

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  • US President Joe Biden has ordered all workers at major companies to receive the Covid-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing.
  • The new mandate affects nearly 100 million workers and comes as a response to the surge in Covid cases across the US. 
  • Some business analysts believe that the mandate comes as a relief to major companies who have long wished to return to ‘business as usual’ and now no longer have to navigate conflicting orders from local, state, and federal agencies.
  • About 80 million Americans remain unvaccinated, and some people across the country believe the order to be an unconstitutional encroachment on personal freedom.

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Russia Accuses US-Tech Giants of Election Interference

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  • The Russian foreign ministry has summoned US ambassador John Sullivan to the country over alleged election interference in the Kremlin’s September parliamentary polls.
  • Sullivan will meet with Russian Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov to discuss “undeniable evidence” that major US Tech companies violated Russian laws ahead of this month’s elections.
  • Russia’s foreign ministry did not specify which companies were involved in the accusation or which laws were violated. 

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Cuba Becomes First Country To Vaccinate Children As Young As 2

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  • In a bid to get children back into school, Cuba has become the first country in the world to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children as young as 2 years old. 
  • After trials and testing, the island nation assures citizens that the Soberana-02 COVID vaccine is safe and will protect Cuban citizens from the highly contagious virus. 
  • Cuban officials have provided very little data to others outside of Cuba regarding the effectiveness of their Soberana-02 vaccine, but officials said they will seek WHO’s approval in due time. 
  • Since the pandemic began, Cuba has recorded at least 6,056 deaths due to COVID but officials say that number could be higher. 

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20 Years Later And Trials for Alleged 9/11 Masterminds Have Yet To Begin

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  • 20 years since the horrific 9/11 attacks, the alleged mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed along with his 4 co-defendants, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, and Abd al-Aziz Ali, appeared in court in Guantanamo Bay this week. 
  • All five defendants are facing the death penalty and are accused of war crimes for their alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks that killed 2,976 people. 
  • The trial was set to begin in 2022 however, with a new military judge and with the defense set to begin their case on questioning the legal validity of the military commission, the trial will most likely be further delayed. 
  • Cases of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been complicated over the years with accusations of torture allegedly committed by the US.

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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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