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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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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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