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The Daily Brief: Afghan Government and Taliban to Hold Talks in Doha Amid Increasing Violence

Negotiators for the Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban have met in Doha for high stakes talks regarding growing conflict in the country.

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  • A senior delegation of the Afghan government, including former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, met with several Taliban representatives in Doha to discuss increasing conflict in Afghanistan.
  • Negotiations continued for hours on Saturday and are set to resume on Sunday when the Afghan government believes that they will “definitely have a final result of all the work they have done.”
  • Negotiators hope to conclude talks by 9/11 which is when the US government will conclude pulling out troops from the country.
  • Armed conflict between the military and Taliban has plagued Afghanistan for years, however US troop withdrawal has heightened tensions and increased violence substantially.
  • Representatives for both the Taliban and Afghan government have stated that the solution to conflict in Afghanistan lies in dialogue.
  • Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem claims that the Taliban has “repeatedly confirmed its readiness for dialogue and negotiations” and believes that problems can “only be solved by dialogue”.
  • Abdullah Abdullah, head of the Afghan government’s High Council for National Reconciliation, hopes that the negotiations will be “important steps to continue the peace process, to prevent the killing of the people”.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Bids Farewell to White House Ahead of Expected Retirement This Fall

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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has received what is likely to be her last official welcome to the White House as she looks to retire from her long held position in the fall.
  • Merkel has now worked with 4 US presidents, four French Presidents and five British Prime Ministers over the course of her historic career as Germany’s first female chancellor.
  • Chancellor Merkel and President Biden communicated with each other in a friendly and warm manner with Biden even telling Merkel that he will “truly miss” seeing her at summits.
  • With Merkel looking to exit her position as Chancellor, US-German relations are entering a new age in which both countries appear concerned over growing disagreements regarding the Nord Stream pipeline project.

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  • Judge Andrew Hanen, a US federal judge, has ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by former US President Barack Obama, is illegal. Hanen also stated that no new applicants should be enrolled in the program.
  • Hanen said the program violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but since there are around 650,000 people already enrolled in the program, there should be no deportations or criminal actions taken against current DACA recipients.
  • US President Joe Biden has tried to protect and strengthen the program. Former US President Donald Trump tried to end the DACA, but the US Supreme Court blocked his bid.
  • DACA is a program that protects immigrants who came to the US unlawfully as children from deportation, and enables them to apply for a driver’s license, work authorization, and social security number.

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Man Killed in Protests Held in Iran Over Water Crisis

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  • Protests are being held in different cities across Iran in response to the current water crisis. The drought has hurt households, farmers, the livestock industry, and caused power blackouts for the past few weeks.
  • Protests have included fires, blocked roads, and security forces shooting bullets to disperse crowds. One person has been killed, and many arrested during the protests.
  • Average precipitation is down by at least 50% this year, leaving dams unable to provide for the country. Iran has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, with its economy suffering, inflation higher than 50%, and high unemployment rates.

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Former Haitian Official Emerges as Key Suspect in Presidential Assassination

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  • Former Haitian Justice Ministry official Joseph Felix Badio has emerged as a key suspect in the assasination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise. An arrest warrant has been issued.
  • Badio gave the order for the assassination to mercenaries, according to Colombia authorities. He was fired from Haiti’s administration in May for serious breaches in professional conduct.
  • President Moise was assassinated ten days ago in his private residence. Twenty six Colombians and two Haitian Americans have been implicated in the incident.

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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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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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