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Afghanistan Faces Uncertain Economic Future as Biden Faces Critics

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  • U.S. President Joe Biden held firm on his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, in an address to the nation on Tuesday evening.
  • Biden emphasized that he committed to ending the war in Afghanistan, when campaigning for the office of President.
  • He explained that the U.S. role had become murky, in terms of peacekeeping and hunting down terrorists versus nation building.
  • Many have criticized not just the ill-executed withdrawal, but the almost immediate reoccupation by the Taliban.
  • In Afghanistan, the Taliban are struggling to maintain order and ensure a smooth transition of rule.
  • The near stagnant economy is causing panic as the job market is nonexistent and those who are employed have not been paid in months.
  • There is fear of reprisal against minorities as reports have spread of the murder of 14 Hazara.
  • The country is also facing a severe food shortage, with UN predictions of a humanitarian food crisis.

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Texas Enacts Strictest Abortion Law Since Roe v. Wade

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  • A law went into effect on Wednesday in Texas, banning most abortions after 6 weeks.
  • This is the strictest law in the nation and has stirred significant controversy, largely along party lines.
  • Known as Senate Bill 8, it prohibits abortions once cardiac activity is detected, which is at about 6 weeks.
  • The Supreme Court has been asked to block the law, but has yet to respond.

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4 killed and 80 Feared Missing After Convoy Ambushed in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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  • 4 civilians have been killed while 80 are feared missing in an ambush in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  
  • Officials are actively working to find and free all missing hostages after the armed group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked and torched 14 vehicles and 2 trucks of the army-protected convoy. 
  • Hoping to decrease civilian attacks, officials declared martial law in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu in May 2021, however, there has been an uptake in attacks since the declaration. 
  • Locals fear that the military is slow to respond to the ongoing attacks that have plagued the region for years and that more work needs to be done to prevent such attacks in the future. 

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  • TV host, Yves de M’Bella, has been given a 12 month suspended jail sentence and fined two million CFA francs, for condoning rape, after a guest, introduced as a former rapist, used a mannequin to act out the sexual assault on his prime time TV show. 
  • De M’Bella assisted the guest by laying the mannequin down for him while laughing and asking the guest to explain in detail how he committed rape. 
  • The private channel, Nouvelle Chaine Ivorienne (NCI) was immediately inundated with numerous complaints about the segment, and many called for the show to be canceled and that de M’Bella and his team be sanctioned. 
  • NCI has since suspended de M’Bella, condemned the episode, and vows to never rebroadcast it. 

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70 Students Kidnapped From High School In Northern Nigeria

  • Gunmen known as “bandits” demanded ransom from the parents of the students on Wednesday. 
  • Some students have been released and others have been murdered. 
  • This is one of many school kidnappings in Nigeria since December. 
  • Zamfara state police are continuing their rescue efforts.  

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Damage To Russian Segment of The ISS Leads to Safety Concerns

  • Russian officials warn that aging in-flight equipment on the Russian segment of the International Space Station will lead to equipment failure and safety hazards.
  • Cracks were found on the Zarya module, a cargo module launched in 1998 and is now used for storage. 
  • Air leaks are a concern on the Zvezda service module.    
  • Corruption and budget cuts have often plagued the Russian space program. 
  • Russia’s space program will continue their ventures despite the recent troubles.  

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Prime Minister Trudeau Calls For Early Election on September 20

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  • Canada’s prime minister is insisting on a snap election, claiming it will be an important step in Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Mr. Trudeau’s party currently holds the minority government, which lasts two years. 
  • If Mr. Trudeau wins the election, it will allow his Liberal party to pursue mandates for pandemic recovery, climate change action, affordability, and cost of living. 
  • Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservatives, has criticized the prime minister’s decision to call for an election. 
  • Mr. O’Toole believes holding an election as Canada experiences another COVID-19 wave will further set the country back in recovery efforts. 

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All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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