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The Daily Brief: After A Year-Long Protest, India’s Prime Minister Rescinds Controversial Farmer Laws

On a day that Sikhs around the world are celebrating the birth of Guru Nanak, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced he will repeal three controversial farmer laws that deregulated the farming sector, giving farmer unions a surprise victory.

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  • After a year-long protest, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that three controversial farmer laws introduced last year will be repealed in a parliamentary session later this month. 
  • The announcement came as a surprise as Modi and government officials have made no effort in the recent months to discuss the issues with protestors, who have been camped at the Delhi border for over a year. 
  • The controversial laws aimed to deregulate the farming sector, allowing farmers to sell produce to buyers outside of the government-regulated wholesale markets, called MSP, where growers are assured a minimum price. 
  • Although Indian officials have repeatedly said the laws will only benefit farmers, many felt the laws left small farmers vulnerable to big businesses, and that many would lose price support for staples like wheat and rice leaving smaller farmers struggling. 
  • When the laws were initially announced in September 2020, farmers across India traveled to Delhi and camped there to protest the new laws. As many as 700 protestors have died, from clashes with security forces, the cold, and COVID since the protest began.
  • Farmers across the Punjab and the Haryana regions of India celebrated the victory but many are still wary, saying they will celebrate once they see the laws repealed in writing.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty Of All Charges

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  • On Friday, a US jury found Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty of all charges stemming from the August 25th, 2020 fatal shooting of protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 
  • Rittenhouse faced a life sentence for killing two people, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injuring, Gaige Grosskreutz when he was 17 years old. 
  • Rittenhouse claimed self-defense in the shooting while the prosecution argued that Rittenhouse provoked the violence by pointing an AR-15 at demonstrators. 
  • Earlier this week, the presiding judge dismissed the more substantial charge of “underage possession of a firearm.”
  • Civil rights organizations across the nation said they were disappointed by the not guilty verdict and many cities are now preparing for more protests opposing the verdict. 

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Belarus President Says They “Possibly Assisted” Migrants 

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  • In an interview Friday, Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko said it was “absolutely possible” his military forces helped migrants cross into the EU, but denied inviting them. 
  • Members of the EU accuse Belarus of purposely creating the ongoing border crisis as a response to recent sanctions placed on them. 
  • The border crisis has forced thousands of migrants to shelter outside in the brutal cold hoping for a chance to enter Poland to seek refugee status or asylum but Poland has closed their border and is sending all migrants who try to enter, back. 
  • Since the crisis began, 11 people have died including a 1-year-old boy who was found this week, however, the number of deaths is believed to be much higher. 

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Austria Makes COVID Vaccines Mandatory Amid New Lockdown Regulations 

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  • Austria has placed a national lockdown and is now making COVID-19 Vaccines mandatory as average death rates have tripled in recent weeks. 
  • According to Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, mandating vaccines is the only way to break from the cycle of viral infections and lockdowns. 
  • Austria is currently the first Western European country to impose a lockdown this Fall season for at least 10 days but could be extended for another 10 days. 
  • 66% of the population or 8.9 million Austrians have been vaccinated. 
  • Individuals are required to show proof of vaccination to attend public events. 

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Protestors In Iran Gather By Zayandeh Rud River Demanding Revival

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  • Thousands of protestors gathered at Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran to demand the revival of the dried-up Zayandeh River that dried up due to the government’s water mismanagement. 
  • Many believe that the dryness of the river impacts the environment as well as the livelihood of local farmers. 
  • Protestors chanted “Give Isfahan its breath, give our Zayandeh Rud back,”. 
  • Currently, the country has been suffering from droughts and dry spells, leaving the country water-stressed. 

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Hamas To Be Declared A Terrorist Group In The UK

  • Hamas, the military group which controls the Gaza strip will be declared a terrorist group in the UK. 
  • New laws and regulations state that it is a criminal offense to wear clothing that shows support to the group. 
  • The penalty for showing support to Hamas consists of a fine or a maximum of 14 years in prison.
  • According to the proposed new law, Hamas has targeted and killed many civilians creating more political violence in the region. 
  • The UK home secretary, Priti Patel, states Hamas is fundamentally and rabidly anti-semitic. 

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Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse in Over 500 Years Occurs on Friday 

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  • On Friday, the world witnessed the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years; the rusty red hues cast on the moon lasted for 6 hours.
  • South America witnessed the eclipse at moonset, whereas Asia and Australia witnessed the eclipse at moonrise. 
  • The eclipse was visible all across the US depending on weather conditions. 

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Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Faiza is a mother of two with a degree in Psychology and Paralegal Studies. She is passionate about lending her voice to those who are disadvantaged.

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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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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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