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AIPAC Comments Towards Ilhan Omar Denounced as Hate Speech

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  • The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel adovacy group, has been accused of hate speech in comments towards Ilhan Omar, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th District.
  • Rep. Omar had released a controversial tweet earlier in June stating that the U.S, Israel, Hamas, and the Taliban should all be held accountable for any crimes against humanity – the tweet led to significant bipartisan backlash, as the Congresswoman was accused of equating Hamas and Taliban with the U.S. and Israel.
  • AIPAC released attack ads that stated there was no difference between democracies and terrorists for Ms. Omar.
  • Jeremy Slevin, spokesman for Rep. Omar denounced language in the ads as hateful speech, comprising Islamophobia remarks towards the Muslim-American legislator – he stated the vitriol language endangers Omar’s life as she has received multiple death threats.
  • The Council on American Islamic Relations also condemned the ads, calling them “Islamophobic, dishonest, and dangerous.”
  • AIPAC responded to Slevin’s accusations calling them a “baseless attack” and stated it would not deter them from continuing to launch their pro-Israel campaign.
  • At least 45 Jewish-American figures in leadership, policy, and advocacy have urged the AIPAC CEO and President to immediately discontinue the ads and apologize to the congresswoman.
  • AIPAC also attacked Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American legislator and advocate of Palestinian rights – many critics of AIPAC’s comments view them as specifically targeting the congresswomen due to their faith and race.

Sources:

Al Jazeera:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/12/aipac-accused-of-islamophobia-after-attacks-on-ilhan-omar

NY Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/10/us/politics/ilhan-omar-israel.html?searchResultPosition=2

Times of Israel:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ilhan-omars-spokesman-says-aipac-putting-her-life-at-risk-with-latest-ads/

Fox:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ilhan-omar-aipac-israel-taliban

 Haaretz

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-putting-her-life-at-risk-ilhan-omar-slams-aipac-over-aggressive-campaign-ads-1.10111511

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Thousands of Afghans Flee as Taliban Continue to Advance and Capture Cities

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  • The Taliban have continued to make shocking advances throughout Afghanistan, capturing Kandahar and Heart, two of Afghanistan’s biggest cities on Thursday.
  • The United States and Britain have said they are sending troops to help evacuate embassy staff and citizens of their countries as the war dramatically progresses.
  • More than 1,000 civilians have died in the past month as U.S. withdrawal brings the insurgents territorial gains.
  • Thousands of civilians have fled their homes, facing displacement as they try to seek refuge in Kabul – an estimated 72,000 children arrived in the capital and are sleeping in streets, according to Save the Children.
  • The United Nations said it was particularly concerned of the consequences ongoing fighting could have if moved to urban areas such as the capital – the U.N. issued a warning stating Taliban advances to Kabul could have a “catastrophic effect on civilians.”

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Germany Fears Thousands Received Saline Instead of COVID-19 Vaccine

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  • Authorities in Germany have asked more than 8,000 people to retake their COVID-19 vaccines, fearing they only received saline solution.
  • A nurse is suspected of injecting recipients with saline solution and is currently under investigation by German police.
  • Police Inspector Peter Beer has said the nurse routinely shared information on social media that criticized the government’s response aimed at curbing the virus.
  • The nurse was able to replace the vials because she was responsible for preparing the vaccines.

Rare Shootout for United Kingdom 

  • A gunman shot dead 6 people in the city of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. The motive is still being investigated. 
  • Britain has serious gun laws which limit the ownership of guns. It also has the lowest rates of shooting in the world. 
  • The attacker and the family, all passed away with gunshot wounds at the victims home. The authorities are calling this incident “shocking”. 

Cities in China and Turkey Swept Away in Heavy Floods

  • Floods in Turkey’s Northwest region have taken away the lives of 17 people and left the region in chaos.
  • Turkey is already suffering from one of the country’s largest fires in history due to the severe heatwave brought on by Global warming. 
  • China has also been a victim of flooding with a death toll of 21 people thus far in the province of Hubei. Rain water has caused damage to about 2,700 houses and shops in the area.

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FDA Approves a Booster Shot

  • In the wake of the new deadly Delta variant, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) of the USA has approved a booster shot for people with health conditions such as cancer patients.
  • CDC has been in talks about Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson shots not being enough for those who have weakened immune systems. Hence, discussions on approving the booster jabs will be held at the end of this week in order to have the shots available for the people at risk as early as this weekend. 
  • These booster shots have already been given out in Israel to people over the age of 60 and are being made available in other countries around the world. 

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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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